Holidays to Hamilton Island, Australia

Most of the beautiful, palm-fringed islands in the Whitsundays are uninhabited, many of them unspoilt wilderness. Although every bit as stunning to look at, Hamilton Island is something quite different.

Whilst no one would claim it’s spoilt, it is without doubt the most highly developed. The commercial centre of the Whitsunday Islands, this is also the largest inhabited island of the group and the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport, offering short direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns. For the Whitsundays, its population is large – over 1,000 people – and it is a popular tourist destination all year round. In fact, tourism is the sole reason for almost everything here.

And what’s here is undoubtedly luxurious. The winner of numerous awards – including the Australian Traveller 'Most Desirable Island Escape' Award in 2015 – Hamilton fosters an atmosphere of exclusivity and carefully protects the island from adverse development. With the exception of a few service vehicles and a shuttle bus, regular motor vehicles are banned; here, a fleet of golf buggies provide transport around the island, either being available to rent or supplied with your accommodation.

Where there are golf buggies, you might think, there must surely be golf, and Hamilton doesn’t disappoint; the island has its own golf club and an 18-hole course, designed by five times British Open winner Peter Thomson, and the only championship island golf course in Australia. Somewhat confusingly it isn’t actually on Hamilton, but the neighbouring island of Dent – an otherwise uninhabited island now totally given over to the sport. Putting and driving ranges are, however, available on Hamilton itself.

Sailing is also big here, and in August the island also plays host to its annual Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival, attracting some 250 yachts from across Australasia for a week of races around the Whitsundays.

Wildlife is not a major feature of the island – the development here has largely seen it off, and you’re more likely to see a wedding party than a possum or wallaby – but a variety of day trips to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park can be booked from Hamilton, as well as excursions to neighbouring islands. During the months from July to September you may also be lucky enough to glimpses of migrating whales.

All of this, of course, comes at a price – but some key facilities are also available to day trippers, allowing you to get a taste of the luxury of this unique resort on a more modest budget.


  • Lap up the excitement of Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival

  • Take advantage of the island’s championship golf course

  • Book a day trip out to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

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Trips that include Hamilton Island

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Things to do in Hamilton Island

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