Located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is an excellent tropical getaway with its warm inviting turquoise-hued waters and pristine white sand beaches. But what makes Hamilton Island special is that this car-free island has an interesting history, some incredible contemporary landmarks and a great sense of environmental responsibility. Anytime is a good time to visit Hamilton Island as the temperatures are a mild 24 – 30 degrees Celsius all-year-round. May – June and July – September is when the island receives a host of special occasion and conference groups, honeymooners, and wedding parties. In these months, the evenings are slightly cooler and there is occasional rain and strong breeze but most days are clear. February – March are quieter months, with hot and sunny days. Schools are closed in January and June, so families with younger kids tend to visit the island in these months apart from October to December period which is also marked by several holidays and festivities.
In the past two weeks, users have booked deals to Hamilton Island for $92/person, which is 85% cheaper than the average flight to Hamilton Island. To find the cheapest price to Hamilton Island from your area, use momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool.
If you aren’t able to travel to Hamilton Island during the month of June, then flying in March is also cheap. Prices for this month can be found on momondo for an average of $294.
In general, most travellers find the cheapest time to book a flight to Hamilton Island is about 60 days prior to their departure date, when tickets on average are $331. However, flight prices might be lower outside of this timeframe. For example, people recently found flights to Hamilton Island from Australia for as low as $246 on momondo.
According to our data, Wednesday is the cheapest day to fly to Hamilton Island from Australia. The lowest ticket price found for a Wednesday departure recently was $311. Keep in mind that prices can always vary depending on your route and whether or not you are flying domestic or international. The most expensive day to fly to Hamilton Island is Thursday, with ticket prices averaging around $349.
In the afternoon is the cheapest time of day to fly from Australia to Hamilton Island when you can find flight prices for as low as $214. Flying to Hamilton Island in the afternoon is an ideal time because this is during off-peak travel hours. Flights to Hamilton Island are more costly in the evening, with an average ticket price of $420. Departure times in the evening fall within the peak daily travel times, which is why tickets can be more expensive.
Hayman Island Airport, Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport or Mackay Airport can be an alternative airport used for travel to Hamilton Island.
With an average price of $569 per person, Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport is the cheapest airport to fly into when planning your trip to Hamilton Island. This price can fluctuate based on where you are flying from. momondo’s Airport-to-Airport Pricing Tool can help users find the best prices.
Hamilton Island Airport is only 5 – 10 minutes from the island’s main resort accommodation. If you have reserved your stay any of the Hamilton Island resorts such as Qualia, Beach Club, Reef View Hotel or Palm Bungalows, then as soon as you land at Hamilton Airport, a guest service team member will meet with you and provide a complimentary coach transfer to your chosen place of stay.
One of the best ways to get around Hamilton Island is on foot. Several activities, restaurants and bars are located on the resort side of the island and is within an easy walking distance from your accommodation.
If you are staying at an accommodation that is further away from the action, you can hire a 2-seater or 4-seater buggy. Buggies can be hired at the Airport Buggy Hire from 9.00 am. – 3.30 p.m. and at the Resort Side Buggy Hire from 8.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. Hiring charges are $46.00 AUD for 1 hour, $57.00 AUD for 2 hours, $62.00 AUG for 3 hours, $67.00 AUD for 4 hours, $70.00 AUD for overnight hire from 3.00 p.m. – 9.00 a.m. and $87.00 AUD per 24 hours. A $10.00 AUD service charge is applicable if you choose different locations for pick up and drop off. A valid driver’s license is required to hire the buggy and prior online booking is essential.
Complimentary Bus Service
Hamilton Island is car-free, but the island operates a complimentary bus service daily from 6.50 a.m. – 11.00 p.m. on 2 select routes. The Green Shuttle operates continuously between Catseye Beach and the Marina Precinct every 15 minutes, the Blue Shuttle travels around the island every 20 minutes during peak times and 40 minutes during off-peak times.
Hamilton Island is located just off the Queensland coast of Australia and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, it is the largest inhabited island, and the only island with its own commercial airport. While the island is a short direct flight from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns you can also access the island through a 30-minute direct boat transfers from Shute Harbour or Abell Point Marina near Arlie Beach in Queensland.
The Hamilton Island App
Download the Hamilton Island App on your mobile phone. It has extremely useful information and the activity guide lists all the options available each day for things to see and do.
Hamilton Island Golf Club on Dent Island isn’t just for golfers. When you book the two-course at The Clubhouse, you are in for some delicious food, seamless service and stunning views of the Whitsundays.