A tiny island that's big on activities
The largest of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands, “Hammo” lays claim to being the “island with something for just about everyone”. Families, tour groups and couples among others are drawn to the 5sqkm island for its sailing, beaches, bushland, wildlife park and golf courses among other drawcards, not to mention yearly happenings like the Hamilton Island Race Week yachting festival. Other major events include the Hilly Half Marathon, Clash of the Paddles, Great Barrier Feast, Audi Race Week, the Australian Ballet’s Pas Des Deux in Paradise and the Fujifilm Triathlon. Day trips to Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from Hamilton Island are easy to arrange and visitors to the crown jewel of the Whitsundays can choose from a vast array of accommodation options, from bungalows to five-star resorts.
Things to do
Whether you’re fiercely competitive or happy to watch from the sidelines, Hammo has plenty for you to do and see. May’s Hilly Half Marathon Challenge opens in new window is a gruelling 21km uphill and down dale route, while June’s water-sport event, Clash of the Paddles opens in new window combines surf skiing, stand-up paddling, good old-fashioned board paddling and dragon boating, and plenty of onshore entertainment. The island’s biggest sporting event is August’s annual Hamilton Island Race Week opens in new window. The international event attracts a glamorous crowd, with offshore super yacht racing and glittering onshore events taking place concurrently. November sees the island welcome athletes of all shapes, sizes and abilities for the annual triathlon.
Winter is a time for feasting and while most people will be tucking into festive fare at Christmas in July events, those on Hamilton Island will be soaking up mild winter temperatures in the high 20s and low 30s. So skip the winter woollies and boring stodgy nosh and head on over for some celebrity chef spotting and indulge in Australia’s finest gastronomic offerings at the island’s award winning, Qualia opens in new window.
The aptly named Heart Reef opens in new window and Whitehaven Beach opens in new window are all but a quick ferry, helicopter or seaplane ride away, making Hamilton Island and its neighbouring surrounds the favoured locations for starry-eyed proposals and weddings. For a unique overnight experience, book a stay at ReefWorld opens in new window, Hamilton’s private floating hotel.
In on the action
Choose from over 60 activities opens in new window such as go-karting, bushwalking, fishing, kayaking, parasailing, sailing, scuba diving, squash, target sports, tennis and windsurfing – to name a few. Buy the “adventure super pass” for quality time on a jet ski, quad bike and an exciting “heli rush” tour. The “family super pass” provides unlimited access to the island’s own mini zoo, WildLife Hamilton Island, a round of mini golf and half a day’s dinghy hire.
The great outdoors
Hamilton Island is crisscrossed with hiking trails, which makes it easy for bushwalking opens in new window enthusiasts to get out there on foot to experience everything this surprisingly varied landscape has to offer – from hidden coves and inviting stretches of sand to wildlife-supporting mangrove flats and hilltop lookouts. Best of all, hikers can wrap up their trekking odysseys with sunset cocktails at the casual bar atop One Tree Hill. One Tree Hill, Great Northern Highway
Travel time 5 minutes to the island’s resorts
Shuttle bus Free airport transfer service for hotel guestsBack to top
When to go
Showers are not uncommon during the day between January and March but most days are hot and sunny – the average temperature is 30°C. The best time to visit is between April and June when the weather is more predictable with mild temperatures and clear blue skies. Winter temperatures average 24°C.
A lot of fun activities are offered during the school holidays in January and July. Spring starts early in Queensland and by August, the weather is perfect for sailing. This is also when the popular Audi Hamilton Island Race Week takes place. Hamilton Island receives a lot of visitors – both couples and families – at the end of the year when there is a good mix of celebrations held over the Christmas and New Year period.Back to top
Once you’re settled in, explore the island with Hammo’s preferred mode of transportation – golf buggies (available for hire either by the hour or the day) or island hop via ferry with Cruise Whitsundays. All major day tours to Whitehaven or the Great Barrier Reef depart from Hamilton Island Marina.Back to top