Everything you need to know about Hamilton Island accommodation

Pristine nature, five-star service and perfect weather all year round: Hamilton Island is famous for a reason. Here’s our guide to the best Hamilton Island accommodation options.

Hamilton Island has something for everybody. The largest inhabited island of The Whitsundays is known for its perfect Queensland climate, breathtaking views and resort lifestyle.

For lovers of luxury, Hamilton Island pulls out all the stops to make your trip a memorable one including exclusive bars and restaurants, recreation facilities, and 24-hour personalised service. The jewel in the island's crown is undoubtedly the multi-award winning luxury hotel qualia.

For families, rest assured your brood will be well entertained and cared for. Hamilton Island has a range of family-friendly venues, and activities for kids. Daycare facilities are available to give parents some well-deserved private time.

Not sure where to stay? Here’s a rundown of the accommodation options available.

Hamilton Island accommodation - six of the best stays to relax in

Hamilton Island Deals

4-night Hamilton Island stays with breakfast from $1480

Valid on stays within 72 hours of booking. Sample stays include Garden View Rooms for $135 per person, per night including return transfers from Airlie Beach, use of equipment at the hotel, Wi-Fi access and island shuttle service.

Last-minute stays from $135

Valid on stays within 72 hours of booking by people living in Port Douglas and Gladstone. Sample stays include Garden View Rooms for $135 per person, per night including return transfers from Airlie Beach, use of equipment at the hotel, Wi-Fi access and island shuttle service.

Hamilton Island Accommodation


Palm Bungalows

The newly renovated Palm Bungalows is one of the Hamilton Islands’ self-contained accommodation options. Fully equipped with kitchen facilities and stylishly designed with modern, minimalist interiors, all bungalows feature a private balcony and are nestled amongst quiet tropical gardens. Kids stay and eat free at select venues.

Best suited for: Independent holidayers or families who enjoy the freedom of a self contained apartment and a secluded private space to ‘switch off’.

Nearby attractions and activities: A short walk to the beach and resort facilities, including dining options, spas and fitness centres.

Cost: From $370 per night

Address: Resort Dr, Hamilton Island

Velocity points earned: 3 points per dollar

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Reef View Hotel

The Reef View offers flexible accommodation with a range of spacious rooms and suites to suit your needs and budget. Choose from one or two bedrooms, or a suite. Select the two-storey Presidential Suite for up to six guests and panoramic ocean views. Most rooms have sea views. It’s located directly opposite Catseye Beach and close to all attractions and activities. Room service, iPod docks and home movies (on demand) are included. Kids stay and eat free at select restaurants.

Best suited for: Couples, families and small groups.

Nearby attractions and activities: The fitness centre, spas and restaurants are close by. The onsite restaurant is perfect for casual dining and light meals.

Cost: Garden View room from $370 per night, Sea View room from $440 per night

Address: 12 Resort Dr, Hamilton Island

Velocity points earned: 3 points per dollar spent

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Beach Club

Beach Club is one of Hamilton Island’s high-end accommodation options, designed to be a peaceful and sophisticated getaway for child-free holiday makers. Guests will enjoy the complimentary a la carte breakfast and luxuriously furnished rooms with either a king-sized double or two single beds. The secluded Beach Club restaurant, private pool (heated in winter) and VIP chauffeur service are just some of the perks. All rooms have sea views.

Best suited for: Couples, singles and small groups. For guests aged 18 and over only.

Nearby attractions/activities: Fitness center, spas and the sports club are short walks away.

Cost: From $650 per night

Address:Resort Dr, Hamilton Island

Velocity points earned: 3 points per dollar

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The most exclusive and luxurious option, award-winning qualia is tucked away on the northernmost tip of Hamilton Island and is only accessible by paying guests, affording maximum privacy during your stay. There are three separate accommodation styles: The Leeward Pavilion, The Windward Pavilion and The Beachouse. All have private pools, personalised 24-hour service, VIP chauffeur service, complimentary breakfast and access to the qualia private spa and fitness centres. There is a two-night minimum stay policy at qualia.

Best suited for: Couples and groups of friends. Ages 16+ only.

Nearby attractions and activities:

Cost: From $1050 per night

Address: Resort Dr, Hamilton Island

Velocity points earned: 1 point per dollar

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Hamilton Island Holiday Homes

Perfect for a laid-back trip with the whole family or a large group these self-contained apartments each comes with the use of a four-seater buggy to get around the island. Fully equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities, TV and DVD player, the homes range from one bedroom units and apartments to five bedroom villas. All have private balconies and outdoor seating areas and are spread out in different locations across the island.

Best suited for:  Families, couples, singles, or groups.

Nearby attractions and activities: Depends on the location of your villa. Some are a short walk from the centre, others are a short buggy drive.

Cost: From $295 per night

Address: 45 Front St, Hamilton Island

Velocity points earned: N/A

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Yacht Club Villas

Set on the waterfront with sea views, the Yacht Club Villas complex overlooks Dent Passage and is a short walk from the Hamilton Island Yacht Club. Luxuriously designed with four bedrooms to each villa (choose between three and four levels) and fully equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities, this stay offers guests the independence of a self-contained apartment with the service and concierge you would expect from a high-end hotel. All villas come with a four-seater buggy to get around the island.

Best suited for: Families and groups of friends

Nearby attractions and activities: Hamilton Island Yacht Club, daycare and childcare facilities, spas and fitness centres.

Cost: $980

Address: Front St

Velocity points earned: N/A

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Hamilton Island weather: When should I visit?

One of the best things about Hamilton Island is the sunny, comfortable, subtropical climate that ranges between 23 and 30 degrees Celsius, all year round. It does have tourist seasons so when you choose to travel really depends on the kind of trip you are planning on.

