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Where to Stay on Hamilton Island, Queensland

To enjoy this stunning island, you’ll want to find the perfect place to stay. So, let’s take a look at where to stay on Hamilton Island, and begin your once-in-a-lifetime visit to this idyllic island in the Coral Sea.

Is it worth staying on Hamilton Island?

As one of the most popular destinations in Australia, there’s no end to the attractions and activities you can experience on the island.

What’s more, some of the best hotels on Hamilton Island will organise everything for you so you can have a hassle-free holiday.

Here’s are just a few of the reasons why Hamilton Island is a must-visit destination:

  • Easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island provides the perfect base to explore the famous Great Barrier Reef, with numerous day trips departing to explore the underwater world snorkelling or scuba diving.
  • Endless accommodation types. The popularity of the island means you’ll have no trouble finding out where to stay on Hamilton Island. Whether it’s family accommodation, five star luxury or something in the middle.
  • Award-winning restaurants. Aside from the fantastic natural attractions and top resorts on Hamilton Island, there’s also a plethora of upmarket restaurants. These range from laid back cafes to fine dining experiences and everything in between.
  • A range of cultural and sporting events. If you time your visit wisely, you will be in for a treat of sporting events—these range from the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to the popular Great Whitehaven Beach Run. As well as sport, the Australian Ballet also performs for the Pas de Deux, with the island’s picturesque landscapes as their stage.

How to get to Hamilton Island 

Before you set your sights on finding the best place to stay in Hamilton Island, you’ll need to work out how to get there in the first place. As the only island in the Whitsundays to have its own airport, the quickest, and easiest way to get there is to fly.

Hamilton Island services over 40 daily direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns with Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar.

If flying isn’t your thing, you can always catch the ferry from Airlie Beach to Hamilton Island. There are about 49 crossings every week, and the journey will take around an hour to get from A to B.

How to get around Hamilton Island 

Being just under two square miles and priding itself on being car-free, one of the best and most rewarding ways to get around the island is to simply walk.

With a seemingly endless amount of walking tracks laid out across the island, walking allows you to soak up the laid-back atmosphere of the island and take in its beautiful scenery. Plus, it’s only a 10 minute walk from the resort side down to the marina.

If your feet get a little tired, you can also take advantage of the complimentary bus service around the island. This service operates every day, from 7.30 am until 10.45 pm between the Resort Centre and Marina Village. 

The third and one of the most fun and popular options is to hire one of the electric golf buggies that allow a speedy way to get around, for a small hiring fee, of course. Some accommodation will include the buggy complimentary to your booking.

How many days do you need on Hamilton Island?

It’s always worth knowing know how many days you’ll need to enjoy Hamilton Islands luxury accommodation and everything else that comes with such a holiday.

While it’s your choice, we’d recommend giving yourself at least four days, even better five, to see the Great Barrier Reef in all its glory and to enjoy island life.

Best time to go to Hamilton Island 

While Hamilton Island has an all-year-round-appeal, the ideal time to visit is between April and June. During this time, the temperatures aren’t too high, the skies are clear, there’s minimal rain and plenty of sunshine.

The island isn’t too overcrowded during this period either, and the end of stinger season is just a few weeks from starting, which means you can venture into the water without a stinger suit.

Where to stay in Hamilton Island

Accommodation on the Whitsundays island of Hamilton is concentrated in its northern region, scattered around the northern peninsula and the island’s marina.

Deciding where to stay will all depend on what type of accommodation you want, what you want to do on the island and if you managed to find any deals to Hamilton Island.

#1 Northern tip: Pebble Beach 

If you’re looking for a 5-star resort on Hamilton Island, the northern tip and Pebble Beach is the place to go. Home to sparsely built hotels and a much calmer atmosphere, the northern tip of the island is a place of luxurious relaxation.

For those who fancy a more upmarket dining experience, this area also plays host to some of the best restaurants on the island.

#2 Catseye Beach

If you and your loved ones are seeking family accommodation on Hamilton Island, you can do no better than staying in the Catseye Beach area.

With one of the longest beaches on the island, the Catseye Beach area is a haven for beach bunnies and those of us who love to get in the water. Numerous accommodation stands just a stone’s throw away from the beach, bringing the whole paradise island experience to life.

#3 North of Hamilton Island’s Marina

One of the most popular regions of Hamilton Island is just north of the island’s marina on the northern scratch of the island.

With a huge concentration of accommodation, you’ll have no problem finding a place if you are struggling to find where to stay on Hamilton Island. As well as the numerous forms of accommodation, north of the marina is home to countless places to eat and drink.

