Escape to Whitsundays

A beach retreat with no cars and plenty of life: Hamilton Island

I went to Hamilton Island with my husband for a few days of island living. Hamilton Island is a part of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, close to the Great Barrier Reef and is teaming with life. This golf cart (‘buggy’) only island is covered in bush, where koalas and kangaroos roam, birds fly over head, and sea life surrounds. It was destroyed in a storm a decade ago and subsequently purchased by Robert Oatley, who transformed the island into the laid back resort it is today. Hamilton Island is at once deeply relaxing and an active island, with a multitude of activities to keep solo travelers, families, and couples pleasantly entertained. The hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, paddle boarding, sunset sipping, dining, lounging, and and sea-planing are all top notch, with my favorite excursion being underwater. Although I could have cuddled a koala the entire trip, I don’t think much can beat scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. I saw my first (& 2nd, 3rd, 4th..) shark and ran into an old friend on a boat in the middle of the pacific on the excursion so shock and happiness were both at highs, while the reef itself was a bit surreal to experience.

Off to sunset drinks at  Bommie Deck , Hamilton Island Yacht Club. My top is American Vintage and the dress is Museum Clothing.

Off to sunset drinks at Bommie Deck, Hamilton Island Yacht Club. My top is American Vintage and the dress is Museum Clothing.

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier with with a company called Explore

Scuba Diving the Great Barrier with with a company called Explore

Up close with a Kangaroo
Koala Cuddle at Wild Life Cafe Hamilton Island
Gold carts for hire on Hamilton Island in Yumi Kim

Gold carts for hire on Hamilton Island in Yumi Kim

Hiking Passage Peak, the highest point in Hamilton Island

Hiking Passage Peak, the highest point in Hamilton Island


*Indicates I was not able to go, however I have been recommended

STAY

Qualia*

Exclusive luxury resort

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AirBnb Options

All ranges

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Beach Club Resort*

Upscale hotel on Catseye Beach

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EAT

Coca Chu

Surfside Southeast Asian

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Clubhouse Restaurant*

Dent Island, Lunch at the golf course

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Bommie Deck

Sunset cocktails at Hamilton Island Yacht Club

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Marina Cafe

Healthy breakfast and lunch options

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EXPLORE

Activities can all be booked via Hamilton Island website, here.

Hike

Explore scuba diving

Helicopter and seaplane*

Koala Cuddle

Snorkling*

Paddle boarding*

Whitehaven Beach*

Catamaran sails*

Golf Club*

Buggy (Golf Cart) Hire recommended