HAMILTON ISLAND
The flashy marina and towering high-rises of Hamilton Island let you know immediately that this is a different kind of island escape. The largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is almost entirely devoted to tourism, and is the only island with a modern commercial airport. The whole island is a world class resort and, at any time, can host up to 2,000 people, and 200 boats, being home to the only island marina in the Whitsundays, complete with its own yacht club.
BEAUTIFUL LONG BEACHES, LOTS OF ACTIVITIES TO CHOOSE FROM AND A WIDE VARIETY OF ACCOMMODATION TO SUIT EVERY BUDGET AS WELL AS HEAPS OF PEOPLE ARE AWAITING YOU IN HAMILTON ISLAND
Hamilton Island's 2000 person resort. Hamilton Island is part of the Whitsunday Islands, in Tropical North Queensland. Hamilton Island is no secret. Its accessibility by direct flight from many Australian cities has helped to make it not only the most popular of the Whitsunday islands, but the most popular island destination in Australia. Hamilton Island is more like a self contained town than an island resort, with everything you would find in a small town including shops, nightclubs and a post office.

Hamilton Island is the only island able to offer such a wide variety of accommodation to suit all budgets. There are self contained apartments and villas (from one to four bedrooms), individual bungalows and the more affordable Palm Terrace Hotel set amongst tropical gardens. The island's centrepiece is the Reef View Hotel, which is 19 storeys high and boasts the highest external lift in Australia. Beach Club, the island's boutique hotel, offers five star luxury for those with the appropriate budget.

As the largest and most popular of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island can provide a great variety of experiences during your vacation... except perhaps for the feeling of really 'getting away from it all'. Families love the selection of activities available, and special family packages are available. With the Whitsundays only accredited childcare facility, parents can relax knowing that the children are enjoying safe, supervised age-related activities including arts and crafts, beachcombing, snorkelling, hiking, fishing, mini-golf and pool games. Kids under 15 stay and eat free.

For honeymoons and romantic holidays, Hamilton has romantic hideaways at every turn where you can relax and watch the spectacular sunsets with a hamper of champagne and strawberries, enjoy a picnic on a deserted beach or dine under the star filled sky at an array of award-winning restaurants. Hamilton can also organise an unforgettable, intimate wedding with a choice of romantic beach, garden or chapel ceremonies.

For the single holidaymaker, there are six bars and nightclubs, over a dozen restaurants and cafes, a host of shopping facilities and a huge choice of activities. Pick yourself a spot under a palm tree, grab a cocktail and catch up on your rest or jump in to experience the dozens of activities on offer.

ATTRACTIONS AND THINGS TO DO - HAMILTON ISLAND

Camira Sailing Adventure offers high speed sailing through the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, in Tropical North Queensland.Cruise Whitsundays' spacious pontoon features the largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber in the Whitsundays.
CRUISE WHITSUNDAYS
24 The Cove Road, Port of Airlie (MAP)
Phone (07) 4846 7000

www.cruisewhitsundays.com

Experience the best of the Whitsundays!

Cruise Whitsundays is an innovative and experienced tourism operator offering a range of day cruises and an island resort connections service in the wonderful Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

With a range of popular day cruises available, including the famous Whitehaven Beach and stunning outer Great Barrier Reef; Cruise Whitsundays provides the perfect opportunity to explore an incredible part of the world
A quiet morning in Hamilton Island Resort, in the Whitsunday Islands, Far North Queensland.
As well as exploring the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island can offer a host of other activities to satisfy the whole family. Most non powered water sports which include canoes, wind surfers and light sailing boats are free to resort guests. Other activities include jet skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, go-karting or riding the unique 'Wier Flier'. Or you can hire a boat and do your own exploring; a visit to Whitehaven Beach is a must. Hamilton Island even has its own wildlife park which is home to kangaroos, koalas, wombats, emus and crocodiles. There are helicopter joy rides, and game fishing tours as well.

Visitors can catch glimpses of migrating whales as they make their way through the warm waters of the Whitsundays around July and September each year.


EVENTS
HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK
In late August, the island plays host to its annual Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival, in which more than 150 yachts from across Australia and New Zealand gather for a week of races around the islands. The racing stops for one day during the week for 'Whitehaven Day', when the yachts descend upon the beautiful Whitehaven Beach for the biggest beach party in the Southern Hemisphere. Check our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR if you want to be part of the next 'Whitehaven Day'.