January to March tends to be wetter and slightly hotter than other months. It’s the "school holidays" so expect families and lots of activities and playmates for the kids.

April to June is one of the mildest times of year to visit and a good time to plan weddings and other events as you are less likely to encounter a sudden downfall of tropical rain. Easter fills up with families for the school holidays.

July to September is officially the coolest time of year to visit and holidayers can expect lows of 23 degrees (chilly for Queensland!) but warm sunny days. This period also sees the Hamilton Island Audi Race Week, and is a popular time for sailors and sailing aficionados.

October to December is hot and sunny with long, warm summer nights. It is the most popular time to visit Hamilton Island, especially the weeks leading up to and during Christmas and New Year. Come for a festive mood and lots of end-of-year celebrations.

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Earn Velocity Frequent Flyer Points

Hamilton Island teams up with Virgin to offer members the chance to earn points on select accommodation, which can be spent as part of the Velocity program.

Guests of Palm Bungalows, Reef Hotel and Beach Club will earn three points for every dollar spent. Guests of qualia earn one point for every dollar spent.

Interested? Here's what you need to know:

  • You need to be a Velocity member to benefit so make sure you sign-up if you are not already a member.
  • The booking needs to be made under the same name as the Velocity membership and only applies to one room per membership number per night.
  • Bookings need to be made directly with Hamilton Island to be eligible. Click on one of the links above to be safely directed to the reservation site.
  • Points can only be earned on room bookings and room inclusive packages. Packages can include activity bundles, as long as the package is advertised on the Hamilton Island website. Flight prices are not included.

Frequently asked questions

When is Hamilton Island Race Week?

The popular annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is held in August. It is Australia’s largest offshore keelboat Regatta, and creates a buzz of activity on the island every year.

Can I have my wedding on Hamilton Island?

Hamilton island is a popular wedding location. There are 15 dedicated wedding venues that are well-suited for both the ceremony and reception. The staff and management at Hamilton Island are well-versed in event planning and can help with everything from organising officiators (religious or civil), accommodation and party planning, photography, transport and legal requirements to extras like Jaguar limousines, fireworks and ‘trash the dress’ photo shoots.

What Hamilton Island activities are there and how can I book them?

Hamilton Island is brimming with things to see and do, and caters for families, couples and groups of friends for just about any occasion.

Sightseeing activities include a helicopter tour of the island and boat cruises. If you’re seaman, yachts, sailing boats and catamarans are available for hire. A range of sports and watersports are available including kayaking, golf, tennis, go-karting, wakeboarding and deep sea diving. If you want to unwind, the island is equipped with beauty spas, salons, and massage parlours.
For the kids, state-of-the-art daycare facilities and playgroups are available as well as family-friendly activities such as bowling. And no trip to Hamilton Island would be complete without a tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Theses activities and more than available to all holidaymakers on Hamilton Island. You can book in advance when you reserve your accommodation or through your hotel’s concierge when you arrive.

What are the best Hamilton Island restaurants?

Hamilton Island boasts a range of dining options, from secluded and romantic five-star restaurants to more casual and family-friendly options. Many restaurants are award winners.

Here is a selection.

Award winning Bommie offers a five star dining experience featuring a contemporary Australian menu and stylish interior. It’s not family friendly and only caters for guests 12 years or over.

Beach Club Restaurant offers Champagne high tea at 2:30pm and tasting and a la carte menus daily. It caters for guests 18 years and over.

Guests of qualia have access to Pebble Beach, the exclusive lunchtime venue located on the northern tip of Hamilton Island.
If you’re a guest of the Reef View, Palm Bungalows or Hamilton Island Holiday Homes, kids travelling with you can eat for free at select restaurants including beachside Manta Ray, Asian fusion Choca Chu, and Sails, Steak, and Seafood Grill.

What golf courses are on Hamilton Island?

The Hamilton Island Golf Course is one the defining features of the resort, with an 18-hole championship course and a state-of-the-art clubhouse located on nearby Dent Island.

Practise your swing at the Driving Range. It’s easily accessible with one of the island’s buggies.

Bring the kids for a fun family activity at the Mini Golf Range designed amongst the palms and plants for all sorts of fun challenges. It is open every day from 6am to 8pm.

What is the Hamilton Island ferry timetable?

From Port of Airlie (Airlie Beach)

6.45 am7.15 amDirect
7.15 am7.45 amDirect
8.20 am8.50 amDirect
10.00 am10.30 amDirect
10.50 am11.20 amDirect
11.50 am12.20 pmDirect
12.50 pm1.20 pmDirect
2.40 pm3.10 pmDirect
4.50pm5.20 pmDirect

To Port of Airlie (Airlie Beach)

7.20 am7.50 amDirect
9.20 am9.50 amDirect
10.30 am11.00 amDirect
12.05 pm12.35 pmDirect
1.05 pm1.35 pmDirect
1.55 pm2.25 pmDirect
3.00 pm3.30 pmDirect
5.25 pm5.55 pmDirect
5.50 pm6.20 pmDirect

Tour Hamilton Island by Virtual Reality

On 30 March 2016 Hamilton Island, in partnership with Qantas and Samsung, launched its virtual reality experience. Featuring a 3D, 360 degree viewpoint, the portal allows users to tour Hamilton Island, rest in the luxurious qualia resort, sail to Whitehaven Beach, swim with turtles in The Great Barrier Reef and more, providing the user with a taster of what is waiting for them with a trip to Hamilton Island. It's available through the 360 Hamilton Island Virtual Reality App and Samsung shelf, but you can experience it through YouTube here:

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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