Hamilton Island Travel Guide

  • Hamilton Island Marina
    Hamilton Island Marina
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  • Whitehaven Beach by sea plane
    Whitehaven Beach by sea plane
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  • Jet Ski Hamilton Island
    Jet Ski Hamilton Island
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Hamilton Island Things to Do

  • Whitehaven beach

    Whitehaven beach claims to have the whitest sand in Australia. It is 7km long and runs along the edge of Whitesunday Island about a 30min boat trip from Hamilton Island. A half day criuse to Whitehaven costs $94 per adult, $45 per child. Morning tea is provided when you get back on the boat after visiting whitehaven. It was scones with jam and...

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  • Water sports

    Kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding are available to do off Catseye beach. Kayaking and paddle boarding are about $20 an hour. Some hotels offer free water sports included in their price.

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  • Check out the yachts at the Marina

    The Marina is the base where many of the "other half" keep their expensive boats. There are several shops a grocery store, chemist, gift shops, post office, bakery, cafes and resturaunts. It is nice to grab a snack form the bakery and sit on the grass and watch the boats come and go.

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  • One tree Hill

    One of the best views of Hamilton Island is from One Tree Hill. YOu can get there on the purple or orange shuttle bus. It is a great spot to watch the sunset and there is a bar set up every evening so you can sip cocktails while you watch the sun go down.

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  • Do a loop of the Island on the shuttle...

    There are free shuttle buses that run around the island regularly. The green goes form catseye beach to the marina, Purple and orange do a loop of the island in opposite directions. The driver will give a commentary and answer any questions as you go. A full loop takes about 40minutes.

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  • Walk on the beach at low tide

    At low tide the shore line will be several 100 metres from the edge of the beach. It is very interesting to take a walk out and see all the patterns the water makes in the sand and look for small critteres in the shallow water. This is facinating for small kids or really peaceful to go by yourself first thing in the morning.

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Hamilton Island Hotels

  • Qualia

    Hamilton Island, 4803, Australia

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Beach Club Resort

    This is an exclusive resort located beach front on Catseye bay and is rated 5 star,and quite...

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  • Palm Bungalows

    The Palm Bungalows are rated 3 star,and Im not sure how many the rooms can actually accommodate, but...

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Hamilton Island Restaurants

  • Good food and service

    We had an enjoyable lunch looking out over the Hamilton Island Marina. So picturesque! Our family shared pizza and some other snacks which were served quickly and were very tasty. The waitress was very friendly and made us feel relaxed and welcome Pizza was yummy!

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  • World class food, great service

    We arrived a bit early for our reservation so our table wasn't quite ready. No problems - we had cocktails by the pool in a really elegant outdoor setting. The waiters are fantastic - friendly approachable, and they have a spring in their step to keep pace - the restaurant was packed! They still take the time to fully explain the menu, the...

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  • The Tavern with NO STEAK???

    We were dumbfounded! A pub that serves four kinds of Parmigiana but NOT ONE STEAK - unless you want a steak sandwich. No! We don't want a SNACK. We want a decent feed, a substantial meal. A meal that is typical of a typical Aussie Pub. Not a fish and chip shop. What IDIOT came up with that idea? Nothing - we walked out

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Hamilton Island Nightlife

  • Coctails & sunset at the Lookout

    Every evening at sunset coctails are served up at the lookout. There's nothing better than to sit, relax, sip a coctail and enjoy that magnificent view!! :o)

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  • Roving Happy-Hour!

    At the bars in the main part of the resort, happy hour is staggered (and stagger is probably the right word too!). So starting from the Boungainvillea Bar which is by the pool in this pic you can kick off at 5pm or something, then it moves on to all the other bars aorund the resort so you may have the compass bar at the Reef View in the following...

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Hamilton Island Transportation

  • Free Bus Service

    The free bus can take you anywhere on Hamilton Island. Our family used this all the time and we didn't need a golf buggy... They are too expensive! We went to One Tree Hill every day and never got tired of the beautiful view

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  • It's not easy being green

    When taking a trip out to the Great Barrier Reef (which was absolutely sensational) make sure you take sea sick tablets.We went with the Reefworld people and they were fantastic, they sold tablets on the boat (unfortunately they don't work for everyone). We went a few days after the Tsunami and obviously the waters were rather choppy, many people...

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  • Free Island Shuttle Busses

    There are 3 different colour coded Island Shuttle busses running most of the day and night, and all of them are FREE!!!! How good is that!! The most commonly used one is the Green Shuttle and it does a loop all day long in 15 minute intervals from the Whitsunday Apartments on Resort Drive as far as the Marina Tavern at the Marina. This is the...

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Hamilton Island Shopping

  • Great Gift Shop!

    My fiancée and I just spent the best week on Hamilton Island. The only thing was most of the shops that sell your typical souvenirs are way overpriced and have staff who either don't care or are a bit snooty. So it was great to go into Australia the Gift. Everyone was full of smiles and really helpful and they had tons of great stuff. I think we...

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  • A pleasant Surprise!

    I went to Australia the Gift with my Mother when she was getting tired. She didn't want to go inside so I said we would not stay long. I spoke to her in Korean because she is too old to learn English. Then I heard the store manager welcoming my Mother in Korean! He is Australian but he speaks our language fluently. Mother was very happy because...

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  • Quality and Service with a Genuine...

    This is definitely not your average gift shop! The shop is immaculately clean and tidy for starters. They have a great range of well presented goods that are refreshingly different. You would expect to pay top dollar but they are actually the most reasonably priced gift and souvenir shop on the island. What really sets this store apart is the...