It’s also where many of the island’s tour operators are based and has an art gallery for those seeking a little more culture to their Hamilton Island experience.

Where to stay on Hamilton Island

Palm Bungalows

Located a stone’s throw away from Catseye Beach, Palm Bungalows are in a perfect location to explore every aspect of the island.

With your own private balcony overlooking tropical gardens, the bungalows still retain a relaxed isolation feel to them while still being surrounded by the best the island has to offer. Palm Bungalows also provide access to the fitness centre, swimming pools and tennis courts.

  • Location: Catseye Beach
  • Price from: A$440
  • Sleeps: 2
  • What makes it unique: Location, private and well equipped. Feeling competitive? All of Palm Bungalow’s guests have access to the onsite tennis courts. 

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Beach Club

Sitting on Catseye Beach, Beach Club provides its guests with its own private section of the beach. Onsite, it boasts its own infinity pool and provides free access to water sports equipment, including windsurfing and snorkelling.

Take advantage of the Beach Club’s free chauffeur service around the island and their adult-only rooms. Being just half a mile from the Great Barrier Reef Airport, Beach Club offers a place to sleep within moments of arriving on Hamilton Island.  

  • Location: Catseye Beach
  • Price from: A$780
  • Sleeps: 2
  • What makes it unique: This luxury hotel offers free chauffeur service around the island for all of its guests. 

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Reef View Hotel

4-star Whitsundays accommodation comes no better than the Reef View Hotel. Located directly across from Catseye Beach, Reef View Hotel has pristine views over the island’s gardens or the Coral Sea.

With onsite restaurants, bars and a heated swimming pool, you’ll be hard-pressed to leave the hotel. If you do so, you can enjoy the hotel’s free use of all non-motorised water sports equipment, including windsurfing and snorkelling gear. 

  • Location: Catseye Beach
  • Price from: A$390
  • Sleeps: 2-6
  • What makes it unique: With a huge heated swimming pool on site, you can spend days relaxing by the pool and enjoying the sunshine.

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Whitsunday Apartments

Whitsunday Apartments give you the feel of living in your own home while basking in the glory of Hamilton Island. Peering over your apartment balcony you can catch sight of the lapping waves on Catseye Beach, the Coral Sea and beyond.

For further exploration, the apartments provide free bus transfers to and from the airport and free unlimited use of the island’s shuttle bus. Some of the most welcoming apartments on Hamilton Island, you’ll be thinking of coming back and back again.

  • Location: Catseye Beach
  • Price from: A$350
  • Sleeps: 2-5
  • What makes it unique: With a fully-equipped kitchen, treat you and your partner to a candlelight dinner within the comfort of your own home.

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Yacht Club Villa

Yacht Club Villa is located on the western shores of Hamilton Island and is the epitome of luxury. You will enjoy your own private villa with its private balconies, luxurious decor and an outdoor swimming pool.

The best villas are complete with top of the range sofas, beds and other overly comfortable furnishes. Staying here will give you a sense of complete opulence and richness.

Surrounded by boutique shops and numerous dining options, Yacht Club Villa is perfectly placed to have an indulgent stay on the island.

  • Location: Hamilton Marina
  • Price from: A$1,500
  • Sleeps: Up to 8
  • What makes it unique: If you’re looking for a luxury getaway, you won’t get much better than this on Hamilton.

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Just when you thought you’ve seen the best of the luxurious accommodation on Hamilton Island, Qualia takes it to a whole new level.

Located in the northernmost region of the island, Qualia offers guests a private oasis of calm. Surrounded by the fringes of the coral reef, the south-facing glass walls and windows let in the entire scenery of the shoreline, complete with expensively decorated rooms.

The high level of luxury service only increases your opulent experience of the place. Those looking to stay on Hamilton Island in complete luxury should choose Qualia.

  • Location: Northern tip, Pebble Beach
  • Price from: A$1,160
  • Sleeps: 2
  • What makes it unique: Splash some cash at the on-site fine dining restaurant and indulge in some of the best food on the island.

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Lagoon Beachfront Lodge

Another set of Hamilton Island apartments, Lagoon Beach Front lodge, gives you the feeling of living in your own beachfront apartment. With your own private gardens, you can soak up the island rays and take a dip in the year-round outdoor pool.

With access to an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and two bathrooms with a shower, you have everything you need to make Lagoon Beachfront Lodge your home away from home. 

  • Location: Catseye Beach
  • Price from: A$580
  • Sleeps: 2-5
  • What makes it unique: Those with little ones can take advantage of the onsite children’s playground in this family-friendly hotel.

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