There are 4 ways to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island by plane, 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.

Recommended option

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  4 h 32 min

  1. MEL - HTI

$154 - $414

3 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine, travel  •  5 h 16 min

  1. MEL - PPP

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  9 h 30 min

  1. MEL - MKY

$182 - $612

Train, travel  •  42 h 20 min

  1. 622 / ...
  2. 31

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

Qantas, Virgin Australia and Jetstar fly from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island every 2 hours.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $600
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Sydney, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Monday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 50 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
3 h 10 min
When
Tuesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
4 h 50 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 55 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Melbourne to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 15 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Melbourne to Hamilton Island via Sydney
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $800
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 55 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$150 - $900
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Melbourne to Proserpine via Sydney
Ave. Duration
6 h 20 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $250
Train operators
XPT
Website
ptv.vic.gov.au
Train from Southern Cross to Central Station
Ave. Duration
11 h 8 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$60 - $180
Website
transportnsw.info
Economy
$60 - $85
First
$85 - $120
Sleeper
$150 - $180
Transport NSW
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14 h 12 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$95 - $140
1st Class
$130 - $200
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
14 h 7 min
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$110 - $220
Schedules at
queenslandrailtravel.com.au
A-Choice
$214
B-Quick
$118
Bus operators
Greyhound Australia
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Mackay to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
1 h 55 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$13 - $30
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$13 - $19
Flexifare
$21 - $30

Want to know more about travelling around Australia

Rome2rio's Travel Guide series provide vital information for the global traveller. Filled with useful and timely travel information, the guides answer all the hard questions - such as 'How do I buy a ticket?', 'Should I book online before I travel? ', 'How much should I expect to pay?', 'Do the trains and buses have Wifi?' - to help you get the most out of your next trip.

Questions & Answers

The distance between Melbourne and Whitsunday Island is 1990 km.

The cheapest way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which costs $200 - $550 and takes 4 h 32 min.

The quickest way to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island is to fly which takes 4 h 32 min and costs $200 - $550.

It takes approximately 4 h 32 min to get from Melbourne to Whitsunday Island, including transfers.