Tourist information about Hamilton Island

With its superb location in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, renowned restaurants, wide range of accommodation and huge selection of activities, Hamilton Island is the ultimate tropical getaway.  

However, with a population of around 1,000 permanent residents, Hamilton Island is more than just a tourist destination. It’s also a thriving community, with an interesting history, some incredible contemporary landmarks, and a great sense of environmental responsibility. 

Infrastructure and history

From its original Aboriginal inhabitants, to its sighting by Captain Cook in 1770, and evolution as a tourist destination in the 1970s and 1980s, Hamilton Island has had a long and fascinating history. Today, continual investments are made in Hamilton Island’s infrastructure and facilities to ensure it stands out as a world-class tourist destination.    

Hamilton Island Yacht Club

With its striking, contemporary design and collection of luxury waterfront villas, the Hamilton Island Yacht Club is an iconic and popular destination on the island.

Hamilton Island Golf Club

With sweeping views over the Whitsundays, a professionally-designed golf course, and situated its very own Dent Island, Hamilton Island Golf Club is one of the world’s finest golfing destinations.

Getting here

With daily flights to and from the island, its own airport, and a daily ferry service to the mainland, Hamilton Island is an accessible and easy to get to holiday destination.

Real estate

From luxury villas, to apartments and homes, there is a wide range of accommodation available on Hamilton island - for private holiday, home, or rental investment.


With mild weather all year round, there’s always a good time to visit Hamilton Island. However, there are also specific reasons to visit in each season, and the island puts on extra family-friendly activities in school holidays.