How to book ferries from Australia to Whitsunday Islands

There are numerous ferry crossings operating from Australia to Whitsunday Islands. Ferries currently connect 3 ports in Australia with 2 ports in Whitsunday Islands.

There are a combined number of 27 ferry crossings each day across a selection of 5 Ferry Routes which are operated by 1 ferry company including Cruise Whitsundays with the shortest crossing taking around 30 minutes (Airlie Beach (Port of Airlie) to Daydream Island).

This is a general summary of the services on offer between Australia and Whitsunday Islands, for live information select from our Fare Search.

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About Australia:

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world, situated between the Pacific and the Indian Ocean.

Surrounding the 35,000 km mainland coast are numerous islands including the enormous Tasmania to the south and the world-renowned, beautiful Whitsundays to the northeast.

With nearly all the major settlements situated along the coast, you can find beachfront hangouts, superb seafood and trendy art scenes in all the big cities. That’s not all, though, as the vast outback awaits those looking for peace and quiet away from the bustling tourist hotspots, which is also home to the spectacular Ayers Rock, known by its aboriginal name of ‘Uluru’.

As an isolated island country fringed by islands and archipelagos, Australia offers a great number of domestic ferry routes. Depending on where you are along the coast, a short ferry ride is all it takes to reach the Great Barrier Reef, Kangaroo Island, Tasmania and many more wonderful destinations.

About Whitsunday Islands:

The Whitsunday Islands comprise seventy four gems of lush emerald forests and dazzling white beaches in the Coral Sea, between the coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef.

Guarded by the Barrier Reef, the surrounding waters are as calm as they are crystalline, ideal for sailing and snorkelling, while the four inhabited islands: Daydream, Hamilton, Hayman and Long, boast luxury resorts and family-friendly hotels. The spectacular Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, often lauded as the finest in the world, is made of ninety-eight percent pure silica sand, giving it a powdery texture and the ability to polish jewellery.

Australia’s main ferry hub for the Whitsunday Islands is the resort town of Airlie Beach in Queensland, with several sailings every day, but there are also routes from Shute Harbour, roughly ten kilometres east along the coast.