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Recommended option

Fly to Hamilton Island  •  4 h

  1. SYD - HTI

$122 - $492

5 alternative options

Fly to Proserpine, travel  •  4 h 46 min

  1. SYD - PPP

Fly to Mackay, bus  •  8 h 57 min

  1. SYD - MKY

$170 - $390

Train  •  30 h 5 min

  1. 31
  2. Spirit of Queensland

$207 - $358

Train, bus, ferry  •  36 h 49 min

  1. 31

$240 - $393

Train, bus  •  38 h 58 min

  1. 223

$226 - $361

What companies run services between Sydney, NSW, Australia and Whitsunday Islands, QLD, Australia?

Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands every 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands via Brisbane, Brisbane Roma Street, and Proserpine in around 30 h 5 min.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$160 - $850
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 15 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Monday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 30 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane, Rockhampton
Ave. Duration
5 h 25 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Thursday
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 35 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 25 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5 h 45 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$150 - $750
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 5 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4 h 24 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Port Macquarie, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Flights from Sydney to Mackay via Canberra, Brisbane
Ave. Duration
5 h 55 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Estimated price
$160 - $600
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $800
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$140 - $650
Tigerair Australia
Website
tigerair.com.au
Flights from Sydney to Proserpine
Ave. Duration
2 h 40 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$75 - $600
Train operators
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
Train from Hornsby Station to Tamworth Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 33 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
tp.transportnsw.info
Economy
$40 - $60
1st Class
$55 - $85
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
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
18 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$100 - $180
Schedules at
Greyhound.com.au
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Saver
$100 - $150
Flexifare
$120 - $180
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Sydney and Whitsunday Islands is 1525 km.

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands is to fly which costs $160 - $650 and takes 4 h.

The quickest way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands is to fly which takes 4 h and costs $160 - $650.

It takes approximately 4 h to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands, including transfers.