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Should I fly to Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) or Hamilton Island Airport? 3:50pm, Mon 25 Sep 2017

The Whitsundays are blessed to have 2 domestic airports in the region; the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) and Great Barrier Reef (Hamilton Island) Airport. Whether you are flying from overseas or an Australian capital city, the flight routes both direct and connecting makes travelling to the Whitsundays easy.

Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine)

The Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) is located along the Bruce Highway, approximately 10 minutes to Proserpine, and 25 minutes to Airlie Beach. Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Tigerair currently service the airport with direct flights to and from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

For up to the minute flight information for arrivals and departures at the Whitsunday Coast Airport, view the flight information here.

Inside the airport terminal adjacent to the luggage carousel is an information desk and a number of service desks, where you can pick up your pre-arranged transport or, make bookings if you've left this detail to the last minute. Whitsundays 2 Everywhere, Hertz Car Rental, Whitsunday Transit, Europcar and Airlie Beach Transfers and Tours, can get you to your accommodation or directly down to Abell Point Marina to the Cumberland Charter Yachts office.

Great Barrier Reef (Hamilton Island) Airport

Located on Hamilton Island, the airport is serviced by Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas Link with direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. If you have arranged with Cumberland Charter Yachts to start your charter at Hamilton Island, you can hop on the island shuttle bus which meets every flight and have it take you to the marina. It's a quick 5-minute transfer and will cost you $8 per person.

If starting your charter from Airlie Beach, at the arrival area of the airport where you pick up your luggage, you will find the Cruise Whitsundays check-in counter where you receive your ferry ticket and luggage tags, before making your way down the jetty to board the ferry, only 100m from the arrivals area.

Cruise Whitsundays meet every arriving and departing flight offering a seamless and hassle-free option to get to Airlie Beach. The ferry transfer takes approximately 50 minutes taking you on a nice scenic route through the islands before arriving at Port of Airlie, centrally located in Airlie Beach and has a complimentary phone to call a local taxi if there isn't already one there waiting.

When deciding which airport to fly into, take into consideration the cost of the flight, the cost of the transfers to Airlie Beach, and the time it takes to get you to where you need to be. Either way though, getting here is easy and you're spoilt for choice.

Contact us today and talk to us about hiring a bareboat for your next holiday. We can even book your ferry or airport transfers for you - all part of the service at Cumberland Charter Yachts.


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