Official statement – Hamilton Island 17.00hrs 10/01/2019

Following this morning’s incident on Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island has now had the opportunity to speak to a number of people, including our own medical staff, resident professional fishermen and independent fisheries personnel.

We have received advice from industry experts, taking into account the bite shape and size from a fish of approximately 50cm in length and the location under the foot. Whilst we cannot unequivocally say it is not a shark bite, those factors lead us to believe that this attack was from a toad fish.

Toad fish are known to frequent the waters of the Whitsundays, are often aggressive and are sometimes called “toe” fish as they occasionally attack feet and toes, usually only if provoked.

We believe both people injured have received treatment and are responding well.



General Island Pools & Beach Safety Information

Beaches, Bougainvillea Pool, Reef View Pool, Main Pool and Swim Up Bar:

  • Our pools and beaches are not patrolled and all guests swim at their own risk. We recommend you avoid secluded beaches and always swim in the presence of others
  • All parents and guardians are reminded they have sole responsibility for supervising minors in their care
  • Irukandji Jellyfish can be present in the warmer months. We recommend you wear a stinger suit, which is available to hire from Beach Sports
  • Sharks exist in the Whitsunday Marine ecosystem, as they do in all Australian marine ecosystems
  • Don’t swim at dawn, dusk or night
  • Don’t swim in murky or unclear water
  • Always swim with others
  • You are solely responsible for your own safety and that of your friends and family
  • Please pay attention to the surroundings and take notice of all directional/warning signage
  • For any emergency on island please Dial 000, or alert the nearest staff member.

Hamilton Island Pools

Bougainvillea Pool

Offering a truly tropical experience, the Bougainvillea Pool - hidden behind Catseye Beach - is the perfect spot for family fun, and holiday relaxation.

Main Pool

Enjoy a drink from the swim-up bar, and relax in tropical surroundings, at the island’s large, free-form main pool.

Sails Pool

Located alongside the renowned Sails restaurant, the Sails Pool is a popular spot to while away the hours on Hamilton Island.

Reef View Hotel Pool

Exclusive to guests staying at Hamilton Island’s largest hotel, and situated alongside lovely tropical gardens, the Reef View Pool is a tranquil spot for relaxing into island life.

Hamilton Island Holliday Homes Pools

Guests of several of our Holiday Homes can enjoy private pools, exclusively reserved for guests.

Beach Club Pool – Exclusive for Beach Club Guests

Take a dip in the infinity-edge pool (heated in winter) and enjoy direct access to Catseye Beach.

qualia Pools – Exclusive for qualia Guests

All qualia guests have access to the climate-controlled infinity pool at Pebble Beach. Guests staying in Windward Pavilions or the Beach House can enjoy a private infinity-edge plunge pool.