Hayman Island - Australia's foremost luxury and leisure island getaway
Hayman Island opens in new window is the most northern of the Whitsunday Islands and it is, in a word, spectacular. This mountainous 400-hectare island is an exclusive and luxurious getaway where time slows right down, leaving you to breathe in and truly relax in this tropical paradise full of lush gardens, shimmering waters, secluded coves, spectacular sunsets, proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and every indulgence a five-star retreat includes.
Hayman Island is where you’ll find the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort opens in new window. With a serene but contemporary design and suites opens in new window that offer both direct beach or pool access, along with a massive range of leisure and recreation activities, this is next-level luxury. Let’s dive in and see what’s on offer.
Things to do
Celebrate in luxury
Hayman Island can also be your destination of choice for those milestone occasions opens in new window – weddings here can be a spectacular affair, no matter how big or how small you want to take it. You can have an intimate ceremony in one of the private chapels or on the bright white beach, followed by a dinner party in the emerald gardens, or you can go all out and book the entire island for one big, lavish shindig for you and 300 of your favourite people. Arrive by private chopper if you want to go next-level glamour!
Dine on local delicacies
There are plenty of dining and drinking options opens in new window on Hayman Island, each celebrating Queensland’s sun-kissed produce, so you’ll find something for every mood and taste. Enjoy a poolside, tropical fruit cocktail at Aqua, start your day with a gourmet breakfast and an ocean view at Pacific, enjoy the pan-Asian flavours at Bam Bam, get a toasty wood-fired pizza and glass of red at Amici Trattoria, or sign off with a nightcap at Bar Fifty, where classic cocktails and canapes are the name of the game. For something quick and casual, Grove Boutique and Café has good coffee, smoothies, ice cream, wine and light bites.
Dive into nature
Hayman Island is a luxury retreat, but it’s also a front seat to some of the most beautiful outdoor experiences opens in new window that underline a deeper connection to the island’s nature. Explore the technicolour marvel of the Great Barrier Reef with underwater scooters, diving tours and guided snorkelling tours. Take a tropical hike (and time it for the sunset if you want unforgettable views across the Coral Sea), go sailing and kayaking, or fly in a seaplane for spectacular aerial views of the Heart Reef.
For a more mellow thrill, there’s sunrise yoga available, guided wildlife, birdwatching and garden tours, or you can boat out to Langford Island or Blue Pearl Bay to go snorkelling and get up close with green turtles.
Keep the kids happy
At the resort’s Planet Trekkers Kids Club, kids can explore the island and learn about the reef and the island surrounds with the knowledgeable club leaders. They can go on coral planting adventures, take part in junior meditation sessions and explore all the treasures of Hayman while you relax, confident that they’re being inspired and looked after.
Rest and recharge
If you really want to double-down on the relaxation, book in for treatment at Hayman Spa opens in new window. Treatments are designed around the philosophy of mindfulness, using local botanicals and premium products. With the beauty of nature surrounding you as you enjoy a massage, meditation, sunrise yoga, clean food and island walking, you’ll feel utterly transformed.
InterContinental Hayman Island Resort also features a recreation centre, so if you want a bit more of a traditional workout, you can hit the centre for the tennis courts, tennis lessons, squash courts, basketball, croquet, soccer, bocce, pool and fuseball.
The most convenient way to travel to and from Hayman is via Hamilton Island Airport (also called Great Barrier Reef Airport) located on Hamilton Island. Transfer to Hayman Island is via a luxury vessel. You can also transfer by 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. 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