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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.

The most convenient route to the Whitsunday Islands is by air to either Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) or Proserpine Airport (PPP).

There are no direct international flights to Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) or Proserpine Airport (PPP).

From international destinations this may require first flying into Brisbane Airport (BNE) – or Cairns, Melbourne or Sydney – 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, is located 14km (8.6mi) south of Proserpine town, and is best if you are staying at Airlie Beach or are picking up a yacht charter from Shute Harbour.


Flight times to the Whitsundays

The following are the most convenient flights to Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) and Proserpine Airport (PPP), Whitsundays.

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

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


Within Australia: Proserpine Airport (PPP) receives direct flights from Brisbane (Jetstar Airways, Virgin Australia), Sydney (Tigerair Australia, Jetstar Airways) and Melbourne (Jetstar Airways).

Brisbane to Proserpine is 1 hr 45 min, direct flight
Sydney to Proserpine is 2 hr 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Proserpine is 2 hrs 55 min, direct flight


Flight times to Brisbane

The following are the most convenient flights to Brisbane Airport (BNE), Queensaland.

Within Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar operate daily nonstop flights to Brisbane.

Adelaide to Brisbane is 2 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Canberra to Brisbane is 1 hr 40 min, direct flight
Darwin to Brisbane is 3 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Sydney to Brisbane is 1 hr 30 min, direct flight
Melbourne to Brisbane is 2 hrs 10 min, direct flight
Perth to Brisbane is 4 hrs 20 min, direct flight


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

Auckland to Brisbane is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas operate the most convenient daily flights to Brisbane.

Singapore to Brisbane is 7 hrs 20 min, direct flight


From China: Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Qantas and Cathay Pacific offer the most convenient flights to Brisbane.

Shanghai to Brisbane is 10 hrs, direct flight
Hong Kong to Brisbane is 8 hrs 35 min, direct flight

Beijing to Brisbane is 13 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia offer the most convenient daily scheduled flights to Brisbane.

Los Angeles to Brisbane is 13 hrs 45 min, direct flight

Atlanta to Brisbane is 19 hrs 40 min, with connecting flightˆ
Boston to Brisbane is 21 hrs, with connecting flightˆ
Chicago to Brisbane is 19 hrs 22 min, with connecting flightˆ
Dallas-Fort Worth to Brisbane is 18 hrs 12 min, with connecting flightˆ
New York to Brisbane is 20 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ
San Francisco to Brisbane is 16 hrs 20 min, with connecting flightˆ


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

Vancouver to Brisbane is 14 hrs 40 min, direct flight

Toronto to Brisbane is 20 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ
Montreal to Brisbane is 21 hrs 15 min, with connecting flightˆ


From United Kingdom: Emirates, British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Brisbane.

London to Brisbane is 21 hrs 30 min, with connecting flightˆ
Manchester to Brisbane is 22 hrs 50 min, with connecting flightˆ


From France: Emirates, Air France, Etihad, Singapore Airlines and Qantas offer the most convenient daily flights to Brisbane.

Paris to Brisbane is 22 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ


From Germany: Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Lufthansa and Scoot Tigerair offer the most convenient flights to Brisbane.

Berlin to Brisbane is 22 hrs 25 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Brisbane is 20 hrs 55 min, connecting flightˆ
Frankfurt to Brisbane is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Brisbane is 22 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ
Munich to Brisbane is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer 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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