Hamilton Island (Australia)

Hamilton Island Travel Guide and Trip Resources


Gary Bembridge

In the Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton island is an island of 5 square kilometers off Australia's Queensland
Part of the Great Barrier Reef, highly developed up north but more unspoilt in the south
Things to do? Swimming, diving, helicopter rides, hiking, kayaking, jet skiing...

For those of us not that familiar with travelling in Australia, it can be easy to forget that the country has places like Hamilton Island. We think of Australians themselves lining the beaches of Balinese resorts, so it makes sense that it doesn't immediately dawn upon us that Australia itself is home to paradise resort islands too.

Mackay on the mainland is the most significant city nearest to Hamilton Island at a 3 hours drive. However, as commercial flights arrive here on the daily from major Australian cities, that is not really something to worry about. The fact that you can fly in tells you something about the level of development of this place, as that is a luxury you won't find anywhere else in the Great Barrier Reef (of which Hamilton Island, itself part of the Whitsunday Islands, forms a part).

With a population of just over 1,200 and a size of merely 5 square kilometers, Hamilton isn't a terribly large place. While the north is hyper-developed with resorts and beaches approaching (succeeding?) perfection - Catseye Beach is the prime example - the south is undeveloped and unspoilt. We thought it made for an excellent mix, as you do get the luxury of exploring some of the most gorgeous scenery on earth but you simply won't have to spend much time figuring out where to go. We bet that you will end up in the buslands of the Passage Peak trail.

An obligatory list of other things to do here: kayaking around the islands, sailing around the Whitsunday islands and the Great Barrier Reef, scuba diving, golf, jet skiing, wind surfing, helicopter rides, and so on.

The best way to explore the island? By hiring a golf buggy. [Review by travelindicator]


Key info

  • Hamilton Island is a region in Australia. It is situated at an altitude of 554ft and the best airport to fly into is HTI (Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island)
  • The main spoken language here is English, and the average English skill is high
  • The currency used in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD)

Hamilton Island Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
86 86 84 81 77 72 72 73 77 82 84 86

Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
9.9 13.9 10.9 8.1 5.1 3.6 2.6 1.7 1.1 1.8 4.5 8

More Hamilton Island travel resources

As per usual, the Hamilton Island Wikitravel is at your disposal for some further background info. Similarly, there is the Lonely Planet and some other articles. For instance this one on HomeAway, and a list of 20 reasons to visit according to Traveller.com.au.


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