The largest of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island holidays take you to a tropical paradise of clear blue waters and stunning forest views. With diving, sailing, snorkelling and sunbathing on offer, this idyllic Island has something for everyone.
Framed by the fresh mountain landscape, Catseye Beach is a perfect place to sit back, relax and reconnect with nature. The tree lined foreshore and the clear blue water make this crescent beach a haven of stunning views. For something more adventurous, rent a kayak or a paddleboard and explore the open waters. To discover the underwater wildlife, grab a snorkel and be amazed by the coral gardens and the sight of sea turtles in their natural environment. If you’d rather explore Hamilton Island on dry ground, take the Scenic Trail Entrance up to Passage Peak. The highest point on Hamilton Island, Passage Peak showcases the glorious views of the Whitsundays.
Hamilton Island holidays promise to amaze and inspire
If you’re looking for the tropical paradise experience during your Hamilton Island holiday, Whitehaven Beach has it all. With its white powdery sands lapped by the turquoise waters of the coral sea, this breath-taking scene stretches for four miles and is easily accessible from Hamilton Island. You can also take a short boat ride out to the unmissable Great Barrier Reef for a chance to see spectacular coral formations and 1,500 species of tropical fish. Keep your eyes peeled for the orange and white stripes of the friendly clownfish. Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef from Hamilton Island is perfect for both couples and families, as the island offers child-friendly trips on moored pontoons. The helicopter rides from Hamilton Island to the romantic Heart Island appeal to couples looking for an intimate experience.
Pair your Hamilton Island holiday with a trip to the mainland and travel by plane to the coastal city of Cairns, the most northern tropical city in Queensland. In Cairns, you can view the spectacular sights of the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. From here, travel to the town of Port Douglas, and explore on foot the astonishingly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage site of Daintree Rainforest for a fantastic Hamilton Island holiday like no other.
Great sample itineraries
Get inspired by our selection of popular itineraries for Hamilton Island holidays.Pair the beautiful beaches and tropical delights with other spectacular Australian destinations for a Hamilton Island multi-centre holiday like no other.
East Coast Australia Guided Tour
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“Hire a golf buggy for an easy and fun way to get around the island. Drive your buggy up to One Tree Hill and marvel at the stunning view of the Whitsunday islands, while enjoying a cocktail or two.”
“Head out towards the buoys at the back of Catseye Beach – if you’re lucky you will spot turtles in their natural environment, enjoying the seagrass that grows here.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Hamilton Island holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Hamilton Island Race Week
Hamilton Island Race Week is a yachting event where family, friends and competitors from around the globe join together for a week of on and offshore activities and competitions. Enjoy golfing competitions, wine tastings, food prepared by celebrity chefs and many more events alongside the regatta, all with a feel-good party atmosphere.
Hamilton Island Endurance Series
The Hamilton Island Endurance Series spans four events that have athletes swimming, running and cycling through the tropical scenes of the Whitsunday Islands. The Hamilton Island Hilly Half Marathon, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, Hamilton Island Triathlon and Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim will challenge and inspire you with its beautiful backdrop of the islands off the central coast of Australia.
Dent Island Yoga
Yoga at Dent Island is your chance to take a break for yourself. Unwind and practise yoga, enjoying a morning of relaxation as you witness the breath-taking sunrise and feel at peace with the beautiful surroundings.
Dent Dash Park Run
Taking place at Resort Drive, the three mile Dent Dash park run is open to all runners of all abilities. Enjoy the scenes of the park as you run, walk or jog to the finish line. This event is not a race against other runners, but a chance for you to train, have fun, or to try your first park run.
PGA Professionals Championship
Hosted by the Hamilton Island Golf Club, you can watch from the side lines as the PGA Professionals Championship unfolds. Want something more active? Alongside the championship, the club also hosts a 36-hole amateur event, with club professionals and teachers on hand, to give you a brilliant golfing experience.
Amateur Golf Championship
The Amateur Golf Championship is a place for you to test your skills on the 36-hole course at Hamilton Island Golf Club. It’s a great place to learn and improve your golfing. The event, open to men and women, offers the prizes and the experience you could only dream of.
Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Hamilton Island holiday. Here are a few of our favourite foodie hotspots.
Sunset Cruise and Dine
Cruise the Whitsundays with the sunset cruise and dine - a remarkable dining experience. Enjoy a seat dinner while anchored in a secluded bay, and later enjoy a cocktail from the on-board bar, while watching the sun set.
Enjoy delicious food and drinks from the bar in the family-friendly restaurant, Manta Ray. Open until late, watch the sun setting over Hamilton Island Marina, while choosing from a wide range of delicious food on the à la carte menu.
Enjoy the mouth-watering range of local seafood at Mariners, a relaxed restaurant at the heart of Hamilton Mariner. Try the popular seafood platter for yourself, or treat yourself to the five course tasting menu, which features fresh prawns, oysters and other locally-sourced seafood.
Enjoy a wide range of delicious Italian cuisine in the romantic setting of Romano’s. Choose a table overlooking the water and enjoy the superb flavours of a delicious contemporary cuisine.
For bold, Asian flavours in a fun and friendly environment, choose Coca Chu to combine Asian and Australian dining experiences. With the option of a fresh, sharing style menu, this restaurant is perfect for friends or family to come and dine together.
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