qualia is located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island, just a short distance off the Queensland Coast.
It is easily accessible with short daily direct flights from Australia’s east coast international gateway cities – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns, or, by ferry from Airlie Beach.
Situated in the Whitsundays, the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef are right on qualia’s doorstep. Its sun-drenched northern aspect provides the ideal location to appreciate the passing beauty of each day, surrounding you with some of the most stunning and spectacular waters to be found anywhere in the world.
Nearest Airport: Hamilton Island Airport is located just south of the marina, a convenient five minute transfer from qualia. The airport’s 1764 metre single runway is privately owned and operated catering to private jets and air charters, along with locally operated helicopters, light planes and seaplanes with prior approval.
(Regional charter flights are generally organised from Mackay, Proserpine and Airlie Beach).
Hamilton Island Airport also offers the nearest heli-pad to qualia for public access.
(The onsite heli-pads at qualia and at Dent Island are only used for drop off and pick up by Hamilton Island Air. Access to these 2 heli-pads by any other helicopter is strictly by special request and will be taken into consideration by the airport authority).
For pilots flying to Hamilton Island, whether on a commercial airline, private plane or helicopter, there are several important regulations to be aware of, particularly the requirements stated in ERSA regarding parking aircraft. Long term parking is available at the aerodrome, however space is limited, and approvals must be obtained in advance.
Hamilton Island Airport is a domestic airport without facilities to clear international flights. All international guests will need to pass through an international port and clear customs before arriving at Hamilton Island.
Aviation fuel is available at the airport, and the schedule of fees and charges includes landing and passenger service fees. Ground handling, aircraft servicing, marshalling and baggage handling services are provided by local operators.
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