QYC are based on the mainland at Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Most of our charters commence from Airlie Beach at 9am, although we can arrange to have your vessel brought to you at Hamilton Island if you are landing there (see further details below regarding this option).Travelling to the Whitsundays is easiest by plane with direct flights from most eastern capital cities in Australia. Check out VIRGIN AUSTRALIA and JETSTAR for their flights into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport, Hamilton Island airport and Mackay airport. Subscribe online with both carriers to get the most up to date specials as they are released.
Proserpine Airport (Whitsunday Coast)
Transfers from Proserpine airport to Airlie Beach take a quick 35 minutes and can be arranged through Queensland Yacht Charters with the following carriers.
Whitsundays 2 Everywhere - Shuttle bus transfers
$18.00 per person each way
$13.00 per child each way (3 - 14 Years)
Airlie Beach Limousines - Private car or stretch limo service
Fairline Ghia (4 pax) - $90.00
Stretch Limo (7 pax) - $130.00
Approximately $80.00 to $120 private one way - prebooking required on 07 4946 5315 or Ph: 131008 on arrival. Share taxis for $20 p/person can also be arranged on your arrival direct with the taxi.
Hamilton Island Airport
Should your flights be arriving to and from Hamilton Island, we may be able to arrange to have your vessel delivered to the island for a start & finish (subject to advance notice & availability at an extra cost). Alternatively, you may wish to transfer to Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour on the ferries which service the Whitsundays. Cruise Whitsunday offer connections from Hamilton Island airport to Abel Point Marina or to Shute Harbour. Ferry Services also travel via Daydream & Long Island.
Hamilton Island vessel delivery
If you have booked your boat to be delivered to Hamilton Island, please contact the Marina office around 11am to see if your boat has arrived and where it is berthed. The resort link bus can take you from the airport (or your accommodation) to the marina office or to the end of the arm where your vessel is berthed (usually F Arm). Courtesy trolleys and wheelbarrows for luggage and provisions are located at the end of each Arm. In the event that you arrive before your vessel, luggage can be stored in the marina office. Your QYC representative will meet you there and assist with your luggage to the boat.
If you are unable to secure flights into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport, then consider Mackay airport just 1.5 hrs drive south of Airlie Beach. Start your holiday with something different! JETSTAR, QANTAS and VIRGIN AUSTRALIA fly daily into Mackay Airport. Relax into North Queensland's style with an easy 1.5 hour scenic drive through tropical hills and sugar cane farms to Airlie Beach.
Transfers from Mackay airport
There are several options for transfers from Mackay Airport to Airlie Beach. You may choose to hire a car one way from Hertz, Avis or Europcar which gives you the convenience of a car for your shopping in Airlie Beach and visiting places along the way. This is ideal if you are arriving the day before your charter starts and are either staying in Airlie Beach accommodation or doing our "Half Price Sleepaboard". It is a 1.5 hour drive to Airlie Beach through rolling sugar cane farms and cattle stations. Be aware that you will need to book your car very much in advance as availability is limited. The other option is by bus which is not convenient as it doesn't meet the flights. Visit www.greyhound.com.au
Turn off the Bruce Highway after Proserpine for the Whitsundays.
Road Distances to Airlie Beach:
From Mackay - 150 km
From Townsville - 300 km
From Cairns - 640 km
From Brisbane - 1146 km
Parking at Abel Point Marina
Parking is available in the marina at a cost of around $8.00 per day, although this is not considered to be secured parking. There are few free car spots available and you will be lucky to pick one up. We recommend Whitsunday Parking from $120.00 for 5 nights (which includes valet pickup & delivery of your car or return passenger transfers). Contact our reservations team to make the arrangements for this service on your behalf.
Queensland Rail operate all major train services which stop in Proserpine (20 minutes from Airlie Beach). Taxis will meet the train by arrangement. Visit their website at http://www.qr.com.au/
* please use the above information as a guide only. Prices and conditions do change from time to time.