Getting to Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is the largest town on the Whitsunday Coast and the main point of access to the Great Barrier Reef with direct access to 74 surrounding Islands. 


By Air

Direct flights from a number of the major airports are available - Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Melbourne, some travellers might require a stopover in Sydney or Brisbane depending on your origin of travel.  Brisbane offers the best range of connecting flights into the region.

Two airports service the Whitsundays daily:

Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP)
Whitsunday Coast Airport is located in Proserpine, approximately 25 minutes to Airlie Beach. The airport is serviced by Virgin Australia and Jetstar offering daily flights from Brisbane and connecting flights from other cities. Tiger Airways provides direct flights from Sydney four times a week and Jetstar flying direct from Melbourne three times a week. Buses and taxis meet every flight to transfer guests to Airlie Beach, or to ferries to the island resorts. Car and limousine hire is also available at the airport or travel in style with a Helitaxi transfer direct to Lure.

Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island (HTI)
Located on Hamilton Island, the airport is serviced by Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas Link with daily flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and connection points beyond. Cruise Whitsundays operates ferries from Hamilton Island to transfer passengers to Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast and other island resorts.

We recommend delegates book their flights to and from the conference as soon as possible to secure seats on their preferred flights. Follow the links below to access popular airlines. 


By Car

Several hire car companies operate in the Whitsunday area. Arrangements can be made to collect and drop-off cars at a location convenient to you.

Lure is approximately a 12 and a half hour drive from Brisbane's CBD.

By Rail

Queensland’s Tilt Trains run 2 northbound and 2 southbound services stopping at Proserpine Train station every week. You can then catch a connecting bus on to Airlie Beach.

Click here to plan your journey.

Click here to view the rail and connecting bus timetables.

By Bus

Airlie Beach has a bus station one minute from the city centre and main beach.

The local bus service, Whitsunday Transit, covers the port at Shute Harbour, the railway in Proserpine and the Proserpine Airport. Timetables are available around the town and at most resorts. Local buses meet all flights and trains. 

Numerous bus stops are located throughout town to make public transport quick and easy. Tickets are purchased on the bus.

Click here to view the Whitsunday Transit bus timetable. 

Coastal bus services also run the length of the Queensland coast and stop numerous times a day in Airlie Beach. These services stop at most major cities from Brisbane to Cairns.