Great Barrier Reef Airport

Great Barrier Reef Airport or Hamilton Island Airport (IATA: HTI, ICAO: YBHM) is the primary airport of the Whitsunday Islands Group, and airport of Hamilton Island. The airport is settled on mostly reclaimed land and due the island's tourism status, is occupied mostly and favoured by Australia's leading low-cost airlines, Jetstar Airways and Virgin Australia. The airport suffered heavily in September 2001 with the demise of Ansett Australia, which operated more heavily out of the airport than any other airline with flights to Cairns, Townsville, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. In the year ending 30 June 2011 the airport handled 457,641 passengers making it the 19th busiest airport in Australia.

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. It is positioned approximately 887 kilometres (551 mi) north of Brisbane and512 kilometres (318 mi) south of Cairns. It is also the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport, with short direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. Hamilton Island, like most in the Whitsunday group, was formed as sea levels rose creating numerous drowned mountains that are situated close to the east coast of Queensland. At the 2011 Australian Census the island recorded a population of 1,208 people. The island is a popular tourist destination. In late August the island plays host to its annual Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival, in which more than 150 yachts from across Australia and New Zealand gather for a week of races around the islands. This is only one of many events hosted on the island. Hamilton Island has won multiple awards including the Australian Traveller 'Most Desirable Island Escape' Award in 2015.

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LCCs operating in Hamilton Island

Jetstar

Direct flights from Hamilton Island

Lowest tax-include fare (oneway) (USD)

Sydney From $67 (Tax incl.)

  • Jetstar (JQ)
  • Virgin Australia (VA)

Brisbane From $86 (Tax incl.)

  • Virgin Australia (VA)

Melbourne From $112 (Tax incl.)

  • Virgin Australia (VA)