Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Airlie Beach
Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand have waived their change and cancellation fees on flights to Airlie Beach. Confirm policies on booking site.
Etihad Airways and LATAM Airlines do not allow booking a middle seat on flights to Airlie Beach.
You cannot fly directly to Airlie Beach. KAYAK recommends you fly to Hamilton Island (HTI) (26.7 km from Airlie Beach). From there you can hire a car or take a taxi.
The closest airport is Hamilton Island (HTI) (26.7 km). Other nearby airports are Proserpine Whitsunday Coast (PPP) (29.94 km) or Mackay (MKY) (111.49 km). KAYAK recommends you fly to Hamilton Island.
|Flights from Melbourne||2h 55m|
|Flights from Brisbane||1h 37m|
|Flights from Sydney||2h 25m|
The cheapest airline ticket to Airlie Beach from Australia in the last 72 hours was $124 one-way, and $243 round-trip on the route Sydney to Airlie Beach. The most popular route is Sydney to Airlie Beach, and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $243 round-trip.
Hamilton Island Airport is 27 kilometres from the centre of Airlie Beach. View on map.
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Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
Pros: "Getting off the flight"
Cons: "The Flight attendant allowed a passenger to change seats to sit right next to my seat without asking if I was happy with this. I have previously requested to changes seats and been told it is not allowable. No entertainment options available on the flight. The meal/refreshment was a chocolate cookie, which was dry and inedible. The cabin was not clean and uncomfortable."
Pros: "We got there."
Cons: "Plane (Boeing 747 - QF15) was dirty (grime like dust up the air vents) on the side above windows and the plane looked old. Felt like we were breathing it in. Been on a lot of international flights and the meals left a lot to be desired. (scrambled eggs looked and tasted like mashed potatoes) Perhaps it's the toll from the nature of the job but the crew looked haggered and miserable. Some male crew members didn't have shirts properly tucked in - staff morale seemed low. Flying Qantas for the first time, it was a huge disappointment."
Pros: "Safety, solid plane, reliable, on time, felt secure on a flight unlike Tiger which had really a lot of issues with depressurization, weird sounds, etc."
Cons: "Travelled Cairns - Brisbane, and then Brisbane-Melbourne. Both flights same durations. On a flight from Cairns, we get beautiful quiche, hot, gourmet, pleasure to eat, and a cake. On a flight to Melbourne, we get miniature salty crackers and few passionfruit cookies. I know it's domestic flight, but on flight from Cairns we even had entertainment system with LCD! Quantas, are you holding some sort of grudge towards us Melbournians? ;)"
Pros: "Great service, good food."
Pros: "Helpful staff at terminal changed our tickets so we could sit together which was just lovely. Departed and arrived on time. Entertainment was good."
Cons: "No sleep masks provided. We missed out on certain foods, they just never came through and offered them. Food was horrible. Very little leg room."
Cons: "A healthy alternative would be great - even if just fresh fruit"
Pros: "friendly staff"
Pros: "Entertainment, meal and food were incredible & made up for the fact that flight was delayed due to weather."
Cons: "Unfortunately I was sitting next to a mother & child, so I was never offered chocolate or other things because I guess the crew thought I was part of that family and just deposited all chocolates and other things through the mothe who had to keep giving things to me. I'm 26!"
Pros: "It's a well oiled machine that gets you seamlessly and effortlessly from one city to the next."
Cons: "Have a choice of both sweet & savoury snacks onboard."
Cons: "Allow married people to travel with their new names."
Cons: "The frittata and the spinach was not the best meal, but the rest seemed really good."
Cons: "Lost 2 of 3 bags. Still don’t have them. Some staff very helpful and empathetic. Some staff very rude and abrasive. Didn’t want to take ownership and work to correct the problem. Had a “not my problem” attitude"
Cons: "very cramped"
Pros: "Consistently good"
Cons: "2,hr delay - weather"
Cons: "Crazy long delay. Wasted a whole extra day at the airport with no help or accommodations. :("
Pros: "Normal standard for that kind of trip"
Pros: "Tge flight and landing were uneventful"
Cons: "One hour delay taking off. Departure gate change. Cramped seating. When plane totally loaded, further wait for ground crew to load baggage. No refreshments until way late due to delay. Water should have been offered during the delay due to loading."
