Hamilton Island is one of my favourite holiday destinations in Australia. Not only is it located right at the heart of the Whitsundays, home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife and natural beauties but it’s also the perfect place to truly relax and get that holiday resort vibe close to home!
With the natural beauty of Whitsunday Island’s Whitehaven Beach, the Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef right on it’s doorstep this is the perfect destination to both both get a little adventure and relax from the grind of full time work!
Lucky for me, Hamilton Island is only a two-hour flight from my home, in Sydney, making it a great short break. The Island has a resort atmosphere that relaxes you as soon as you step of the plane and onto the tarmac and spot your first golf buggy, the preferred transport on the island.
But now you have your buggy, what is there to do during your stay? With so many options, here is my top list of things to do on Hamilton Island.
Exploring Whitehaven Beach
Consistently voted one of the most beautiful beaches, not only in Australia but around the world, Whitehaven beach is a must visit! With so many options to get out to Whitehaven Beach or Hill Inlet (which overlooks Whitehaven Beach) I chose a half day Sail & Swim Tour with On The Edge. With pure white sands and turquoise water, your beach experience at Whitehaven will most likely ruin you for other beaches.
Unwind at Spa Wumurdaylin
What is a relaxing holiday without taking some time to yourself? With massages, facials and alternative therapies, the team at Spa Wumurdaylin will help you to relax into your holiday from when you book, through your treatment and afterwards. I enjoyed my first massage so much, that I couldn’t resist going back for another.
Sunset Cruise on the Denison Star
Sunset and resort holidays go hand in hand, so this is not the only sunset activity I will recommend while staying on Hamilton. Boarding the Denison Star is a first class experience in both service and degustation dining. As you set out, you will be treated to cocktails with incredible views of the sunset as you travel amongst the Whitsunday Islands. Later on, when it’s darker you will get a clear view of the constellations in the sky and may even spot some local sea life off the back of the boat.
Bushwalk to Resort Lookout
Hamilton Island is quite densely populated, leaving half the island as bushland, making for some incredible bushwalks. If you are looking for a little adventure and exploration, then get your active wear and runners out as the Resort Lookout will get your blood pumping for some incredible views over the Marina.
All Day Cocktails at One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill is the spot to go for cocktails at sunset with incredible views looking across the Whitsunday Islands. But, if you can’t wait til sunset, then One Tree Hill offers $10 cocktails all day long to relax and unwind throughout the afternoon.
Yoga at Sunrise
As you can probably tell, I like to get a little active on holidays, especially if I am indulging in a lot of cocktails or delicious food! Yoga at sunrise with views across Catseye beach is the perfect way to connect with myself at the start of the day and relax before all the action packed days of sightseeing and adventure. Also, did I mention the views?!
Compete in the Buggy Rally
The Buggy Rally was probably created mostly for kids, but I’m a big kid, so of course I had to take part for the chance to win a free pizza! The Buggy Rally is a scavenger hunt that will take you around the island, to places that you probably don’t even know exist to figure out all the answers, a great way to get to know the island.
Get secluded at Hideaway Bay
Looking for a little piece and quiet from the resort crowd, then Hideaway Bay is a short walk walk away. In a 15 minute walk, you will be at your own secluded beach, perfect for a picnic and sunbathing lunch with those closest to you!
Get active at Catseye Beach
Catseye Beach is the main beach of Hamilton Island and it’s where all the water activities take place, from stand-up paddle boarding to windsurfing, snorkelling and even a turtle discovery tour. Great for a day of activity with friends or family and relaxing on the beach.
Cocktails at the Island Bar
The Island Bar, is a swim up bar located in the Dolphin Pool. While relaxing all day poolside, or switching between Catseye Beach (only meters away) and the Dolphin Pool, the Island Bar is the perfect place to grab a relaxing daytime beverage, including my favourite a cocktail in a coconut!