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Car Hire from Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport

Car Hire from Proserpine Airport

Proserpine Airport is located close to the Whitsunday coast in the Australian state of Queensland. This is a region of spectacular beaches, beautiful coastline, lively resorts and sleepy farming villages. With a great road network and some wonderfully scenic routes, hiring a car from the airport is a sure way to get the most out of your Australian adventure.

Where to hire a car at Proserpine Airport

There is a good selection of car hire companies based at Proserpine Airport, including Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Budget. All of these companies have desks located within the airport’s terminal building.

Petrol Stations near Proserpine Airport

If you need to return your hire car with a full tank of petrol, the closest service stations are located in the town of Proserpine, just north of the airport. There’s a Caltex petrol station just 10 minutes’ drive from the airport on the A1.

Driving around Proserpine Airport

Roads around Proserpine Airport are well-maintained and signposted. The main route through the area is the A1, which travels south to Rockhampton and north to Proserpine. If you’re heading to the coast, there are a number of smaller roads heading east to Airlie Beach and the coastal national parks.
There’s a great road network around the whole of Queensland. A standard car will serve you well if you’re sticking to main roads and towns but, if you’re venturing off the beaten track, there are some unsealed roads more suited to a 4WD. All unsealed roads are marked on maps so you can decide on the best option in advance of your trip.

Getting to your destination

Hiring a car from Proserpine Airport is a great way to explore this area of Queensland. Here are just a few of the incredible destinations within easy driving distance of the airport:


Proserpine is an old farming town surrounded by rural countryside and unchanged for decades. Along Main Street, visitors can soak up the authentic atmosphere, meeting friendly locals and drinking in country pubs. Outside the town there are plenty of attractions including tours along the Proserpine River where you may be able to spot the odd crocodile.
It takes 15 minutes to drive from Proserpine Airport to Proserpine centre, taking the A1 heading north. The town is small with lots of street parking available and very little traffic.


Bowen is home to no less than eight award winning beaches so there are lots of pretty bays and coves to explore. The town itself is picturesque with quaint shops and a variety of restaurants. Coral reefs lie just a few metres from the shore so this is a popular spot with snorkelers and divers too.
It takes just under an hour to drive from Proserpine Airport to Bowen, taking the A1 north. The town is small and laid out over a partial grid system so navigation is relatively easy.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a popular coastal resort. However, it’s the town’s lagoon rather than its beach which attracts the majority of visitors, sunbathers and swimmers. In the town, there are some great seafood restaurants and lively nightlife spots. Visitors can try their hand at water sports or explore the Whitsunday Islands by hopping on one of the many boat trips that leave from the harbour each day.
Airlie Beach is a 30 minute drive from Proserpine Airport, taking the A1 north and then Shute Harbour Road heading east towards the coast. There are a number of car parks around the town and, whilst traffic can be a little busier at weekends, it never usually poses a problem.


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