Cons: "Delays due to storms slowed our departure and made the boarding process a little confusing"
Pros: "It is always a good flight with Qantas,great staff are friendly and helpful for me and all passengers.like watching the movies,meals are good quality.You are updated with what is going on as you fly."
Cons: "A twenty minute delay on landing and was raining in Bangkok but that is ok."
Pros: "We strayed to competing airlines the last few trips, but can't best Qantas for friendly service, inclusive and on time departure"
Pros: "As before great assist with wheel-chair support"
Cons: "entertainment screen on the back of the headrest was smaller than an ipad screen"
Pros: "Had problems with check in because of china eastern mishandling our baggage, the Quantas staff got everything sorted for us. Plenty of leg room on the flight and the cabin staff were fantastic, only thing that let it down was the food choice, but, as it was only a 3 hour flight this wasn;t really a problem. Would gladly fly with them again any time."
Pros: "Friendly Crew"
Cons: "The 3 Hour Delay in Sydney!!!"
Pros: "Not much"
Cons: "Delayed no information"
Pros: "Great at all."
Pros: "I watched heaps of movies and programs."
Pros: "Staff was very accommodating"
Pros: "Fantastic service"
Cons: "Boarding gate was like queuing for a sporting event"
Pros: "Seat so small , lack of back support and cushioning"
Cons: "Seat is so uncomfortable. For the 6 hr trip need a back adjustment for such a cramped environment. Need review my future travel on Qantas"
Pros: "I loved the first meal and the choices all seemed amazing. Staff were friendly during boarding. Seats were really comfortable and good movie and song choices."
Cons: "The second meal, a small noodle box was dry, overcooked, and bland even with the dressing. The crew was not very friendly during the flight (I understand maybe they had a cranky passenger before and it was a long flight but smiling isnt that hard!). Inflight service was inconsistent as one side came down to serve 15minutes after the first side. The headphones looked quite dirty so I used my own. Boarding was quite slow and then takeoff was late but it was nice that the captain explained it."
Pros: "Excellent service. Comfortable seats in economy with good leg room"
Cons: "Poor screen & audio quality on movie system."
Pros: "In flight entertainment had a good selection"
Cons: "Delayed and missed connecting flight. As a result had to pay for a new one. Placed in the last row of economy so I could sit with my partner. Lied to by the check in counter. Disappointed by qantas yet again!"
Pros: "Took off and landed safely"
Cons: "Entertainment is old compared to other airlines. Screen is low resolution."
Pros: "Friendly staff"
Cons: "Angle lie seats. Controls for seating and entertainment fidgety"
Pros: "Everything on time."
Pros: "Complimentary healthy food, iPads, smiling staff"
Cons: "Average airline compared to Singapore & MZ airlines"
Pros: "Close to two hours delay leaving Australia"
Cons: "I was surprised that we were flying a different carrier than Emirates"
Pros: "The food and service were excellent!"
Pros: "Nothing to be honest.."
Cons: "food was pathetic, served late, i have always found the Qantas crew to be rude. No change to that. Somethings dont change. this is one of them. I first flew w Qantas in 2005 in business class, and since then i have downgraded. But the attitude hasn't changed. It's as if we are doing service by choosing Qantas...."
Pros: "Customer service was outstanding"
Cons: "There was no Sauvignon blanc on the wine list"
Pros: "Helpful staff, good vegetarian foods"
Cons: "Left late"
Pros: "Hostess smile everytime"
Pros: "On time and smooth"
Cons: "nothing specific"
Pros: "cheese and tomato SW"
Cons: "too many yuppies"
Pros: "Like Virgin Australia's inflight entertainment app which works on board."
Cons: "Long lines for baggage drop in Sydney Domestic airport. That airport needs some improvement."
Pros: "Flight was perfect, just a hassle with check-in."
Cons: "VERY long lines to drop our bags for check-in."
