Airlie Beach to Mackay Bus

Airlie Beach to Mackay

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Airlie Beach to Mackay

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Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, and serving as the gateway to the famed Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is a small town where you can go on a big adventure. Boats, planes, jet skis, kayaks and more – there are activities here to suit every pace. Of course, you can also just lie back and relax in the soft white sands and pristine waters of the beaches, bays and islands that surround this tropical paradise.

Just two hours away from Airlie Beach on a Greyhound bus (with a quick stop at Proserpine along the way), you’ll find Mackay, a city of rich heritage and beauty.

Mackay’s CBD boasts an impressive collection of beautifully preserved Heritage-listed buildings, showcasing the art deco-inspired architecture of the early 20th century. Mackay is also home to the Bluewater Trail Project, a 20 kilometre stretch of pedestrian paths and bikeways that links local attractions like the Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Quay and Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens.

You can take a bush walk through nearby Eungella National Park, Australia’s longest stretch of subtropical rainforest, and home to platypus who love swimming in the waters of Broken River. Wildlife is also abundant at nearby Cape Hillsborough National Park, where wallabies and kangaroos are a regular presence on the beach at sunrise.

Aboard the bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay, you’ll enjoy reclining in your comfortable leather seat with free WiFi, an in-seat USB charger and panoramic windows.

You can reserve your preferred window or aisle seat when you book your travel from Airlie Beach to Mackay with our seat selection feature, and you can stay up to date with service delays and arrival times with our handy real-time coach tracker.

To take advantage of even more benefits and special offers, you can join our Greyhound Rewards program. You’ll earn G-Dollars with every express ticket you buy, which you can put towards your very next trip, or save for a special journey!

A Greyhound bus is the most convenient and comfortable way to travel from Airlie Beach to Mackay. Book your ticket now!


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Where do buses depart from in Airlie Beach and Mackay?

In Airlie Beach, buses to Mackay depart from the ‘Heart of the Reef’ Transit Terminal on The Cove Road. In Mackay, buses to Airlie Beach depart from the Caltex on the corner of Victoria Street and Tennyson Street.

What amenities can I expect on the bus?

All our buses between Airlie Beach & Mackay come with free WiFi, USB chargers, air-conditioning, reclining seats, and a restroom.

How long does it take to get from Airlie Beach to Mackay?

The bus trip from Airlie Beach to Mackay takes approximately two hours. For the most up-to-date timetables please visit the Timetables page.

How much is a bus ticket from Airlie Beach to Mackay?

All our bus fares come in three tiers – Early Bird, Advantage and Premium – with prices varying based on how far in advance you are making a booking. You can find the most up-to-date price for your trip by searching available trips online or by calling our customer service team on 1300 473 946. For more information on different types of available fares visit our Compare Fares page.

Where can I buy a ticket?

The easiest and cheapest way to buy a bus ticket for your Airlie Beach to Mackay trip is to book directly on our website. Your ticket is then saved in your My Greyhound account where you can manage your booking, and simply show an electronic copy of your ticket on your phone to the bus driver when you board.

You can also book your trips on the phone by contacting our friendly customer service on 1300 473 946, at our ticket outlets/travel agencies, or directly with the bus driver*.

*Please note that all bookings made through our call centre, travel centres and tickets purchased directly from drivers will incur a booking fee of $5.

What if my trip is disrupted by COVID?

In the event of COVID-related restrictions, cancellations, rescheduling, or border closures, you can rest easy knowing that Greyhound's COVID refund policy will allow you to choose between a refund, credit, or reschedule of your booked travel.

All passengers must adhere to local state and territory government requirements due to COVID-19. See Service Updates for latest information, and find out how to Travel Safe with Greyhound.

**For more information see our FAQ page.