Where soft-white sands meet 1,000 shades of blue, this group of islands is home to one of the world's greatest beaches - Whitehaven - and countless more.
Relax at a luxury resort, sail from island to island, dive into the blue, or find a secluded cove - the opportunities are endless around Hamilton Island and the rest of the Whitsundays.
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Fast facts about Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays
Where is it? Off the coast of Queensland, about half-way up the state. Airlie Beach is the closest mainland town, and where sailing trips and ferries depart from. Mackay is the nearest main city, just under two hours away.
How do I get there? There's an airport on Hamilton Island (Great Barrier Reef Airport), which is serviced by Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar. Whitsunday Coast Airport, in Proserpine on the mainland, also offers commercial flights from Jetstar, Virgin and Tigerair. Read more...
When should I go? April to November are the best times to go, as they're outside of the busy tourist and rainy seasons. Read more...
What should I do? Sailing around the islands, diving and snorkelling on the nearby Great Barrier Reef, swim at picturesque beaches like Whitehaven. Read more...