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Renowned for its stunning Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef, and its laid-back tropical lifestyle, the Whitsundays welcomes many excited holiday-goers via its two domestic airports (Great Barrier Reef Airport and Whitsunday Coast Airport) daily.

Direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, and connecting flights from all major cities, ensures the Whitsundays is within easy reach of all travellers.

Guests travelling from overseas to the Whitsundays can fly into Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Melbourne and then take a domestic flight into one of the two Whitsunday airports.

Great Barrier Reef Airport, Hamilton Island (HTI)

Located on Hamilton Island, the Great Barrier Reef Airport, also known as Hamilton Island Airport, is serviced by Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Qantas. Daily direct flights from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and connection points beyond ensure easy access to this island paradise.


The modern and fully-equipped airport has a comfortable departure terminal with plenty of passenger seating, and an airport bar offering drinks and light meals, with snacks, souvenirs, magazines and other essential items available for purchase at the airport’s shop.

A parents’ room can be found adjacent to the bathroom facilities, with separate bathroom facilities and ramp access provided for disabled passengers also.

Airline check-in counters are located immediately inside the terminal, with buses dropping off and picking up passengers directly in front of the airport.


Passengers continuing their trip from Great Barrier Reef Airport (on Hamilton Island) to Airlie Beach, on the Whitsunday coast, and Daydream Island Resort, can travel via the Cruise Whitsundays’ ferries. Transfers can be easily pre-arranged or booked upon landing at Great Barrier Reef Airport, with luggage conveniently transferred to the vessel ahead of your boarding. View flight information for Great Barrier Reef Airport here.

Those travelling on to Hayman Island can choose from three luxurious transfer methods – luxury yacht, helicopter, seaplane transfer or an exclusive private yacht.

International Flights

There are currently no direct international flights to and from Hamilton Island. However, passengers are encouraged to discuss their connecting flight to Great Barrier Reef Airport upon booking their international flights as many major international airlines can include the flight to Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays on the international ticket.

Whitsunday Coast Airport, Proserpine (PPP)

Whitsunday Coast Airport, also known as Proserpine Airport, is located approximately 25 minutes from Airlie Beach, just south of the hinterland township of Proserpine.

The domestic airport is serviced by Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair Australia. Virgin Australia and Jetstar offer daily direct flights from Brisbane and connecting flights from other Australian cities. Tigerair Australia provides direct flights to and from Sydney on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.


Whitsunday Coast Airport has airline check-in counters located immediately inside the terminal, with a café offering drinks, light meals, magazines and limited essential items situated within the boarding lounge. Bathroom facilities are conveniently located within the boarding lounge also, and free Wi-Fi is available to all visitors to the terminal.

Bathroom facilities for special needs passengers can be found near the arrivals area and in the departure lounge. Braille is included on this signage to assist those vision impaired to locate facilities with ease also.


Transfers to Airlie Beach, surrounding Whitsunday townships, such as Bowen and Proserpine, and ferries to the Whitsunday Islands are available for all passengers, with buses and taxis meeting every flight at the airport to ensure stress-free transport for all visitors to the Whitsundays.

Car and limousine hire is also available at the airport, with various car hire company booths located within the bag collection area.


In addition to the general public car park, Whitsunday Coast Airport also provides short-term and long-term parking for the convenience of all passengers. Accessible parking is also available for the mobility impaired within the airport’s public carpark. These spaces are reserved for disabled parking.

Approximate Flight Duration

Cairns to Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) - 1 ½ hours

Brisbane to Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) - 1 ½ hours

Brisbane to Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) - 1 ½ hours

Sydney to Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) - 2 hours

Sydney to Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) - 2 hours

Melbourne to Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) - 3 hours


View flight information for Whitsunday Coast Airport here.

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