Hamilton Island is one of the largest of the stunning Whitsunday Islands in Tropical Queensland. It is close to the Great Barrier Reef and Reef boat trips run from the Island.
Most of the car-free island is covered in beautiful Australian native bushland, and the Island coast is fringed by white sandy beaches and coral reefs. It is 5 sq kms (1.9 sq mi) in size and is about one hour’s plane flight, or 900 kms (560 mi) north of Brisbane. Direct flights from Melbourne and Sydney also service the Island.
Hamilton Island was formed when the sea levels rose and made islands out of mountain tops. There is a great vertical perspective – it has hills and gullies covered in rainforest, and the beaches are fabulous.
It also has a sheltered Marina and a waterfront restaurant and shopping area. Hamilton Island is the access point for the Hayman Island Resort.
Things to do on Hamilton Island
- Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef
- Relax on the beach
- Play great golf
- Relax by the pool
- Relax by the bar
- Eat great food
- Go to the famous Whitehaven Beach
- Go Fishing
History of Hamilton Island
Inhabited only by indigenous Aboriginal People until 1975, development began with the construction of a resort that opened in 1982. The Island went through financial trials until the opening of The Beach Club Resort in 1999.
The very upscale Qualia Resort opened in in 2007. There are some private residences on the Island, the most famous inhabitant being the late George Harrison (of Beatles fame) who kept a Summer home there.
With a Sub-Tropical climate, Hamilton Island has a very even range of temperatures. In Summer (November – March) you can expect average daily highs of 31 C (88 F), with overnight average lows of 25 C (77 F). In winter (June – August) expect average highs of 22 C (72 F) and average lows of 18 C (64 F).
Annual average rainfall is 1805 mm (71 in). The wettest months are November to April, when twice as much rain falls as in winter. No private cars are allowed on the Island. Golf Buggies are the usual form of transport and are provided by some resorts as part of their accommodation packages.
A public shuttle bus connects the Resorts and the Marina Village.
Map of Hamilton Island
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