Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, Australia. It is part of the Great Barrier Reef. The island has been developed as a popular holiday resort, and made waves in 2008 when it advertised the caretaker's position as the Best Job in the World $150,000 for six months of living on the island and blogging about it once a week.

Hamilton Island in the foreground, Whitsunday Island in the background and the small Fitzalan Island between the two


Hamilton Island is a resort island, part of the Whitsunday Islands. Hamilton Island has the most places to stay, restaurants and shops of all the Whitsunday Islands. Whereas many of the Whitsunday Islands only feature a single resort, Hamilton Island features many different resorts and hotels. Infrastructure is on the north side of island. To the south, the island is untouched natural vegetation.

Get in

Hamilton Island Marina

By plane

Hamilton Island has an airport with a single runway. It is capable of supporting jet aircraft, but there is no aerobridge, passengers embark and disembark via unsheltered stairs. The two level terminal building services three departure gates and features a club lounge and a small cafe. Hamilton Island airport is served by Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Qantas. There are direct flights from many Australia cities, including Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne.

Fares to Hamilton can be very competitive: from many centres it can be cheaper to fly to Hamilton Island and transfer to the mainland rather than the other way around.

By ferry

Get around

Airport transfer

A free shuttle bus meets all arriving aircraft to transfer guests to the Reef View Hotel, Whitsunday Holiday Apartments or Palm Bungalows. Beach Club guests, Reef View Hotel Suite, qualia and Deluxe Holiday Home Villa guests will receive VIP transfers in a chauffeured golf buggy. Hamilton Island Holiday Home guests check in at reception counter at the airport entrance - and pick up their personal 4 seater golf buggy on arrival.

By buggy

You can get around in Hamilton island by golf buggies. Cars are prohibited. Apartment hire usually includes exclusive use of a buggy. Golf buggies can be hired, for a daily fee. Hiring a buggy requires a credit card imprint which will be returned if the buggy is returned with no damage. Insurance is also available for an extra fee. A full drivers licence is required to drive a buggy. Beach Club guests receive 24 hour complementary buggy chauffeur service to any destination of their choice.

Opening Hours: Open daily from 7:30AM – 5.30PM Drivers license(s) and credit card required $85 per day.

By bus

Free shuttle bus services operate on the island. One service operates continuously between the resort precinct and the marina, completing the loop every 15 minutes. Two other services run clockwise and counter-clockwise on a circuit that covers a greater part of the island.


You can walk around the island. You have to climb up and over the hill to get between the airport section, marina section and resort section, taking around 20 minutes or so for the journey by foot. Hence the popularity of the golf buggies.


Catseye Beach


View from the 16th hole of the Hamilton Island Golf Club


There are ATMs on the island to restock cash, and a Westpac Bank.

There is a supermarket on the island to pick up essentials, and it also sells alcohol. You pre-order supplies to be ready when you arrive on the island. In addition Coles Online also delivers to the island. If you are staying in hotel accommodation, there may be limits on food and alcohol deliveries to the hotels. Check with your accommodation.


There are restaurants, cafes and pool bars attached to most of the hotels and resorts. There are also independent food places in the Marina area. You can get reasonably priced food at the take-away places, and even an occasional snack from the pool bars. Expect to be paying a premium to eat here though. There are no real bargains to be had.



Another view of the island

There are multiple forms of accommodation to choose from on Hamilton, from bungalows to high rise hotels, apartments and 5-star resorts.


Hotel Accommodation

Private homes - Self catering

There are lot of privately owned apartments on the island, which the owners are free to let as they choose. They are generally managed by agencies commissioned by the property owners.


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