Getting there & away
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.