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Sailing the Whitsundays
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Where are the Whitsundays ...
The Whitsunday Islands are located in central Queensland, approximately 1,100km north of Brisbane and 700km south of Cairns. Getting to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays, is easy...
Flights to the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays are serviced by two domestic airports, Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island and Whitsunday Coast Airport on the mainland at Proserpine. Proserpine is situated about 20kms inland from Airlie Beach. Shuttles meet all flights and take you in to the beach town.
There are regular direct flights from all major Australian cities. International access to the Whitsundays is available via connecting flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns international airports. Airlines servicing the region are Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Qantas (ex Cairns only).
Approximate flying times:
Sydney - 2 hours 15 minutes
Brisbane - 1 hour 30 minutes
Melbourne - 2 hours 45 minutes
There are several trains that run up the coast from Brisbane, and down from Cairns stopping at Proserpine. Queensland Rail's 'Sunlander' and 'Queenslander' services depart Brisbane and Cairns several times weeky. The new Tilt Train services Proserpine Station twice a week (north and south).
Bus and Coaches to the Whitsundays
Greyhound and Oz Experience run several daily services through Airlie Beach, northbound from Brisbane and southbound from Cairns.
Driving to the Whitsundays
Driving to the Whitsundays, the roads are in excellent condition, with some beautiful scenery along the way. The Bruce Highway runs from Brisbane to Cairns. The turn off to Airlie Beach is just north of Proserpine (About 150km north of Mackay, 300km south of Townsville) and it's then a pleasant 20km trip into the township.
Approximate driving times to Airlie Beach:
From Brisbane - 13 hours
From Cairns - 8 hours
From Mackay - 90 minutes
From Bowen - 50 minutes
From Proserpine - 15 minutes
There are regular bus, taxi, shuttle and limousine services that all operate within the Airlie Beach area.