Getting Here and Around in Hamilton Island

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Getting Here and Around

Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly directly to Hamilton Island from Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. You can take a Cruise Whitsundays ferry to the island from Abel Point Marina, Airlie Beach, or nearby Shute Harbour (A$56), or arrange a seaplane transfer from regional mainland airports at Proserpine or Mackay, or from Airlie Beach’s Whitsunday Airport with Air Whitsunday. From Hamilton Island, the "hub" of the Whitsundays, you can catch a ferry to neighboring resort isles South Molle, Long, Daydream, and Hayman via fast ferry with Cruise Whitsundays Resort Connections, timed to coincide with incoming and outgoing flights from Hamilton’s airport. You can get there faster by seaplane with Air Whitsunday (A$550) or helicopter with Hamilton Island Air.

Sunsail Australia. This operator has various yachts available for bareboat charter at Hamilton Island's marina. You can book a five-day-minimum charter yacht and sail around the Whitsundays' sheltered waters. Optional extras include professional skipper and cook, kayaks, and dinghy. Rates vary according to the number of days, number of passengers, vessel, and season. Front St., Hamilton Island, QLD, 4803. 07/4948–9509; 1800/803–988 toll-free in Australia; 888/350–3568 from U.S. www.sunsail.com.au.

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