Hamilton Island is considered one of Australia’s top holiday destinations. It is situated in the Whitsundays, an archipelago of 74 scenic islands off the coast of Queensland, and is known for its white beaches, blue waters, and abundant marine life.
Hamilton Island accommodation deals are ideal whether you’re planning a special getaway, enjoying eating out or taking advantage of some of the region’s most spectacular attractions. There are also a variety of accommodations and hotels nearby the Great Barrier Reef.
Hamilton Island is the ultimate Australian getaway with something for everyone, whether you’re searching for world-class luxury, a family adventure or an adults-only escape. Here are some of the main attractions that every traveller should experience on Hamilton Island:
Explore the Great Barrier Reef on Hamilton Island
With an unforgettable day trip from Hamilton Island, you can explore some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most secluded and valuable areas. During tours, visitors can visit Bait Reef – a special management area containing pristine corals and marine life in abundance. Additionally, you can dive or snorkel at Paradise Lagoon, Banjouras Lagoon, Stepping Stones and others.
Your journey to the Reef will take place aboard a purpose-built, 24-metre catamaran from Hamilton Island. Along with a diving platform with hydraulic steps, every catamaran includes lounge-style seating, air conditioning, a partially shaded deck, and freshwater hot and cold showers.
Throughout Bait Reef Marine Park you will have lots of opportunities to snorkel since all equipment is provided. You can also dive, swim, or simply splash around and enjoy the beauty of this world heritage site.
Enjoy Water Sports At Catseye Beach
The most enjoyable way to start your Hamilton Island adventure is by participating in some water sports activities at Catseye Beach. Here you can find the Beach Sports Hut at Hamilton Island Resort, located directly in front of the Main Pool and open to the public.
Snorkelling gear, kayaks, paddleboards, and small sailing boats can all be rented from Beach Sports Hut, and if you stay in one of the Hamilton Island Resorts, all the gear is included for free.
Take a Tour of Hamilton Island Wildlife
Hamilton Island Wildlife features some of the most adorable Australian animals including kangaroos, pademelons, koalas, dingoes, cassowaries and McCulloch, a saltwater crocodile. You’ll also have the chance to encounter snakes, dingoes, and cockatoos every day, as well as koala cuddle sessions. Hamilton Island Wildlife is a great place to see Australian animals up close in a safe environment.
Enjoy Hiking Through The Picturesque Bushland
Hamilton Island has plenty of restaurants, swimming pools, and beaches, but about 70 per cent of its land is bushland that you can explore by bushwalking trails. One of the highlights of the trip is a hike up Passage Peak, the top of the island.
Beginning at the Scenic Trail entrance at Catseye Beach’s east end, this challenging walk winds its way through seagrass and light scrub before ending with a steep flight of steps to the top, where a spectacular view of the Whitsunday Islands awaits.
If you are planning to go at sunrise, allow up to an hour and 15 minutes for the climb so that you can witness the stunning colours of the first light as it breaks over the Coral Sea.
Get an Aerial View of Hamilton Island
If you’re feeling adventurous, don’t miss the chance to see Hamilton Island by parasailing. HI Watersports Parasailing does not require any previous experience. Fly 45 metres above the island and Whitsunday coastline for a bird’s-eye view of the island and Whitsunday surrounds.
If you prefer a helicopter tour, Hamilton Island Air will fly you over Passage Peak, Catseye Beach and Coral Cove in 10 minutes.