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Getting to the Whitsunday Islands is easy

Getting to the Whitsunday Islands is easy
The Whitsundays is located in north-eastern Australia, on Queensland’s central coast, approximately 1120km north of Brisbane and 630km south of Cairns. The Whitsundays comprises 74 magnificent islands, including 5 with operational resorts on them, and the adjacent coast, centred around the town of Airlie Beach. 

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 Australia, Jetstar and Qantas Link with daily flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and connection points beyond. Cruise Whitsundays operates ferries from Hamilton Island to transfer passengers to Airlie Beach on the Whitsunday Coast and other island resorts.
View flight information for Great Barrier Reef Airport here.

Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP)

Whitsunday Coast Airport is located near Proserpine, approximately 25 minutes to Airlie Beach. The airport is currently serviced by three domestic carriers Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tiger Airways. Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer daily flights from Brisbane and connecting flights from other cities. Tiger Airways provides direct flights to and from Sydney on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. 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.
View flight information for Whitsunday Coast Airport here.

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

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