Pros: "everything else fine"
Cons: "Very long lines to check in"
Pros: "One bathroom for 200 passengers"
Pros: "Good staff, snack and sear"
Cons: "I wasn't aware at the time I bought the tickets that it didn't have food nor entertainment (movies). Very disappointing for an international flight."
Pros: "Yes the crew was great."
Cons: "Seats could have been more comfortable and very little leg room."
Pros: "Seat material (leather) and cushion was comfortable."
Cons: "No leg room, my knees were pressed into the back of the seat in front, which became very painful. No wriggle room without disturbing person alongside. A ridiculous "snack". What happened to biscuits and cheese? Not trendy any longer i presume. Even Qantas serve that! No wine. Again, ridiculous. Condescending stewards, if that's what you are supposed to call them these "woke" days."
Pros: "They charged me so much for extra luggage even I prepaid online for extra luggage prior to getting to airport. Yet the ticket counter lady made me pay an additional fee and all together I ended paying more for extra bags fee than the ticket itself! both Virgin and JetStar are VERY stingy on extra luggage fees. I came from the US to Australia and traveled domestically while there with all the luggage that I brought from the US. So I had to pay so much in fees when my trip was already so expensive! It makes me reconsider wanting to travel again anywhere anytime soon, so discouraging! Also they make me take stuff out of my big suitcase and transfer to my carry on, in front of everyone at the ticket counter I had to open my suitcase and transfer some stuff so the weight is under a certain weight. Still they charged me for extra luggage. I came international on Qantas from USA to Australia, so all the domestic locations I went to I was charged"
Pros: "Crew ans eat was both good"
Cons: "on time flight, food selection"
Pros: "After travelling 24 hours straight the seats were super comfortable and staff super friendly xxx"
Pros: "Nice easy flight for an old lady, well looked after"
Pros: "Communication was not existent"
Cons: "I find the communication about late flights not existent. This one only left a few mins late but if we check in late we get no refund and no boarding. Should go both ways."
Cons: "Food and more space"
Cons: "An attendant working in the check-in was very rude. I was unable to check in using the kiosk so I requested assistance from an attendant near the kiosks.The attendant refused to assist me and told me to wait until the other attendant was free. That attendant then helped the white man next to me."
Pros: "Economy X seat much better"
Pros: "Crew were very good professional and provided good customer service."
Pros: "Crew are good and seat is comfortable"
Cons: "Definetely not the class or finess of a virgin flight! Half a cut ham sandwich... and water only due to short flight time. I’ve flown MANY times on the virgin aircraft. Service was much better! Won’t be booking a aliance flight anytime soon"
Cons: "My window seat didn’t have a window so was very squashed and felt claustrophobic"
Pros: "Took off a bit late but good communication around it. Comfortable easy and accommodating"
Cons: "In flight entertainment die not work for me..."
Pros: "the crew was nice and helpfull"
Cons: "The Flight was 45 min late. Always families with kids are putt in the back of the plane, so every thing else is taking so much longer because you make us wait for everything. longer ques at the boarder patrol etc."
Pros: "Good space for economy"
Cons: "Did have to pay for a snack … but hey, its virgin!"
Cons: "WiFi needs to be standard"
Pros: "Good boarding and friendly staff"
Cons: "Seat and legroom"
Pros: "Departed on time. Arrived 20 minutes early."
Cons: "Leg room - very cramped"
Pros: "Crew is always lovely"
Cons: "The delay and then needing to fly low and take longer to reach destination But I’m saying that I understand it was unavoidable and necessary Just an inconvenience"
Pros: "although late leaving we made up a bit of time."
Cons: "No inflight entertainment, no sweets on descent and the staff were grumpy"
Cons: "Un-personal and clinical in approach to guests...especially as we are paying guests! Had just returned from overseas, flying Qantas and Singapore airlines.... virgin was decades away."
Pros: "Nice crew and fast and smooth flight"
Cons: "Didn't go much on the snack food!"
Pros: "Nothing,the flight was full of young children,who waited hours before flight after getting in plane we were told the flight will be further delayed,we would reach Auckland 3;15 am, people were hungry the airline should have had the decency to feed the passenger."
