10 things you probably didn’t know you could do on Hamilton Island Posted by Hamilton Island - 16 July 2018 Whether it’s your first visit to Hamilton Island or your hundredth, you’ll find the island is never short of something entertaining and exciting to do. With over 60 activities (and growing) you’ll undoubtedly be surprised by the huge range of holiday fun you can access during your stay… Here is just a sneak peak of some of the activties you might not heard of before: 1) Take an Art Class Colourful artwork painted during one of our art classes. Not only does Hamilton Island have a truly spectacular art gallery with stylist pieces for sale created by local artists and photographers, it also runs daily art classes for all ages and experience levels. Imagine developing your skills and creating your own piece of colourful Hamilton Island inspired art. The perfect memento from your holiday, which you can take home with you. The bright and light filled gallery on Hamilton Island. 2) Have your Family Portrait taken Relaxed and fun session on Catseye Beach for your family portrait. You’ve managed to get the family altogether, everyone is relaxed and basking in their holiday glow. Why not book a session with Hamilton Island Photography to capture this magical family moment and take advantage of the stunning locations our photographers have access to. A perfect way to always remember your holiday and commemorate this moment in time. Hands in the air if you love having your photo taken with Hamilton Island Photography. 3) Take to the seas as the captain of your own boat Be the captain of your own boat! Did you know you could be the captain of your own ship? With dinghy hire you are able to set off with your very own crew (aka friends and family - with up to six people allowed onboard). You can chart a course to one of the nearby islands or alternatively sink a line and test your luck at landing the catch of the day. Most importantly, enjoy exploring the Whitsundays at your own pace, your own way, and make a day of it. Pack a picnic lunch, take a bottle of champagne and sightsee the local area. If you do decide to fish and happen to reel in a catch, our pro-tip is to arrange with your hotel or one of the on island restaurants (Manta Ray is a popular choice) to have the chefs prepare it for you and enjoy a delicious fresh seafood dinner or lunch. Make a day of it and take along a picnic lunch. 4) Take a fitness class at our Sports Club The spin room at the Sports Club on Hamilton Island. While many guests to the island know we offer yoga, regular running events (EG Park Run) and general wellness with a range of island hikes and trails, you might not know about our fully equipped Sports Club. It was recently refurbished, is filled with great equipment and if you feel like a group activity you can participate in a range of fitness classes held throughout the day. Balance those holiday vices with a quick and fun session with the team. After all, you only regret the work out you didn’t do! Taking five to relax and refresh at the Gym after a workout. 5) Have our glam squad get you ready for your night out Our glam squad going to work. While many people know about Spa Wumurdaylin for massages and facials on Hamilton Island, did you know we also have a team at Island Hair and Beauty? The team at the salon are ready to style your hair, do your makeup, take care of your nails with a manicure or pedicure, preform spray tans and more! If you’re wanting to head out for dinner feeling and looking 10/10 this is a great place to come to feel extra special on your holiday. The luxe setup at Island Hair and Beauty. 6) Book a baby’s first holiday Baby's first holiday on Hamilton Island. We know that first time parents find that first holiday away from home tricky. You’ve gone from one suitcase for yourself to suddenly needing to pack the entire house. Our baby’s first holiday takes the guess work out of the planning. Giving you access to cribs, prams, carriers, nappies and even the option to book a baby sitter if you need! The aim of the experience is to ensure both parents and baby are relaxed and enjoy that much needed R&R. Lots of family fun on Catseye Beach. 7) Send your kids to participate in school holidays activities Kids club activities for a day filled with fun and entertainment. To ensure kids of all ages have a fun-filled holiday, we have created a school holidays island passport, which showcases all of the exciting activities to do on Hamilton Island during the school holidays and allows kids to earn tropical stamps for taking part. Take your junior traveler to the Resort Centre to collect your island passport and get into the fun of collecting stamps. What makes school holidays extra special is the additional activities that the island hosts to kept our junior guests busy and entertained. Beyond the huge range of everyday activities, we also offer pizza or cupcake making classes, the junior lifeguard program, the rock climbing wall and a golf clinic. So, when you’re next planning your school holiday visit be sure to book your kids in for some extra holiday fun. Did someone say fun zone time!?! 8) Have a scenic picnic or BBQ IGA has now opened on the island and it’s become easier than ever to enjoy self-catered meals. Gathering your favorite foods, you can easily utilise our picnic and BBQ facilities to have a gourmet picnic or delicious BBQ with your travel companions. Grab your group, sit back with a drink and listen to some live music. If it’s a BBQ you’re feeling like, there are two locations available. Cook up a storm down on the marina at the Herpanas lawn or head to the duck pond, where you can sit back and relax looking out onto the water. Alternatively, pack yourself some nibbles, grab a prepared meal from the Bakery and set off on one of our hikes. There are picnic tables waiting along the hike to passage peak or take a towel and set up a beach picnic down on Coral Cove or Escape beach. You can also head to One Tree Hill to watch a spectacular Whitsundays sunset. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic blanket, your favorite beverage and some nibbles. The best thing about all these options are they are a fun and interesting way of spending time at various island locations and you can tailor it to your own tastes and budget. Waiting on One Tree Hill for a spectacular sunset to take place. 9) Get married on Hamilton Island Saying "I do" on Hamilton Island. With more than 10 ceremony locations & 15 reception venue options, Hamilton Island has an option to suit any style and budget. You might want an intimate affair with a tight-knit elopement or you might want to make it a huge celebration with all of your family and friends - no matter what you want for your special day, a destination wedding on Hamilton Island is a wonderful way to start your married life together. You, me and the sea. A simple and sophisticated elopement on Hamilton Island. 10) Explore the island while taking part in a Buggy Rally This fun set of wheels has become synonyms with a trip to Hamilton Island. Driving around the island in your golf buggy has got to be one of the funniest modes of holiday transport you’ve probably ever experienced. Why not up the ante and take the novelty one step further by taking your team, of up to four people on a buggy rally exploring the island. Your team must drive around the island answering a series of trivia questions about Hamilton Island, with each question taking you to a new location. The aim is to get as many correct answers as possible and of course have fun. Drop your answers off at the Sports Club by 6pm and the next day prizes will be awarded for first, second, third and fourth places. Going for a spin around the island to check out the sights. Other activities you might not be aware of: Breakfast with the koalas Golf Course lunch and tour Charter of a private boat. Kids under 12 stay and eat for free* You can visit our Chapel and even toll the bell Anyone is welcome to use the pools alongside Catseye Beach- the main pool with its own swim-up bar being a very popular choice to visit. In addition to the golf course we also have a driving range, pitch and putt and mini golf. To learn more about all our activities—See and Do page. About the Author Part of the Whitsundays, and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most spectacular and sought-after holiday destinations. On a holiday to Hamilton Island, you'll be surrounded by pristine white beaches, and a kaleidoscope of coral and marine life.