Hamilton Island, Queensland
A tropical paradise situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays archipelago. The island is covered in thick bush spread over undulating hills, and surrounded by crystal-clear blue water.
Easily accessible from anywhere in Australia, thanks to its own airport, Hamilton Island is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. Its palm-fringed beaches and rocky shorelines frame the entire island, offering tourists a smorgasbord of water-based activities, sports and sailing adventures.
With cars prohibited on the islands, and golf buggies the only mode of transportation, Hamilton Island is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Multi-cuisine restaurants and numerous cafes are scattered throughout the resort island, along with numerous bars and lounges.
Cruise ships anchor close to the Hamilton Island marina and tender passengers ashore. Passengers can then walk over the small hill to the other side of the island where the main resort lies. Alternatively, golf buggies can be hired to explore the island.
The Hamilton Island marina is a modern port and is well-equipped to handle large volumes of cruise passengers.
- Public toilets and self-service laundry
- Wireless internet
- Tourist information office
- Concierge desk for restaurant and accommodation bookings.
Golf buggies can be hired at the marina and used to explore the rest of Hamilton Island. Otherwise, passengers can board the island’s free shuttle bus service or stroll to the other side of the island over a small hill to the main resort area.
How to Get Around
There are 3 ways passengers can get around Hamilton Island: by foot, by golf buggy, or by the free shuttle bus service.
It’s not possible to drive a car on the island.
Travel times from the marina:
- It is a 15 minute journey to Qualia luxury resort
- It is an 8 minute journey to Hamilton Island Beach Club
- It is a 5 minute journey to the Marina Café.
- It is a 5 minute journey to the Hamilton Island airport
- It is a 12 minute journey to the Go-Kart Racing Track
- It is a 4 minute journey to Hamilton Island Watersports.
- Currency – The Australian dollar is local currency in Australia. Coins come in 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2 denominations. Notes come in $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 denominations.
- Time Zone – Hamilton Island is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), which is 10 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
- Weather – Hamilton Island enjoys mild weather all year round. From January to March daytime temperatures average 30 degrees Celsius, with occasional showers. April to June sees less rain but a slightly lower daily average of 24 degrees Celsius. The average temperature during July to September is 23 degrees Celsius – with the odd shower or two. From October to December the weather is typically hot and humid, with daytime averages of 28 degrees Celsius and semi-frequent short showers.
- Aerial flight over the Great Barrier Reef – Take to the air in a sea plane or helicopter and marvel at the beautiful Whitsunday archipelago and the Great Barrier Reef from up above. See iconic landmarks such as Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach during your flight, and then touch down at Reefworld where you get the chance to get up close and personal with the aquatic marine life that live just beneath the water’s surface. Most tours include a buffet lunch and start at around $600 per person from Hamilton Island.
- Water sports – Spend the day in and on the waters around Hamilton Island, revelling in a number of different water sports, including windsurfing, kayaking, jet skiing, parasailing and waterskiing.
- Cruise around the Whitsunday Islands – No visit to Hamilton Island would be complete without taking a cruise around the gorgeous Whitsunday island chain. Spend a full day on the water, or choose instead to join an afternoon cruise as the sun gently sets for the day. Full day cruises usually include a visit to pristine Whitehaven Beach and Daydream Island and return by 5pm. Afternoon cruises start at 4pm and take two hours. Prices for a cruise start at $44 per adult (half that for kids) and leave from Hamilton Island.
- Wild Life Hamilton Island – Near to the island’s main resorts, the well-positioned Wild Life Hamilton Island animal park is a must-see for the animal lovers. Home to birds, crocodiles, wombats, kangaroos and dingoes, the park is one of the few places in the world where you can cuddle a koala and take home a photographic souvenir. Tours run all day and the park is open from 7am till 5pm.