Which Whitsunday island should I visit

Are you planning to visit the Whitsundays but are unsure of which islands you should visit? We've got you covered! Here are the four most popular resort islands in the Whitsundays, with some information included to help you choose the right island for your next vacation. 

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

How to get there: Hamilton is the only island in the Whitsundays that has its own airport, so you can fly domestically to reach the island or take a 30-minute ferry from Shute Harbor on the mainland that will bring you to the main port.

Pricing: Moderate to expensive, depending on the type of accommodation you book

Where can I stay?: Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows, Beach Club, Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villa, or qualia

Can I take a day trip there?: Yes

Who is Hamilton Island for: Hamilton is great for people who want a resort island that has plenty of choices for activities, restaurants, nightlife and more. It’s also great for families and people who are looking for an easy day trip from the mainland.

What to bring: Hamilton Island is quite large, so most of the accommodation on the island include the use of a golf buggy to help you explore the island. If your accommodation does not include this, or you are just visiting on a day trip, make sure to bring good walking shoes if you want to explore Hamilton Island. With lots of shops and great restaurants, there isn’t much more you need to bring. Enjoy everything the exciting island hub of Hamilton Island.

Long Island Whitsundays

Long Island

How to get there: There are two ways of getting to Long Island. You can either take a 20-minute ferry from Shute Harbor on the mainland or if you are already on Hamilton Island, you can take a ferry from there.

Pricing: Moderate

Can I take a day trip to Long Island?: Yes

Where can I stay?: Palm Beach Resort

Who is Long Island for: Long Island is great for anyone who is short on time as the island is conveniently located close to the mainland, and offers great options for budget travellers who are wanting a more down to earth, no frills vacation.

What to bring: You should bring your own food and alcohol, a book, and be ready to unplug and enjoy a nature-filled island escape.

Daydream Island

Daydream Island

How to get there: Take a 30-40 minute ferry from Shute Harbor on the mainland or get a transfer ferry from Hamilton Island.

Pricing: Moderate to expensive

Can I take a day trip there?: Yes

Where can I stay?: Daydream Island Resort

Who is Daydream Island for: Great for families with kids. Daydream offers a kids club, babysitting services, a living reef, kids 12 and under eat for free, and much more to keep everyone in your family entertained.

What to bring: Food and drinks are at the higher end of the price scale, so be prepared! The only facilities on the island are located at the resort but the dress code is casual so pack your island resort gear and enjoy everything that Daydream has to offer.

Hayman Island

Hayman Island

How to get there: The easiest way to get to Hayman Island is via a transfer from the airport on Hamilton Island. From Hamilton Island, you can take a luxury yacht, helicopter, or seaplane.

Pricing: Expensive

Can I take a day trip there?: No

Where can I stay?: Hayman Island Resort

Who is Hayman Island for: If you are looking for the ultimate resort in luxury and pampering, then Hayman Island is the right place for you. It is not open for day visits, so you will enjoy the solitude of this secluded resort and take advantage of the luxury that Hayman Island is known for.

What to Bring: Hayman Island offers a few high-end boutiques and gift stores but focuses mainly on the resort facilities including several restaurant choices, fitness centre, recreational activities and kids club. Just bring your swimming suit and enjoy your luxurious escape!

The most budget-friendly option for exploring the Whitsunday Islands is camping. Click HERE to find out more information on which Islands offer camping in the Whitsundays.

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