Accessibility to Hamilton Island
While Hamilton Island is ideally located in the heart of the Whitsundays and on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, it is also perfectly situated close to all of Australia's capital cities and is regularly serviced by plane, helicopter, boat, ferry and even private yacht.
Whether travelling by air or water, getting to and from Hamilton Island is a stress-free experience with plenty of available options.
There are 45 weekly direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns to Hamilton Island's own commercial airport. Major airlines including Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas all service the Island and regional charter flights can be organised from Mackay, Proserpine and Airlie Beach. The modern, fully equipped airport is the main hub for the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef and handles commercial flights plus locally operated helicopters, light planes and seaplanes.
Ferries cruise the 60-minute journey from Port of Airlie on the mainland to Hamilton Island throughout the day. Meanwhile, those arriving by yacht will find a warm welcome at the Hamilton Island Marina. If you or family and friends are travelling to the Island from Brisbane, Townsville or Cairns, there are coaches that run regularly to Airlie Beach, which is a short coach trip from the departure point at Shute Harbour. Meanwhile, the Sunlander train runs four times a week from Brisbane and Cairns to Proserpine, with coach connections to Shute Harbour and the Hamilton Island ferry.
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