Airports and flights to Hamilton Island Hamilton Island Airport is the main air hub for the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef. This modern, fully-equipped airport handles direct flights daily from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns, operated by Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas. Private flights and charters also fly into Hamilton Island Airport, along with locally operated helicopters, light planes and seaplanes. Also known as the Great Barrier Reef Airport, the airport is the launch pad for scenic flights to the reef and magnificent Whitehaven Beach. Hamilton Island Airport is south of the marina, just a convenient five minute trip to the resort accommodation.