Cruises to Hamilton Island

Australia

Hamilton Island


One of the 74 world-famous Whitsunday Isles, this tropical paradise sits at the southern tip of Australia's magnificent natural wonder, The Great Barrier Reef, and offers stunning scenery and beaches brimming with water sports.

From its original Aboriginal inhabitants, to its sighting by Captain Cook in 1770, and its evolution as a tourist destination in the 1970s and 1980s, Hamilton Island has had a long and fascinating history. Keith Williams, one of Australia’s first island resort developers, owned Hamilton Island between 1975 and 1996 and was behind the development of the Hamilton Island Marina. In 1996, Hamilton Island became a publicly-listed company, and in 2003, the Oatley family bought the island. Since then, the family has spent $350 million dollars, adding the yacht club, the marina precinct and the luxury resort Qualia. Today, Hamilton Island is a world-class tourist destination.

At A Glance


Population

1,347 (2006)

Language

English

Government

Democratic

Currency

Australian Dollar

Hamilton Island Shore Tours


Most Popular

Guest favourites, the most booked Shore Tours at this port

Tropical Island Nature Walk

HTI020

1.5 hour

Adult: $49.99pp

Child: $49.99pp

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Great Barrier Reef Experience

HTI000

8 hours

Adult: $269.99pp

Child: $139.99pp

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Whitsunday Calm Water Cruise

HTI010

2 hours

Adult: $119.99pp

Child: $119.99pp

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Must See

Our handpicked Shore Tours are a must for any guest.

Whitehaven Beach

HTI080

4.66 hours

Adult: $149.99pp

Child: $129.99pp

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Active Day Pass - Mini Golf, Kayaks, SUP's & Snorkelling

HTI040

1 hour

Adult: $49.99pp

Child: $39.99pp

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Wildlife Park Keeper Tour

HTI045

1.33 hour

Adult: $24.99pp

Child: $19.99pp

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What To See


One Tree Hill Lookout and Bar

Make it to Hamilton Island’s renowned hilltop lookout and you’ll be rewarded with legendary Whitsunday views, which you can enjoy with a coffee, cocktail or wine and cheese. The climb is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels, so no one misses out on this truly unforgettable experience.

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

A design masterpiece, the shape of the roof of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club is inspired by soaring silhouettes of full sails and the club itself is a celebration of all things marine, inspired by the rich colours and textures of the Whitsundays. The Hamilton Island Yacht Club is located right on the waterfront and offers sensational views out over Dent Passage.

Catseye Beach

Perfectly placed on the resort side of the island, this long, curved stretch of sand and sea is the perfect spot to while away the hours, whether it’s soaking up the sun, reading your book or taking a dip in the turquoise water. You could also join a guided snorkelling tour and explore the local reef, and at low tide, take a leisurely stroll out on the sand flats and see the island from a different perspective.

More About Hamilton Island


DOCKING

Your ship will anchor offshore and a regular tender service will operate to Hamilton Island.

GETTING AROUND

Getting around is made easy on Hamilton Island with free shuttle busses operating regularly throughout the day to your destination.

DINING

You will find plenty of dining options at Hamilton Island Marina, ranging from fish and chips to high tea.

Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed, subject to inspection.

SHOPPING

Hamilton Island offers a selection of shopping opportunities, from everyday items (which can be found in the Hamilton Island General Store) to high-end fashion, jewellery and souvenirs.

CLIMATE

Hamilton Island has a tropical climate. In summer it can be particularly hot and humid; however, refreshing rain showers help to cool things down a little bit, and there always seems to be a sea breeze out on the reef. Make sure you stay hydrated and sheltered from the sun.

CREDIT CARDS

Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Automatic teller machines can provide currency to foreign card holders.

COMMUNICATION

Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home (where applicable). Wi-Fi is available for purchase at the Resort Centre.

WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE

To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, an umbrella or waterproof jacket and bottled water. Don’t forget your swimming gear! Snorkelling equipment is available for hire or purchase onboard the ship.

SHORE TOURS

There are a range of Shore Tours available to really get the most out of your time at Hamilton Island. Shore Tours can be booked onboard at the Shore Tours desk and are subject to availability. Guests are required to meet at a specific location for each Shore Tour departure. Please refer to your Shore Tour ticket for the correct time and place.

ENVIRONMENT

Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.

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