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Hamilton Island

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The Basics

Aside from being a popular vacation spot, Hamilton Island makes a strategic basecamp for exploring Whitsunday Islands or cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Most visitors opt for half- and full-day cruises from Port Airlie, which include beach time at Hamilton Island and a stop at Whitehaven Beach in neighboring Whitsunday Island. Island tours typically take in highlights, such as Catseye Beach, Passage Peak, Wild Life Hamilton Island park, and One Tree Hill.

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Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

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Fun in the sun
Senka_T, Nov 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Amazing day with my mum Staff so friendly and helpful Loved Hamilton island too and the lunch provided was nice
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Awesome day out for the family. Professional, friendly tour group
Mark_S, Jan 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Cruise Whitsundays crew were very friendly and extremely helpful when my daughter was seasick. Whitehaven Beach was awesome. I will definitely book with them in the future.
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Lovely little day trip, I...
PaigenAnn_H, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Lovely little day trip, I would highly recommend booking island activity prior to your trip ie golf carts, paddle boarding etc otherwise you miss out.
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Whitehaven Beach was...
David_M, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Whitehaven Beach was absolutely stunning. All the boat crew were friendly and helpful Only negative was having to rush the lunch that was included on Hamilton Island to be back at the dock in time to catch the next boat
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A day to remember for ever.
kevin_b, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
The whole experience was outstanding and the Staff were absolutely marvellous and made the day very memorable for us.
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Unforgettable cruise
Lina_K, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
The cruise was extraordinary. Amazing clear turquoise waters. Friendly crew. Delicious morning tea. plenty of time to walk around.
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Paradise Bliss
Elaine_E, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Everything was amazing, the crew were so helpful and friendly. Very good value for money. Two great destinations in one day
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Great day out
Grahame_G, Jul 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Whitehaven was great. Free green and blue buses on Hamilton island very handy. Best fish and chips for a long time. Highly recommend the tour.
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A MUST DO TRIP.
Julie_P, Mar 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Hamilton Island was at its finest. Blue skies and aqua blue waters. Whitehaven speaks for itself. Amazing clear blue water and silica sands. Staff on Whitsunday ferries were very friendly. Great day out.
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Beautiful day trip from Airlie beach
Georgina_M, May 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Beautiful trip. We did whiteheaven beach in the morning and Hamilton in the afternoon. The lunch at the marina tavern was very nice. We will be back for sure !
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whitsunday cruise
Roman M, Aug 2019
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
We were very pleased with the vessel, helpful and cheerful crew and in particular the efficient Hamilton Island, hop on/off bus. The lunch and dinning facilities were also wonderful. We did, however initially experience difficulty finding the Whitsunday boat, largely because in the various brochures a slightly different location was marked.
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Beautiful
Liz_P, Apr 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Was a fantastic day x absolutely beautiful even though our weather wasn’t great x we were very well looked after and comfortable xx

Things to Know Before You Go

  • No cars are allowed on Hamilton Island, but golf buggies are available to rent and a free shuttle bus runs to locations, including Catseye Beach, Front Street, and Marina Village.

  • The island has numerous bars and restaurants, most of which are around Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina.

  • Pack sunscreen, a hat, and your swimsuit—most tours include free time at the beach.

  • A motorized raft tour means you can explore protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and reach the best snorkeling spots.

  • Some boats and tours are wheelchair accessible. Beach wheelchairs are available to rent from the resorts.

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How to Get There

Hamilton Island—south of Whitsunday Island in the Whitsundays archipelago,—is the only one of the islands with its own airport, Great Barrier Reef Airport. Regular direct flights run from Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, and Melbourne, and most resorts offer airport shuttles. Alternatively, ferries and boat tours leave from Airlie Beach to Hamilton.

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When to Get There

You can visit Hamilton any time of year, but the most popular time is summer (January and February) when it’s advisable to book flights, tours, and accommodation in advance. Average day temperatures are still 73°F (23°C) in winter, making it possible to swim and snorkel year-round. This is also the time to spot migrating whales along the coast.

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Outdoor Activities on Hamilton Island

Hamilton’s biggest draw is its beaches, and there are plenty of options for water sports, including paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and jet-skiing. Alternatively, take a hike to Passage Peak, join an island-hopping cruise, or watch the sunset over the coast at One Tree Hill. There’s also the Hamilton Island Golf Club, a go-kart course, and a kid’s fun zone at Catseye Beach.

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