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Could Taylor Swift Revisit Hamilton Island In The Whitsundays?

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Talia Jones
Updated Thu 14 Mar 2024

A woman patting a kangaroo
Photo source: Instagram

Rumour has it that Taylor Swift could make another appearance on Hamilton Island in Queensland’s Whitsundays. Hamilton Island is a resort island located within 74 Whitsunday Islands, and is home to a marina, an airport, a golf course, shops, and more!

Taylor Swift is currently in Australia on her Eras World Tour, having just performed three shows in Melbourne over the weekend, and has four upcoming shows in Sydney this weekend. And rumour has it she may be needing a break between performing, so what better place to go than to the sunny Whitsundays?!

Not only is Taylor rumoured to revisit the Whitsundays, this time her boyfriend, American Football star, Travis Kelce might just be meeting up with her. The rumour sparked when he mentioned he could be making a trip to Australia to meet up with Taylor. On his podcast, New Heights, he mentioned he might "venture to an island real soon", and we can't help but hope he's implying Hamilton Island!


When did Taylor Swift last visit the Whitsundays?

Back in 2015, the 14-time Grammy Award winner, Taylor Swift visited the Whitsundays during her 1989 World Tour. She was spotted on Hamilton Island with her entire crew (125 people). Taylor stayed at the secluded qualia resort, and spent her time interacting with the local staff, meeting the wildlife and relaxing on the beach with her crew. She even performed a private concert for the staff on the island! 

Two girls in swimwear sitting on the edge of a pool


Where did Taylor Swift stay on Hamilton Island?

When Taylor Swift visited Hamilton Island, she stayed at the 6-star resort, qualia. qualia (yes, the ‘q’ is actually lowercase) is an exclusive and luxurious resort nestled into the secluded hills of Hamilton Island. The gated resort is around $1640 AUD per night, and there is a two night minimum stay. Although qualia is expensive, it is worth every penny. The resort has panoramic views of the Whitsundays, an authentic Australian touch, plenty of privacy (no wonder Taylor Swift chose to stay), fine dining, spa facilities, and quality service. 

The inside of a luxurious resort



Where did Taylor Swift go in the Whitsundays?

From what we know, Taylor Swift spent most of her time in the Whitsundays on Hamilton Island. She was spotted in various locations across the island including the Manta Ray restaurant by the marina, the beach on Hamilton Island, and the airport (where she landed in her private jet). Taylor also posted a photo to her personal Instagram account of her face-to-face with a cockatoo, which looked like it was taken on her balcony at qualia resort. 

A woman face to face with a cockatooPhoto source: Instagram


Did Taylor Swift perform on Hamilton Island?

In 2015, Taylor Swift performed a private concert for staff on Hamilton Island. She treated 100 lucky fans to an intimate performance on the island. She played some of her biggest hits from her 1989 album, including 'Shake it Off' 'Wildest Dreams' and 'Style'. An experience that the guests and staff on Hamilton Island will likely be remembering forever!

A resort pool surrounded by palm trees


Where else in Australia has Taylor Swift been?

Taylor Swift has performed in many major cities across Australia throughout the years including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. But in terms of holidaying in Australia, besides Hamilton Island, Taylor Swift was spotted having fun on Queensland’s Gold Coast in 2015. She wasn't alone either, she met up with Hollywood actor and Gossip Girl star, Blake Lively. The duo were spotted at the Movie World theme park on the Gold Coast where the park was opened exclusively for the two of them to enjoy their time without the disruption of fans (pictured). Taylor was also seen out and about on the Gold Coast with her then boyfriend, actor Tom Hiddleston. 

Two women jumping inside of a theme parkPhoto source: Instagram


Other celebrities in the Whitsundays

Taylor Swift isn’t the only superstar to have visited the iconic Whitsundays. Famous singers, actors and models from all over the world have been spotted holidaying in the Whitsundays. Katy Perry made an appearance on Hayman Island during her Prismatic World Tour in 2014. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted dining together at Mika’s in Airlie Beach in 2014, they were in the Whitsundays to film their movie, ‘Unbroken’. And megastars George Clooney and Julia Roberts filmed their Hollywood blockbuster, Ticket to Paradise in the Whitsundays. 

Two actors laughing in front of a camera with the director beside them
Photo: Mamma Mia


Things to do on Hamilton Island

If you want to visit Hamilton Island just like Taylor Swift, then you definitely should. You can catch the ferry from Airlie Beach, or fly into the Hamilton Island Airport. There are plenty of incredible places to stay at, things to do, and restaurants to try! Don't worry if you can't afford to stay in qualia like Taylor Swift, there are other resorts that are more affordable like the Reef View Hotel and the Hamilton Island Beach Club.

In terms of things to do, options are endless. We recommend you hire a golf buggy to get around the island (plus, it's all part of the fun). You can visit Catseye Beach and hire a kayak, visit One Tree Hill lookout for sunset drinks, sip cocktails by the pool from the swim-up bar, go for a hike up Passage Peak, or visit the wildlife park! And don't forget to check out the divine restaurants on the island like Sails, Coca Chu, Romano's Italian, the Bommie, and Popeye's Fish 'n' Chips!

A woman in a hammock at the beach


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