Destination guide

Well, isle be – seeing the Whitsundays from Hamilton Island

Grab your snorkel, unfurl your sail and chart a course for supreme relaxation – you're going to Hamilton Island! Located just off Queensland's northeastern coast, between mainland Australia and the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island's known for its pristine beaches and seasonal whalewatching, as well as a scenic sea-view golf course and an annual yachting festival. Of the 74 islands in the Whitsunday Islands National Park, Hamilton Island is the chain's commercial centre, and Hamilton Island vacation rentals offer easy access to the area's bounty of pristine natural scenery.

Things to do

Where's the reef? Hamilton Island's natural playground

Just a short boat ride away, you'll find Hamilton Island's secret weapon: the Great Barrier Reef. Here, you can find a number of scenic spots for snorkelling and diving, where you can get breathtaking views of the area's underwater sights. The reef's located within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, a protected stretch of waterway that's home to a vast array of marine life. Back on the mainland, the Proserpine Historical Museum Society Inc. boasts a wealth of information about the region's past as a major hub for the sugar industry.


Sailing, snorkeling and so much more on Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is essentially 1 big seaside playground, and you can find waterfront activities of all sorts – from windsurfing and kayaking to sailing, snorkeling and diving. An annual yachting festival brings boating enthusiasts from all over the world, complete with a full complement of on-shore events. Wildlife tours are a popular pastime, and you'll find plenty of outfitters offering whale-watching tours from July through September. Of course, no one will judge if you feel like sitting back on 1 of the island's pristine beaches and just letting the world go by.


Sunny skies and smooth sailing on Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island has a humid subtropical climate with 2 main seasons – wet and dry. Summers are hot and wet, with average highs around 31 degrees between October and March; most of the area's rainfall occurs from December through March. Winters are relatively dry, with temperatures ranging from 12 to 25 degrees from June through August. A major year-round destination for visitors from all over, you'll find that prices for Hamilton Island vacation rentals tend not to change too much from 1 season to the next.

Natural highlights

Coral me maybe – Hamilton Island's scenic splendour

Situated in the Coral Sea off Australia's northeastern coast, Hamilton Island lies about halfway between mainland Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. The island is known for its bounty of serene, palm tree-lined beaches, coral reefs, and a number of protected inlets, coves and bays that offer lively underwater vistas for snorkellers and divers. Whale watching is a popular pastime in the area, and you can regularly spot humpback whales during their annual visit between July and September. Hamilton Island vacation rentals also offer easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, a world-class destination that makes for a popular trip.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Hamilton Island

Fly into Hamilton Island, QLD (HTI-Great Barrier Reef), the closest airport, located 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Proserpine, QLD (PPP-Whitsunday Coast), which is 27.3 mi (44 km) away.

How many holiday accommodation are available around Hamilton Island?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 254 holiday rentals around Hamilton Island. From 32 holiday houses to 201 flats & apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Hamilton Island is on Stayz.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Hamilton Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Hamilton Island. From Stayz travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Whitsundays Region: 460 holiday rentals
  • Airlie Beach: 174 holiday rentals
  • Cannonvale: 175 holiday rentals
  • Shute Harbour: 172 holiday rentals
  • Whitehaven Beach: 269 holiday rentals

Stayz offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Hamilton Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Hamilton Island?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Hamilton Island with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Airlie Beach: 174 holiday homes
  • Cannonvale: 175 holiday homes
  • Shute Harbour: 172 holiday homes
  • Mandalay: 174 holiday homes
  • Jubilee Pocket: 174 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Hamilton Island?

Stayz offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Hamilton Island. From Stayz travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Whitehaven Beach: 269 holiday rentals
  • Daydream Reef: 428 holiday rentals
  • Port of Airlie: 430 holiday rentals
  • Airlie Beach Lagoon: 430 holiday rentals
  • Abell Point Marina: 430 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Hamilton Island listed on Stayz where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.