Go wild on Hamilton Island
Breakfast with Koalas, explore secluded sandy coves, conquer the climb up Passage Peak and enjoy the best views in the Whitsundays…
Australian bush and wildlife is so different to anywhere else in the world. This day cruise allows you to explore the beautiful walks on Hamilton Island and enjoy breakfast with an Aussie icon – koalas!
Great for families and all ages – choose your own hiking adventure.
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.
Your day starts with cruising through the scenically splendid Whitsunday Islands 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! Or take the leisurely option and stroll across Catseye Beach and enjoy a swim in the ocean or main resort pool. Jump aboard one of the free courtesy buses and enjoy a scenic ride around the island.
*Entry to WILD LIFE park Hamilton Island not included in cruise price. If you would like a Koala cuddle pre-booking with the WILD LIFE park on Hamilton Island is recommended.
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
Starting at the Scenic Trail entrance at the east end of Catseye Beach, follow the trail to Saddle Junction. From here, continue up the trail toward Passage Peak and you will see the signage for South East Head. The first section of trail winds to a nice lookout which casts over the Resort and Catseye Beach.
From this point, continue on until you reach a steep hill. The signage will lead you right which will avoid the rocky, slippery hill in front of you, and will take you on a nice, easy 600m walk that pops you out at the top of the hill at Cabbage Tree Junction. The final section down to South East Head winds across the eastern face of the island, with water views the entire way, leading you down to South East Head and a forest of stunning native grass trees.
One Tree Hill
Just 20 minutes uphill from Hamilton Island Marina, One Tree Hill has incredible panoramic views through the Whitsunday passage.
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.
For more information visit the Hamilton Island Walking Trail webpage
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.
Daily Departure & Return Times
|Port of Airlie||7:00 AM||6:10 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.
The following prices are per person
|FULL DAY WITH PACKED PICNIC LUNCH||From 1 April 2018||From 1 April 2019|
|Child (4 - 14)||$90||$90|
|FULL DAY WITH MARINA TAVERN LUNCH|
|Child (4 - 14)||$95||$95|
|COACH TRANSFERS TO PORT OF AIRLIE|
|Child (4 - 14)||$7.5|
|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 non refundable credit card surcharge fee of 1.42% (Mastercard & Visa), 1.1% (WeChat Pay), 2.8% (Amex), 2% (China Union Pay) or 1.54% (Alipay) applies to all bookings. This fee is not included if payment is made via POLi.
Highlights & Inclusions
- Cruise to Hamilton Island and return
- Stunning views of the Whitsundays, Lindeman group and Whitsunday Passage
- Exploring Hamilton Island by foot, with a choice of three nature walks
- Packed lunch with a view or at the Marina Tavern
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Swimwear and towel
- Protective clothing, hat and sunscreen lotion
- Light jacket / sweater for windy or cool day
- Your camera and a sense of fun!
Need to know
- Please consider weather conditions before setting off.
- There are no toilets on the trails.
- Fires are prohibited on the island.
- To keep the environment as pristine as possible, please take all your rubbish with you.
- If you're walking alone, let someone know before you start out, and never swim alone at secluded beaches.