Pros: "Overall comfort of both plane and staff"
Cons: "All was good"
Pros: "Very helpful"
Cons: "As it is alliance with Singapore Airlines for international connecting but didn't felt any reasonable reason for not serving snacks."
Pros: "I fell asleep on the way to Mackay and the crew placed snacks out for me so I didn't miss out when I woke up, they read my signals and ensured I was looked after. Thanks & Merry Christmas"
Pros: "Coogan and Brydon"
Pros: "It was a good flight. Arrived on time"
Pros: "Crew blocked the seats in our row as we had a small child and they had the room... awesome!"
Pros: "Legroom and seats"
Cons: "No entertainment"
Pros: "The crew - smiling, friendly and seemed to like their jobs"
Cons: "Food - meusli bar again!"
Pros: "Very nice staff"
Pros: "Was onetime and landed early."
Pros: "Both metatarsal flights were comfortable and smooth. I purchased better seats for just $25, since the flights were so long. The airplanes are brand new and very modern."
Pros: "check in was smooth and effortless, did the online checkin and luggage drop off at the counter"
Cons: "service was hit and miss, one fa asked us to wait to pick up the finished food while she was not doing anything, while the other fa was very thoughtful and asked us if we would want to have the rubbing collected. a bumpy landing experience, maybe it was controlled by a rookie first officer rather than the captain from the decending part. 2 passengers were ill and required assistance after landing."
Cons: "I do not intend to use your airline again!!!"
Cons: "Didn't go now leaving 2 days later"
Pros: "The legroom was good."
Cons: "You have to pay for every little thing."
Pros: "The star design is fetching."
Cons: "Everything else."
Cons: "Same as above"
Pros: "No more Jetstar for us and my friends"
Cons: "Everything was bad"
Cons: "Not well informed,crew were rude,not helpful at all,bad experience,never want to fly again on jet star"
Pros: "It was a full flight and all went smoothly"
Cons: "It could have been on time bu these things happen"
Pros: "Crew were awesome."
Cons: "Free coffee as opposed to paying $4 for an ordinary coffee"
Cons: "There're unoccupied rows, but still pack passenger together instead of offering the empty seats to couples."
Pros: "The seating was comfortable"
Pros: "I got home. Eventually."
Cons: "Delayed almost 2hrs with no real explanation"
Pros: "The crew in the Melbourne airport were amazing! There was confusion with my bags and they sorted it out without any stress!"
Cons: "The seats weren’t very comfortable but it was a very clean plane!"
Pros: "Easy check in"
Cons: "Crew didn't come around enough with water"
Pros: "Crew inside was nice"
Cons: "Weighing carry-on... people just took things and put them in pockets or wore them... so i find it useless and a waste of time and people’s satisfaction. Seats were extremely crammed and people behind kept kneeing my lower back."
Pros: "Staff were nice."
Cons: "The check in at Melbourne. It is not straight forward and took more time than using a check n counter. Was not on time and I had to pick up someone when i got ome."
Cons: "No in-flight entertainment, no even access to an App via your own Ipad"
Pros: "Quick check-in"
Cons: "The whole terminal is budget. Hardly any seating once you go through to the gates and its a 7-minute walk back to the food court. Nowhere to charge phones. Nothing complimentary on the flight so if Virgin or Qantas are around $20-30 more, do it!"
Pros: "The staff"
Cons: "The landing was super rocky"
Cons: "1 hour delay on take off"
Cons: "Rude service"
Pros: "Great staff"
Cons: "Delayed departure"
Pros: "The cabin staff were friendly"
Cons: "Plane was delayed due to excess baggage weight in hull. The baggage had to be unloaded and then reloaded again, while we sat on the tarmac for an hour."
Pros: "Smooth flying and arrived 30 minutes early."
