Airlie Beach is known as the Gateway to the Whitsundays and is located 1123 kilometres north of Brisbane.  The two nearest airports to Airlie Beach are located at Hamilton Island, where a short high speed ferry transfer will deliver you to your holiday apartment in no time at all, or Proserpine where Airlie Beach is then accessed via a short coach or private transfer.  There are more flights and options for flying if you go through Mackay which is 152 kilometers south of Airlie Beach.
By Air
The Whitsundays are serviced by two domestic airports – Great Barrier Reef Airport (Hamilton Island) and Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine).
International flights arriving into Australia’s major cities can connect with domestic flights to the Whitsundays.
The Great Barrier Reef Airport is located on Hamilton Island, with daily direct services from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Cairns with Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas Link. A scheduled ferry service connects all arriving and departing flights from Hamilton Island Airport with Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Alternatively, air transfers by helicopter, seaplane or light aircraft are available between Hamilton Island Airport and Airlie Beach.
View flight information for Great Barrier Reef Airport here.
The Whitsunday Coast Airport is located in Proserpine, with daily direct services from Brisbane, twice weekly flights from Sydney and Melbourne and connecting flights from all major Australian cities with Jetstar and Virgin Australia. From the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) it is just a short 30 minute drive into Airlie Beach. At the airport, several businesses are offering transfer options to your accommodation in Airlie Beach, Cannonvale or Jubilee Pocket.
View flight information for Whitsunday Coast Airport here.
By Road
The Bruce Highway is the major road linking Queensland’s coastal cities and towns from Brisbane to Cairns. The Bruce Highway runs through Proserpine and Bowen on the Whitsunday Coast. Airlie Beach is located approximately 20 minutes off the Bruce Highway from Proserpine along Shute Harbour Road. Major coach operators include Airlie Beach in their regular scheduled services from major cities along the coast. Hiring a car or campervan is another popular way to get to here and sight-see on the way.
By Rail
Queensland Rail services to the Proserpine Station on the Whitsunday Coast include the Tilt Train and The Sunlander. These trains link Airlie Beach to the coastal centres between Brisbane and Cairns. Coach transfers between Proserpine and Airlie Beach are included in rail travel passes.