The Top Things to do on & around Hamilton Island

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Looking for all the best things to do both on - and departing from - the Whitsundays' hub of Hamilton Island? This luxurious, upmarket island is a buzzing hive of activity and development, and serves as a key springboard for many adventures to explore the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and their many stunning natural features. Home to its own airport as well as a number of accommodation options, restaurants and shopping facilities, Hamilton Island is the ideal base for those who want to enjoy the gorgeous surrounds of an island environment rather than staying on the mainland.

There are a wide range of tours that depart from Hamilton Island to must-visit spots within the greater Whitsundays chain such as Whitehaven Beach, top snorkelling and diving locations on the Great Barrier Reef, and even other islands such as Daydream and various others nearby. Add in multiple options for family entertainment, and Hamilton Island is a wonderful all-round destination for some amazing tropical Queensland adventures.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Hamilton Island and surrounds

Outer Reef
Scenic Flight
Whitehaven Beach
Catseye Beach
Passage Peak Walk
Hamilton Island Golf Club
Marina Daze
Golf Buggy

1. Visit the Outer Reef

Location:Hardy Reef

Experience the vibrant colours and magic of the Great Barrier Reef under the moonlight with an overnight cruise to Reefworld, a permanent pontoon stationed on the Hardy Reef. Board a speedy vessel in the late morning to enjoy snorkelling, diving and swimming with hundreds of fish at Reefworld. Opt for a massage on the upper deck, or embark on a helicopter ride to get a grander view of the vibrant coral colours and islands.

2. Go sailing

Location:The Boat Yard, Hamilton Island

Sailing around the Whitsundays is one of the most relaxing experiences from Hamilton Island. There are several luxury sailing companies that will take you out for 2 – 3 days providing exceptional cabin accommodation, meals, as well as professional skippers and hostesses to ensure smooth sailing. The vessels range in size and yachts are also available for the same kind of experience.

3. Enjoy a scenic flight

Location:Palm Valley Way, Hamilton Island

The best way to experience the Hamilton Islands? By air. Soar above turquoise water and white silk sand. Board a seaplane, fixed wing aircraft or helicopter to embark on a truly enjoyable ride to and from Hamilton Island. The views are truly incomparable to any other in the world. Guests of Hamilton Island can book flight experiences to Reefworld or Whitehaven beach.

4. Visit Whitehaven Beach

Location:Whitsunday Island

Whitehaven beach is known for its fine white silica sand that stretches 7 km along Whitsunday Island. The beach-haven destination is a true untouchable paradise where visitors can spend the day soaking up the sun and swimming in the tranquil water. Arrive by seaplane to witness one of the world’s greatest natural wonders as you gaze down at the vast white sand landscape up against the coral water. Arrival by sea vessel is also an option.

5. Relax on Catseye Beach

Location:Catseye Beach

Catseye Beach is a popular family destination known for snorkelling, paddle boarding and catamaran hire on a very tranquil and picturesque waterfront. The beach is just steps away from several resorts, making it the go-to beach day for those looking to pack a lunch and enjoy some water activities in the sunshine.

6. Walk up Passage Peak

Location:Passage Peak

As the highest viewing point in all of the Whitsundays, the Passage Peak Walk is worth the climb. The ruggedly pristine trail can be accessed via three points on the island, including the Scenic Trail entrance, Palm Valley and the eastern end of Catseye Beach. The climb is roughly 2,650 metres and takes an average bushwalker 90 minutes to complete.

7. Enjoy Watersports

Location:Catseye Beach

This part of the world was meant for water exploration, and Hamilton Island offers a wide range of water sports for both children and adults. Get a quick workout in with a kayak or paddleboard rental and cruise along the world’s most magnificent marine playground. Tear it up with a jet-ski and discover some of the hidden coves in and around Hamilton Island. Chill out with a group of friends with a dinghy hire, where you can explore other unvisited spots of the island, or anchor down and fish.

8. Play 18-holes at Hamilton Island Golf Club

Location:Dent Island

Every year, golfers of both the professional and amateur level pilgrimage to Hamilton Island Golf Club and experience one of the most challenging 18-hole and Par-71 course found in the southern hemisphere. Developed by the five-time British Open winner Peter Thompson, the course is known for its unique landscape, steep hills and sharp mountains carved out naturally by Mother Nature. Harsh wind speeds and impervious bushland have made the course difficult for even the most advanced of golfers.

9. Attend Marina Daze

Location:Front St, Hamilton Island

Marina Daze is an open-air live music event hosted on the lawns just above the Hamilton Island Marina. The event is free of entry for all. Guests and families are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket, hunker down, and enjoy the vast variety of musical tunes while served a complementary chargrilled BBQ dinner.

10. Rent a golf buggy

Location:Resort Dr, Hamilton Island

Why rent a car when you can get around by buggy? Hamilton Island offers buggy rentals to get you to the many attractions of the island. Additionally, island guests can enter into the exciting Buggy Rally trivia competition. Competitors drive around the island stopping off at different places, answering a series of trivia questions about the island to unlock the next destination. Players are encouraged to speak to the staff members at resorts and restaurants to get their information. The Buggy Rally is a great way to see the entire island.