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Hamilton Island is situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef and nestled among the beautiful Whitsunday Islands of Queensland. It is the second biggest island of 74 islands in this group and is situated next to the main island, aptly named Whitsunday Island.
Hamilton Island is the commercial centre of the Whitsundays and is unashamedly touristy unlike other islands in the Whitsunday group which are mainly a combination of national parks and reserves interspersed with smaller resorts. Hamilton Island has a number of hotels ranging from bungalows to luxury villas as well as holiday homes. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars, as well as some nightclubs. Buses on the island are free to use and golf buggies are the main mode of personal transport.
For all the island's development, more than 70% is natural bushland and there are 20km of scenic walks where you have the opportunity to see local animal and bird life as well as stunning views of the surrounding islands.
Resort Lookout is the second highest point on the island. It offers a panoramic view of Hamilton Island including the main resort, marina, airport, and surrounding islands. So it is an excellent introduction to the island. Passage Peak is the highest peak, and there is a challenging walk through bushland to a spectacular view of the surrounding Whitsunday islands. There are a number of other walks that take you to secluded beaches and coves.
The main beach on Hamilton Island is Catseye Beach a long sandy curve of white sand with a local fringing reef. Due to its nearby location to the resort area, the beach also offers many free activities for kids as well as catamarans, paddle skis, windsurfers, and snorkelling equipment available for hire.
The island offers many great tours of the surrounding Whitsunday Islands and the outer reef of the Great Barrier Reef. One nearby attraction is Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. It was named the top Eco Friendly Beach in the world by CNN and is considered by Australians to be one of the best beaches in their country.