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Hamilton Island Local Customs

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    by aussirose Written Nov 6, 2009

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    Those of you who are with NAB will be happy to know that there is a NAB ATM machine at the Resort Centre.

    We all know that it costs to take out money these days, so if you are with NAB.... then you are the lucky one here ;o)

    NAB ATM Hamilton Island
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    • Casino and Gambling

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Hamilton Island Warnings and Dangers

  • CARRY & USE A STRONG MOSQUITO REPELLANT

    HAMILTON ISLAND Always when travelling in northern Australias tropical areas always carry and use a strong reliable mosquito repellant. The recent heavy rains along with the storms and cyclones in the north have increased the mosquito problems . The number of mosquito borne infections is on the increase now and Ross River fever Dengue fever are...

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  • Booking airfares on-line

    I had booked our airfares on-line through expedia flying with Virgin Blue. This was the first time EVER I had booked flights on-line and it all seemed to go very smoothly until .... we got to the check-in counter at Sydney Airport!!!!When doin my on-line booking not once did I ever see an option to 'PURCHASE OUR BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE". The check-in...

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  • Irukandji Jellyfish

    During the summer months in the Whitsundays when the ocean is warm you can experience an increase of these jellyfish in the ocean. They are small and transparent and if you are bitten you are likely to experience stinging, severe pain, muscle constriction and possible breathing difficulties. For this reason, it is often recommended that you limit...

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Hamilton Island Tourist Traps

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    by aussirose Updated Nov 6, 2009

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    The Yellow Sub,..a great tourist trap!! Tacky?... Maybe a little... but we enjoyed ourselves :o)

    But what a great thing to write home about.... viewing coral from the Yellow Submarine on the Great Barrier Reef!!

    Yellow Sub Whitsunday Islands
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    • Family Travel

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Hamilton Island Off The Beaten Path

  • "Sunset Bar" at One Tree Hill

    One Tree Hill is one of the highest points on the island which is easily reached by road, you can drive your cart there in 5 minutes or catch the free island bus. For those who are fit and like to hike you can walk there in 30 minutes.The bar opens at 4:30pm for "Sunset Cocktails" and the afternoon we went about 50 people turned up. It was a great...

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  • Hire A Yacht or Runabout For The Day

    The Whitsunday Islands are a paradise to be explored, islands and coral reefs abound, the waters have a tremendous variety of fish and their colour will amaze you. The waters are a snorklers paradise just waiting for you. Many people like to do their own thing, to give the charter boats a miss and you can easily do this , just hire the boat that...

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  • Ride the elevator in the Reef View for...

    You are going to look at the picture and say "not another walk up some mountain for gret views Lachy?!". Well, this one is a much easier way to score some views. Now don't laugh at me for this one, but head to the Reef View towers - the big tall ones and jump in the lift....press the 12th floor and the turn 180 degrees. There you have it, a...

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Hamilton Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by aussirose Updated Nov 7, 2009

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    Being a popular holiday destination, Hamilton Island has loads of sporting activities. The site below has a list of everything including cost.

    We woke up one morning to the sound of Jet Skiiers going past. Looked like fun!! :o)

    Jet Ski Hamilton Island
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    • Water Sports
    • Sailing and Boating

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Hamilton Island Favorites

  • Airlie Beach is central for Island...

    Airlie Beach on the Mainland is the central place for a Whitsunday holiday. It has a laid back atmosphere and the people are friendly. It's a 40 minute ferry ride from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach.If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, Airlie Beach is your place to stay.

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  • Fly into Hamilton Island

    This postcard pic gives you an idea where the places I mention are. The airport is on the right hand side. The Marina is in the front of the photo and Shorelines apartments to the left. Beach at the back of the photo is Catseye Beach

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  • Charts Of Whitsundays Group

    Down by the marina just before the entry to the rental boats you will find on display charts of the Whitsundays Group. We found them very interesting as they gave us an overview of the group. Most important for anyone thinking of hiring a yacht for a few days.

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Don't shop anywhere else!
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BLOW THE FROTH OFF A FEW COLDIES
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HIRE A GOLF CART TO GET ABOUT THE ISLAND
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Sea Kayaking the Whitsundays
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Hamilton Island is great to go to the reef from
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Scuba Diving at Reefworld
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Seaplane to Whitehaven
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Jetryder adrenaline ride
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Admire amazing architecture of new Yacht Club
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Walk the wharfs and checkout the million$ boats!!!
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Drive around the island and check out the houses!
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Attempt some creative photography
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Adventure Superpass for adrenalin lovers
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Sunset and Seafood cruise on Denison Star
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Sunset Sail Trip on Banjo Patterson
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Sail and snorkel to Whitehaven Beach
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Parasailing with Hamilton Island Watersports
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Helicopter or Seaplane flights
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Whitehaven Beach experience with Fantasea
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Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Fantasea
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Take a hike - over 20kms of scenic trails
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Foots Artworks
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Get married on a tropical island
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Walk along the rocks to either headland
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Admire the lush colourful flora on the island
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Interact with the local birdlife
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Chill at the Marina and people watch
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Drinks at One Tree Hill Lookout
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Hire a golf buggy part 2
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Swim to small rocky island
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Chill at the beach
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Partake in a variety of water sports
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Too many pools to choose from!
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Total rip-off!!!
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Elegant Italian (with a price tag!)
Restaurants
Beware of Tropical Cyclones!!!
Warnings and Dangers
Super scrumptious Pizzas
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Great Fish 'n' Chips on the Marina
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Freshly baked delicacies
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Stock up on grocery essentials
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Map of Hamilton Island

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