Hamilton Island Facts

Island Information

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Hamilton Island is one of the 74 tropical islands in the Coral Sea, between the Queensland coast and Great Barrier Reef. It is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays, positioned nearly half way between the coastline of Mackay and Townsville.


16km Southeast of Shute Harbour
(30 minutes by boat)

890km north of Brisbane
(1 hour and 20 minutes by plane)

1528km north of Sydney
(2 hours and 10 minutes by plane)

1965km north of Melbourne
(3 hours by plane)


Hamilton Island lies on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu in the northern hemisphere and Mauritius in the south. It has a year round tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees centigrade. For more information on weather please visit Hamilton Island Weather.

Getting Here

Hamilton Island is accessible via Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin. Jetstar Airways offers daily flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Qantas offers daily flights from Cairns. Virgin Blue offers direct flights daily from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

Both Jetstar and Virgin fly to the Whitsundays (Proserpine) from Brisbane and Sydney.

Upon arriving into Proserpine airport (located on the mainland), a coach service is available to Shute Harbour where you can catch the "Cruise Whitsunday ferry" to Hamilton Island. 



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With over 16 restaurants and takeaway outlets to choose from, there is always something new and exciting to tempt your tastebuds! Enjoy a huge range of cosmopolitan cuisine including a variety of international styles and the freshest seafood you'll ever experience. Hamilton Island is a food lover's paradise.


Hamilton Island offers its guests a very extensive range of over 40 activities on a daily basis. These include Great Barrier Reef cruises, water skiing, catamaran & yacht sailing, tennis, gymnasium, game fishing, nature walks, whale watching (mid July to September), scenic flights or simply just relaxing by one of the six resort pools. Charges apply*

Island Dimensions

North to South: 4.5km (3 miles)

East to West: 3km (2 miles)

Area: 750 hectares (2 square miles)

More than 80% of Hamilton Island is natural tropical bushland, making it perfect for bush walking and home to many native Australian animals and birdlife including kangaroos, wallabies, cockatoos and lorikeets.

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Sports Club

As Australia's premier tourist destination, we offer our guests a sports club equipped with squash, racquet ball and tennis courts, full gymnasium, sauna, spa and aerobic workouts. Charges apply*


The Hamilton Island Marina has 135 berths to cater for more and 20 boats that arrive and depart each day. Hamilton Island Marina can at present accommodate vessels up to 40 metres.

For Kids

The Hamilton Island Clownfish Club incorporates a Senior Adventure Room operating exciting excursions for children ages 5 - 14 years and a Junior Child minding (6 weeks - 4 years) which is fully licenced with the Department of Families, Youth and Community Care. Parents can relax knowing that their children are enjoying safe, supervised age-related adventures including arts and crafts, beachcombing, snorkelling, hiking, fishing, mini-golf and pool games.

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Hamilton Island features fantastic shopping with 20 boutiques and specialty stores throughout the Marina Village and resort centre, ranging from a IGA through to local art and fashion.

Fresh Seafood Delivered To You

Fishi - Fresh Island Seafood supplies the finest in local Australian, wildly caught seafood, fresh to your door. www.fishi.com.au

What to Bring

Forget the mobile phone, leave your watch at home, no razor scooters or skateboards, but do remember to bring along swimming costumes, sunscreen, a sun hat, a light weight or water-proof jacket during the cooler months, day pack, comfortable walking shoes, smart casual attire for dining out, and the book you've been meaning to finish!

Shop Online Before You Arrive

Hamilton Island has an IGA located on Island however if you would like to arrange an online order prior to arrival IGA Airlie Beach offers a delivery service to Hamilton Island. Simply order your meat, vegetables and groceries online and they will be delivered to the Island. Island deliveries are labelled and dropped at the Cruise Whitsunday office within your selected delivery time. Simply create an account and start ordering. www.igaairliebeach.com.au