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Hayman Island

Hayman Island Queensland

A private island resort at the centre of the Whitsunday Islands, a perfect destination for both relaxation and adventure.


At a Glance

Hayman Island is a small forested mountainous island offering beautiful view and numerous activities in the sea and the mountains. It is also home to a much celebrated luxurious five-star resort that has been visited by many of the rich and famous. The island also boasts world-class gourmet restaurants, classy bars and other facilities that a guest might want.

Hayman Island is privately run and is only accessible to the guests of the resort. Being the most luxurious island in the region, it is a niche destination that is targeted at the richest of visitors. But average visitors fret not! There is around 70 islands in the Whitsunday Region that you can visit that offers an experience just as amazing as the Hayman Island can offer.


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Where is Hayman Island?

 

Hayman Island is 889 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Hayman Island is one of the northernmost island in the Whitsundays Region, part of the Cumberland Islands Group. Sitting on the coral sea, the mountainous Hayman Island is one of the nearest island to the Great Barrier Reef. The best way to reach Hayman Island is to take a plane to the nearby Hamilton Island from the major cities and then transfer to Hayman Island via a ferry.


 

Things to see in Hayman Island

 

Nara Inlet

Nara Inlet is situated on the southern side of Hook Island, surrounded either side by magnificent lush green slopes which dive down into the clear turquoise waters and fringing reef. It is a very protected anchorage on Hook Island that is popular with all boaties. Within the hills of the inlet is the Ngaro cultural site, The bush track up to the cave is well-marked, gentle and accessible to people of all fitness levels. Interpretive signage along the way explains the significance of the site and the cave paintings.

Nara Inlet

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Luncheon Bay

Located at the northern side of Hook Island, Luncheon Bay with features pristine coral and superb marine. Also, Luncheon bay has some great swim-throughs for scuba divers and the beautiful ‘tunnel of love’, which is an underwater canyon. It is a great place for people who are beginner divers. Diving depth is three to 15 metres. Diving visibility is typically three to 15 metres.

Luncheon Bay

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Blue Pearl Bay

Blue Pearl Bay is located on the north-western side of Hayman Island in the Whitsundays Group. Popular with tourists and locals for snorkelling, diving and sightseeing, Blue Pearl Bay is known for its coral and fish life including a resident Maori Wrasse. Day tours and overnight boats visit Blue Pearl Bay for snorkelling and or scuba diving. Visitors typically swim directly off their vessel, or tender into the southern beach and enter the water from the coral beach. Best coral cover to be seen in shallow water off the southern beach. Scattered bommies with silty sand bottom at five to 18 metres, dropping off to coral rubble and silty sand below 18 metres. Best dive off southern beach, near Castle Rock. Shallow coral ledge (two to three metres) dropping off as descent wall to 10 to 15 metres. Wall has narrow canyons and caves making for great exploration. Strong corals near Castle Rock have some striking gorgonian fans at eight to 15 metres as well as whip corals. The shallow waters are predominately staghorn coral. Good protection from all winds except north-westerlies.

Blue Pearl Bay

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Whitehaven Beach

Whitehaven Beach is a pristine, award winning beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven Beach stretches over seven kilometres and boasts brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world. Sink your feet into the sand and wade into the warm waves that gently lap the shore and you'll soon realise why people come here from all over the world. Whitehaven Beach can be experienced in several ways. If you're interested in a day trip there are ferries, yachts, power boats and luxury cruising yachts that depart from Airlie Beach. A variety of sailing companies also offer multi-day charters that include a memorable visit to Whitehaven Beach.

Whitehaven Beach

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What's the weather like?

 

With a temperate climate, Hayman Island's weather is typically cool all year round. Even the Summers here aren't hot. In Winter the coast is buffeted by cold-fronts moving east which bring storms and much of the rainfall. Most of the year, however, the skies are clear and blue. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 26°C with an average minimum temperature of 13°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 24°C with an average minimum temperature of 18°C.

 

Get to know Hayman Island's history

 

Hayman Island is one of the northern Whitsunday Island.

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.