Of course, a Whitsundays holiday is all about sleep-ins, fine dining and cocktails by the pool. But if you get bored with the finer things and feel like an adventure, here are five ways to explore Hamilton Island without too much sweat – and a big pay-off big pay-off.
1. Hire a kayak for your own personal reef tour
Short of doing a guided tour out to the reef (which is a no-brainer), hire a kayak and go exploring yourself. The water is crystal clear, so it won’t be hard to spot coral and schools of tropical fish while paddling over the ‘house’ reef just off Catseye Beach. From $20 for one-hour (or try a stand-up paddle board!).
2. Explore Hamilton by buggy
Part of the fun of Hamilton Island is the (mostly) car-free (and carefree) lifestyle. Instead of cars, residents and guests drive around in golf-style buggies, which you’ll see parked under ports and plugged in for charging overnight – too cute. So you can’t go without hiring one to explore the island yourself. $46 for one hour; $87, 24 hours.
3. Make a Dent in your handicap : play golf on one of the world’s most scenic courses
If you’re a keen golfer you’d be mad not to book in for a game at possibly the most scenic golf course in Australia, located on private Dent Island, adjacent to Hamilton. Designed by five-time British Open-winner Peter Thomson, the course is challenging – not least because of the distracting 360-degree views over Dent Passage and across to Hamilton Island – but also for its design, along ridges and steep valleys. Nine holes from $100 and 18 holes from $150, including golf cart and island transfers. See: Hamilton Island Gold Club
4. The whitest, the bluest: a daytrip to Whitehaven Beach
You simply must make the trip to Whitehaven Beach on the uninhabited Whitsunday Island to relax on its seven empty kilometres of pristine silica white sand. Consistently voted as one of the best beaches in the world, Whitehaven is easily accessible from Hamilton Island by fast boat, yacht charter, helicopter, seaplane… it doesn’t matter how, you just need to get there.
5. Watch the sunset (with a cocktail) from One Tree Hill
There are plenty of amazing sunset spots on Hamilton Island: Bommie Deck at the Yacht Club, strolling along the marina, from your pavilion’s plunge pool at qualia or your private yacht (we can dream). But on at least one evening, be sure to head up to One Tree Hill lookout for legendary sunset views and to enjoy a cheeky champagne or cocktail at the bar from 4:30pm.
For more information, see visit Hamilton Island