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There are 6 ways to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island by plane, bus and ferry, bus or train

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

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Fly to Hamilton Island  •  4h 27m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Hamilton Island (HTI) MEL - HTI

$153 - $413

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Fly to Proserpine, bus and ferry  •  6h 32m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Proserpine (PPP) MEL - PPP
  2. Take the bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina

$202 - $502

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  9h 25m

  1. Fly from Melbourne (MEL) to Mackay (MKY) MEL - MKY
  2. Take the bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach

$179 - $608

Train, travel  •  42h 20m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
  4. Travel from Proserpine to Whitsunday Island

Train, bus  •  46h 20m

  1. Take the train from Southern Cross to Central Station 622 / ...
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine

$237 - $518

Bus  •  2 days 2h

  1. Take the bus from Melbourne to Sydney
  2. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
  3. Take the bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach

$204 - $353

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The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which costs $210 - $600 and takes 4h 27m.

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The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which costs $210 - $600 and takes 4h 27m.

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The distance between Melbourne and Whitsunday Island is 1990 km.

The best way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island without a car is to train and travel which takes 42h 20m and costs .

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It takes approximately 4h 27m to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which takes 4h 27m and costs $210 - $600. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $280 - $500 and takes 2 days 2h.

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The quickest flight from Melbourne Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 55m.

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Whitsunday Island is 1h behind Melbourne. It is currently 6:03 AM in Melbourne and 5:03 AM in Whitsunday Island.

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia offer flights from Melbourne Airport to Hamilton Island Airport.

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There are 99+ hotels available in Whitsunday Island. Prices start at $223 USD per night.

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Map of how to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island.
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  • Distance: 1243.8 miles
  • Duration: 4h 27m

What companies run services between Melbourne, VIC, Australia and Whitsunday Island, QLD, Australia?

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island via Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour Rd at Hermitage Drive, and Shute Harbour in around 2 days 2h.

Airlines
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 50m
When
Monday to Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 5m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 40m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $250
Train operators
XPT
Phone
132 232
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11h 8m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $170
Book at
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $80
First
$80 - $110
Sleeper
$140 - $170
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$90 - $130
Schedules at
Transport NSW
Economy
$90 - $130
1st Class
$120 - $180
Queensland Rail Travel
Phone
1300 131 722
Email
reservations@qr.com.au
Website
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
Train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
14h 7m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $210
Book at
Queensland Rail Travel
A-Choice
$201
B-Quick
$111
Bus operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Bus and ferry from Proserpine Airport to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 5m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$59
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
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 Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1h 55m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$12 - $28
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$12 - $18
Flexifare
$20 - $28
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane Roma Street
Ave. Duration
16h 45m
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$80 - $140
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$80 - $120
Flexifare
$95 - $140
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18h 45m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$95 - $140
Flexifare
$110 - $160
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61 2 4423 5233
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
2h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$17 - $23
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
18h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65 - $130
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$110 - $160
Website
Premier Motor Service
Firefly Express
Phone
1300 730 740
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au
Bus from Melbourne to Sydney
Ave. Duration
11h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $55
Website
fireflyexpress.com.au

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The best way to get from Melbourne to Melbourne Airport is to bus which takes 20m and costs $18.

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