Part of the Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations. On a holiday to Hamilton Island, you'll be surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life. Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach.

Getting There

Commercial flights

The only Whitsundays Island with its own commercial airport, Hamilton Island Airport services direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns, with Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas.


Ferries cruise to Hamilton Island throughout the day from Port of Airlie and Shute Harbour on the mainland. Long term parking is available at the Port of Airlie terminals, as well as other parking within the precinct.

If you’re travelling to Hamilton Island from Brisbane, Townsville or Cairns, coaches run to Airlie Beach, and arrive at the Port of Airlie transport terminal, right at the Port of Airlie ferry departure point.
The Spirit of Queensland runs five times a week return from Brisbane to Cairns, to Proserpine, with coach connections to the Port of Airlie and the Hamilton Island ferry. For more information please visit or call 1800 872 467.

The 1,100km drive north from Brisbane to Shute Harbour takes around 12 hours non-stop. Follow the Bruce Highway to Proserpine, then take the exit to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour on the coast. Long term parking is available at the Shute Harbour & Port of Airlie  terminals, as well as other parking within the precinct.

Passenger Ferries

Cruise Whitsundays is operating a limited ferry service to Hamilton Island Monday to Friday, departing Shute Harbour at 6.30am and 4pm. Tickets can be purchased on board the vessel for the day of travel. For Cruise Whitsundays information and updates, please visit

Passenger ferry services operate from the Hamilton Island Marina. The 60 minute ferry trip from Airlie Beach departs from two convenient locations at either Port Of Airlie Marina or Shute Harbour (just south of Airlie Beach), with more than a dozen services throughout the day.

Tour operators offering excursions to Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and other Whitsunday Islands also depart from the marina.
You can view the Cruise Whitsundays Ferry Timetable between Hamilton Island and the mainland here, or you can call (07) 4846 7000 or email [email protected]

Getting Around

Island Shuttle service

A complimentary bus service operates every day, from 7.30am until 10.45pm (subject to change) between the Resort Centre and Marina Village.

On foot

One of the best ways to explore the island is by walking. With several activities, restaurants and bars conveniently located on the resort side of the island, it’s also easy to wander from your accommodation to some of the island’s key highlights.


If you want to explore the island at your own pace - or if you’re staying at accommodation that’s further away from the action, you may wish to hire a buggy.  There are 4-seater buggies for hire. 

We recommend you provide a minimum of 72 hours notice when making your initial request to maximise the chance of meeting your request.