Go wild on Hamilton Island

Australian bush and wildlife is so different to anywhere else in the world. This day cruise let's you go wild on Hamilton Island, taking in lovely sea vistas as you explore. Cruise azure waters of the Whitsundays, check out true Aussie bush and wildlife, and enjoy spectacular vistas! This day cruise is great for all ages and the whole family!

Hamilton Island's wild side

Hamilton Island is known the world over as fun tropical holiday spot with sandy coves and underwater treasures to explore. Not so widely appreciated is that seventy percent of the island is untouched native bushland with pristine views, bush trails and fascinating wildlife. Hamilton Island is home to wallabies and goannas, sea eagles, kites, ospreys, sulphur-crested cockatoos and kookaburras.  

Itinerary

Your day starts with cruising through the scenically splendid Whitsunday Islands, taking the Whitsunday Passage to Daydream Island, and then you head on past North and South Molle Islands to Hamilton. 

Having arrived at Hamilton Island - and having worked up an appetite - it's time for breakfast with the koalas at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island's Koala Café.

If cuddling a koala is your thing, here's where to do it. This is one of only a few places in the world where you can hug one of these cuties!  After breakfast you might like to visit the WILD LIFE park*. Here is also the chance to get up close with many of Australia's other iconic animals such as kangaroos, a range of marsupials, snakes, lizards and even a crocodile.  Park guides are happy to tell you all about the wildlife that makes its home in the Hamilton Island bush.

Next take the hike either up Passage Peak, Southeast Head Trail or One Tree Hill. They all have in common fantastic views and a little sweat -just how much is up to you!

*Entry to WILD LIFE park Hamilton Island not included in cruise price.

Passage Peak

Starting on the Scenic Trail and connecting with the Saddle Trail, Passage Peak is a challenging but rewarding climb up 2,650 metres of bush track and rocky outcrops. The dazzling panoramic out across Hamilton Island and its island neighbours makes the feat worthwhile.

If you need a stop half-way up, there's a picnic table at the Hill Top Viewing area where the views to the north and south are impressive - and an inspiration to continue to the summit.  

Passage Peak hiking time is 90 minutes round trip and there's a detailed audio tour available when you download the Hamilton Island app.

South East Head Trail

Winding its way to the lofty height of 4,000 metres, South East Head Trail is a 120-minute walking tour. Starting at the Palm Valley entrance into the park, this nature walk takes you through dense bush, where native grasstrees stud the landscape, before moving on past exposed rocky features and sharp cliffs. Views of the nearby Lindeman Island group are picture-postcard. If you're an experienced hiker with a taste for more, you can return to Hamilton Island Marina via the Valley Trail and Escape Beach.

One Tree Hill

Just 20 minutes uphill from Hamilton Island Marina, One Tree Hill is a favourite spot for views down through the Whitsunday Passage. Easy! 

Exploring Hamilton Island on foot, and at your own pace on the Cruise Whitsundays Hamilton Island Nature Escape is a great way to discover its natural beauty. 

The cruise vessel

Your day cruise vessel has air conditioned interior saloons and seating areas outside. It also has a boarding ramp allowing direct easy access on and off the beach.

Food & Drink

Breakfast with the Koalas at Koala Cafe and for lunch, we'll pack a picnic for you to enjoy at one of the island's scenic picnic spots! Or you can lunch at the Marina Tavern on the water front. It's your choice. Note: meals are not included for infants.

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Departures

Daily Departure & Return Times

  DEPARTS RETURNS
Port of Airlie 7:00 AM 5:50 PM
Daydream Island 7:35 AM 5:40 PM

COACH TRANSFERS to Port of Airlie are available at an additional cost. RETURN times are when the vessel arrives back at the mainland/island resort. NOTE: Schedule changes may occur. Where a Day Cruise is cancelled we will send notification to the contact details provided at the time of your booking. Itinerary is subject to prevailing weather and sea conditions including tides, wind, swell, sun and rain. The vessel's Master must at his discretion determine the most appropriate course to ensure acceptable levels of safety and comfort for passengers, crew and other vessels.

Prices

The following prices are per person

  For travel from 1 April 2016
FULL DAY WITH PACKED PICNIC LUNCH  
Adult $155
Child (4 - 14) $85
FULL DAY WITH MARINA TAVERN LUNCH  
Adult $170
Child (4 - 14) $90
COACH TRANSFERS TO PORT OF AIRLIE  For travel from 1 April 2016
Adult $10.30 
Child (4 - 14) $5.15
NOTE: most Airlie accommodation is within walking distance to Port of Airlie. Coach transfers are however an option. 

Prices are in AUD and per person. Please note a online administration fee of 1.5% (Mastercard, Visa and Debit Card) and 2.8% (Amex, China Union Pay) applies to all bookings. This fee is not included if payment is made via POLi.

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