Travelling To the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays are located 1,100 kms north of Brisbane and 1,000 kms south of Cairns. The Whitsundays are made up of 74 Islands, originally called the Cumberland group of islands, on the beautiful tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the Whitsundays is a feast for the senses. The stunning natural landscapes of coast and islands are dotted with secluded beaches and friendly resort towns.
Explore the incredible diversity of the sea and islands from the bow of a sailboat. Cruise through the islands and drop anchor for a quick snorkel or scuba dive. Spend a fun day splashing in the clear shallow waters of world famous Whitehaven Beach. There are 2 airports in the region Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) and Hamilton Island. Both have daily services from Brisbane and Sydney.

Air Travel

There are 2 airports in the region Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) and Hamilton Island. Offering daily services from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
* Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) is serviced by Jetstar and Virgin with daily arrivals from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. For further flight information, contact Jetstar or Virgin.

* Hamilton Island is serviced by Qantas Link, Virgin, and Jetstar Airlines. Flights arrive daily from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
For further information, contact Jetstar or Virgin or Qantas Link.

* Mackay is serviced by Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar.  Mackay is 160 kms from Airlie Beach.
Flight details are constantly changing and we suggest contacting airlines direct so you have the most up to date information. 

Arrival and Briefing

Our office is located at the Northern end of Abell Point Marina, Shop 18 (above Ocean Rafting, next door to Sorrento’s.) Check in, meet our friendly resdevations staff and your briefer, he will assist you to load all your luggage and provisions into a trolley and take you to your vessel, where he will commence the briefing.

Arrival Time Notes:

Cumberland like to ensure that you maximise your holiday time. Your vessel is available for loading at Abell Point Marina from 8.30am. Our briefings are conducted from 8:30am. We recommend that you try to organise your trip so that you are well prepared to start loading and your briefing at 8.30 am.  If you won't be ready by 8.30 then let us know and we'll adjust your briefing time to suit.
For Hamilton Island departures briefings take place on board your vessel between 11am - 12noon the vessel and briefer will be there no earlier than 11am. If you are arriving later than noon we will not be able to provide vessel briefing, (Briefings are mandatory and may take 3 - 4 hours). If you are chartering from Hamilton Island we recommend using our provisioning service. Use this link for more information on catering as there are limited shops and supermarkets on Hamilton Island.
After briefings (usually 3 - 4 hours) you will be ready to cruise to your preferred overnight anchorage. 

Airlie Beach Transfers

Cumberland Charter Yachts are more than happy to arrange all of your airport transfers, please let us know your flight numbers, times and dates.

Whitsunday Coast Airport - Abell Point Marina approximately 35 minutes to Airlie Beach. (Each way - $22.00 pp)
Local shuttle buses provide an affordable, air conditioned and very comfortable option for transferring to and from Whitsunday Coast Airport.
Helicopter transfers are available from Proserpine direct to Abell Point Marina.
Contact our friendly team to book all your transfers  or call 1800 075 101 (Free call)
Whitsunday Coast Airport is a small regional airport, with facilities such as, car hire, coffee shop and bar.

Hamilton Island - Port of Airlie (Airlie Beach) approximately 55 - 120 minutes - ferry ride to the center of Airlie Beach.

Ferry services operated by Cruise Whitsundays meet every flight at Hamilton Island. You will arrive at Port Of Airlie Maritime Terminal in the heart of Airlie Beach. Ferry services may depart 1 hour after your flight arrives. (Transfer times are dependent on the number of island stops the ferry is required to make.) Download a copy of the Cruise Whitsundays timetable.

Alternatively Cumberland Charter Yachts can deliver your vessel to Hamilton Island where we can start your charter, saving you valuable holiday time. The fee is $415 delivery and $415 to return the vessel to Hamilton. The vessel is available to start your briefing from 11am - 12noon and must be returned by 10am on the last day of charter. ( Hamilton Island have a resort link shuttle bus which meets every flight offering a service from the airport to the marina for $8pp one way. )

If you are planning to start your charter at Hamilton island we recommend using our recommended provisioning service as there are limited facilities on the island

Helicopter transfers are available from Hamilton direct to Abell Point Marina.
If you'd like us to arrange your transfers just email us at with your flight details and requirements and we'll get it booked.
Besides the convenience of picking up your vessel at Hamilton Island if you are flying there it is also more economical if you have three or more in your group. Hamilton Island Airport is a small island airport, with facilities such as, resort shop, Bar and coffee shop.

Mackay Airport - Abell Point Marina approximately 1 hour 55 minutes drive to Airlie Beach.
Whitsundays 2 Everywhere offer an airport service which needs to be booked in advance. Minimum 3 passengers. (Rates available on application ) Alternatively you can hire a car and drop off in Airlie Beach - (recommended you book ahead)
Please don't hesitate to contact our office to discuss your best method of transfers.

Car Hire

All the major car firms are in Airlie Beach. Most will pickup/drop off at Proserpine and Mackay Airports. Contact them direct for the best deals.


Car Parking

Council parking is available from $10 for each 24 hour period, within easy walk to Cumberland's Base at Abell Point Marina.
Undercover Secure parking, with valet service is also available which we can book for you. Just leave your keys with us at Reception and we'll ensure your car is picked up, secured, and delivered back to Abell Point Marina after your charter. Please contact our office to arrange secure parking at

Secure Undercover Parking Rates *AUD
Nights Car, SUV, Camper Van +Trailers
3 $130 $140
4 $140 $150
5 $150 $160
6 $160 $170
7 $170 $180
8 $180 $190
9 $190 $200
10 $200 $210
+1 7 N + $10 per day +$10 per day

Bus Travel

Greyhound and Premier Motor Service offer daily arrivals to Airlie Beach CBD. 

Train Travel

Proserpine is your arrival point.