Pros: "Staff very professional, food is decent"
Cons: "Ended up on a Jetstar flight on a codeshare arrangement with our booked airline Qantas. The journey didn’t start well when our bags would not scan through the self serve checkin as we had not booked direct with Jetstar. We then asked for an aisle seat, but this was refused - the “customer service” assistant advised we should have paid extra to pre-reserve a seat (a no cost option on Qantas). Then when we entered the plane we found that both adjacent aisle seats were in fact vacant. Food was an additional cost item - on an 8 hour flight. Those unlucky enough to ask for a meal late found that there was nothing left for them. Entertainment was also an additional cost item - when paid for the selection was extremely limited, the system slow. The entertainment froze up requiring a reboot. Though not the airline’s fault, the person behind was very fidgety, making it very uncomfortable for anyone sitting in front of him. If the seats were slightly further apart we might not have had that experience either. All in all not the best, given that we had booked with a full price airline and ended up on a budget airline instead."
Cons: "I find the whole paying for all the extras a pain and probably won't do it again. Otherwise okay."
Cons: "I didn't check in my bag, didn't bother to weigh it. They weighed it at boarding and it was too heavy (my bad, I probably should have checked) and had to be checked in. My gripe is that they made me pay $60 even though my ticket included a free piece of luggage. Their argument was that I didn't use that facility at check-in and therefore waived the right to that piece of check baggage."
Pros: "Plane delayed missed connection had to spend night in Melbourne"
Cons: "Lack of legroom."
Pros: "Boarding was quick"
Cons: "Shame the staff were not more friendly, I took my rubbish to find a bin and the flight attendant expressed her annoyance and me. Asking her where I can put it. They don't smile and when you asked a question they treated me like I was a nuisance"
Pros: "Arrived safely, flight quick. Staff friendly"
Cons: "Price so costly for a quick trip for family function"
Pros: "Efficient on time departure and arrival. Good inflight entertainment"
Cons: "Credit card only for purchases without advance notice is a bit ordinary"
Pros: "Overall good"
Cons: "Staff appear permanently unhappy and like they don't enjoy the job"
Pros: "Good value"
Cons: "Configuration 2 3 2 and seat pitch and reclining"
Pros: "It was a good flight, good pilot"
Cons: "The flight was delayed It is a 7+ hour flight I think you could offer some snacks and coffee or tea for free At least one good movie for free Every airline I've chosen to fly with does it but Jetstar It was quite disappointing"
Pros: "Due to storms a 1 1/2 hour delay which is understandable until I found a friend on Qantas left on time. Delay on all Jetstar to Sydney and that afternoon but unaccountably Qantas mostly in time."
Pros: "I wish all airlines were as professional and prompt."
Pros: "Good entertainment, friendly crew"
Cons: "Not great food for money spent on meal-$24 for 2 oz of chicken and minimal sides; also charged double to get visa to get into Australia in the fi"
Pros: "it got us there"
Cons: "2.5 hrs late an no idea when we were leaving"
Pros: "Crew polite and competent."
Cons: "Seating cramped and uncomfortable."
Pros: "The smooth takeoff and landing, the staff cortesies"
Cons: "The 5min wait but perfect otherwise"
Cons: "Flight delayed out of Adelaide. Terminal 4 at Tullamarine is badly designed - drop of/fpick up long way from booking in and gates long way from booking in area. Disembarking on to tarmac in pouring rain unpleasant - no umbrellas"
Pros: "Good cabin crew. Clean modern aircraft."
Cons: "When purchasing ticket through an outside website you are not advised that luggage is a $320 option when purchased at the airport. Use Jetstar website only."
Pros: "Fast check in process, fast boarding"
Pros: "Crew really weighted in carry on luggages"
Cons: "They let me through although mine combined up to 8 Kg"
Pros: "Essentially nothing"
Cons: "Inattentive, rude service. TV which I paid extra for didn't work. Rowdy passengers. Call button response >10 minutes"
Airlines flying to Airlie Beach have enacted additional safety measures and adjusted policies to better accommodate travellers. Policies vary by airline.
Daily cleaning, installation of cabin HEPA filters on flights to Airlie Beach
Masks required on board, masks provided on flights to Airlie Beach
Social distancing seating
Middle seats unavailable to book on flights to Airlie Beach
Testing for antibodies, testing for symptoms for flights to Airlie Beach
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