Nestled amongst the beautiful waters of the Whitsunday Islands is the serene Hamilton Island. This retreat offers an idyllic island experience if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. This beautiful island offers a wide variety of activities and accommodation even to suit the most discerning traveler.
With activities ranging from sea-kayaking, fishing, scenic flights and ‘Breakfast with the Koalas’ at the Koala Gallery, you’ll be spoilt for choice! There is so much on offer here with Hamilton Island being a getaway to Heart Reef, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach. And there is of course the option of simply doing nothing at all but relaxing on the beach or poolside. The option of doing nothing can be extremely appealing when you’re surrounded by extraordinary views of the clear blue water and the fresh green colours of the mainland.
Hamilton Island is another tropical town with sunny, warm weather for the majority of the year. It is on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu and averages 27.4 degrees Celsius in summer months and 23 degrees Celsius in the winter. Beachwear and casual attire is recommended in the day, with only a light jacket or cardigan needed at night during the winter months.
Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island out of the 74 Whitsunday Islands and is located 16km off the coast of Queensland, a state in north east Australia. The Best Job in the World promotion in 2009 raised the profile of Hamilton Island as countless of entries from all around the world were sent in with applicants eager to work at the island for half a year. Hamilton Island is a true paradise and as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it is a place not to be missed!
Holiday makers will find it hard to run out of things to do on the island. There are over 40 activities available on Hamilton Island including sea kayaking, snorkelling, sailing, fishing, water skiing, scuba diving and bushwalking. For golf enthusiasts, why not play 18 holes at the Hamilton Island Golf Club, a popular golfing destination that was designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson. The course is located a short boat transfer from Hamilton Island, on Dent Island and is the only championship course in Australia on its own island. Holiday deals are available for those looking to combine golfing and staying in accommodation on Hamilton Island.
Hamilton Island is a great place to take the family. Enjoy family time by having breakfast with the koalas at the Koala Gallery, playing a game of mini-golf and racing each other at go-karting. Many holiday deals exist for families seeking to holiday in Hamilton Island. Choose from various family accommodation options including self-contained accommodation and holiday homes.
For couples wanting a romantic getaway and looking to just relax and take it easy, be pampered at one of the spa retreats available on the island. A few of the hotel accommodation properties on Hamilton Island also have spa treatment facilities. Go swimming or sunbathing at one of the beautiful beaches on Hamilton Island. Alternatively, the holiday homes and holiday apartments on the island also have their own private swimming pools where you can go swimming.
Couples may opt to stay at luxurious hotel accommodation, take walks along the beach at sunset and dine at one of the fantastic restaurants on the island. Holiday deals are available for couples wanting a romantic holiday on Hamilton Island.
If you are looking for a day trip, there are a number of touring options that are available. Whitehaven Beach is often regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches and is situated on an island on an uninhabited island. It is an easy day trip to do from Hamilton Island so rent a holiday home on Hamilton Island and make a trip to Whitehaven Beach. The Reef-Viewer Glass Bottom Boat is a great tour to do if you don’t fancy getting wet. Be amazed and learn about the coral reef structures as well as the tropical fish off Hamilton Island. Take a day tour out on a boat to see the Great Barrier Reef. Go on a guided snorkelling tour and have a lovely buffet for lunch and enjoy the beautiful waters and scenery of the Great Barrier Reef. Sailing overnight with accommodation on a boat is also available if you would like to do an overnight tour of the Whitsundays from Hamilton Island. To get a bird’s eye view of Hamilton Island and its surroundings, take a helicopter ride and marvel at the blueness of the water and islands below.
The weather in Hamilton Island is generally warm and tropical throughout the whole year. The average temperature throughout most of the year is 27.4°C with summers the hottest during December to February and pleasant temperatures in winter from June to August around 23°C. May to October are the driest and thus, the best months to visit Hamilton Island.