THE GREAT BARRIER FEAST
The June long weekend will see another edition of the Great Barrier Feast, the ultimate food and wine weekend in the ultimate tropical location. Fantastic chefs and talented winemakers get together in Hamilton Island t delight visitors with their delicious inventions as well as to share with everyone interesting in cooking their latest techniques and best kept secrets.

THE POWERADE HAMILTON ISLAND OUTRIGGER CUP
The Powerade Hamilton Island Outrigger Cup is Australia's largest, oldest and richest outrigger canoe event, attracting more than 1000 competitors from all over Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Hong Kong and Fidji.

With a staggering $100,000 prizemoney up for grabs, every participant can finish the weekend a little richer. There will also be $1000 awarded to an individual, team or club who demonstrate the true spirit of the sport over the event weekend.

Trade shows, barbecues, a street parade, live entertainment, etc will ensure that everyone has fun.

Visit our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND EVENTS CALENDAR for more information about these and other events in the area.

ACCOMMODATION - HAMILTON ISLAND

The island features a range of three to five star hotel accommodation plus apartments and villas, ten restaurants, dozens of shops, and six swimming pools, including the largest pool in the Southern hemisphere. Its convention centre can cater for up to 1,000 people. With four hotels, Hamilton Island caters for everyone, from romantic palm-fringed bungalows, self-contained family apartments, and an exclusive beachfront boutique resort.

Self-catering accommodation is made up of one and two bedroom Resort-Side Apartments, Standard, Superior and Deluxe Villas and the Luxury Collection. They are usually configured as a group of common-walled apartments or villas, and share landscaped gardens and a swimming pool. All apartment and villa packages come inclusive of a four-seater golf buggy and a continental breakfast hamper



DINING - HAMILTON ISLAND

Enjoy your breakfast in a tropical garden, surrounded by native cockatoos and lorikeets. Lunch could be a woodfired pizza overlooking the marina, a gourmet picnic hamper on top of Passage Peak, or a platter of fresh seafood in the Outrigger restaurant. Dinner... well, how about Mariners for superb seafood, or the lively atmosphere and authentic Italian cuisine of Romano's. You simply must try the contemporary Australian flavour of The Beach House, Hamilton Island's signature restaurant, overlooking the tranquil waters of Catseye Beach. With ten restaurants and six takeaway outlets, there is always something to tempt your tastebuds.

GETTING TO HAMILTON ISLAND

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Camira Sailing Adventure offers high speed sailing through the spectacular Whitsunday Islands, in Tropical North Queensland.Cruise Whitsundays' spacious pontoon features the largest and most spectacular underwater viewing chamber in the Whitsundays.

CRUISE WHITSUNDAYS
24 The Cove Road, Port of Airlie (MAP)
Phone (07) 4846 7000

www.cruisewhitsundays.com

Experience the best of the Whitsundays!

Cruise Whitsundays provide transfers to/from Hamilton Island Airport and Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) to Daydream Island Resort and Spa, Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. The service provides a seamless, hassle free and fast connection for arriving and departing guests with modern and well-appointed vessels





Hamilton Island Airport services around 43 flights each week including direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Cairns. Virgin Blue and Jetstar both fly to Hamilton Island from most state capitals and major centres. Prices vary according to demand.

The alternative - much less convenient - would be to fly to Prosperpine on the mainland, travel by coach to Shute Habour, and then by launch.

Check availability, compare prices and FIND THE BEST DEAL by entering your requested flight details in our simple Flight Finder.

* HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT IS REFERRED TO AS 'GREAT BARRIER REEF AIRPORT', CODE HTI.
* PROSERPINE AIRPORT IS REFERRED TO AS 'WHITSUNDAY COAST AIRPORT', CODE PPP.
* THE SMALL LOCAL AIRPORT BETWEEN AIRLIE BEACH AND SHUTE HARBOUR IS CALLED 'WHITSUNDAY AIRPORT'.

AIR WHITSUNDAY
Whitsunday Airport, Airlie Beach
Phone (07) 4946 9111 / Fax (07) 4946 9100
Along with their snorkelling tours to the reef, Air Whitsunday also provide day trips to island resorts, picnics at Whitehaven Beach, scenic flights with the added bonus of a water landing

WHITSUNDAY TRANSIT
Phone (07) 4946 1800
Whitsunday Transit coaches has frequent connecting services between Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour, and also to Proserpine's Whitsunday Coast Airport and Proserpine Railway Station

Whitsunday Holidays offers private, fully self contained luxury apartments, villas and houses on Hamilton Island. Click for more information.
Hamilton Island Accommodation
Typical Whitsunday view. Hamilton Island's 2000 person resort.