Step off your luxury cruise ship and head inland to explore Hamilton Island. This hidden gem, located off the coast of Queensland, has much to offer from amazing food to water sports and magnificent scenery. Perfect for all ages, families, couples and groups, you are in for a treat.
Explore the tropical island on foot
After days at sea, some walking on dry land will do you good! Join a
local tour led by a knowledgeable guide who will introduce you to all aspects of this fascinating Island. Explore the luxury resorts, walk along the beach and climb up to spectacular lookout points. As you stroll along, your guide will point out indigenous plants, wildlife and birds. Make sure you have your camera ready! You will also learn about the history of the Island and hear some fun local anecdotes. Most of all, soak up the serene, calming atmosphere.
Snorkel and dive on the Great Barrier Reef
If the words Great Barrier Reef send shivers down your spine, this is your chance to explore it in all its glory. The reef is a short distance from the Island and is reached on a luxury catamaran trip. Disembark at the floating platform where you will be equipped with snorkeling equipment and given a brief safety talk. Then it is into the sea for a life-changing experience. Float in the clear blue waters and see shoals of colorful tropical fish, admire the magnificent coral reefs and massive sponges and come face to face with stingrays and turtles, If you prefer to stay dry, you won’t miss out. See it all from the underwater observatory. Experienced Scuba divers can explore the depths with a knowledgeable reef interpreter and if you are a beginner lessons are available.
Anyone up for Whitsunday tea?
Earl Grey tea, buttery scones with jam and cream, cucumber sandwiches, petit fours and other delicious delights are an integral part of a High Tea, and Hamilton Island knows how to do this in style. Spend an afternoon relaxing on the patio of one of the luxury hotels and enjoy a scrumptious Whitsunday High Tea. The ambiance is fabulous, the service superior and the views are panoramic. Contact your local cruise agency from Sydney to plan a trip.
Entertain the kids
Families will not be short of things to keep the little ones occupied. Enjoy some Go-Kart racing at the course in Palm Valley. Let the kids create a masterpiece at one of the art classes. The Clownfish Club will keep them busy with fun activities while Mom and Dad take some time out, knowing that they are in professional hands. Play golf at the Mini Golf Course and see who wins the challenges. Then explore Wild Life where kids can learn all about crocodiles, snakes, marsupials and have breakfast with the koalas.
Try your hand at sports
Sports lovers will be delighted to play a round of golf at the Classy Hamilton Island Golf Club. Designed by the British Open winner, it uses the natural landscape to its best advantage, laid out against the the spectacular ridges and steep valleys. Watch out for the 14th hole, locally known as the Valley of Death. For those who love to be on the water, kayaking, stand up paddle boards or windsurfing are great choices. Fishing is a serious business and catching the big one for dinner is a must! Cast off from the shore or charter a catamaran to take you to the deep waters. Finish off your sporting activities with a hike up to Passage Peak.
Hamilton Island is a resort paradise of luxury accommodation, magnificent sea views, sporting activities and serene venues to relax and rejuvenate your spirit. Add this one to your bucket-list!