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There are 7 ways to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island by train, plane, bus and ferry, bus or ferry

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Train, fly to Hamilton Island  •  5 h 19 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Hamilton Island (HTI) BNE - HTI

$107 - $386

Cheapest option

Train, fly to Mackay  •  9 h 49 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Mackay (MKY) BNE - MKY
  3. Take the train from Mackay to Proserpine

$95 - $296

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Train, fly to Proserpine, bus and ferry  •  7 h 23 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Proserpine (PPP) BNE - PPP
  3. Take the bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina

$131 - $275

Train, fly to Moranbah, travel  •  9 h 36 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
  2. Fly from Brisbane (BNE) to Moranbah (MOV) BNE - MOV
  3. Travel from Moranbah to Whitsunday Island

Train, travel  •  17 h 53 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
  3. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Bus  •  21 h 29 min

  1. Take the bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street Gx241 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach Gx443 / ...

$102 - $180

Train, bus, ferry  •  24 h 58 min

  1. Take the train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
  2. Take the bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach
  3. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$172 - $260

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island is to train and fly which costs $130 - $420 and takes 9 h 49 min.

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The quickest way to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island is to train and fly which costs $150 - $550 and takes 5 h 19 min.

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The distance between Gold Coast and Whitsunday Island is 972 km.

The best way to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island without a car is to train and travel which takes 17 h 53 min and costs .

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It takes approximately 5 h 19 min to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Brisbane Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 40 min.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Brisbane Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 95+ hotels available in Whitsunday Island. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island.
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  • Distance: 607.3 miles
  • Duration: 5 h 19 min

What companies run services between Gold Coast, QLD, Australia and Whitsunday Island, QLD, Australia?

You can take a bus from Gold Coast to Whitsunday Island via Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Rd at Hermitage Drive, and Shute Harbour in around 21 h 29 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $750
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 36 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $440
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay via Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$90 - $460
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$70 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Moranbah
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $750
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $550
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 40 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$85 - $390
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Brisbane to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $420
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Flights from Brisbane to Mackay via Townsville
Ave. Duration
3 h 50 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Train operators
TRANSLink QLD
Phone
13 12 30
Website
translink.com.au
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to International Airport, platform 2
Ave. Duration
1 h 27 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$14 - $22
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Online
$14 - $19
Standard
$16 - $22
Train from Helensvale, platform 2 to Roma Street, platform 6
Ave. Duration
1 h 3 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
jp.translink.com.au
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Mackay to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
1 h 28 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
14 h 7 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $210
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Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$201
B-Quick
$111
Bus operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $19
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$6 - $9
Flexifare
$13 - $19
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$110 - $160
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 2 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Surfers Paradise Coach Transit Centre, Beach Rd to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
1 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Bus from Aspley Gympie Road to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19 h 10 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $170
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Ferry operators

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