How To Get Here

Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Whitsundays and our charter base can be accessed by plane, train or car.

By Air

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By Transfer

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travel to the Whitsundays daily flights 

By Air

The airport closest to Abell Point Marina is the Whitsunday Coast Airport (also known as Proserpine Airport). It is about a 30 minute trip by taxi or bus to our charter base in Airlie Beach. If you are arriving into Hamilton Island Airport, you can catch a ferry with Cruise Whitsundays to Abell Point Marina which takes about an hour. We can also arrange for your boat to meet you at Hamilton Island if you prefer.

Airports accessing the Whitsundays with daily flights:

Flights to Whitsunday Coast Airport

There are flights daily from all capital cities with some flights going via Brisbane Airport.

It is a 30 minute transfer from Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach.

Flights to Hamilton Island

Ferry services meet all flights from Hamilton Island Airport to Airlie Beach. It is approximately a 1 hour ferry trip from Hamilton Island to Abell Point Marina. We can also arrange for you to start you charter from Hamilton Island, some conditions apply for island deliveries.

Flights to Mackay

It is 1.5hrs by road from Mackay Airport to Airlie Beach. Transfers and car hire are available.

travel the east coast of australia to charter a boat   

By Road

By Car

Travelling the east coast of Australia can be a unique experience and takes some planning and consideration. Queensland is large state and the drive to Airlie Beach takes on average:

  • From Brisbane 12hrs (non stop)
  • From Cairns 7hrs (non stop)

If you drive we offer offsite undercover secure car parking (bookings required). Our charter base also offers a number of short and long term car parking options.

By Bus

All major bus companies service Airlie Beach and offer a convenient service for travellers. 

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By Rail

Queensland Rail stops at Proserpine train station. You can also book your transfer from the train station to our charter base with Queensland Rail.
We have many pensioners taking advantage of their free train fare to visit the Whitsundays.

If arriving into Hamilton Island, you must catch a ferry to reach Airlie Beach

By Ferry

Cruise Whitsunday is the one and only ferry service that meets all flights to and from Hamilton Island. Cruise Whitsunday currently run regular services to:

  • Abell Point Marina – it is a 200m walk from the ferry terminal to our office.
  • Shute Harbour – you will need to organise a taxi or bus transfer from Shute Harbour to our office. It is 10km away, and around a 20 minute drive.

Book your ferry ticket direct online or call 07 4946 4662.

Pricing    Timetables
whitsunday coast airport transfers to Airlie Beach 

By Shuttle

Whitsundays 2 Everywhere airport transfers meet all fights from:

  • Whitsunday Coast Airport
  • Mackay Airport

Book your transfer direct online or call 07 4946 4940.


Whitsunday Shuttle Service meet all fights from:

  • Whitsunday Coast Airport

Book your transfer direct online or call 07 4948 1515. 

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By Taxi & Limousine

By Taxi

Whitsunday Taxi meets all flights and offer a share taxi rate. When booking quote ‘share taxi’ for a per person rate. Book your taxi direct on 131 008 or 07 4944 4931 and quote ‘share taxi’. Pricing is $20 per person from Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach if you quote ‘share taxi’.

By Limousine

Whitsunday Limousines offer airport transfers, tours and pick up services from:

  • Whitsunday Coast Airport
  • Mackay Airport
  • Shute Harbour

Book direct online or call 1800 700 246.

Mention you are chartering with Whitsunday Escape to receive special rates!

hire a car from Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach 

By Car Rental

You can also hire a car from the Whitsunday Coast Airport and drop it off in Airlie Beach. Book your hire direct:

Airlie Budget Auto 07 4948 0300
Avis 07 4946 6318
Fun Rentals 07 4946 4300
Hertz 07 4946 4687

* Please confirm all your own arrangements directly with the provider. The prices quoted and schedules may change without notice.