Alternatively, fly to Hamilton Island Airport with either Jetstar or Virgin Blue. From there you can take a Cruise Whitsundays ferry to Able Point Marina, Airlie Beach. Jetstar now offers an inclusive flight and ferry ticket to the Whitsundays Coast - Airlie Beach. Fantasea Cruises also operates ferries between Hamilton Island and Shute Harbour. From Shute Harbour you will need to take a bus or taxi to Airlie Beach. All Flights and transfers are at your own expense.
Virgin Blue services Whitsunday Coast airport with 1 direct flight per week on Saturdays from Sydney, and daily flights direct from Brisbane.
Jetstar Airlines service Hamilton Island airport, with direct flights daily from Sydney and Brisbane.
Jetstar also services Whitsunday Coast airport, with direct flights daily from Brisbane and twice per week direct from Sydney.
A number of express coach companies offer multiple daily services from most major cities to Airlie Beach, Whitsunday's. See www.greyhound.com.au and www.premierms.com.au. Oz Experience has a number of great packages to show you the highlights of Australia. See www.ozexperience.com for further information on packages.
Driving south from Cairns and north from Brisbane along the Bruce Highway, turn off at Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) and follow the signs 26 km to Airlie Beach.
Whitsunday Coast (26km inland of Airlie Beach) is the rail link to the Whitsundays and Queensland Rail operate regular services. The new high-speed tilt train services the Whitsunday region. Call 13 22 32 for further information.