The Whitsundays

Sailing in the Whitsundays

Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsundays, based on the mainland of Australia, approximately 1000km north of Brisbane and 250km south of Townsville and providing the main access point to the islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Airlie Beach is a small coastal town offering tourist shops, restaurants and a lively nightlife.

How do you get here?

You can arrive in the Whitsundays by car, train, plane or boat.
Commercial airports include Whitsunday Coast Airport (40km) and Hamilton Island airport (15 nautical miles) or Mackay airport (150km).
They are serviced by: Qantas Link and Bonza, Jet Star

Cruise Whitsunday meet all flights arriving at Hamilton Island Airport and provide transfers to the mainland.
Bus and taxi transfers are available from Whitsunday Coast Airport to Airlie Beach.
Queensland Rail (QRail) provides rail access to the area, the local train station is in Proserpine and services include The Sunlander and the Tilt Train.
Trainlink coach transfers are provided from Proserpine to Airlie Beach.


The Whitsundays are on latitude 20°S and have a year round tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4°C.
We have a warm tropical climate comparable to Fiji, Tahiti and the Bahamas. Summer months between December – March are warm and humid with an average temperature of 30°C while winter months between June-August are cooler with a daytime temperature of 22°C.


Airlie Beach and Cannonvale offer a wide variety of accommodation from caravan parks through to luxurious five-star hotels and apartments.
We are happy to recommend accommodation options to suite your course timing, ensure to book you accomodation we in advance.

You can also go to the Tourism Whitsunday website at


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