The Hamilton Island Lifestyle
Welcome to one of the most spectacular, pristine environments on earth. Australia's premier tropical island destination for homeowners, investors and guests alike, Hamilton Island needs little by way of introduction.
The gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, nestled in among Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands and a short direct flight from most major Australian cities, the Island is a laidback lifestyle dream.
From colourful coral reefs to tranquil turquoise waters, sandy beaches to natural landscapes, consistently beautiful weather to diverse flora and fauna, Hamilton Island is the jewel in the Whitsunday region's crown and the best place on earth to live an island lifestyle.
A nature lover's paradise, the Island is surrounded by a diverse marine playground and is home to wallabies, goannas, sea eagles, kites, ospreys, sulphur-crested cockatoos and kookaburras. Opt for a deep-water turtle discovery or a bushwalk to the picnic spots scattered throughout the bushland. Discover underwater treasures not found anywhere else in the world, watch whales migrate past your balcony or soak up the sun and the sights at any one of a number of scenic spots on the Island. Hamilton Island is a sparkling island gem set in a region of outstanding beauty.
A visit to the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a must, whether you choose to sail, snorkel, dive or even tour by helicopter. With the world's largest coral reef and home to some of the most amazing plant and animal life to be found on the planet, the Reef is an unforgettable experience and Hamilton Island is the perfect jumping-off point to explore the area.
World-famous Whitehaven Beach is a gorgeous slice of paradise right on Hamilton Island's doorstep. With warm, turquoise-hued water and soft, impeccably white sand, it was named Number One Beach in Australia by TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Beaches Awards and is an easy, must-do thirty-minute trip by catamaran from Hamilton.
Hamilton Island offers an abundance of activities for all interests and skill levels. Whether by land or by sea, there are more than 60 ways to sample the Island and its surrounds from whatever angle you prefer.
When it comes to the water, Hamilton Island pulls no punches. You can snorkel the reef, dive at world-famous sites, go parasailing, take a boat and explore the Whitsundays at your own pace or hire paddle skis, paddle boards, windsurfers, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, go on a Jet Ski Tour around the local waterways. Accompanied by experienced instructors, you'll be guided past the magnificent, hidden coves dotted around the Island.
By air, see the absolute beauty of Hamilton Island from any one of our scenic helicopter rides or seaplane flights. Take to the skies and experience the wonder of the region with a flight over the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef, capturing stunning photos and view waterways and passages from a completely different perspective. Take a seaplane 'Love Flight' over magnificent Heart Reef or combine your trip with a snorkel or dive and understand just why this region is one of the world's best.
Explore the Island by foot or by buggy and see what makes it so unique. Choose from bushwalking, golfing, quad biking, bowling, go-kart racing, tennis, squash, art classes, shopping and more. Or simply relax by the pool or at one of the Island's elegant spas and do absolutely nothing at all.
From fine dining to casual fare, Hamilton Island offers an array of restaurants and cafes for every palate, mood and occasion. Thanks to its location in the heart of the Whitsundays, the Island has access to bountiful fresh produce and has produced some of the region's best bars and restaurants.
Enjoy superb a la Carte cuisine at the Hamilton Island Yacht Club's Bommie Restaurant or try out the contemporary, seasonal menu at the Beach Club Restaurant. Local, international and boutique wines are all readily available on the Island and our restaurants cater for both intimate settings and family-friendly outings. The Kids Stay and Eat Free program offers free tasty meals for children aged up to 12 at a range of Hamilton's family-friendly restaurants.
Hamilton Island has built a reputation for a growing number of internationally renowned sporting and cultural events held throughout the year. Whatever you fancy, there's something for everyone and the thriving local community welcomes everyone to take part in a full calendar of activities. They also provide a great reason to invite friends and family to stay and participate in the festivities.
If sport is your thing, then the Island delivers, and the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the region's highlights. With its rich sailing heritage, the Island plays host to Australia's largest offshore sailing regatta in August each year, bringing spectators and yachties from around the world for an exciting line up of on and offshore events. This is followed by a gourmet dinner, fashion events, golf and tennis clinics, and plenty of wine tasting.
The Hamilton Island Endurance Series spans five endurance events from May to November and is not for the faint of heart. The Hamilton Island Half Marathon, Clash of the Paddles, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, Hamilton Island Triathlon and Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim provide a true test of strength and fitness for athletes of all ages and levels.
Each year, Hamilton Island also hosts the Mother's Day Classic - Walk in the Park, a fundraiser for breast cancer research and a tribute to incredible mums all over the nation.
The Island offers the perfect setting for a range of cultural events designed to inspire and excite. Join The Australian Ballet at qualia for an intimate and exclusive weekend of Pas de Deux in Paradise and watch two outdoor performances set against a stunning backdrop of the Whitsunday Islands.
For a fabulous foodie event, enjoy the Great Barrier Feast culinary series showcasing the finest Australian chefs. The event lets you get behind-the-scenes cooking techniques in a truly breathtaking setting at qualia resort, named Best in the World in the 2012 US Conde Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards. Over the course of a weekend, you'll have the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in fantastic food and wine, whilst learning tips and tricks from some of the best in the business.
Weekends of Wonderment is a new event series at qualia designed to appeal to those with a love affair for all things luxurious and artisanal, and includes candle-making classes, hands-on crabbing experiences with a marine biologist, top chefs, floral master classes and an elegant dinner prepared by a renowned guest chef.
If getting outside into the natural environment is your thing, then consider a photography workshop with the annual Away the Art of Photography course available to both guests and residents of the Island.
Experience golf in a spectacular setting on the 6,120 metre, par 71, 18-hole championship Hamilton Island Golf Club course and complete your round with a lazy lunch at its contemporary Clubhouse.
Accessible by short helicopter flight or quick five-minute boat ride from Hamilton Island, the award-winning course designed by Peter Thomson, five-time British Open champion, is a series of competitive holes strung along the ridges and across steep valleys to challenge golfers and professionals alike. The Chris Beckingham-designed Clubhouse perched high above the Coral Sea is an idyllic spot to unwind with a cold beer after your hard work on the course.
Every October, the Island hosts the Amateur Golf Championship, where you get the chance to test your golfing skills in a 36-hole amateur stableford event at the Hamilton Island Golf Club. As well as the Golf Course, Hamilton Island boasts a driving range and fun mini-golf course suitable for the whole family.
In the heart of the Whitsunday Islands and positioned on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island is the finest base for exploring one of the world's great sailing regions. Whether new to sailing or an experienced sailor, the Island offers many ways to get out on the water, including Catamaran Hire and Sunsail Sailing School.
Located right on the waterfront, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club is a celebration of the marine lifestyle and offers sensational views over Dent Passage with a bright, contemporary setting inspired by soaring silhouettes of full sails.
The Hamilton Island Marina lies adjacent to the Yacht Club and has 216 berths and 11 moorings that can presently accommodate vessels up to 42 metres. The aquatic hub of the Island, the marina caters for every type of vessel and is perfect for exploring the Reef and Whitsundays.
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