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Unforgettable natural scenery, a thriving local community, and a seemingly endless selection of things to do and see.

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Destination Hamilton Island

With its idyllic location in the heart of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is a perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach. It also boasts renowned bars and restaurants, a wide range of accommodation options, a huge selection of activities, and some striking contemporary landmarks, including the iconic Hamilton Island Yacht Club and Hamilton Island Golf Club.

Unlike many other islands in the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island is more than a popular tourist destination. It’s also a thriving community, with a population of around 1,000 permanent residents and an interesting history. After long-standing Aboriginal habitation, the island was sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, and became a popular destination for visitors in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, continual investments are made in Hamilton Island’s infrastructure and facilities to ensure it continues to be a world-class holiday destination.
Hamilton Island is also the only island with its own airport and private marina - making it extremely easy to get to, all year round. There is also a daily ferry service to and from the mainland. The entire island is refreshingly car-free, and guests can explore the island on foot, via the Island’s shuttle service, or via a golf buggy. The island boasts a range of facilities and services to ensure a relaxing holiday, including a medical centre, several boutiques, a hairdresser, post office and general store.
Accommodation ranges from high-end luxury, to couples’ only escapes, and family-friendly hotel rooms, villas, apartment and holiday homes.
The weather is mild all year round, and the island offers a selection of family-friendly activities in school holidays. You can even get up close to iconic Australian wildlife - including koalas, kangaroos and a crocodile, at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island.
Guests are encouraged to download the handy island app, which offers daily updates on activities, shuttle times, restaurants, bars and more. 
To learn more about Hamilton Island, you can view the image gallery or visit the Media Centre.

Infrastructure and history

From its original Aboriginal inhabitants, to its sighting by Captain Cook in 1770, and evolution as a tourist destination in the 1970s and 1980s, Hamilton Island has had a long and fascinating history. Today, continual investments are made in Hamilton Island’s infrastructure and facilities to ensure it stands out as a world-class tourist destination.    

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

With its striking, contemporary design and collection of luxury waterfront villas, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club is an iconic and popular destination on the island.

Hamilton Island Golf Club

With sweeping views over the Whitsundays, a professionally-designed golf course, and situated its very own Dent Island, Hamilton Island Golf Club is one of the world’s finest golfing destinations.

Getting here

With daily flights to and from the island, its own airport, and a daily ferry service to the mainland, Hamilton Island is an accessible and easy to get to holiday destination.

Real estate

From luxury villas, to apartments and homes, there is a wide range of accommodation available on Hamilton island - for private holiday, home, or rental investment.


With mild weather all year round, there’s always a good time to visit Hamilton Island. However, there are also specific reasons to visit in each season, and the island puts on extra family-friendly activities in school holidays.