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I am trying to plan my trip to Oz next Septemeber/October, yes 11 months in advance, and was thinking about doing the following, and wonder whether anyone thinks this is an ok plan. Of course this is only a small part of my trip to Oz, but I would love to see the Whitsundays, especially whitehaven beach.

After seeing various things around Cairns, I would fly from Cairns down to Prosperine, I would then take the bus to Arline Beach. I would then take a 3 night sail on board one of the sailing yachts around the Whitsunday islands.

I would then take the bus back from Arline beach to Prosperine airport, then fly from Prosperine to Hervey Bay, to see the Humpback whales.


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There are no direct flights between Hervey Bay and Proserpine.. you will have to fly to Brisbane then back up to Hervey..

If you come up to the Whitsunday Islands in August/September you should be able to see the Whales in the Whitsundays (since this is were they come to have there babies).. If you book a cruise that goes to the 'Outer' reef you can find between 50 - 100 Whales in peak season around Bait Reef.

Myself personally would be doing Hervey Bay mainly for Fraser Island.. these two places are regarded by most international travelers as their highlight to Oz.


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Last I checked no direct flight from Cairns to Proserpine either. Direct flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island which is in the Whitsundays.

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Your best to catch a flight from Cairns to Hamilton Island and then the ferry across to Shute Harbour and the local bus to Airlie Beach.


www.qantas.com.au (direct flight).

As Sailbabe mentioned you will have to fly Hamilton Island to Brisbane and then to Hervey Bay.

or you can fly Proserpine Airport to Brisbane with Virgin Blue. www.virginblue.com.au or www.jetstar.com.au

Coach or taxi transfers from Airport to Airlie Beach take around 40-45 minutes.

or Mackay Airport is 170 km's to the South of Airlie Beach - Serviced by QANTAS, JETSTAR, and VIRGIN BLUE

You can hire a car for the 2 hour drive to Airlie Beach from Mackay or Cairns to Airlie Beach is approx

737 kilometres 8.5 hours driving time.

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Thank you so much for the info, and really fast as well.. this will give me lots to think about... and how to plan this part of my trip... I've got to digest it all first, and then see what I want to do.


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i did a 3 day cruise last year on barefoot cruises, really good and really value for money.

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