Hamilton Island

Coming in at number one out of the Whitsundays’ 74 islands is Hamilton Island. The biggest and the best – Hamilton Island doesn’t make it a hard choice.

Unsurprisingly, plenty of native critters have made the island their home, too. Meet and greet koalas and kangaroos on wildlife-watching tours or hike through the rainforest to a hilltop peak and count neighbouring islands in the distance. Beaches plucked straight from a postcard and pristine coral cays provide the backdrop for snorkelling, yachting and kayaking adventures.

Frequently Asked Questions about Hamilton Island

Are there stingers at Hamilton Island?

Yes, there are stingers (jellyfish) at Hamilton Island, but that shouldn't deter you from having a good time in the water - just be particularly careful during stinger season (October - May). If you do go on a dive trip, you'll be equipped with a stinger suit so you'll be covered from head to toe.

What is Hamilton Island famous for?

You've probably heard about the diving spots on a little nearby spot called the Great Barrier Reef. There's also plenty of renowned restaurants serving fantastic fresh seafood. But Hamilton is perhaps most famous for being a spot to relax: even though it's a very popular holiday destination, it's still remote enough to make you feel like you've really gotten away.

How to get to Airlie Beach from Hamilton Island?

Take the Cruise Whitsundays ferry service for the 26.7km journey to Airlie Beach. Keep your camera at the ready in case you spot dolphins surfing the boat's wake.