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Whitsundays Closest Airports 

Welcome to a local guide on the Whitsundays Closest Airports. I am assuming you are on this page as you have chosen to come and visit us in the wonderful Whitsunday Islands! While we have some of the most iconic Australian Tourism Icons (Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, Great Barrier Reef), we are situated in the midst of nowhere, and a fair distance from any significant Australian city. With over 60% of people touring the country showing up on a commercial jet, I have prepared a brief guide to the closest airfields in the region.

Whitsundays closest airports guide

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Here Are Your 5 Whitsundays Closest Airports



1. Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine Airport)

Whitsunday Coast Airport is the closest main airport on the mainland. A 10-minute drive from Proserpine and 30 minutes from Airlie Beach. Whitsunday Coast Airport On Google Maps 
Services to get from Airport To Airlie Beach

Avis Car Hire
Whitsunday Transit Buses
Airlie Beach Transfer Shuttle Bus

Commercial Aviation companies that fly into Whitsunday Coast Airport 

Jetstar / Qantas
Virgin Blue

Onsite services

45 minutes of Free Parking

Most transfer buses will pick you up from your accommodation or the car park at the Airlie Beach Lagoon


2. Hamilton Island Airport

Located on Hamilton Island, this is a stunning airport to fly into the Whitsunday Islands with the runway extension built over the coral sea. This airport is most commonly used for guests staying at the resort island, however, you can catch connecting ferries to the mainland(warning these are expensive)
Hamilton Islands Airport On Google Maps

Transport services

Most resort guests have a pick service on the island, there is also a golf buggy hire
Cruise Whitsundays for ferry transfers

Commercial Aviation Companies that fly to Hamilton Island

Jetstar / Qantas
Virgin Blue

Onsite services

Cafe/gift shop



#3. Whitsunday Airport

This small airport holds the title of Whitsundays Closest Airports is 5 minutes from Airlie Beach where the Airlie Beach Scenic Flight and skydiving planes depart. Both small commercial and private planes can use this airport. at one end of the runway, you can purchase a house with its own private hanger!  Whitsunday Airport On Google Maps


Transport services

Make your own way
Whitsunday Transit Buses
Shuttle pick up and drop off if you have booked a scenic flight

Commercial Aviation Companies that fly from Whitsunday Airport

Fly Australia Charters
CQ Adventure Flights
Skydive Airlie Beach

Onsite services

Airport Cafe and Bar with stunning lunches


#4. Mackay Airport

This Aiport is located in the city of Mackay 90 minutes drive south of Airlie Beach. While it’s further away, this is a perfect option if you hire a car and discover the Whitsunday Region while on holiday. Mackay Airport caters to a more extensive range of flights on a daily basis. Mackay Airport On Google Maps

Airport Car hire Services 


Commercial Aviation companies that fly into Mackay Airport 

Jetstar / Qantas
Virgin Blue

Onsite services

Red Rooster
Boost Juice
Carpark short term and longterm
15 minutes of Free Parking


#5. Townsville Airport

3 hours from Airlie Beach is the beautiful coastal city of Townsville, famous for Magnetic Island and Castle Hill. While this Airport is 3 hours away it is the largest airport in the region with more aviation companies servicing more areas. Townsville Airport On Goole Maps

Airport Car hire Services 

Enterprise Holdings

Commercial Aviation companies that fly into Mackay Airport 

Jetstar / Qantas / Qantas Link
Virgin Blue
Air North
Hinterland Aviation

Onsite services

Townsville Airport offers a selection of books, gifts, food, drinks and more. including The Brewery and Maggie’s Café.

Parking includes short term, long term and 30 minutes Free Hold parking 

I hope this article helps when looking for Whitsundays Closest Airports, you will have the ultimate holiday exploring on a tour from Daydream Island, visiting Heart Reef Whitsundays or taking a Whitehaven Beach Tour from Airlie Beach on ZigZag Whitsundays. If you are interested in our tours or a scenic flight please see my contact information below

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Nath J

Inbound Sales And Marketing Specialist At ZigZag Whitsundays

Nath J has lived and worked in the Whitsundays since 2001. Over these 20 years, he has spent 18 of them in the tourism industry. 

As always if you have any questions about Whitsundays Closet Airports , you can head over to our FAQ page or contact us on 07 4813 9007 or bookings@zigzagwhitsundays.com.au

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