How to Reach Airlie Beach


  • By Air: Proserpine Airport also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport is the closest and easiest way to get to Airlie Beach. It serves flights operated by Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tiger Air. Shuttles, Buses, Car Rentals and Taxis are easily available from the airport. Hamilton Island Airport makes Airlie Beach accessible via an hour-long ferry to or from the airport several times a day. Mackay Airport also has bus shuttles to and from Airlie Beach twice a day but is farther than the other two airports.
  • By Bus: Greyhound Australia and Premier Motor Service provide bus connections to Airlie Beach on routes between Brisbane and Cairns.
  • By Train: Queensland Tilt Trains offer services to and from Proserpine Train Station with 2 northbound and 2 southbound stops per week.


  • By Bus: Whitsunday Transit operates buses throughout Airlie Beach extending to Shute Harbor and Proserpine. The buses stop at convenient locations in the town making getting around the area quite easy. The timings for bus operations are from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm.
  • By Car: There are several local car hire companies located along Shute Harbour Road. Campervans or Caravans are also available on hire but may need to be prebooked.
  • By Taxi: There is a 24-hour local taxi service, with a well-situated taxi rank in the town centre of Airlie Beach.
  • On Foot: Airlie Beach is small and can be easily navigated on foot. You may not be able to do everything the place has to offer but you can definitely walk the entire area in an hour.
Route Distance Time
Mackay to Airlie Beach 97.79 km 1 hour 37 mins
Townsville city to Airlie Beach 231.58 km 3 hours 51 mins
Yeppoon to Airlie Beach 355.01 km 5 hours 55 mins
Gladstone to Airlie Beach 445.43 km 7 hours 25 mins
Gin gin to Airlie Beach 580.32 km 9 hours 40 mins
Kiels mountain to Airlie Beach 781.82 km 13 hours 1 mins
Kunda park to Airlie Beach 784.33 km 13 hours 4 mins
Wurtulla to Airlie Beach 797.86 km 13 hours 17 mins
Kobble to Airlie Beach 816.53 km 13 hours 36 mins
North lakes to Airlie Beach 827.07 km 13 hours 47 mins