Hamilton Island

The Whitsundays' most popular, upmarket resort and exploration hub.
As one of the most easily recognised names in the Whitsundays chain, Hamilton Island boasts the largest amount of development of any other island in the region, and as a result it offers one of the best all-round balances of things to see and do that’s available for visitors. It’s a large island aimed to cater to all tastes, and while there is plenty of luxury on offer here, there are also some reasonable alternatives for the more budget-conscious traveller who still wants a well-equipped slice of paradise.
About Hamilton Island

If you’re the type of traveller looking for a modern, sleek, resort-style operation for your trip that offers plenty of chances for pampering, dining and activities – and you don’t mind sharing all these benefits with plenty of other people – then Hamilton Island ticks all the boxes, and then some.


Ideally located at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the picturesque Hamilton Island is one of most popular of the 74 Whitsunday Islands, offering a getaway experience like few other given its large amount of development that includes numerous accommodation and recreational facilities.

The beautiful island offers idyllic coral fringed beaches, azure waters, warm weather, colourful coral reefs, picturesque natural surroundings and wide variety of flora and fauna, which make it a holiday seeker’s paradise. Hamilton Island offers a diverse range of activities to explore to add fun and adventure to your holiday, including swimming, sailing catamarans, jet skiing, paddle boarding, sea kayaking and snorkelling on the Catseye Beach.

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or an ideal family holiday location, Hamilton Island is the perfect gateway for tours out to the stunning Great Barrier Reef, which is home to the world’s rarest animal and plant life, hard and soft coral reefs, with hundreds of species of turtles, dolphins, fish and whales.

There are several other ways to explore the reef, from the semi-submersible submarines and underwater viewing chamber available for you at the island. Explore the underwater marine life and reefs for that extra fun. You can also enjoy bushwalking to get breathtaking views of the island and its surroundings. You can also go for scenic helicopter flights to explore the best of Hamilton Island.

You can relax, cool down and unwind at theBougainvillea Pool on Hamilton Island. Go for discovery tours around the Whitsundays area, visit Tonhue Bay to get panoramic views of the beautiful Whitehaven Beach and take the splendid Hill Inlet nature walk. You can also take a luxury private charter on rental to explore other natural wonders of the Whitsundays Island.

For more fun activity, you can indulge in other recreational activities, including parasailing, which is one of the best ways to explore the island and its surroundings from air. You can take the opportunity to do fishing and whale watching as renegade fishing charters offer full day or half day, private or share charters scenic tours.

Hamilton Island offers six styles of accommodation, which is are all designed to match various holiday requirements and budgets. You can choose from a range of accommodation facilities, including boutique beach club, exclusive beachfront hotel, self-catering apartments, holiday homes, yacht club villas, palm bungalows and qualia.

The only way to get around Hamilton Island is through golf buggies. You can reach Hamilton Island by a flight or ferry. Virgin Australia operates direct flights to Hamilton Island from Sydney, Brisbane and connecting flights from Melbourne.

Hamilton Island in Pictures
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