When is the best time to go to Hamilton Island?

Eyeing a trip to tropical Hamilton Island? Here’s when you should go to make your holiday shine.

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With pristine weather all year round, you really can’t go wrong with a trip to Hamilton Island at any time.

However, if you’re looking to bag a bargain and you want the place practically to yourself, we’ve done the research on when to arrive for great deals and minimal crowds.

The best time to go to Hamilton Island

Any time of the year, excluding race week and Australian school holiday dates.


Hamilton Island boasts warm, beach-worthy weather year round, so it’s low and high seasons are based around events rather than the weather. The peak seasons occur during the school holidays (Easter, winter, spring and Christmas holidays) as well as race week (typically in August). For better deals and uninflated prices, travel outside of these dates.


Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays. It boasts a pristine climate of mild temperatures ranging from 23-30℃ throughout the year. January to March are the rainiest months.

Hamilton Island is a popular destination for Australian honeymooners and families so steer clear of school holiday dates to cash in on low season deals.

Weather and prices

The best time to go to Hamilton Island, weatherwise: While Hamilton Island is good to visit all year round, the months from April to September are ideal as they're the coolest months with the least amount of rainfall.

The cheapest time to go to Hamilton Island: Search for deals outside of the school holidays in autumn (late-April to late-June) and spring (mid-October to mid-December).

The best time to visit Hamilton Island for…

  • Your honeymoon: Avoid the crowds and families and book your honeymoon for dates outside of the school holidays.
  • Snorkelling and diving: Snorkelling and diving is good all year round with tours and excursions available to suit all skill levels.
  • Sailing: Sailing is good all year round with plenty of catamaran hires and sailing tours available daily.
  • Golfing: Golfing opportunities are available all year round at the Hamilton Island Golf Club.

Hot Hamilton Island travel deals

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$1 deposit + up to $450 onboard credit

Available for cruises 11 February – 21 December 2020. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Onboard credit varies depending on the length of the cruise. T&Cs apply.

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5-night Whitsundays getaway + return flights from $940

Available for travel from 21 January - 14 August 2020. Includes accommodation at Whitsunday Apartments. Includes return flights to Hamilton Island, kids stay free, return airport transfers, return hotel transfers and more.

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Stay for 5 nights, pay for 4

Available on select travel dates until 31 March 2020. Package includes accommodation, meals, transfers, spa, island shuttle and more. Destinations include Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows and Beach Club. T&Cs apply.

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P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

Up to $200 onboard credit on last-minute cruises

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Cruises start from $315 per person for 3-night comedy cruises. T&Cs apply.

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Hamilton Island stays from just $150 per person, per night

Valid for local Queensland residence living as far north as Port Douglas and as far south as Gladstone. Price includes transfers from Airlie Beach, Wi-Fi access, shuttle service and use of some water and sports equipment.

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