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There are 3 ways to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands by plane, train, ferry or bus

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Recommended option

Fly  •  3h 52m

  1. Fly from Sydney (SYD) to Hamilton Island (HTI) SYD - HTI

$148 - $768

2 alternative options

Train, ferry  •  33h 21m

  1. Take the train from Central Station to Brisbane 31
  2. Take the train from Brisbane Roma Street to Proserpine
  3. Take the ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina

$271 - $493

Bus, ferry  •  40h 15m

  1. Take the bus from Sydney to Brisbane
  2. Take the bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
  3. Take the ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina

$246 - $530

Sydney to Whitsunday Islands by train, walk, bus and ferry

The journey time between Sydney and Whitsunday Islands is around 47h 30m and covers a distance of around 2109 km. The fastest journey normally takes 41h 54m. Operated by NSW TrainLink, Queensland Rail Travel, Whitsunday Transit and others, the Sydney to Whitsunday Islands service departs from Central Station and arrives in Hamilton Island Marina. Typically four services run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

Route overview

Average journey time:
47h 30m
Fastest journey time:
41h 54m
Services per week:
4
Cheapest price:
$271
Carbon emissions:
113 kg CO2

First and last service

First service departs at:
14:41
Last service departs at:
14:44

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Sydney to Whitsunday Islands train, walk, bus and ferry schedules

Sydney → Whitsunday Islands
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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Whitsunday Islands is 1800 020 080.

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands is to fly which costs $140 - $800 and takes 3h 52m.

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The quickest way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands is to fly which costs $140 - $800 and takes 3h 52m.

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It is approximately 1520 km to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands.

The best way to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands without a car is to train and ferry which takes 33h 21m and costs $270 - $500.

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It takes approximately 3h 52m to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands, including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Sydney Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 30m.

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

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There are 67+ hotels available in Whitsunday Islands. Prices start at $125 AUD per night.

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The best way to get from Sydney to Sydney Airport is to train which takes 22 min and costs $18.

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Map of how to get from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands.
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  • Distance: 1519.5 km
  • Duration: 3h 52m

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

Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia fly from Sydney to Whitsunday Islands every 3 hours.

Airlines
Qantas
Website
qantas.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,600
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 25m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $1,800
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 45m
When
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $1,800
Virgin Australia
Website
virginaustralia.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 35m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,700
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Brisbane
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $1,700
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 50m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
Estimated price
$170 - $1,700
Jetstar
Website
jetstar.com
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island
Ave. Duration
2h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,500
Flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island via Melbourne
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $1,500
Train operators
NSW TrainLink
Phone
131 500
Website
transportnsw.info
Train from Central Station to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
14h 12m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$95 - $140
Website
NSW TrainLink Train
Economy
$95 - $140
First Class
$130 - $200
Queensland Rail Travel
Bus operators
Premier Motor Service
Phone
+61244235233 (call 13 34 10 within Australia)
Email
reservations@premierms.com.au
Website
premierms.com.au
Bus from Sydney to Brisbane
Ave. Duration
17h 35m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$85 - $120
Website
Premier Motor Service
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$100 - $210
Website
Premier Motor Service
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, although service is limited in Western Australia with just a single route to Broome. Buses are equipped for long journeys, with free WiFi, air-conditioning, full disability access, USB chargers, reclining seats and an onboard bathroom.

Contact Details
Phone
1300 473946
Website
greyhound.com.au
Bus from Brisbane to Airlie Beach
Ave. Duration
19h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$180 - $350
Book at
Greyhound.com.au
Early Bird
$180 - $270
Advantage
$220 - $320
Premium
$230 - $350
Ferry operators
Cruise Whitsundays
Phone
+61 07 4846 7000
Email
reservations@cruisewhitsundays.com
Website
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Shute Harbour to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
35 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$62
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com
Ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island Marina
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$60
Schedules at
cruisewhitsundays.com

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