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. There is a wide range of accommodation options from bungalows to 5-star hotels, 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
Flights from Melbourne (MEL) to Hamilton Island (HTI)
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Visiting from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Melbourne to Hamilton Island (MEL to HTI)
The approximate flight time from Melbourne to Hamilton Island is 2 hours.
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 external site in a new 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 its easy to walk around the island with restaurants, pools and bars to try.
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What is the main airport called?
Melbourne Airport.Opens external site in a new window Located 20 km (12.5 miles) from the city centre, Melbourne Domestic Airport (MEL), also known as Tullamarine Airport, is the main airport serving the state of Victoria. Qantas operates from two terminals in Melbourne T1 - domestic and T2 - international.
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* Flight prices are per adult in Australian Dollars, based on payment at qantas.com by BPAY made 7 days or more before departure, POLi or Qantas issued UATP. For other payment options a percentage based fee applies, capped at a maximum per passenger of $22 for Domestic or $120 for International travel. Prices are not guaranteed until payment is made. Fares may not be available on all flights or days. Some flights are operated by partner or subsidiary airlines. Prices may fluctuate if taxes or foreign exchange rates change. Passengers booking Premium Economy may be seated in Economy on connecting flights. Check the fare rules for more details before booking. Inclusions vary between flights. All schedules subject to change, including last minute aircraft changes. QantasLink flights operated by Sunstate Airlines (Qld) Pty Ltd ABN 82 009 734 703, Eastern Australia Airlines Pty Ltd ABN 77 001 599 024, and National Jet Systems Pty Ltd ABN 11 008 279 203. Licence No per state: QLD - 407, NSW - 2TA000237, VIC - 30362, SA - TTA155, WA - 9TA52.
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