Getting to Hamilton Island

The below maps illustrate Hamilton Island's position on the Great Barrier Reef, the location of all the island's excellent facilities and can also assist you in choosing your accommodation.

Hamilton Island Map

Getting to Hamilton Island

Transfers to Hamilton Island are available from Shute Harbour, the Port of Airlie, Mackay Airport and Proserpine Airport. Virgin Australia offers direct flights to Hamilton Island from Brisbane and Sydney with connecting flights from Melbourne. Virgin Australia also fly to the Proserpine and Mackay Airports. From here there are transfers available to and from either Shute Harbour or the Port of Airlie to meet launch transfers which operate to Hamilton Island.

Flight Times
Sydney 2 hours and 25 minutes.
Melbourne 3 hours and 25 minutes.
Brisbane 1 hour and 45 minute.
Cairns 1 hour and 5 minutes

Getting Around

Resorts offer complimentary shuttle services to 80% of the island while buggy hire is also available. Buggy hire is included in accommodation rates for some properties. Hire prices start from $85 per day. A driver's licence must be held and drivers must be 21 years or older in order to operate a buggy on the island.

Tips for travelling to Hamilton Island

Check in is at 2.00 pm so if your flight arrives prior to this we recommend you carry a day bag with swimming costumes etc and use the change and shower facilities in the hospitality lounge at the Reef View Hotel.

Cockatoos are natural island inhabitants, please do not feed these birds as this interferes with their digestive system. Please keep all doors and windows closed to reduce the likelihood of these birds accessing in room items.

If scuba diving is on your agenda, please bring along a medical certificate, more advanced proof of diving certification is strongly recommended if you have it.