When you think of Hamilton Island, you probably think of its spectacular beaches and luxurious accommodation, but did you know that there is much more to the Island than that? Here are five facts that you may not know… Let us know on Facebook if you know an interesting fact that we missed.
Hamilton Island sits at the same Tropical Latitude as Honolulu
It’s hard not to compare Hamilton Island to Hawaii, with its laid-back island lifestyle and crystal-clear waters, but the similarities do not stop there! Did you know that Hamilton Island lies on the same Tropical Latitude as Honolulu?
Hamilton Island is home to one of the most picturesque triathlons in the world!
While most people visit Hamilton Island to relax in paradise, that doesn’t have to be the case. If you are the active type, why not visit on the 23rd and 24th November 2019 for a different experience. Test your endurance as you make your way around the Island, completing a 750-metre swim in Catseye Bay, a 20-kilometre cycle and a 5-kilometre run. Learn more on the Hamilton Island Triathlon website.
There is a school on Hamilton Island
Always dreamed of relocating your family to Hamilton Island? It could just be possible! Did you know that the Island is home to a primary school? Around 1200 people live on the Island, and approximately 40 children attend the school.
Hamilton Island is halfway between Mackay and Townsville
Hamilton Island sits among the Whitsundays Islands, halfway between Mackay and Townsville. It’s the largest of all the Whitsundays Islands, at 4.5-kilometres long and 3-kilometres wide. It’s the only Island in the Whitsundays group that has its own commercial airport.
No one knows how Hamilton Island got its name
To this day though, no one is sure how Hamilton Island got its name. Some theories suggest that the Island was named after a crew member on the survey vessel that was chartering the area in 1886.