Hamilton Island Airport Ferry Transfers
There are two cruise companies that operate Hamilton Island ferry transfers to and from various Whitsunday islands and Airlie Beach to the Hamilton Island Airport Jetty.
Cruise Whitsundays and Fantasea Cruises both provide regular ferry transfer services from the mainland and islands, that connect to all arriving and departure flights from each of the major airlines.
Both Cruise Whitsundays and Fantasea operate a guest desk just outside the Hamilton Island Airport terminal where you can book your transfers on the day, so if you haven't already organized your transfers when flying into Hamilton Island Airport, there is no need to panic as there is always room on the ferries.
When you land at Hamilton Island, follow the sign to the baggage collection point and you can't miss the guest desks. Your baggage will arrive at the collection point on trollies and once all is ready you take your luggage from the trolly. There is no baggage carousel as in larger airports. If you are staying on Hamilton Island or other islands not serviced by either Cruise Whitsundays or Fantasea, the company will have someone waiting for you. There is always someone there that can help you
Cruise Whitsundays operate from Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach and pick up and drop off at Daydream island, Long Island and Hamilton Island Airport. Free resort transfers to and from Abel Point Marina are included in the cost.
Fantasea Cruises operate from Shute Harbour at this time, with Whitsunday Transit buses providing travel between most Airlie Beach hotels and resorts as part of the transfer cost.
In the near future Fantasea Cruises will operate from the Port of Airlie Marina which is still under construction. Fantasea pick up and set down at Daydream Island and Hamilton Island. (If you are traveling to Club Med Lindeman Island all Lindeman transfers to be booked with Club Med Lindeman Island directly.)
The Cost: Prices from both cruise companies are around $50. This includes free transport to or from hotels, backpacker hostels and resorts in Airlie Beach. There is no better way to start or finish your Whitsunday holiday than relaxing on a cruise through the Whitsunday Passage to Hamilton Island Airport. As locals, we never tire of cruising over to Hamilton Island when visiting one of Australia's major cities. Coming home is always like starting a long holiday in paradise.