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Whitsunday Islands

Getting there & away

Jetstar (13 15 38) connects Hamilton Island with Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. QantasLink (13 13 13) flies there from Cairns.

Hamilton and Lindeman islands have airports. Island Air Taxis (4946 9933; Shute Harbour Rd; 7.45am-5.30pm) offers flights to both Hamilton and Lindeman Islands ($60 one way per adult from Airlie Beach). Air Whitsunday Seaplanes (4946 9111) flies from Airlie Beach to Daydream, Long and South Molle Islands for $450 per flight. You can also fly direct to Hamilton Island from Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney and Melbourne – it is also one of the airport options available with the Aussie Airpass from Qantas, which makes getting to the Whitsundays’ super-convenient when you are on a tight schedule.

Cruise Whitsundays (07-4946 4662; www.cruisewhitsundays.com) provides ferry transfers to Daydream (adult/child $30/20), Long ($30/20) and South Molle Islands ($30/20), and the Hamilton Island airport ($60/40). Ferries depart from Abel Point Marina. Fantasea (07-4946 5111; www.fantasea.com.au) provides ferry transfers to Hamilton Island marina ($125/62) and airport ($49/27), departing from Shute Harbour.