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Hamilton Island Queensland

One of the most popular Whitsunday island with a great range of activities and resorts for you to indulge in.


At a Glance

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is the perfect holiday location for those who wants to explore the beautiful reefs. If you want to be surrounded by endless stretches of palm-lined white beaches, a great diversity of marine life and bright turquoise sea, then Hamilton Island is just the place for you.

There are a huge variety of activities that you can do on Hamilton Island. The quintessential experience is to lounge around the pristine beach and go for a swim in the clear blue sea. Otherwise, you can relax to the fullest and laze around the island with its world-class bars and restaurants, or attend one of the many exhibitions and performances held.


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Where is Hamilton Island?

 

Hamilton Island is 887 kilometres north of Brisbane.

The Hamilton Island is located at the heart of the Whitsunday Islands, south to the biggest Whitsunday Island. An airport is present on the island and thus the best way to get to the island is via a plane from the major cities.


 

Things to see in Hamilton Island

 

Hamilton Island Marina

The Marina is a place of wonders! You could just sit there at the Tavern or the Yacht Club all day just taking in the excitement of what goes on there all day. The boats, the people, the shops, Restaurant, watching the Buggy's burning around with visitors and Trader Pete's Souvenir Shop is a hidden treasure of amazing things to buy to take home. Also, you can take a ferry over to see the Great Barrier Reef from the Marina. They also have activities for tourists such as watercolour art classes which was so much fun!

Hamilton Island Marina

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland

 

Catseye Beach

Such a gorgeous and beautiful beach, the sand is clean and crisp and the water warm and calming. The Catseye Beach also offers water sports with canoe hire and other activities. Also, there are awesome water sports you can do here, such as kayak, canoe, paddleboard and snorkelling hire. And there is a colony of turtles living in the coral/rocks not far out from the shore you can snorkel too.

Catseye Beach

Image Courtesy Jason Hill & Events Queensland

 

Passage Peak

Passage Peak is the highest point on Hamilton Island. It's about 2.5kms and 250m of climbing - from the main resort. The trail takes you up through the zones of the forest from palms on Catseye Beach through eucalypt and melaleuca forests up to the more alpine ecology at the peak. There is wildlife in abundance, from kookaburras to kangaroos. It’s so worth the sweat and tears going up for that beautiful view, this is a must take your time and go up slowly, you will not be disappointed.

Passage Peak

Image Courtesy Tourism And Events Queensland

 

Hamilton Island Art Gallery

At the Marina at Hamilton Island, the art gallery is a lovely place to view works of visiting artists. Also, the Art Gallery showcases paintings, sculptures and other artworks from artists who are local to the island, or who have a connection with it. their paints are the heavy focus on seascapes and undersea themes. The standard is high, with a range of styles and perspectives.

 

 
 

What's the weather like?

 

Most of the locations in the Whitsundays experiences a subtropical climate where it is warm all year round with wet summers. The best time to visit the islands are undoubtedly August during the peak of the dry season. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 25°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 24°C with an average minimum of 18°C.

 

Get to know Hamilton Island's history

 

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands. It was purchased by Keith Williams and Bryan Bryt for construction of a harbour and a resort complex. It is a popular tourist destination in the area.

The Whitsunday Islands were inhabited by the Aboriginal people of Australia prior to European arrival. These group of people were known as the Ngaro, and were known for being proficient navigators. The islands were first discovered by James Cook in 1770, who sailed through the islands and named the passage Whitsunday Passage. Among the first foreign settlers of the island are stranded sailors and wood cutters. The fertile and rich soil in the area made it attractive for pastoralists in subsequent years.

In the 1920s, tourism in the area was born as passengers began to visit these tropical islands after trading in the coastal towns. Eventually, these tourism ventures outgrew the original agricultural industry and a tourist boom ensued. Today, the area remain a popular tourist attractions, with entire islands mandated to be protected national parks to protect this spectacular place.