10 Fun Things to do in Hamilton Island, Australia

10 Fun Things to do in Hamilton Island, Australia

I compiled this list of 10 fun things to do in Hamilton Island after being there for a week. Hamilton Island is a resort Island destination off the coast of Queensland. It is part of the Whitsunday Islands and a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

A couple of friends of mine decided to have a destination wedding on Hamilton Island so I headed over there. A lot of good friends that I haven’t seen in a few years also attended the wedding so it was pretty epic.

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10 Fun Things to do in Hamilton Island

1. Snorkeling

The first thing on this list of fun things to do in Hamilton Island is to go snorkeling. There are a few different tours you can take. A couple of friends went to the Great Barrier Reef and some others did an island hopping tour. Both groups said the tours were great.

The island hopping tour went a full day. It includes swimming, snorkeling, and lunch for around $150 AUD.

The Great Barrier Reef is a bit further away, about a 3-hour boat ride. It is also a little more expensive, but it is the Great Barrier Reef so that’s expected.

If you want to do it yourself (no guides or boats) then there is a reef off the main beach. Not as spectacular as the boat tours but you can still see some stuff.

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You can see sea turtles off the main reef. Photo via Pixabay.

2. Hiking

Near the main beach, there are a number of hiking trails you can do. Some take you up the peak and others to secluded beaches.

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View from Passage Peak

3. Golf

I never actually laid eyes on the golf course but it is there. There was some talk of playing golf for the day part of the Bachelor party. We ended up drinking by the resort pool instead. Despite its name, the golf course is on the neighboring Dent Island.

FYI: Anyone can use the main pool of the Reef View Resort. It has a swim up bar but you can bring your own drinks and no-one seems to care.

4. ATV Tour

Where you can go hiking they also take out ATV tours. It costs $159 an hour.

5. Jet Ski Tour

Number 5 on this list of fun things to do in Hamilton Island is to go Jet Skiing. You can’t go on your own (unless you bring it yourself) so you have to hire a guide also. It costs $225 per jetski per hour.

6. Beach

Other than eating and drinking, going to the beach is the thing we did the most. There are quite a few activities you can do on the main beach (Catseye Beach). Some of these activities include volleyball, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and getting sunburnt.

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Looking over Catseye Beach

7. Wildlife Encounters

No-one in our large group (that I know of) did this but I saw it walking around. There is an Australian Animal Adventure Park that runs some “encounter” experiences. They include dingoes, koala’s, reptiles, and birds.

It is along the road somewhere between Catseye Beach and Front street.

8. Go-Karting

This is another activity I saw signs for but didn’t look into. It costs $50 AUD for 10 minutes.

9. Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach is a boat ride away from Hamilton Island and is well known for its nightlife. It is the place to go when you want to get a bit rowdier, or if you need some cheaper accommodation.

Airlie Beach is where they held the night activities for the Bachelor party. One reason for this is that there are no strippers on Hamilton Island. You have to fly them in and pay for their accommodation. It ended up being cheaper to get everyone on a boat to Airlie.

10. Get Married

The last thing on this list of fun things to do on Hamilton Island is the main reason I was there. To attend a wedding!

Hamilton Island is a well-known wedding destination. Besides the wedding I went to there was at least one other while I was there.

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Comments ( 11 )
  1. Mommy Jhy
    January 2, 2018 at 23:14
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    Do you recommend the island to families with kids below 13 years old? Can you recommend and resorts on the island?

    • Bert Luxing
      January 3, 2018 at 16:21
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      Yes, I saw many families holidaying there. There’s lots to do for kids, in fact, I think the island is very family friendly. As for accommodation, there are many choices. For a family I suggest renting a small house. You can search it on this website (right sidebar). AirBnb is another good place to look.

  2. Nayna Kanabar
    January 3, 2018 at 13:26
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    AUStralia is one place I would love to visit, there is so much to see and do. I love all the activities you have shared, especially the hiking and snorkelling.

    • Bert Luxing
      January 3, 2018 at 16:18
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      Yes, those two are my favorite too πŸ™‚

  3. Star harford
    January 3, 2018 at 14:07
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    The jet ski tour and also the snorkeling look like great fun! Ive always wanted to snorkel in the great barrier reef!

  4. Annemarie LeBlanc
    January 3, 2018 at 16:59
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    Australia is in my travel bucket list! I love the nature adventures you can do in Hamilton Island. If a trip to australia becomes a reality, I will make sure to include Hamilton Island in our itinerary.

  5. dustin
    January 4, 2018 at 02:48
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    I’ve never been to Hamilton Island but it looks like a lot fo fun. I’m sure hiking here is incredible.

  6. Claire
    January 4, 2018 at 10:36
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    shared this one, I love the post! That snorkeling and getting married sounds so dreamy. im already married but i love your tips. would love to visit hamilton island.

    • Bert Luxing
      January 4, 2018 at 17:49
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      I hope you get too one day πŸ™‚ and thanks for sharing!

  7. Rye Santiago
    January 5, 2018 at 09:30
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    Hiking and jet skiing would be amazing! I’m a lover of the great outdoors, especially the mountains, so hamilton sounds like a pleasant destination for me.

    p.s. i don’t plan to get married soon. πŸ˜€

    • Bert Luxing
      January 5, 2018 at 17:47
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      Haha.. dont worry. You dont have to get married to enjoy Hamilton island πŸ™‚

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