Hamilton Island

Overview

Introduction

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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