Where is Hamilton Island?

Hamilton Island is 900 kilometres (560 miles) north of Brisbane, in the heart of Queensland's popular Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is one of the more accessible, stunning resort islands on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. 

With an area of five amazing square kilometres, Hamilton Island lies close to the south-eastern tip of Whitsunday Island, the largest island (109 square kilometres) in the Whitsunday group, North Queensland. 

It is the only Queensland island with a modern jet airport, which allows you to fly directly to Hamilton Island from Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Cairns and Townsville in Queensland, and from Melbourne, Sydney, and Uluru in the Northern Territory. 

Unlike Green Island and Heron Island, which are cays, the Whitsunday Islands are mostly continental islands and are the tips of underwater mountains. Many of these islands, like Hamilton Island, have fringing coral reefs and are considered part of the Great Barrier Reef.

If travelling by land on the Queensland coast, a fast ferry to Hamilton Island is available from Airlie Beach, south of the town of Bowen. 

Or of course you can sail your own boat to Hamilton Island and park it right outside your villa! 


Qantas, Virgin, Jet Star, all have daily services from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Qantas Link has daily services from Cairns.

Regional charter flights can be arranged from Mackay, Proserpine and Airlie Beach.

By Ferry. From Port of Airlie, Airlie Beach, to Hamilton island Marina and return. 60 minutes each way.

By Ferry from Shute Harbour, 20 minutes south of Port of Airlie. Direct ferries take 30 minutes each way.

Coaches and trains are available from other destinations to get you to Airlie Beach.