Uncover the Highlights of Hamilton Island

26 May 2017
Read Time: 3.4 mins

A dream come true for many travellers, Hamilton Island is warm and beautiful, a jewel in the crown that is the Coral Sea. The largest of 12 inhabited islands in the Whitsundays group, Hamilton Island is accessible, yet retains an air of being miles away from anywhere. Its white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush tropical landscape set the scene for wildlife watching, adventure seeking, or simply sitting back and disconnecting. There’s a side of Hamilton Island for all kinds of travellers, from romantic honeymoon luxury to a full family affair.

reef suite reef view hotel hamilton island The Reef View Hotel is one of the best places for both views and falling asleep to the sound of the sea. (Image: Hamilton Island)

Fall asleep to the sound of the sea

Nowhere on Hamilton Island is far from the soothing rhythm of the ocean. Six unique accommodation options cover everything from self-catered apartments for a fun holiday away with friends to ultimate luxury at Qualia or the boutique Beach Club – the island’s adults-only resorts. Wake up to sweeping views from your bed at the 4-star Reef View Hotel, or enjoy an authentic island experience with the family at the self-contained Palm Bungalows. For groups looking for a little more privacy, there are a number of holiday homes to choose from, which range from comfortable and casual to luxurious. The best part is, of course, that it’s a hop, skip and a jump to resort pools and the calm waters of Catseye Bay.

lady kayaking in casteye bay hamilton island Kayaking is just one of the many activities available for free on Hamilton Island. (Image: Hamilton Island)

All-aboard activities

Hamilton Island offers guests no less than 60 unique activities, so you can choose an action-packed escape or wind down doing not much at all. Cruise to the Great Barrier Reef for a day of snorkelling or scuba diving, and even stay on the reef for an unique, once-in-a-lifetime ReefSleep experience. Romantics will enjoy a sunset cruise through the Whitsundays, while nature lovers should sail to Whitehaven Beach for a breathtaking experience on one of the most pristine stretches of sand in the world. On the island, there are over 20 kilometres of walking trails to explore, one of Australia’s premier golf courses, non-motorised watersports and, of course, spas where you’ll find the ultimate in relaxation.

Sails offers one of the best views with your dinner on Hamilton Island. (Image: Hamilton Island)

Island dining

You certainly won’t go hungry on Hamilton Island, which is home to an impressive array of food options. For a relaxed family meal, go for gourmet wood-fired pizzas – Marina Tavern has the perfect, relaxed pub-style atmosphere, while you’ll get jaw-dropping waterfront views over a romantic meal at the Bommie Deck inside the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. You’ll also find excellent Italian, Mexican, and an abundance of modern Australian cuisine on the island, not to mention the classic takeaway, fish and chips.

From water slides to wildlife, Hamilton Island is a kids ultimate paradise. (Image: Hamilton Island)

A Family affair

A trip to tropical paradise is only made more exciting with the kids along for the ride. Small details like marine life, exotic wildlife and a simple boat ride suddenly become epic adventures – moments of awe and wonder about how incredible this place really is. There are child-friendly pools scattered throughout the resort, beach equipment the whole family can enjoy, plus walking trails and snorkelling. Kids stay and eat for free at selected accommodation and restaurants on the island too, so the whole family can experience paradise for less. 

Feature image: Hamilton Island

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Vicki Fletcher

A writer and photographer for Flight Centre, Vicki loves road trips down unknown tracks, hiking into mountain ranges, following locals to the best food in town, and spending long afternoons people watching in city squares. She's written for publications across Australia and Europe. Top travel tip: always look up. Follow Vicki on Instagram @vickijanefletcher.