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Airlie to Hamilton Island Day Trip: Koalas, Nature & Lunch

Product ID: 171519
Cruise from Airlie Beach to Hamilton with stunning views. Eat breakfast with Koalas and at your own leisure, explore secluded coves, get lost in nature on various walks, relax in the pool or at the beach and enjoy a picnic with a view or restaurant lunch.
About this activity
Duration: 11.1 hours
Starting time 7:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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  • Cruise through the Whitsundays to Hamilton Island on a luxury vessel
  • Enjoy stunning views of the Whitsundays, Lindeman group and the Whitsunday Passage
  • Explore Hamilton Island by foot, with a choice of three self-guided nature walks
  • Enjoy a delicious packed picnic lunch with a view or a restaurant lunch on the island
  • Make use of the beautiful resort pools and beaches on the island at your own leisure
Full description
This day cruise allows you to explore amazing activities and beautiful walks on Hamilton Island as you please: choose your own adventure! Your day starts with cruising through the scenic Whitsunday Islands towards Hamilton. Having arrived at Hamilton Island – and working up an appetite – enjoy breakfast with the koalas at Wild Life Hamilton Island’s Koala Café. After breakfast, you might like to visit the Wild Life park for a chance to get up close to many of Australia’s other iconic animals (entry not included).

If nature walks call to you, take one of Hamilton Island’s various paths: 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! You’re likely to encounter some more native wildlife in the island’s pristine, untouched native bushland – keep your eye out for wallabies, goannas, sea eagles, kites, ospreys, and more. Or take the leisurely option and stroll across Catseye Beach and enjoy a swim in the ocean or main resort pool.

For lunch, choose a packed picnic for you to enjoy at one of the island's scenic picnic spots! Or you can lunch at the Marina Tavern on the waterfront. You may also choose to jump aboard one of the free courtesy buses and enjoy a scenic ride around the island. The boat departs back to Airlie Beach at 5:10PM sharp but please ensure to board the boat by 4:55pm. After a full day of adventure, enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Airlie Beach on your luxury vessel!

Hamilton Island Walks Information:

• Passage Peak Walk: This is a challenging but rewarding climb up 2,650 metres of bush track and rocky outcrops. There’s a picnic table halfway up if you need to rest. Hiking time is 90 minutes round trip and there’s a detailed audio tour available on the Hamilton Island app

• Southeast Head Trail: Starting at the Scenic Trail entrance at the east end of Catseye Beach, follow the trail to Saddle Junction. Continue toward Passage Peak and you will see the signage for South East Head

• One Tree Hill: Just 20 minutes uphill from Hamilton Island Marina, One Tree Hill has incredible panoramic views through the Whitsunday Passage
  • Breakfast with the koalas
  • Picnic or restaurant lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Koala Cuddle
  • Infant meals

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Port of Airlie, 13 The Cove Road, Port of Airlie QLD 4802

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please note: meals are not included for infants.
• Please 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!
• If you would like to experience cuddling a Koala on Hamilton Island, it is strongly recommended to book with Wild Life Hamilton Island in advance.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.8 / 5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.1 / 5
  • Organization
    4 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.9 / 5
  • Safety
    4.5 / 5
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great value for money and if you use your time wisely you can see all of the island and fit alot of activities in the one day. The little picnic lunch was ok. I would suggest a voucher for a island restaurant would be far better. But a fantastic day out.

January 4, 2020

Fantastic island!

Bad system for boarding. They called out other names on the tours than those on the ticket. Although I asked the operator twice if it was "our" trip ready for boarding, we did not arrive on the right departure. However, they were quick to book us on the next boat. Lovely breakfast. The zoo was a disappointment; small and unattractive. Fantastic wonderful island !!!!!

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January 5, 2019

The breakfast with the koalas Wasn’t that I expected, that day was raining and we couldn’t even touch the koalas, I think that If you pay all that money you should be able to touch them or carry them, but instead of that you have to pay an extra amount for any activity that you want.

January 6, 2020

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Product ID: 171519