Hamilton IslandThe Whitsundays' most popular upmarket resort for families and couples with activities galore.
If you’re the type of traveller that is looking for modern, luxurious resort style accommodation with a good balance of relaxation, seclusion, activities and dining options then Hamilton Island will tick all the boxes and has something to suit everyone.
Hamilton Island is by far the most popular island within the Whitsunday Islands and for good reason. It’s palm tree lined Catseye Beach is everything you imagine a tropical island to be. Whilst being one of the most developed islands in the Whitsunday group, it still manages to not overpower its picturesque natural surroundings with two thirds of the island remaining undisturbed.
The beautiful island is surrounded by colourful coral reefs, mesmerizing turquoise waters, lush vegetation and warm temperatures are experienced all year round. The major drawcard for many visitors is the numerous activities on offer. You could easily spend a week onshore without even venturing to the other islands or outer Great Barrier Reef.
Families can take advantage of the many kid friendly activities such as mini golf, the bowling alley, bushwalks and several pools. Watersports available from Catseye Beach include parasailing, snorkelling, wakeboarding and tubing, snorkelling, sailing and dinghy boat hire, kayaking and paddle boarding. For those looking for an adrenaline fix, Jet Ski hire and tours is one of the best ways to explore the Whitsunday Island Marine Park.
Nature lovers will love the walking trails that are located within the island taking you to various peaks. Two notable walks are the Passage Peak and One Tree Hill. The Passage Peak and Resort Lookout are more challenging walks that take you to picnic areas and lookout points behind the resort at the highest peak of the island. The walks take you through native grasstrees, exposed rock and sharp cliffs.
The One Tree Hill is the most popular vantage point that offers 360 degree views of the Whitsunday Passage. We recommend the afternoon wine and cheese or champagne at sunset for a truly memorable experience.
Foodies won’t be disappointed on this holiday with many fine dining experiences showcasing local produce and Australian and international cuisine. For the budget conscious there are also a decent selection of casual restaurants, bars, lounges and takeaway options which families love.
Hamilton Island has six types of accommodation that are all luxurious and modern but are designed to meet a range of budgets and needs. The most exclusive Qualia was voted the best resort in the world in 2012 and has been designed for total relaxation and seclusion hidden away from the rest of the island. Qualia also boasts an exclusive day spa that no other island guests are permitted to visit which is one of the reasons why it has welcomed famous guests over the years.
The Reef View Hotel, Beach Club, Palm Bungalows, Yacht Club Villas and Holiday Homes are reasonable accommodation that is centrally located to the Catseye Beach and the many restaurants and bars within the island.
Hamilton Island is a must visit whether you stay for the day or longer. It is easy to see why it has become well loved by many Australians who continue to visit the island year after year. The vast range of accommodation lodgings, dining, activities really do offer something for everyone and is what makes this a safe holiday choice. Despite the commercialism, it is still possible for guests to have a private and luxurious island getaway here in one of the world class resorts. However, be prepared to share as the resort is at its busiest in the school holidays and over the Christmas period.