Australia

Hamilton Island: Luxury in Paradise

Hamilton Island, on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, is an island designed with one purpose in mind: to pamper its guests. Sometimes called the Honeymoon capital of Australia because of all the wedding facilities and the romantic atmosphere offered by many Hamilton Island accommodation options, it is sometimes overlooked as a family destination. While it is true that there are no budget accommodations on the island, you might be surprised to discover that a family holiday in a Hamilton Island resort can be quite affordable.

Hamilton Island

If it’s value for money you’re looking for, then take another look at Hamilton Island. If you get a family package deal, you get a luxurious room to stay in and access to many facilities that would cost you extra in another location. Hamilton Island is an uncrowded paradise, with quiet beaches, reefs and coves to explore at your leisure. Grab a mask, snorkel and fins and explore some of the crystal clear waters virtually at your doorstep. If you want to explore a little further afield, you are welcome to use a safe, stable kayak and go snorkeling at a Hamilton Island reef.

For more adventurous divers, Hamilton Island is truly a paradise. The Great Barrier Reef needs no introduction. It is spread out before you and you can take your pick between a number of fabulous diving adventures. These can be short, guided excursions to some of the nearby reefs or longer scuba diving tours.

For a truly unique reef experience, you can book an excursion aboard a catamaran and go to Reefworld. Reefworld can best be described as two manmade floating islands on pontoons right in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. Every effort is made to both preserve the reef and make it accessible to the public. For the children, there is a special swimming enclosure to ensure their safety. For first time snorkelers, there is an easy to use snorkeling platform to launch from. If you don’t want to get wet, you can take a ride on a glass hulled, submersible vessel.

Back on land, just five minutes from Hamilton Island is the world renowned Dent Island 18 hole golf course. Imagine playing 18 challenging holes on a course designed by a world champion golfer, surrounded by the glittering Coral Sea and the spectacular Whitsunday Islands. Hamilton Island golfing vacations are so popular, you can often find great special deals for weekend golf packages.

Hamilton Island Marina

There are so many world class amenities on Hamilton Island, you might think that it has been overdeveloped. Nothing could be further from the truth. Viewed from above, most of the island is lush and green and its native habitats meticulously preserved. It’s not all off limits, though. There are many ways you can explore the island. If you’re the adventurous type, try a quad bike tour of the island. In order to protect the environment, you will stick with the fire trails, but that won’t stop you from taking in the most breathtaking views the island has to offer.

As you can see, there is much more to a Hamilton Island vacation than its reputation as an upscale resort for honeymooners and the wealthy suggests. All of these attractions and more are available on a family budget. Of course, if money is no object, you will be treated like a king on Hamilton Island. On the other hand, no matter what your budget, you will feel like royalty on this stunning tropical resort island.

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