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Travelling to the Whitsundays


If you’re flying in from overseas your best option is to fly into Brisbane, Sydney, Cairns or Melbourne, and jump on a domestic flight to one of the two local domestic airports. For the sake of ease; Brisbane offers a wider range, and often cheaper selection of connecting flights. The two domestic airports servicing the area are;

Hamilton Island Airport

Daily flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and connection point beyond.
Serviced by: Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Air
Approximate Flight Times:

  • Brisbane: 1.5 hours
  • Sydney: 2 hours
  • Cairns: 1.5 hours
  • Melbourne: 3 hours

Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine)

Daily flights from Brisbane, and connecting flight from other cities. Busses and taxis meet every flight to transfer guests to Airlie Beach ferries and islands resorts.
Serviced By: Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tiger Air
Approximate flight times: Brisbane: 1.5 hours

Coach/ Bus

If you’re unsure of your goals, or simply want the freedom to explore a bit more of Australia, the Greyhound ‘hop on hop off’ pass offers a great way to save some money and guarantee travel around the country.
Serviced by: Greyhound
Approximate Journey Times:

  • Brisbane: 18-24 hours
  • Sydney: 1-2 days
  • Cairns: 10-12 hours
  • Melbourne: 2+ days


With Proserpine Railway Station being the nearest station and easy transfers to Airlie Beach.
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