Due to the damage caused by Cyclone Debbie, Hayman Island will be closed until early 2019.
While Hayman Island gets cleaned up, you can still enjoy a tropical Queensland holiday. Hamilton Island and other destinations in the Whitsundays are still available, or head further north and explore the reef and the mainland around Cairns or Townsville.
A secluded paradise of serenity and breathtaking beauty that’s within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef, Hayman Island has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Now known as One and Only Hayman Island, this exclusive sanctuary is the most isolated of the Whitsunday Islands and is the preferred destination for pleasure seekers in search of privacy and pampering. Diving, snorkelling, swimming, sailing, candle-lit dinners and indulgent spa treatments are just a few of the many leisure pursuits available to island guests. Both Australians and overseas visitors alike flock here for the lush surrounds and unsurpassed hospitality of the much-acclaimed One and Only Hayman Island Resort, whose elegantly appointed guestrooms offer unforgettable views of the Coral Sea.
Things to do
Dive right in
With direct access to the Great Barrier Reef and world-famous Whitehaven Beach, take to the skies in a helicopter or seaplane charter or opt for a snorkelling or fishing tour opens in new window. Charter a yacht or catamaran and sail on the turquoise waters to nearby islands. When the temperature peaks, cool off with kayaking, paddle skiing, sailboarding or waterskiing, or try your hand at golf, tennis or take a photography course.
As the names suggests, KidsOnly is a sanctuary for your little darlings to explore Hayman through their young eyes. Educational, fun and interactive activities include art workshops, beach games, diving and snorkelling introductions, fish feeding, nature walks, photography, reef ranger expeditions, tennis and energising visits to the famous Chocolate Room.
Say “I do”
Whether you plan to say “I do” or celebrate any other special milestone, One and Only’s concierge and support staff will go the extra mile. The island itself has various private locations to choose from and picturesque remote islands and shores are just a short helicopter, launch or seaplane ride away. Your dream event is only limited by your imagination.
For such a small island, you’ll be spoilt for choice with more than nine separate dining venues ranging from casual (beach pavilion and pool bar) to chic (Chef’s Table) to classic (Fontaine) – there’s a cuisine and cocktail to whet your appetite and whistle.
One and Only Spa offers respite for all guests, welcoming teens and little ones with speciality treatments. The ultimate ritual is the “ocean massage” – to be enjoyed solo or as a couple, set against the gentle lapping tide. Onsite hairdressers and beauticians are available for special occasion hairdressing and make-up, and yoga and tai chi classes are scheduled daily if you feel so inclined.
The most convenient way to travel to and from Hayman is via Great Barrier Reef Airport located on Hamilton Island. Transfer to Hayman Island is via a luxury launch, helicopter or seaplane.Back to top
When to go
Hayman Island has a tropical climate and the summer months are especially warm and sultry. July is the coolest month and January the warmest. Enjoy cool breezes from March through October – a light jacket may be required for evenings out. The best time to visit is from April to November.
There is plenty of scenery and activities to enjoy here: catch a glimpse of the Green Tree Frog in January when their breeding season begins. If you’re up for some fishing, the best time for that is in April when the waters are slightly cooler. Whales and dolphins can be spotted from July right up to September.Back to top
Hayman’s tiny, 4sqkm size means that it can easily be explored on foot using the walking tracks that connect to secluded bays and beaches. Interconnected boardwalks at the five-star One and Only Hayman Island resort; offer ready access to amenities such as it shopping arcade, restaurants, marina and lagoon. Transportation to the reef is easily arranged and, beyond that, sun worshippers can make the trip to Whitehaven Beach via helicopter or even opt for a scenic flight where they can take in all the stunning sights from the air.Back to top