Virgin Australia operates flights to Hamilton Island every day, from Sydney and Brisbane.
Hamilton Island Airport Information
Hamilton Island Airport (also known as Great Barrier Reef Airport) is located on Hamilton Island, approximately 2.5km from Hamilton Island Marina.
Hamilton Island accommodation bookings include complimentary transfers from Hamilton Island Airport to hotels, apartments or holiday homes. All commercial flights arriving at Hamilton Island Airport are met by the free airport transfer service. Transfers to Hamilton Island accommodation are also provided to and from the Marina, meeting the Shute Harbour ferry from the mainland.
Things to do in Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island carries the tagline “Where in the world would you rather be?” for good reason. Situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island enjoys idyllic weather, sapphire waters, beautiful beaches, captivating coral reefs and unique flora and fauna. A long-time favourite for holiday makers looking for the perfect island escape, Hamilton experiences year-round sunshine, and boasts a huge variety of activities, covering everything from golfing to snorkelling and deep sea fishing to sunset charters.
On the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, in the heart of the spellbinding Whitsunday archipelago, Hamilton Island greets guests with crystal-clear sapphire water, white-sand beaches, unique flora and fauna, and world-class resorts and facilities. Families are particularly catered for on the island with snorkel safaris, kayaking adventures and bush walks. Rich with scenery and a relaxed appeal, Hamilton Island can be a romantic holiday destination too; with restaurants, resorts and spas custom built for lovers. Hamilton Island also caters to business people as a great conference destination accommodating 1,000 delegates. Above everything else Hamilton Island is the perfect escape for the outdoor warrior – brimming with natural splendours that must be seen to be believed, like Whitehaven Beach.
Hamilton Island’s shopping scene is mainly focused at the Marina Village and Resort Centre, where local art, fashion and jewellery are on display at 20 boutiques and specialty stores. The Gallery is the island’s go-to for arts and crafts from the local area, along with jewellery from unique and hard-to-find designers. Guests staying at qualia (a Condé Nast Traveller recognised resort) have exclusive access to the qualia boutique, which stocks a wide range of premium labels – the boutique is so special that Collette Dinnigan produced a bikini especially for it. Guest can pick up souvenirs to take home from specialty stores or stock up on holiday essentials at the island’s general store.
Hamilton Island hosts more than a dozen restaurants and cafés, catering for every occasion. Families are specifically looked after with the Kids Stay and Eat Free program, where children aged up to 12 eat for free when dining with their parents at a range of restaurants that feature kids’ menus. Located smack bang in the middle of the world’s most famous coral reef, it comes as no surprise that seafood is the island’s crowning culinary glory. Mediterranean cuisine is also done well on the island, with menus featuring wood-fired gourmet pizzas and fresh seafood prepared with Italian flair. Hamilton Island's resort hubs, Catseye Beach and Marina Village are the island’s go-to for a variety of food, covering everything from fish and chips served poolside to international bistros served throughout the day and into the night. Hamilton Island's signature restaurant, Bommie is a must visit, celebrating inspired meals with a vista of the Marina and Dent Passage.
Hamilton Island provides the perfect setting to sit back and relax with a cocktail or beer in hand. Resorts offer swim up-bars, where with a guests don’t even have to dry off to grab a drink. A number of beachside and Marina bars and restaurants provide an ideal opportunity to have a tipple as the sun sets. While the island even features a nightclub, in which guests can party the night away.
Hamilton Island Holiday Packages
Experience all that Hamilton Island has to offer, our holiday partner Virgin Australia Holidays has a great array of Hamilton Island holiday packages. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.