Cheap flights to Hamilton Island for 2021

Everything you need to know about flights and transport to and from the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island.

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Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays are 2 of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. If you're planning a trip, you'll be pleased to know that the area is well organised when it comes to transport.

It's easy flying to and from the area and easy getting around once you arrive, leaving you to enjoy your island holiday to the fullest.

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TL;DR: Hamilton Island (Whitsundays) flights

Frequently asked questions about flights to Hamilton Island

How much does it cost to fly to Hamilton Island?

Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island start from around $180 return with Jetstar during flight sales. From within Queensland, Brisbane flights are about $220 for a return ticket according to Skyscanner.

Further away, fares from Melbourne to Hamilton Island are slightly more expensive at about $240 return. Further still, flying from Perth, from which there are no direct flights, will set you back at least $500.

When is the cheapest time to fly to Hamilton Island?

Because it has comfortable weather year round, anytime is generally the best time to visit Hamilton Island. Outside of school holidays and seasonal events, this means you can travel whenever you find cheap flights or deals.

May to July are the cheapest months to fly, with June being the cheapest, 15% less than average according to KAYAK.

November to January is considered to be the high season with prices in December being 13% higher than average.

Cheapest months to fly:

May to July

Priciest months to fly:

November to January

How long does it take to fly to Hamilton Island?

Flying times to Hamilton Island from major cities across Australia are as follows:

  • Sydney: 2 hours, 30 minutes direct
  • Brisbane: 1 hour, 40 minutes direct
  • Cairns: 4 hours, 25 minutes with a stopover
  • Melbourne: 3 hours direct
  • Adelaide: 5 hours, 40 minutes with a stopover
  • Perth: 9 hours, 5 minutes with a stopover

Which airlines fly direct to Hamilton Island?

What's the best airline to fly to Hamilton Island?

  • Best for price. Jetstar usually has the cheapest flights but the low cost carrier doesn't include checked baggage in your airfare.
  • Best for extra inclusions. Qantas flights include 23kg of checked baggage and refreshments.
  • Best for frequent flyer rewards. Earn frequent flyer points with both Virgin (Velocity Frequent Flyer) and Qantas (Qantas Frequent Flyer). Eligible Jetstar flights may also earn Qantas Points.

How many points do I need to fly to Hamilton Island?

Departure cityPoints required for a return Qantas flightPoints required for a return Virgin flight
Adelaide36,000Not available
Alice Springs40,600Not available
Cairns36,000Not available
Darwin38,300Not available
Gold Coast36,000Not available
Perth40,600Not available
*These points were calculated in June 2020 and are subject to change and increases based on demand on your preferred travel dates.

Want to earn a free flight to Hamilton Island (Whitsundays)?

These frequent flyer credit card offers can give you more than enough bonus points for a complimentary flight (minus applicable taxes) to Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) from major cities across Australia.

NAB Qantas Rewards Signature Card

Up to 110,000 bonus Qantas Points
Discounted $295 first year annual fee

Offer may be withdrawn at any time

Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions, fees and charges apply

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American Express Velocity Platinum Card

Receive 120,000 bonus Velocity Points

Offer ends 13 December 2021

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How far in advance should I book my flights to Hamilton Island?

Hamilton Island pricing data from KAYAK suggests that you should book your travel at least 5 weeks prior to departure if you want to snatch a cheaper than average price.

Prices for Hamilton Island flights are generally at their lowest 90 days ahead of the travel date.

Where is the airport on Hamilton Island?

Hamilton Island Airport (HTI), also known as Great Barrier Reef Airport, is the main airport for Hamilton Island. Prosperine/ Whitsunday Coast Airport (PPP) is located on the mainland and serves the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

The Hamilton Island airport is small, but is conveniently located on Airport Drive, a short distance away from most of the island's resorts.

Airport transfers are available to guests staying at certain hotels and resorts around the island. Bus and ferry services can take holidaymakers around the area, however pre-booking is required. Car hire is available from Proserpine Airport and Airlie Beach Port. Uber is also available in some areas.

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