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There are 3 ways to get from Hamilton Island to Mackay by ferry, bus, train or plane

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Ferry, bus  •  4 h

  1. Take the ferry from Hamilton Island Marina to Port of Airlie
  2. Take the bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay Gx410 / ...

$55 - $86

Cheapest option

Ferry, line 1 bus, train  •  5 h 2 min

  1. Take the ferry from Hamilton Island Marina to Shute Harbour
  2. Take the line 1 bus from Shute Harbour to Blair Street at Main St 1
  3. Take the train from Proserpine to Mackay

$55 - $68

1 alternative option

Fly  •  5 h 47 min

  1. Fly from Hamilton Island (HTI) to Mackay (MKY) HTI - MKY

$220 - $587

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Hamilton Island to Mackay is to ferry and line 1 bus and train which costs $75 - $100 and takes 5 h 2 min.

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The quickest way to get from Hamilton Island to Mackay is to ferry and bus which costs $75 - $130 and takes 4 h.

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The distance between Hamilton Island and Mackay is 92 km.

The best way to get from Hamilton Island to Mackay without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 4 h and costs $75 - $130.

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It takes approximately 4 h to get from Hamilton Island to Mackay, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Hamilton Island Airport to Mackay Airport. The quickest flight takes 4 h 40 min and has one stopover.

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Virgin Australia and Qantas offer flights from Hamilton Island Airport to Mackay Airport.

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There are 74+ hotels available in Mackay. Prices start at $62 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Hamilton Island to Mackay.
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  • Distance: 57.3 miles
  • Duration: 4 h

What companies run services between Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia and Mackay, QLD, Australia?

Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Hamilton Island to Mackay every 4 hours.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Hamilton Island to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$250 - $750
Flights from Hamilton Island to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $850
Flights from Hamilton Island to Mackay via Cairns, Townsville
Ave. Duration
8 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $750
Flights from Hamilton Island to Mackay via Cairns, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 45 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$310 - $850
Flights from Hamilton Island to Mackay via Melbourne, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$390 - $950
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Hamilton Island to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 2 min
When
Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $600
Flights from Hamilton Island to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
8 h 35 min
When
Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $700
Train operators
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Proserpine to Mackay
Ave. Duration
1 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$19 - $27
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Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia

Greyhound Australia is the country’s only long distance bus operator running services in all states and territories. Greyhound Australia has been operating for 110 years and is the leading bus company in Australia. The extensive network now covers most of the Australian mainland and services more than 5 million passengers every year. Buses are equipped for the long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers in every seat and an on-board restroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Premier Motor Service
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Airlie Beach to Mackay
Ave. Duration
2 h 25 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Schedules at
premierms.com.au
Whitsunday Transit
Website
whitsundaytransit.com.au
Bus from Shute Harbour to Blair Street at Main St
Ave. Duration
49 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
whitsundaytransit.com.au
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Hamilton Island Marina to Port of Airlie
Ave. Duration
55 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Hamilton Island Marina to Shute Harbour
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$34 - $39
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com

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