Scuba Dive Airlie Beach - Whitsundays and Cairns Australia
The Whitsundays can be accessed via Whitsunday Airport - Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) (PPP) or via Hamilton Island. Both airports offer flights to and from most Australian capital cities.
If you are arriving from overseas generally you will fly into Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns and get a domestic flight with Virgin, Jetstar or Qantas to the Whitsundays then by coach or taxi it is about 40 km to Airlie Beach.
There is also a new low cost domestic service called Bonza that operates flights from the Sunshine coast and Newcastle to Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) (PPP).
Neither Hamilton Island nor Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast Airports are International Airports. Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast airport is not accessible via Cairns. Hamilton Island airport, on the other hand is accessible via Cairns.
You can get to Airlie Beach via Hamilton Island but there will be a $65 adult or $54.50 child each way ferry fare. So if you want to go to Hamilton Island - go direct. If you want to go to Airlie Beach your best option is a domestic flight with Qantas, Jetstar or Virgin into Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) (PPP) Airport.
Proserpine/Whitsunday Coast airport has recently received a $40 million upgrade which means more flights into the region and much greater potential for an international airport in the future. This will create much faster expansion of Airlie Beach.
Offering passengers a comfortable and scenic way to view the inland coast of Queensland, the Sunlander travels return from Brisbane to Proserpine - near Airlie Beach, three times per week. The Sunlander meanders its way through the scenic, lush countryside of inland coastal towns of Bundaberg and Gladstone through to the sub-tropical region in Mackay, Proserpine and Bowen, until reaching its final destination of Cairns.
Passengers can travel in first or economy class sleeping berths and seating is also available. Waterways Restaurant also provides an excellent array of sumptuous meals accompanied with quality Australian wines, as well as a licensed buffet car.
For a totally relaxing and unwinding experience, this multi award-winning train offers the passengers, an ideal way to experience the picturesque coastal stretch between Brisbane and Cairns, in comfortable, fully air-conditioned lounge cars, club cars and dining facilities.
Making for a leisurely 31-hour journey, The Queenslander offers first class travel with comfortable single or double sleeping berths, overhead reading lights, washbasins, fresh crisp linen, stationery packs, toiletries and bathrobes are provided in each cabin. Sumptuous meals are presented in the fine dining atmosphere of the Coral Cay Restaurant, while the Daintree Lounge provides the perfect place to wile away the hours with a cool drink and live entertainment.
You will disembark from the Sunlander in Proserpine which is located about 25 km from Airlie Beach.
Queensland Rail's brand new Tilt Train fleet was launched in October 2013 and focuses on relaxation, comfort and modern facilities. Connecting visitors to major tourist destinations such as Airlie Beach from South East to Central Queensland, the new Spirit of Queensland train boasts an Australian first, the revolutionary seats that convert to a lie-flat bed.
As Australia's fastest train, this service operates in each direction between Brisbane and Cairns and is outfitted with state-of-the-art facilities and catering. Providing a smooth and comfortable ride, the Spirit of Queensland is perfect for day trips and a wonderful choice to explore any of the amazing spots along the Capricorn and Coral Coasts including Fraser Island, Hervey Bay, Rockhampton or the Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.
Offering the same journey as the Sunlander, only within 24 hours.
The distance to Airlie Beach by the most practicable direct route is:
You could hire a car from another city and depending on whether the facilities are available you can drop it off to the same provider when you arrive in Airlie Beach.
Coach travel is an efficient and pleasurable way to see the countryside. Major coach companies operate luxury, air conditioned vehicles with express services between major Australian cities and Airlie Beach. See also Where is Airlie Beach Australia
When you first arrive in Airlie Beach you will be greeted by a modern regional town with sweeping views of the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands and the world class Coral Sea Resort Marina. A short stop in the main street and you can quickly find the magnificent swimming enclosure and the seaside boardwalk provided free for the use of tourists. The bay is dotted with hundreds of moored yachts and the beach is within easy walking distance further along the foreshore.
Beyond the newly refurbished Airlie Beach Hotel is the Port of Airlie Marina which contains a number of boutiques, bars and restaurants. Just a few metres past the shops is the departure terminal for the boats that will take you to the Great Barrier Reef.
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