Useful things to know before staying on Hamilton Island
It's no secret that Australia is an expensive country to travel, and a visit to the Whitsunday Islands is known for being a pricey option for the budget tourist.
Our useful things to know will not focus on how to 'do' Hamilton Island on a budget, because frankly, it would be too difficult.
Instead, here's a few pointers to help you make the most of your stay!
Nº 1 - BRING YOUR STINGER SUIT
Irukandji jellyfish float in the waters surrounding the island, so if you have a wetsuit or stinger suit handy, bring it along! They are provided on tours, but it saves you hiring one if you want to go it alone off Catseye beach, for example.
Nº 2 - BOOK RESTAURANTS IN ADVANCE
Most restaurants have a reservation system, so be sure to organise a table to avoid disappointment. Bommie and coca chu are very popular options (and two of our favourites) so you're best to book these online before, or very soon after, your arrival.
Nº 3 - use the free shuttle bus
Many accommodation options come with a golf buggy, however you're looking at around $87 per day to hire one otherwise. Golf buggies are pretty fun, but they're not necessary; many places are within walking distance. Otherwise, you can take the shuttle bus all over the island for free.
Nº 4 - Download the Hamilton Island app
The app gives you the shuttle bus and ferry times as well as details of events that are on each day across the island. You can see restaurant availability and listen to audio guides for some of the trail walks, too.
Nº 5 - Visit the Clubhouse for lunch
A quick trip across the water to Dent Island is worth it - even if you don't play golf. The food and cocktails are delicious, and the view across the ocean is breathtaking.
Nº 6 - Stay for at least five nights
If you're debating how long to spend on the island, make it at least five nights. There's so much to do and there's no guarantee that you'll get onto certain tours on the days that you want.
Nº 7 - Grab a window seat
The view from the airplane on the way to and from Hamilton Island is incredible, so it's the next best thing if you don't do a helicopter or seaplane ride!