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How To Get Here

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

Current Flight Specials

By Air

The airport closest to Coral Sea Marina is the Whitsunday Coast Airport (also known as Proserpine Airport, code ‘PPP’).

Airlines that generally fly into Proserpine include:

  • Jetstar, direct from Melbourne and Brisbane to Proserpine
  • Virgin Australia, direct from Brisbane, and connecting via other cities, to Proserpine

It is about a 40 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 the Port of Airlie Marina and then a taxi to our charter base from there. The ferry takes about an hour but this option can add about 2 hours to your arrival time.

You can find further information regarding taxi, bus and ferry options below, or for further details about air travel (including links to each airline that flies to the Whitsundays) please refer to the button below.

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By Shuttle

Accessing the Whitsundays by shuttle bus is easy from Whitsunday Coast Airport and Mackay Airport.

Airlie Beach Transfers & Tours meet all flights from:

  • Whitsunday Coast Airport

Mackay Airport transfers are also available. Book your transfer online, by email or call 0438 089 682.

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Heart of Reef Shuttles Whitsundays airport transfers meet all flights from:

  • Whitsunday Coast Airport
  • Mackay Airport

Book your transfer direct online or call 07 4948 2385.

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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:

  • Avis 07 4967 7188
  • Hertz 07 4946 4687
  • Europcar 07 4946 4133

By Taxi

By Taxi

Whitsunday Taxis meets all flights and are readily available. Maxi taxis are available for large groups.

Book direct on 132 227.

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:

  • Port of Airlie – it is a 5 minute taxi ride from the ferry terminal to our office at Coral Sea Marina.
  • Shute Harbour – you will need to organise a taxi or bus transfer from Shute Harbour to our office. It is 15km away, and around a 20 minute drive.

Book your ferry ticket direct on their website or by calling 07 4846 7000.

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By Road

By Car

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

  • From Brisbane 12hrs (non stop), 1100km
  • From Cairns 7hrs (non stop), 630km

If you drive, there are two car parking options:

By Bus

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

By Rail

Queensland Rail stops at Proserpine train station on the Whitsunday Coast. You can also book your shuttle bus or taxi 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.

For rail packages, please visit the Queensland Rail site.

Queensland Rail Website