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Cheap Flights to the Whitsundays


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Virgin Australia operates flights to the Whitsunday Coast from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
 

Flights to Airlie Beach

Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport Information

Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport is located approximately 10 minutes’ drive from the rural centre of Proserpine and approximately 30 minutes from the resort town of Airlie Beach.  It can be accessed by various transport options, including:

  • Car Hire: Receive mates’ rates when you choose from a great choice of hire cars from our car partners.
  • Parking: Paid parking is available at the airport.
  • Taxi: Taxis are readily available from outside the terminal.
  • Buse transfers: Whitsunday Transit & Shuttle Service provide transfer services to and from the Whitsunday Coast Airport, with door to door pickups and drop offs throughout the entire Whitsunday region.  Make sure to book a transfer in advance.

Things to do in the Whitsundays

Explore

The Whitsunday Coast is a cosmopolitan and enchanting peninsula that stretches far to encompass secluded beach townships, inland regional centres and picturesque hinterland.  A tropical playground of sparkling azure water and white-sand beaches, the Coast is one of Australia’s foremost tourist attractions. Renowned as the country’s best vantage point from which to explore both the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays (a group of 74 spectacular atolls) the Coast is also home to Airlie Beach – an international party town that buzzes with restaurants, bars, clubs and backpackers.

Discover

The Whitsundays offers a diverse landscape to be explored.  The mainland is peppered with well-priced holiday spots and charming Queensland country towns, while the Whitsundays provide access to luxurious resorts, family-friendly vacation packages and exquisite island views.  Visit Airlie Beach, a charismatic coastal town, beloved by locals and tourists alike for its laid-back vibe and affordable lifestyle.   Get back to nature in Bowen, where the seaside location inspires swimming, snorkelling and fishing and the Big Mango stands proudly, as a salute to the famous fruit.  Wander the streets of Proserpine, home to quaint shops and country-style hotels, serving hearty pub meals with old-fashioned hospitality.  Sail the Whitsundays and explore the islands, in a stunning setting unmatched around the globe.  Enjoy the full experience with a stay at one of the island resorts, or take a day trip from the mainland to get the best of both worlds.

Shop

The Whitsunday Coast might be famous for its beaches, islands and backpackers, however the area also boasts an impressive shopping scene.  Airlie Beach is the area’s retail hub; the main street dotted with shops selling everything from swimwear and casual beachwear to fashionable garments and Whitsundays souvenirs. Every Saturday morning the foreshore hosts local markets, overflowing with arts, crafts, fashion, and fresh produce.  A few minutes away, the residential town of Cannonvale features fashion and homewares boutiques and two major shopping centres.  In the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island and Hayman Island are havens for upmarket shopping. Hamilton Island’s shopping scene is mainly focused at the Marina Village and Resort Centre, where local art, fashion and jewellery are on display at boutiques and specialty stores. Hayman Island also features a range of boutiques, which offer both highly sort after Australian and international brands.

Eat

Airlie Beach fosters an impressive casual dining and bar scene, with menus offering fish and chips, wood-fired pizzas, fresh seafood and local beef dishes.  Nearby, the residential town of Cannonvale also features a number of enticing casual dining experiences, serving great food at affordable prices.  Inland, on the Bruce Highway, Proserpine reflects country Queensland at its best with a lively pub restaurant scene.  At the northern tip of the Whitsunday Coast, Bowen – made famous by Baz Luhrmann’s Australia – features a number of resort restaurants, which offer a fine dining experience to cater for affluent diners.  Islands like Hamilton Island and Hayman Island boast the area’s most upmarket dining options.  Hamilton Island hosts more than a dozen restaurants and cafés, while resort island Hayman offers an impressive array of restaurants and eateries, all overseen by a multi-award winning executive chef.

Drink

The Whitsunday Coast maintains a lively social scene, with its collection of pubs, bars, nightclubs and hostels.  Airlie Beach is a hub of activity, especially popular among the backpacker community.  Relax with a beer and get to know the friendly locals at one of the pubs, bars, or hostels around town.  Off the mainland, the Whitsunday islands offer plenty of opportunities to enjoy first-rate food and wine experiences.  Get amongst the atmosphere at the tavern on Daydream Island.  Indulge in a poolside cocktail at one of Hamilton Island’s swim-up pool bars.  Relish the magnificent tropical sunset, wine in hand, at one of the island bars.  Nearby, Hayman Island is setting a world standard for service and hospitality; an ideal atmosphere for relaxation, indulgence and a bottle of fine wine.


Whitsunday Holiday Packages

Experience all that the Whitsundays have to offer, with a great selection of Whitsunday holiday packages from Virgin Australia Holidays. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.

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