Destination Guide - Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is one of the drowned mountains of the Whitsunday Islands and offers a luxe getaway with activities to suit any pace – spas, sailing, golf, diving, relaxing on the beach or being pampered at a spa. Privately owned, but tastefully developed, recent large-scale projects include a yacht club, golf course and the five-star resort Qualia. While the island undoubtedly has a high-end appeal, it manages to maintain a laid-back and unpretentious vibe, primarily because there are no cars on the island. With a fringing coral reef, clear water and mangroves, Hamilton is a serene and picture-perfect island destination.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar (A$)
Population: 1,350
Time zone: +10
Daylight savings: N/A
Language: English
Country code: +61
Area code: 07
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA

Highlights

  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Whale watching
  • Sailing
  • Hamilton Island Golf Club

Who goes?

island hoppers, beach lovers, sun seekers, nature lovers, walkers, photographers, bucket-listers, families, backpackers, adrenaline junkies, luxury lovers, star spotters

Things to know before you go

The island is about 30 minutes by ferry from Shute Harbour on the mainland. The marina is on the western side of the island. The best swimming beach is Catseye Bay on the eastern side of the island. The highest point is Passage Peak at 239 metres and there are a series of walks on the island with great reviews over the Whitsundays. Dent Island on the western side of the island is where the Hamilton Island Golf Club is located.

Things to do

Hamilton Island makes a good springboard for further exploration of the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef but there’s plenty to do on the island itself. From June to September watch the mighty humpback whales as they migrate north. And add the following to the list of unique Hamilton Island experiences:
• Climb Passage Peak for a 360-degree panorama of the Whitsundays
• Eat breakfast in the company of koalas at Hamilton Island Wildlife Cafe
• Explore the winding roads of the northern peninsula in a golf buggy
• Enjoy a glass of champagne while the sun goes down over One Tree Hill
• Improve your handicap at the salubrious Hamilton Island Golf Club
• Circumnavigate the island in a motorised dinghy or kayak
• Walk South East Head trail through grasstrees with stunning views of the Lindeman group

Weather

Hamilton Island has a gorgeous tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round, and without extreme humidity. Average winter (June to September) highs are around 23°C with cooler evenings while average high temperatures during the rest of the year in the high 20s to low 30s.


Getting there and around

Hamilton Island is a car-free destination. There is a free shuttle service that follows three routes around the island and all accommodation bookings include free transfers to and from the Hamilton Island Airport. Visitors can also hire golf buggies for self-touring. Boat tours and cruises are available to visit other nearby destinations in the Whitsundays.

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Hamilton Island luxe
Hamilton Island luxe

Sailing and golf at the helm, Hamilton Island sets a course for the high-end.

Accommodation

Qualia, Hamilton Island
Qualia, Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, Queensland.

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