Information & Facts
The Whitsunday Islands have a warm, tropical climate all year round. Between the months of December and February the occasional tropical rain shower is common and average daytime highs reach around 27.4°C (80°F).
Domestic flights from Jetstar and Virgin Blue link Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. Queensland rail operates regular services to Proserpine from most major Australian cities, as do most coach companies and once in Proserpine, visitors have easy access to Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays via bus and taxi services.
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.