With its magical location in the heart of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach. It also features a wide range of accommodation options from bungalows to 5-star luxury retreats, a huge selection of activities – from water based activities to hiking, and some striking contemporary landmarks, including the iconic Hamilton Island Yacht Club. With stunning sunsets, swaying palm trees and divine pools – it’s the perfect escape to Queensland.View our Hamilton Island travel guide
Reasons to fly with Qantas
Visiting from Canberra to Hamilton Island
Canberra to Hamilton Island (CBR to HTI)
The approximate flight time from Canberra to Hamilton Island is 3 hours and 55 minutes.
When to visit
With mild weather all year round, anytime is the perfect time to visit Hamilton Island. Plan your trip between January and March for hot 30°C weather, although cyclones, humidity and afternoon showers are not uncommon at this time. April to June is the best time to visit with warm weather, less rain and crisp blue skies. July to September is popular for sailing, with hot sunny weather from October to December.
What is the main airport called?
Hamilton Island Airport.Opens in a new tab or window Located 1km from the town centre, Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) is the main air hub for the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.
Arriving at Hamilton Island Airport
When your Qantas or Jetstar flight arrives at Hamilton Airport, you’ll be welcomed by the friendly staff at Hamilton Island Airport ready to get your break off to a great start.
Getting into Hamilton Island from Hamilton Island Airport
If you are staying at one of the main hotels on the island, airport transfers for guests are included with the staff ready to take you to your accommodation. Hamilton Island is a car-free, though buggy hire is available and a resort bus service runs regularly to take you around the island. Hamilton Island Airport is only 1km from the town.
Getting around Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island is a car-free destination with buggies the main mode of transport. It’s best to pre-book a buggy to ensure availability when you arrive. There is a free shuttle bus that follows three routes around the island and runs regularly and it's easy to walk around the island with restaurants, pools and bars to try.
Fly from Canberra
Fly from Canberra. Once you’ve purchased your tickets from Canberra, there are a few things you should know to ensure you’re as prepared as possible for your upcoming trip.
What is the main airport called?
Canberra Airport (CBR).Opens in a new tab or window Canberra Airport is located 8 km (5 miles) from the city centre and offers flights to Australia's capital cities, as well as Newcastle, the Gold Coast, Wellington (New Zealand) and Singapore.
Passengers on Qantas flights from Canberra are allocated checked baggage. If you need more luggage, you can purchase an additional baggage allowance online prior to departure.
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