Car-free and stress-free, Hamilton Island is a sanctuary of peace and calm and the perfect getaway for a weekend (or week) of rejuvenation. With its own airport and direct flights to major Aussie cities, it’s completely accessible too – paradise has never been so easy to reach! Here are five ways you can relax, unwind and feel totally rejuvenated on Hamilton Island.
1. Lounge Around on Catseye Beach
Kick back with a page-turner under the shade of a palm tree or jump in the cool water for a snorkelling adventure surrounded by tropical fish and colourful underwater creatures at Catseye Beach – one of the most gorgeous (and popular) beaches on Hamilton Island. The perfect embodiment of a tropical island beach, hours are easily spent on this long and curved stretch of sand looking out over the still turquoise water of the Whitsundays.
2. Get Active and Paddle the Stress Away
Catseye Beach is also the spot for those who like to get active and burn the stress away. Guests can rent stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and even windsurfers from Hamilton Island Beach Sports (complimentary if staying in Hamilton Island-owned accommodation) and immerse themselves in this magical landscape, exploring the marine playground at their own pace. Getting fit and active has never looked so good.
3. Bliss Out at Spa wumurdaylin
Relaxed, destressed, blissed out – these three emotional states are absolute certainties when you book yourself in for a treatment at Spa wumurdaylin on Hamilton Island. This haven of tranquillity is surrounded by beauty and offers a range of treatments using natural Australian products, designed to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. From deep tissue massages, sublime facials and manicures/pedicures, naturopath consultations, and even treatments for blokes, Spa wumurdaylin is a complete sensory experience designed to detox and cleanse your system.
4. Play a Round of Golf
Drive, chip and putt the stress away at one of the world’s most visually spectacular golf courses on Hamilton Island. Designed by five-time British Open winner Peter Thomson as a series of holes along the landscape’s ridges and valleys, the Hamilton Island Golf Club is a 18-hole championship golf course (par 71) located on its own island just a short ferry ride from Marina Village. This course isn’t just a delight (and challenge) to play – it’s totally dreamy too, with sweeping views of the gorgeous Whitsundays. The friendly staff at the Hamilton Island Golf Club can help with club rental, lessons and on-course refreshments. The Clubhouse is also worth stopping by for lunch and splendid views of the Coral Sea.
5. Go for a Sail
There are certain experiences that stay with you forever. Sailing out from Hamilton Island to cruise through the Whitsunday Islands is definitely one of them. Hopping on a yacht or catamaran and spending a few hours (or a full day) on the water is the best way of appreciating the views on the protected waters that surround the islands. If you prefer to sail at your own pace, you can even hire your own catamaran at Catseye Beach and feel the wind through your hair as you zip around this blue aquatic world.