Hamilton Island Holidays

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Lying in sparkling turquoise water at the heart of The Whitsundays and the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island offers a tropical retreat like no other. Lovely warm weather, brilliant white beaches, pristine coral reefs, lots of water activities and great resorts, what more can you ask for?

Exploring one of the wonders of the world, the Great Barrier Reef, home to some of the most amazing coral formations and marine life ever seen is a favourite. Or, consider a scenic flight to explore The Whitsundays, go on a cruise, diving, snorkelling, sailing, kayaing, wind surfing and game fishing. On land, explore the island's tropical plant and animal life via an extensive network of bushwalking tracks. You canget up close and personal with a large collection of native animals including koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, wombats and frill-necked lizards.

Getting to Hamilton Island is easy with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns and easy connections from other major cities.

Hamilton Island Must Do's

  • Grab a bottle and head up to One Tree Hill for sunset drinks. Its one of the highest points on the island and easy to reach by buggy or a free bus service.
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach. With kilometres of the purest, whitest sand you have ever seen and crystal clear blue waters, the beach is simply stunning. Book a day boat tour to make the most of the excursion. Alternatively, splurge and hire the seaplane for an experience like no other.
  • Go target shooting. How many islands have their own target range? Here on Hamilton Island you can spend a few hours playing James Bond on your tropical holiday. 
  • Fly like a bird. Get a birds eye view of the island while enjoying the thrill of the hang gliding flying fox. 
  • Explore the sea windsurfers, paddles boards, surf skis and other floaty equipment. You might even see a turtle diving under the surface at the family-friendly Cats Eye Beach. 
  • Breakfast with a Koala. The Hamilton Island Koala Gallery features a collection of Australian native animals including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, crocodiles, wombats, Tasmanian devils, and more. Don't miss the daily 'Breakfast with the Koalas'.
  • Learn to Paint. The island has its own gallery and runs art classes for both children and adults. Guest artists change regularly and the classes are suitable for all, from beginners to experts.
  • Bushwalking. Over 70 percent of the island is protected National Park and there's a network of trails to follow. Grab a free map, hat and bottle of water and start exploring.

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