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Hamilton Island Holidays

One of Australia's premier destinations, Hamilton Island has been transformed from an uninhabited speck in the Whitsundays to an idyllic holiday haven. Boasting an airport, a state-of-the-art yacht club and several luxury resorts, the island is a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the perfect place for a relaxing tropical getaway. From low-key bungalows to luxury five-star resorts, this is an award-winning destination offering holiday packages to suit everyone. So book your Hamilton Island flights and get ready to laze on the beach, indulge in some of Australia's best snorkelling and soak up the spectacular natural surrounds.

Top Attractions »

The island's main attraction is its breathtaking natural setting. Nestled in the heart of the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island activities naturally revolve around the the water. Snorkelling and diving are two of the most popular things to do on Hamilton Island, not least because of its close proximity to the majestic Great Barrier Reef. Kayaking over coral reefs along the coastline is another popular activity, while many visitors otherwise charter a yacht to explore the surrounding area. If water sports don't take your fancy, there's a range of other activities to enjoy, including quad bike tours, health and relaxation treatments and plenty of chances to shop.

Eat and Drink »

Finding somewhere to eat isn't a problem given the numerous Hamilton Island restaurants to choose from. Topping many visitors' lists is Bommie, serving modern Australian cuisine amid breathtaking water views. Another island favourite is the Beach Club Restaurant on the water's edge, while Romanos serves classic Italian food in a charming harbour setting. The Marina Tavern is one of the most picturesque locations in which to enjoy a drink, with the pub's sweeping wooden decks offering picture-perfect views of the water. Many of the island's resorts also boast in-house bars, ensuring you'll never go thirsty in the tropical climes.

Where to Stay

Hamilton Island accommodation ranges from self-contained holiday apartments to the highest quality luxury resorts money can buy. Palm Bungalows is a quiet resort set back from the beach in lush tropical surrounds. The Reef View Hotel is an 18-storey family resort with full amenities, including a 35-metre swimming pool. For the ultimate in luxury, pamper yourself at the award-winning Qualia, which boasts Coral Sea views, private plunge pools and full spa facilities. Qualia affords you the chance to relax in the opulence of one of Australia's most sumptuously appointed resorts in the middle of a spectacular Whitsundays setting.


Despite it's tropical surroundings, you needn't fear being marooned without a chance to indulge in some Hamilton Island shopping. Aside from its well-stocked grocery store and bottle shop, the island also houses several boutique fashion outlets. Front Street is the place for fashionistas, with Breeze Resort Wear boasting a wide range of clothes and jewellery. The Hamilton Island Resort Boutique stocks popular lines of swimwear, while The Gallery in Front Street is the best place to shop for local art to bring back as a souvenir of your trip to the island.

Hamilton Island like a Local

Don't forget to pack your clubs if you fancy hitting the links because you can enjoy a round at the Hamilton Island Golf Club. The name is somewhat of a misnomer because the championship course is actually located on neighbouring Dent Island. Designed by the renowned Peter Thomson, it's one of the most scenic courses in Australia and is sure to enchant even the most seasoned of players. Nearby is the stunning Whitehaven Beach, consisting of a 4.3-mile stretch of glittering white sand. Take a day trip from Hamilton Island to explore this breathtaking destination, considered one of the most picturesque beaches in the country.