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|Cheapest price||$507||From Cairns to Whitsunday Islands|
The Whitsunday Islands is a chain of over 70 islands that swirl around the north-east coast of Queensland.
For many of the X people who visit, the Whitsundays is just a super scenic launch pad for boat trips to the Great Barrier Reef. But that’s not all it’s good for. Many islands take a Maldives-style approach of having one hotel apiece. Which means that you can easily find a white-gold sweep of sand that’s just for you.
Getting there is easy, too – just hop on a direct flight from Cairns. It only takes just over an hour.
Around 1 hour 10 minutes direct to the main island, Hamilton Island. Indirect flights include at least one stop, and usually last between 5 and 8 hours.
Qantas Airways and Virgin Australia fly direct. Jetstar Airlines offers indirect flights via Sydney.
Direct flights from Cairns to the Whitsundays depart at least once a day. Fly indirect for more choice – there around 10 flights with stopovers every day.
You’ll fly from Cairns Airport.
Despite their names, Whitsunday Airport and Whitsunday Coast Airport (AKA Proserpine Airport) sit on the nearby mainland. Great Barrier Reef Airport (AKA Hamilton Island Airport) is the only airport that’s actually on the Whitsunday Islands.
The cheap flights from Cairns to the Whitsundays usually land at the Great Barrief Reef Airport on Hamilton Island. Weekend flights are particularly cheap.
The Whitsunday Islands, in north-eastern Queensland, is a utopia for beach lovers.
The main island, Hamilton Island, stars luxury oceanside hotels and wildlife-friendly bushwalks. Whitsunday Island lays out one of the eco-friendliest beaches in the world. Long Island is a pindrop-quiet collection of sandy trails and coral reefs. And then there’s Hook Island – a rugged island pieced together from rugged peninsulas.
The Whitsundays are also the nearest islands to the massive Great Barrier Reef, home to some of th best scuba diving and snorkelling territory in the world.
Tempted? Find cheap flights from Cairns to the Whitsunday Islands with our speedy search engine.
Travellers can expect 7 flights from Cairns to Hamilton Island on average per day.
Morning (6am - Midday) - 71% of flight departures
Afternoon (Midday - 6pm) - 29% of flight departures
You can expect a flight time of up to 2 hours when flying direct. Airlines will travel a distance of up to 320 kilometres.