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How to get to the Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands lie off the central coast of Queensland, around 900km (559mi) north of Brisbane and 600km (372mi) south of Cairns, and are easily accessible by air and sea from the mainland of Australia.

The most convenient route to the Whitsunday Islands is by air to either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns, followed by a connecting flight to either Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) or Proserpine Airport (PPP).

Hamilton Island Airport (HTI), also known as Great Barrier Reef Airport, is the main gateway airport to the Whitsundays.

The smaller Proserpine Airport (PPP), also known as Whitsunday Coast Airport, and located 14km (8.6mi) south of Proserpine town and is best only if you are staying at Airlie Beach or are picking up a yacht charter from Shute Harbour.


Flight time to the Whitsundays

The following are the most convenient flights to the Whitsundays.

From the United States: American Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Whitsundays.

Atlanta to the Whitsundays is 26 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to the Whitsundays is 27 hrs 5 min, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to the Whitsundays is 25 hrs, with connecting flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to the Whitsundays is 23 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to the Whitsundays is 26 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Los Angeles to the Whitsundays is 19 hrs 35 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to the Whitsundays is 20 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to the Whitsundays.

Toronto to the Whitsundays is 26 hrs 05 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to the Whitsundays is 26 hrs 55 min, with connecting flightˆ
Vancouver to the Whitsundays is 19 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ


Within Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar operate daily nonstop flights to Hamilton Island Airport (HTI).

Adelaide to Hamilton Island is 5 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Hamilton Island is 1 hr 45 min, direct flight
Cairns to Hamilton Island is 1 hr 10 min, direct flight
Sydney to Hamilton Island is 2 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Hamilton Island is 3 hrs, direct flight
Perth to Hamilton Island is 7 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ

Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair Australia operate daily nonstop flights to Proserpine Airport (PPP).

Brisbane to Proserpine is 1 hr 45 min, direct flight
Sydney to Proserpine is 2 hrs 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Proserpine is 3 hrs, direct flight


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, Virgin Australia and Qantas offer the most convenient scheduled flights to the Whitsundays.

Auckland to the Whitsundays is 7 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and Virgin Australia operate regular flights to the Whitsundays.

Singapore to the Whitsundays is 10 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ


From the United Kingdom: British Airways, Qantas and Jetstar offer the most convenient weekly scheduled flights to the Whitsundays.

London to the Whitsundays is 25 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Air France and Qantas offer the most convenient scheduled flights to the Whitsundays.

Paris to the Whitsundays is 25 hrs 45, with connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes layover time.)


Flying in

Hamilton Island Airport is the main air hub for the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Also known as the Great Barrier Reef Airport, the airport is located south of the Marina, just five minutes from the resorts.

Commercial flights arriving at Hamilton Island Airport are met by the free airport transfer service. In addition, guests of Qualia resort, Beach Club, Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows and several holiday homes receive complimentary transfers from Hamilton Island Airport to the respective accommodation.

The smaller Proserpine Airport is located 14km (8.6mi) south of Proserpine town, and around 26km (16mi) south of Airlie Beach on the mainland. A shuttle bus connects Proserpine Airport to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Hire cars are also available along Shute Harbour Road.


Entry requirements

UK, USA and Canadian nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay. A visa is required, except for those with Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). New Zealand citizens are granted a Special Category Visa on arrival.


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Latest update: How to get to the Whitsundays: 5 June, 2019


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