DESTINATION GATEWAYS


Cairns

  • Green Island
  • Fitzroy Island
  • Haggerstone Island
  • Lizard Island

Cairns is located in Far North Queensland and is known as the gateway to the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. It is the main departure point for ferry transfers to Green Island and Fitzroy Island. It is also the departure point for air transfers to Lizard Island and Haggerstone Island. A cargo vessel the MV "Trinity Bay" operates a weekly service taking up to 28 passengers between Cairns and Thursday Island.


Mission Beach

  • Bedarra Island

Mission Beach is located mid-way between Cairns and Townsville and is the departure point to the Family Group of Islands including Dunk Island and Bedarra Island. Bedarra Island Resort can be accessed via a launch from Mission Beach that departs at 12:30pm daily, arriving at Bedarra at 1:00pm. Scheduled helicopter transfers also operate from Mission Beach and Cairns on a daily basis, arriving directly on the beachside helipad.


Townsville

  • Orpheus Island
  • Magnetic Island

Townsville is located 4 hours south of Cairns in North Queensland, adjacent to the central section of the Great Barrier Reef. Just 8km offshore is Magnetic Island with frequent passenger ferry departures throughout the day taking just 25 minutes. Orpheus Island is easily accessible from Townsville Airport for resort guests. A 30 minute helicopter transfer will lend itself to spectacular views of the coral-studded sea below. 


Airlie Beach

  • Daydream Island
  • One&Only Hayman Island
  • Hamilton Island
  • Long Island

Airlie Beach is the mainland base of the Whitsundays, located 300km south of Townsville and 150km north of Mackay. The Whitsundays is serviced by two domestic airports –  Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) and Great Barrier Reef Airport (Hamilton Island). 

Both airports are serviced by leading domestic carriers includign Virgin Australia and Jetstar. Frequent ferry services operate between Airlie Beach and most of the Whitsunday island resorts and Great Barrier Reef Airport. Airlie Beach offers a wide variety of accommodation from backpacker hostels to 5 star luxury hotels and resorts. 


Yeppoon

  • Great Keppel Island

The township of Yeppoon is the gateway to the Keppel Islands, situated 38km north east of Rockhampton (about 45 minutes). Great Keppel Island lies approximately 15km off the coast of Yeppoon which can be accessed by ferry from Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay. The journey takes approx 30 minutes and upon arrival you will be dropped at the beautiful fisherman’s beach. Visitors can also fly to Great Keppel Island from Rockhampton Airport with Peace Aviation. Flights depart daily with departure times to suit your requirements. Travel time 30 minutes.


Gladstone

  • Heron Island

Located in Central Queensland, Gladstone is the main departure point for ferry transfers to Heron Island. The Heron Islander leaves once a day from Gladstone Marina for Heron Island and returns once a day back to Gladstone. Heron Island is located 89kms off the coast, and ferry transfers take approx 2.5hrs each way. A seaplane flight is also available between Gladstone and Heron Island. The city of Gladstone is developed on hills overlooking the natural deepwater harbour.

Town of 1770

  • Lady Musgrave

Located halfway between Gladstone and Bundaberg, the Town of 1770 is the departure point for cruises to Lady Musgrave and Middle Islands. For the camping enthusiast, Middle Island offers wilderness camping and hiking.


Bundaberg

  • Lady Elliot Island
  • Lady Musgrave

Access to Lady Elliot Island is via a scenic flight transfer. Because Lady Elliot Island is the most remote Great Barrier Reef island regularly accessed, boat access is impractical. Daily flights depart from Bundaberg, flight time approx 30mins. Flights are also available from Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast 40mins, Brisbane (Redcliffe) 80mins and the Gold Coast (Coolangatta) 100mins. The Bundaberg region is situated approx 4 hours drive north of Brisbane. Bundaberg City is centred on the picturesque Burnett River at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The area lays claim to the internationally renowned Southern Great Barrier Reef, Mon Repos Turtle Rookery, Bundaberg Rum, and the famous aviator Bert Hinkler.


Hervey Bay

  • Fraser Island

Hervey Bay is located about 3 hours drive North of Brisbane and is one of 2 departure points to Fraser Island. Barges operate daily from River heads (just south of Hervey Bay) taking visitors to two destinations — Wanggoolba Creek landing area and Kingfisher Bay Resort. The River Heads to Wanggoolba Creek travel time is approx 30 mins and to Kingfisher Bay is 45 mins.Hervey Bay is often referred to as the Whale Watching capitalas it offers the world's closest whale watching encounters with humpback whales between July and October.  


Rainbow Beach

  • Fraser Island

Rainbow Beach is located about 2 hours north of Brisbane. A short drive from Rainbow Beach is Inskip Point where the ferry to Fraser Island departs from. You can take your 4WD across to Fraser Island on the barge which operates between 6:00am and 5:30pm daily, taking just 10 minutes to reach Hook Point.