Getting to the Whitsundays from overseas is best done by flying into Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Melbourne, and then booking a domestic flight into one of the Whitsundays’ two airports. Brisbane offers the best range of connecting flights into the region.
The two airports that service the Whitsundays daily are:
Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island (HTI)
Located on Hamilton Island, the airport is serviced by Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Qantas Link with daily flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and connection points beyond.
Cruise Whitsundays provides the most extensive island resort transfer service in the Whitsundays offering seamless, hassle free and fast transfers for arriving and departing guests. Cruise Whitsundays’ ferries are modern, purpose built vessels with air-conditioned lounges, plasma screens to provide information on the Resort and area, a bar serving REAL coffee and a full range of drinks and snacks. Departing from Abel Point.
Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP)
Whitsunday Coast Airport is located in Proserpine, approximately 25 minutes drive time to Airlie Beach. The airport is serviced by Virgin Blue and Jetstar offering daily flights from Brisbane and connecting flights from other cities. Buses and taxis meet every flight to transfer guests to Airlie Beach, or to ferries to the island resorts. Car and limousine hire is also available at the airport.
Approximate Flight Times
|From – To||Flight Time|
|Cairns – Hamilton Island||1 ½ hours|
|Brisbane – Whitsunday Coast||1 ½ hours|
|Brisbane – Hamilton Island||1 ½ hours|
|Sydney – Hamilton Island||2 hours|
|Melbourne – Hamilton Island||3 hours|