The gorgeous Whitsunday Islands are a Queensland treasure. As the largest inhabited island of the group, the ever popular shores of Hamilton Island are packed with things to do. If you are preparing for your own tropical island getaway, chances are you have spent most of your coin on getting there so we’ve put together a collection of awesome attractions that won’t break the bank. Here are 20 things to do on Hamilton Island under $25.
Appreciate the island’s famous turquoise waters by hiring a snorkel and going for a refreshing dip. Chase tropical fish, admire the colourful coral and always keep an eye out for sea turtles. This is a fantastic activity for all ages.
The best way to enjoy the warm Queensland weather and is by swimming from sun up to sun down. The island has a variety of swimming pools but the main pool offers a tempting swim up pool bar and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens.
If you have the kids or grandkids in tow, why not enjoy a game or two of ten pin bowling. In the evening, the alley bursts to life in a kaleidoscope of colours with glow in the dark lanes, state-of-the-art lighting and a fully-licensed bar.
Hamilton Island has six full size tennis courts for those ready to sweat it out with a game. Hire a court and enjoy a casual hit or brush up your skills can by signing up for a professional coaching session.
Pack a simple picnic with some delicious treats from the local convenience store and head up to the Resort Lookout. The second highest point on the island, you can appreciate the surrounding bushland and spectacular ocean views.
Water spots are a popular pastime on Hamilton Island. Head down to the water and hire a sea kayak or paddle board and enjoy a little sun, sea and sand. As you paddle, you can admire the incredible natural beauty around you.
The Hamilton Island Mini Golf Course is a fun activity for all ages. Affordable for the whole family, you can navigate your way through a maze of plants and palms and try to hit that hole in one. There’s also discounted pricing if you arrive before 10am or after 5pm.
Catseye Beach is one of the most popular beaches on Hamilton Island, with swaying palms, silky white sand and sparkling waters. Bring your favourite book and have a sunbake on the golden shores or dive into the ocean for a lovely afternoon dip.
If there’s an animal lover in your group, then set aside time to visit the WILD LIFE Park on Hamilton Island. Get up close and personal to iconic Australian wildlife including cuddly koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, lizards and snakes.
Gym junkies who like to keep up their work out routine when on holidays will be pleased to know there is a fully equipped gym on the island. Check with your accommodation before visiting as some of the island’s resorts will offer guests free entry.
For a little seaside thrill, try tube riding across the bright blue ocean. This heart pounding activity will have you zooming around the island with the wind in your hair, trailing behind a fast paced speed boat – just make sure you hold on tight!
The Hamilton Island Yacht Club is home to the award-winning Bommie Restaurant, one of the finest places to eat in the region. Those on a budget can enjoy the club’s enviable seaside location by heading to Bommie Deck for a glass of champagne at sunset.
Sweat off those extra calories with a fitness class at the Sports Club. There’s something to suit every fitness level, from yoga, tai chi and body balance to zumba, spin, boxing and pump. Also check with your accommodation as you may be legible for free admission.
While the main natural attraction is the ocean, Hamilton Island is also home to beautiful bushland, sandy coves and a variety of stunning flora and fauna. There are a number of trails to wander, including the Passage Peak, South East Head Trail and the Coral Cove to name a few.
On select days, you can bring a picnic rug and head down to the lawns overlooking the Hamilton Island Marina for a free concert. Marina Daze offers a fantastic variety of lively musical performances suitable for the whole family.
For a glimpse into the underwater life fringing Hamilton Island, join a Deep Water Turtle Discovery. This snorkelling tour will depart from Catseye Beach and take you to explore the surrounding reefs scouring the waters for sea turtles.
Soothe your weary muscles and spend a few hours enjoying the spa or sauna facilities at the Sports Club. This is the perfect activity after a game of tennis or a day at the beach. Guests of certain accommodation will even attract free entry.
Don’t leave the island without sampling an early evening cocktail at One Tree Hill. Hamilton Island’s renowned hilltop lookout is the ideal place to admire the orange hues that burst over the sky as the sun sets over the Whitsundays.
Unlike the more secluded islands in the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island has a number of shops to browse. Many trendy boutiques line the Marina Village, offering a selection of clothing, jewellery and souvenirs. And window shopping won’t cost you a thing!
The most convenient way to get around the island is by hiring a golf buggy. The wide paved roads are perfect for easily navigating from place to place. Four seater buggies complete with an overhead canopy, headlights and drink holders are available.
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