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Flying drones/remotely piloted aircraft at Hamilton Island

Spanning 3 nautical miles radius, Hamilton Island’s Great Barrier Reef Airport aerodrome is an area which is under the responsibility and regulated by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (“CASA”). Operating a drone in this area requires skilled and trained pilots who are familiar with the aviation industry and are able to communicate with nearby aircrafts in order to advise their intent and be conscious of other aircraft’s locations at all times (an Aeronautical Radio Operator Certificate is required).

In order to protect the safety and integrity of the airport, and due to safety concerns and the close proximity of the aerodrome to the island’s resort and island infrastructure, recreational/sport and private commercial independent RPA use is not permitted on Hamilton Island, Dent Island and waters surrounding Hamilton Island, Dent Island and Henning Island. Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited has adopted this policy to ensure the safety and privacy of our guests, visitors, residents and staff. RPA use that is in breach of any regulation will be reported to CASA which can impose infringement notices of up to $8,500 per offence.

The island’s photography team have skilled and qualified pilots who are able to undertake photography and videography of events, conferences, weddings and social gatherings. Please email for any enquiry.

Should you have any further queries relating to RPA operations within the Great Barrier Reef Airport aerodrome, please contact the airport’s qualified Chief Remote Pilot via

Hamilton Island Enterprises Limited encourages reporting of illegal usage of RPAs on Hamilton Island and surrounds.  This can be done through CASA at:

The Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101