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Hamilton Island

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The Basics

Aside from being a popular vacation spot, Hamilton Island makes a strategic basecamp for exploring Whitsunday Islands or cruising the Great Barrier Reef.

Most visitors opt for half- and full-day cruises from Port Airlie, which include beach time at Hamilton Island and a stop at Whitehaven Beach in neighboring Whitsunday Island. Island tours typically take in highlights, such as Catseye Beach, Passage Peak, Wild Life Hamilton Island park, and One Tree Hill.

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Recent reviews from experiences in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island

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Unforgettable adventure experience
Rey_I, May 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
The Whitehaven Beach is the best white beach and Hamilton Island is awesome for sightseeing and walking adventure.
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Amazing!
Olga_L, Jun 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Amazing crew!! Gave us many recommendations, super helpful. Fabulous tour: Whitehaven and Hamilton! Would do it again:)
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First holiday of the year
cchantal4, Jun 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Magic moment The beach 🏖 the water 💦 A M A Z I N G Clear water White sand The whole beach for yourself
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Fun!
Koren_M, Apr 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Even with the weather being rough, the boat trip was great! Then at white haven, it was perfect!great lunch at Hamilton island , we did get on an earlier boat as there were no buggies available on Hamilton Island. Overall a great experience and my children had the best day!
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Great day in the sun and water
Victoria_M, Mar 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
It was nice getting to see Hamilton island which I heard a lot of in the past. White heaven beach was great to see and have a little swim in our sting swuits. Fish feeding time. Big goana came to look for some food.
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Great day out
David_L, Mar 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Was a little dissatisfied at Hamilton island as there was no buggy’s available to hire so you had to walk everywhere which limits the area on the island you can see lovely place tho Whitehaven beach was magic just loved it
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Awesome tour
Nicole_S, Apr 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
The staff were all so very friendly . Great size boat with many options of sitting inside in aircon or outside and feel the wind . Comfortable seating , great bathroom facilities , All around a great experience and well worth the money
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Whitehaven is absolutely beautiful!
Catherine_W, Feb 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Whitehaven is a beautiful beach, the walks are great and easy. The shelters are great. We visited in the wet season but the clouds opened up just in time for our visit!
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Awesome day out for the family. Professional, friendly tour group
Mark_S, Jan 2022
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Cruise Whitsundays crew were very friendly and extremely helpful when my daughter was seasick. Whitehaven Beach was awesome. I will definitely book with them in the future.
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Fun in the sun
Senka_T, Nov 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Amazing day with my mum Staff so friendly and helpful Loved Hamilton island too and the lunch provided was nice
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Whitehaven Beach was...
David_M, Sep 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Whitehaven Beach was absolutely stunning. All the boat crew were friendly and helpful Only negative was having to rush the lunch that was included on Hamilton Island to be back at the dock in time to catch the next boat
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Lovely little day trip, I...
PaigenAnn_H, Oct 2021
Whitehaven Beach and Hamilton Island Cruise
Lovely little day trip, I would highly recommend booking island activity prior to your trip ie golf carts, paddle boarding etc otherwise you miss out.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • No cars are allowed on Hamilton Island, but golf buggies are available to rent and a free shuttle bus runs to locations, including Catseye Beach, Front Street, and Marina Village.

  • The island has numerous bars and restaurants, most of which are around Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina.

  • Pack sunscreen, a hat, and your swimsuit—most tours include free time at the beach.

  • A motorized raft tour means you can explore protected areas in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and reach the best snorkeling spots.

  • Some boats and tours are wheelchair accessible. Beach wheelchairs are available to rent from the resorts.

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How to Get There

Hamilton Island—south of Whitsunday Island in the Whitsundays archipelago,—is the only one of the islands with its own airport, Great Barrier Reef Airport. Regular direct flights run from Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney, and Melbourne, and most resorts offer airport shuttles. Alternatively, ferries and boat tours leave from Airlie Beach to Hamilton.

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When to Get There

You can visit Hamilton any time of year, but the most popular time is summer (January and February) when it’s advisable to book flights, tours, and accommodation in advance. Average day temperatures are still 73°F (23°C) in winter, making it possible to swim and snorkel year-round. This is also the time to spot migrating whales along the coast.

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Outdoor Activities on Hamilton Island

Hamilton’s biggest draw is its beaches, and there are plenty of options for water sports, including paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, and jet-skiing. Alternatively, take a hike to Passage Peak, join an island-hopping cruise, or watch the sunset over the coast at One Tree Hill. There’s also the Hamilton Island Golf Club, a go-kart course, and a kid’s fun zone at Catseye Beach.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Hamilton Island?
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Attractions near Hamilton Island:
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What else should I know about attractions in The Whitsundays & Hamilton Island?
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As well as visiting the Hamilton Island, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: