Getting toHamilton Island

GETTING HERE

Fly here

Hamilton Island’s modern, fully-equipped airport handles direct flights daily from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.

Flights operated by Virgin Australia, Jetstar, and Qantas.

Private flights and charters can also fly into Hamilton Island Airport, along with locally operated helicopters, light planes and seaplanes.

Float here

Cruise Whitsundays passenger ferry services operate between the mainland and Hamilton Island.

The short ferry trip from Airlie Beach departs from two convenient locations at either Port Of Airlie Marina or Shute Harbour (just south of Airlie Beach), with more than a dozen services throughout the day.

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Drive here

If you’re travelling from the South:
Brisbane to the Whitsundays is 1092km / 13.5hrs
Rockhampton to the Whitsundays 498km / 6.5hrs
Mackay to the Whitsundays 150km / 1.5hrs

If you’re travelling from the North:
Bowen to the Whitsundays 91km / 1hr
Townsville to the Whitsundays 314km / 3hrs
Cairns to the Whitsundays 633km / 8hrs

Private vehicles cannot be brought onto Hamilton Island. Once you arrive in Airlie Beach, please refer to “Float Here”.

Helpful links

Hamilton Island's website

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Cruise Whitsunday ferry timetable

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Hamilton Island flight schedule

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Before you arrive & what to bring

Planning your trip to Hamilton Island? Here are a few practical tips about what to pack, how to get here, and how to go about confirming various aspects of your holiday.

Airport and marina transfers are included in most accommodation packages. Be sure to let your accommodation provider know your travel details, so they can be there to transport you to your accommodation.

This handy app includes everything you need to know about Hamilton Island’s guest services, facilities, activities, opening times and what’s on. It’s your personal concierge to everything there is to see and do during your Island holiday, and we highly recommend downloading it before your visit.

We strongly recommend that you take out travel insurance for your holiday. You can get an instant quote online with Cover-More.

Most accommodation packages include  complimentary transfers to your accommodation. Hamilton Island’s transfer staff will be waiting for you outside the airport’s baggage collection area.

If you’ve booked a holiday home on Hamilton Island though Hamilton Island Holidays, make your way to the check-in desk to receive the keys to your house and buggy.

If you’ve booked through a private accommodation booking agency, please refer to their terms and conditions for collection details.

Cruise Whitsundays ferries from the mainland arrive and depart from the marina, in the heart of the Marina Village. The direct trip from Shute Harbour takes just 30 minutes. Excursion ferries also sail from the marina for relaxing day trips to other Whitsunday Islands.

Your accommodation check-in time is 2pm. If you arrive earlier, it’s a good idea to pack a day bag with your swimming costume, sunscreen, a hat and perhaps a change of clothes, just in case your room isn’t ready. The Reef View Hotel has lockers, change rooms and shower facilities. You will be contacted when your room is ready, so why not head to the pool and get your holiday started?

When it comes to packing, think seaside and outdoors. Swimwear is the most important item of clothing for many holidaymakers, and don’t forget to pack a sunhat, sunscreen, sandals and comfortable walking shoes. Towels are provided in most  accommodation.

Late-afternoon breezes can make even tropical evenings cool, so dressing in layers is a good idea. Bring long-sleeved tops or shirts, and a lightweight jacket or cardigan.

Also, remember to bring special sporting equipment such as golf clubs, your medical certificate if you are thinking of learning to scuba dive, and your dive certificate if more advanced diving is on your holiday agenda.

If you’re travelling with children, cots and high-chairs are usually provided free of charge. Just let your accommodation provider know your requirements when you’re booking accommodation. You can hire strollers, books and toys through the Clownfish Club.

Don’t forget, while Hamilton Island does have a lot of services, when it comes to wedding attire the options are very limited, please ensure you and all your guests bring everything you need to wear to the wedding, such as belts, ties, shoes, pants etc.

So you don’t miss out on an activity or dining experience on the island, we highly recommend pre-booking as much as you can:

Tours and activities: call the Tour Desk on 07 4946 8305.
Restaurant bookings: ring the call centre on 07 4946 9999 and ask to be put through to the restaurant of your choice or visit the restaurants pages for more information.
Clownfish Club and babysitting services: call 07 4946 8941.