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Hamilton Island: A getaway guide

Hamilton Island: A getaway guide

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Chances are, if you're envisioning one of Australia's beautiful beaches, with pristine white sand, and crystal clear water, you're picturing Hamilton Island This stunning destination is one of the four beautiful island resorts of the Whitsundays and is beloved by everyone, from celebrities, to young families, and happy honeymooners alike.

So it's time to pack up your bathers, throw in a towel and don't forget that 50+, follow us, we're headed to the beach.

Where should I stay?

Before you rush online to check out the latest Hamilton Island deals, rest assured there is truly something for everyone.

Be it an opulent resort, or a family friendly hotel, Hamilton Island truly has something for everyone, and no matter where you choose to stay you will still be met with truly stunning sun soaked beach views that the island is famous for.

Hamilton Island Palm Bungalows

If you're looking for a more privacy oriented accommodation, the beach villas are your ideal stay. The stunning beachy style room is located on the North Eastern side of the island, where you'll be transported to a tropical oasis, away from all the hustle and bustle.

However fear not, you're still entitled to all the luxuries the island has to offer should you want it, with access to a pool, spa, gym and golf course amongst others. Once settled into the beachy bungalows, you'll never want to leave.


The luxurious Qualia is located on the Northern tip of the heavenly Hamilton Island. Enjoy the privilege of exploring some of Australia's most remarkable natural beauties, such as Whitehaven beach and the Great Barrier Reef.

Enjoy one of the truly opulent room offerings, ranging from a perfect pavilion to your own private beach house. Buzz around the private part of the island on a golf buggy and appreciate the many delights the resort has to offer.

Whitsundays Beach Club

If you're looking to combine deluxe accommodation with a more family friendly attitude, the Whitsundays Beach Club is your perfect choice.

Located on the resort side of the island, this impressive accommodation sits atop of Catseye Beach, with breathtaking panoramic views of the Coral Sea all from the ease of your balcony.

Each room offers a fully functional kitchen as well as included access to a lagoon style swimming pool, guest lounge, and an island shuttle service to get you to each of the various locations with ease.

What do I do?


Once you've found your ideal accommodation, it's time to head out to spot all of the wonders. If you've come to see the true natural beauty of Hamilton Island then bushwalking is the ultimate activity.

With the island being 70 per cent bushland, you'll find no shortage of leafy trails to wander through, with a highlight being the hike to Passage Peak, the highest point of Hamilton Island, with the trek culminating in a 360 degree view of it.

Jetski tour

If you're looking for an adrenaline rush, minus the huffing and puffing of a hike, then taking a jetski tour is the choice for you. Headed by an instructor, you'll be guided around all the secret spots and hidden coves via this thrilling activity.

Day trip to Whitehaven Beach

If blue skies and beaches are more your speed, pencil into your diary to head out on a half a day trip to the spectacular Whitehaven beach.

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this body of water has been voted the world's most eco-friendly beach.

Whitehaven beach is the source of so many famous photos of the island, the crystal clear, turquoise toned water and bleached sand are a must see.

Have a spa day

So many travel to Hamilton Island for pure relaxation and rejuvenation, so if this is your ideal, then booking a trip to the spa is an absolute must. Two of the most notable being Spa Wumurdaylin and Spa Qualia.

Both offer a number of tailored services in the most opulent of settings, with many of their products utilising the finest Australian ingredients.

Eat eat eat

Hamilton Island offers a number of fabulous dining options with varying cuisines.

If Asian fusion is your ideal meal, Coca Chu is perfect for you, blending Asian tastes with Australian style to bring you a simply sumptuous meal filled with fresh flavours that will leave you wanting more.

Alternatively, if you're looking for an Italian feast, Romanos is not to be missed.

Perched on a waterside location, enjoy a cocktail or two whilst taking in the view before you are brought over to your table for delectable bites of fresh gnocchi, duck ragu, or even a three cheese lasagne.

With so many more fine dining experiences on offer, you are truly spoilt for choice.

Whether you're headed for a week of luxe leisure, or perhaps are off to see the extraordinary sights, Hamilton Island is truly the getaway of a lifetime. With everything on offer from delectable dining experiences and world class beaches, we won't blame you if you never want to head home.