Hamilton Island is located off the Queensland coast of Australia and is one of the 74 Whitsunday Islands. It is the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with a commercial jet airport, and it's easily reachable with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.
A visit by Oprah Winfrey in early 2011 put the tiny island on the map for U.S. Citizens.
Despite its small size—the island is only 2 sq mi/5 sq km—visitors are drawn there by a wide range of activities, a variety of accommodation types, a unique culture and easy access to the Great Barrier Reef. A championship golf course, golf club and yacht club, with villas available as rental properties, gave the island an additional boost in tourism, and its year-round good weather makes it a popular vacation spot for Australian travelers.
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