Hamilton Island is one of the most famous islands in the Whitsundays, offering beautiful beaches, luxury accommodation, and activities for everyone to enjoy.
What to Do
Visit the Great Barrier Reef
Hamilton Island is one of the best gateways to the iconic Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world. A visit to this quintessential Australian landmark should be top of every traveller’s bucket list. From Hamilton Island, you can access the reef via a day trip, which includes snorkelling and diving on the reef, plus travel to and from on a purpose-built, 24-metre catamaran. Experienced staff are available to assist you as you get up close to the beautiful fish and colourful coral of the reef.
Meet the Native Wildlife
Make sure you visit Hamilton Island Wildlife to get up close to some friendly native animals. Conveniently located right in the middle of the island, this unique experience offers animal encounters with koalas, dingoes, pythons, lizards and native birds. Guided tours are available so you can feed and hold some of the animals.
Enjoy Water-based Activities
If you’re looking for water play, Hamilton Island is the place to be! The calm and warm waters of the Whitsundays are the perfect setting for people at all levels to enjoy sailing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and more water activities. Most of the equipment is free for island guests.
Relax at the Spa
No holiday is complete without a little pampering. The island spa options allow you to rest and rejuvenate with luxury treatments include massages, facials and more. Enjoy a blissful experience in a stunning location, with therapies and products inspired by the natural beauty of Hamilton Island.
Take a Scenic Flight
The Whitsundays are beautiful at sea level, but to fully experience the incredible beauty of this part of the world you need to take to the skies. Scenic flights are available on both helicopters and seaplanes. Visit the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, the iconic Heart Reef, and more.
How to Get Here
Hamilton Island has its own airport, making it easy to get to from all east coast capitals. With daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, you can enjoy your holiday sooner!
When to Go
Hamilton Island enjoys warm and mild weather all year round, making it the perfect holiday destination if you’re escaping a cold winter in the southern states. The best time to visit is between April and June, when the island experiences less rain and the average temperature is 24C. The hottest and wettest time of year is January to March, when tropical low-pressure systems can create storms and the average temperature is 30C.
Things to Know
Hamilton Island doesn’t have cars, but guests are able to utilise low-speed golf buggies to travel around the island.
Travelling with Kids
Hamilton Island is a family-friendly destination, and during the school holidays the island offers many fun activities for kids. However, some resorts on the island are adult-only, so check before making your reservation.
All the restaurants and bars on the island allow you to charge expenses to your hotel room, so there’s no need to carry credit cards every day.