Sailing, flying, snorkelling, hiking, diving: Hamilton Island is your one-stop-shop for fun in the sun, with over 60 ways to enjoy the surrounding Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands. Whether you are seeking a rush of adrenalin, some quiet romance or fun with the kids, there is a Hamilton Island activity to suit your every mood.
Challenging fellow travellers to a game of beach cricket on one of the world’s most beautiful stretches of sand should not be missed. Plastic stumps are set up by the Cruise Whitsundays’ crew as travellers from around the globe spread out across the sand, ready to take a replay worthy catch. It is not long before the tennis ball soars into the air and a guy wearing boardies and a look of triumph powers into the ocean, grabbing the ball in one hand.
Download the Hamilton Island App and take the Passage Peak audio tour as you hike up to the lookout at Passage Peak. It’s a heart pumping climb but the stunning view of the Whitsundays is worth the effort.
Hamilton Island offers the ultimate underwater combo: an easy-to-access fringing reef and free snorkel hire for guests. Low tide is the best time to explore the coral gardens sparkling with jewel bright fish just off Catseye Beach. Don’t worry if you or the kids have never hung out with Nemo before. Snorkelling off the beach is the ideal introduction to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef for youngsters and first-timers.
Ever wanted to give stand-up paddle boarding or sea kayaking a try? Now is your chance as all non-motorised water sports are free for in-house guests on Hamilton Island. We paddled away from Catseye Beach until the only sound was the splash of our paddles. With the sun on our backs and the wind in our hair, kayaking was the perfect way to spend a morning.
Hamilton Island Golf Club is home to one of Queensland’s most picturesque (and most challenging) golf courses, with spectacular ocean views. If you miss a shot, just blame the stunning scenery for distracting you from the game.
The word ‘wumurdaylin’ meaning dragonfly, is symbolic of renewal, freedom and beauty.
With a focus on this, and on reflecting the beauty of its location, spa wumurdaylin offers a range of authentic, relaxing treatments using all natural Australian products. Try a sensory experience themed to the beautiful natural surrounds, waterlily aromatherapy, or a range or body cocoon wraps, massages and facial treatments.
Keep an eye out for dolphins as you raise a glass in the luxurious surrounds of On the Edge, one of Hamilton Island’s most upmarket catamarans. Enjoy complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles as you watch the sun set over the Whitsunday Islands. You will be back on Hamilton Island just in time for dinner.
Order takeaway gourmet pizza at Manta Ray, dine at Sails for Mod-Oz mains with spectacular views (and a pool for the kids), or enjoy Asian hawker food at coca chu. Don’t miss the red curry coral trout wrapped up banana leaf with green nahm jim. Young guests aged up to 12 years eat for free off the kids’ menu at participating restaurants.
It takes just two hours via boat to reach the Reefworld pontoon in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, where we put on diving gear and slip into the water with our instructor, surprising a school of squid which zip in front of our snorkel masks. Chip, the pontoon’s resident turtle, peers through the pontoon’s underwater viewing windows as if he is checking out the visitors, not the other way around. After our dive, we fuel up on a buffet lunch of prawns, salads, and barbeque chicken, before heading into the water again.
From Whitehaven Beach to Hill Inlet, Hook Passage and myriad Whitsunday Islands, you can see the best of the Whitsundays from the air in just one hour. Have your camera ready to snap an Insta-worthy shot of Heart Reef, a coral bommie shaped like a heart. If you visit at the right time of year you might be lucky enough to see some whales.
Explore the wonders of the Whitsundays for yourself. See the latest deals on flights to Hamilton Island, visit your local Escape Travel store, or call 1300 273 482.