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Natural Wonders, Sporting Challenges, and Indulgent Pleasures on Hamilton Island

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Hamilton Island's pristine, palm-lined beaches invite you stretch out on the sand and let the sunny hours go by. Resorts with all the comforts, and restaurants with fine food and water views, tempt you to indulge yourself. But you'll be missing out if you don't take advantage of all the active experiences the island has to offer, from exploring the Whitsundays by helicopter, to paddling a kayak.

Experiencing the Great Barrier Reef from Hamilton Island


Hamilton Island offers an array of ways to explore the world’s largest coral reef system. You can look down on the vivid coral shining in the turquoise water from a helicopter or seaplane. There are sailing voyages through the Whitsundays to Reefworld, where you can snorkel to your heart’s content, or take it all in from a glass-bottom boat. On the “Reefsleep Experience” you’ll watch the sun set, see the nocturnal reef come alive, then let the gentle rippling of the water lull you to sleep under the stars.


  • Hamilton Island Tour Desk, Resort Drive adjoining Sails Restaurant, Hamilton Island QLD 4803; Tel: +61 7 4946 8305; Website: Hamilton Island Tour Desk

Expeditions to Whitehaven Beach from Hamilton Island


Whitehaven Beach on neighbouring Whitsunday Island is an experience you’re unlikely to forget: a 7-kilometer stretch of impossibly white sand between the ultramarine sea and virgin rainforest. A high-speed catamaran gets you there in 30 minutes, you can leisurely sail there on one of the island’s yachts, or get a bird’s-eye view from a seaplane or helicopter. Once you arrive, you can don your snorkel and get acquainted with the myriad marine life, scale the lookout at Tongue Point, or simply feel the sand between your toes and the water lapping at your ankles.


  • Hamilton Island Marina, Front St, Hamilton Island QLD 4803; Tel: +61 7 4946 8353; Website: Hamilton Island Marina


Water sports on Catseye Beach


The long curve of Catseye Beach invites you to lie back on fine sand under the swaying palms and listen to the gently rippling water. If you do feel like something more active, there are catamarans, paddle skis, paddleboards, windsurfers, and snorkeling gear for hire. Sea kayaking is a great way to get up close to tropical fish, turtles, and manta rays. If you’d like to unleash your inner skipper, there are vessels - from dinghies to luxury yachts - for charter at the marina.


  • Hamilton Island Beach Sports, Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island QLD 4803; Tel: +61 7 4946 8286; Website: Hamilton Island Beach Sports

  • Hamilton Island Watersports, Hamilton Island Marina, Front Street, Hamilton Island QLD 4803; Tel: +61 7 4946 9934; Website: Hamilton Island Watersports


Hitting the greens at Hamilton Island Golf Club


Hamilton Island offers an abundance of onland recreation if you’re after a sporting getaway. Hamilton Island Golf Club is spectacular and the only Australian course on its own island; neighbouring Dent Island, which golfers can access quickly via ferry from the marina. The Peter Thomson-designed 18-hole course rewards them with sweeping Whitsunday views, and The Clubhouse is ideal for a lazy lunch or nineteenth-hole drinks. If you want to keep up your fitness routine, Hamilton Island Sports Club has a fully equipped gym, tennis courts, and a spa and sauna.



Pampering yourself at Hamilton Island's spas


If you want to truly relax and indulge yourself, Spa wumurdaylin focuses on capturing the natural essence of the Whitsundays with a tranquil organic spa experience. Wumurdaylin, meaning “dragonfly” and symbolizing renewal, freedom and beauty, offers a range of massages, cocoon wraps, and body treatments in harmony with the serene natural surroundings. If you’re staying at qualia, the resort has its own spa for all-encompassing, sensory treatments for the mind, body and soul.


  • Spa wumurdaylin, Hamilton Island Resort, Hamilton Island QLD 4803; Tel: +61 7 4946 8669; Website: Spa wumurdaylin

  • Spa qualia, qualia Resort, Hamilton Island QLD 4803; Tel: +61 7 4948 9484; Website: Spa qualia