Cheap Flights to Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island overview

When is the best time to fly to Hamilton Island?

Peak Season: 

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands lying 16 km off the coast of Queensland. The picturesque spot enjoys warm weather all year round and is a popular holiday destination with many Australian and overseas visitors booking flights to Hamilton Island. Summer (November to February) is the main peak season and you should book flights to Hamilton Island well in advance for the Christmas / New Year period and January school holidays. Kids stay free at some resorts and eat free at some of the restaurants on the island. There are plenty of family-friendly activities to enjoy such as bushwalking, go karting, golf and mini golf, a shooting range and a Koala Gallery Wildlife Experience. Other peak periods include: Easter, Great Barrier Feast (June), Whale-watching season (July - September) and Race Week (August).

Off Season: 

April to August is considered low season, where you can get accommodation deals and find some of the cheapest flights to Hamilton Island. In winter (June - August) temperatures can dip to the low 20s, so while it may be too cold swimming, there are plenty of shore-based activities and a wide range of cafes and restaurants. November to May is the tropical cyclone season, while Box Jellyfish stinger season is from October through to May.

When is the best time to book a flight to Hamilton Island?

There’s no bad time to book flight tickets to Hamilton Island, but if you plan to spend the majority of your time swimming and enjoying watersports then you’ll want to avoid the stinger season. September is recommended as the best month to take cheap flights to Hamilton Island, where you’ll manage to avoid school holiday periods, cyclones, stingers and the peak tourist season. Plus the weather is a comfortable 26C with low rainfall and humidity.

How long is the flight to Hamilton Island?

Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island – 20 hrs 55 mins

Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island – 20 hrs 30 mins

Flights from Brisbane to Hamilton Island - 22 hrs 10 mins

Flights from Perth to Hamilton Island – 18 hrs

Which airlines operate flights to Hamilton Island?

Hamilton Island is the gateway for the Whitsundays and has its own airport. Hamilton Island Airport (HTI) services daily flights by Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia from Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Air New Zealand, Etihad Airways and Singapore Airlines also regularly fly there. It is also known as the Great Barrier Reef Airport as it services scenic flights to the reef.

How to get from the airport to the city centre?

After your flight lands at the Hamilton Island Airport (HTI), you’ll be met by shuttle bus or chauffeured golf buggy, depending on the resort accommodation you’ve reserved. Guests arriving by ferry from the mainland will also be met.

Hamilton Island insider information

  • Pristine beaches, coral reefs and awesome sailing, Hamilton Island is a photographers dream, and we’ve got the best spots you can take the ultimate selfie.
  • There are more than 8,000 islands within Australia’s maritime borders, making island getaways the perfect escape. Check out our top 9 Australian islands you have to visit at least once.
  • Looking for a tropical spot to say ‘I do’? Then be sure to visit All Saint’s Chapel, on Hamilton Island, we think it’s one of the world’s most beautiful churches.
  • Walking up to Passage Peak is a challenging affair but it'll be worth it. The views of the Whitsunday Islands at the top are drop-dead gorgeous.

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