Hamilton Island
The heart of the Whitsundays.

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Hamilton Island is situated in the heart of the Whitsundays and is one of 74 tropical islands that lie between the Queensland Coast and The Great Barrier Reef. It is a place to experience everything, idyllic coral fringed beaches provide the backdrop for an ideal tropical experience.

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Hamilton Island lies on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu in the northern hemisphere and Mauritius in the south. It has a year round warm tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees celsius. Its maximum summer temperatures (December, January and February) are around 30 degrees celsius, with maximum winter temperatures (June, July and August) around 23 degrees.

Perfectly situated in The Great Barrier Reef, amongst the 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

As the ultimate Great Barrier Reef holiday destination, Hamilton Island is the perfect gateway to explore the unique tropical environment of the Whitsunday’s like Whitehaven Beach or the beautiful Heart Reef (which just has to be seen from the air). You can snorkel, scuba dive or swim off the reef and witness one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonders and its abundant array of ocean life.

Hamilton Island offers the promise of a tropical getaway where you’ll be spoiled for choice with plenty of opportunities to try something new. With over 40 different activities to choose from you can experience sea-kayaking, game fishing, day trips to Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef, scenic helicopter flights, or even have breakfast with the Koalas at the Koala Gallery.

Hamilton Island is the only island in the Whitsundays that has an airport big enough to cater for larger commercial aircraft. Hamilton Island is also catered by several ferry services, which can only carry passengers. Mainland motor vehicles are prohibited on the island, where transport needs are mostly served by hundreds of golf buggies.

Visitors can catch glimpses of migrating whales as they make their way through the warm waters of the Whitsundays around July – September each year.

Whether you’re looking for plenty to do or nothing to do, Hamilton Island is perfect for both.

Hamilton Island Resort

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Located resort side and in close proximity to Catseye Beach, the main pool and resort centre, Hamilton Island’s hotel accommodation includes the Palm Terrace and Palm Bungalows, the 1 bedroom Whitsunday Holiday Apartments, the Reef View Hotel and the 5 star Beach Club.

The island features the only island marina in the Whitsundays, complete with its own yacht club where guests can enjoy a relaxed tavern ambience.

Hamilton Island is the only island with a variety of hotels and apartments to suit all tastes and budgets as well as an endless array of activities.

The accommodation and apartments available are of the highest quality and privacy. All apartments have their own personality and d├ęcor. Choose an apartment that suits your style and the number of people in your party.

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