Hamilton Island is 15 hrs drive from Longreach or.......
2hrs and 20 mins in the RV-10 !!
Hamilton Island is one of the Islands in the Whitsunday Island group that is close to the Barrier Reef.
We have been here many times and to the surrounding Islands as we used to live very close by in Mackay. It was great to drop in and spend a couple of days relaxing on the island.
You have to fill out a form online to get permission to land and stay over night and the cost is $33.00/night.
The island has its own control tower and can get quite busy. We were No2 of 4 to land and were slotted in between a Beaver float plane in front and a Dash-8 RPT behind us with 2 more helicopters also trying to get away.
Our good friend ,Alan Carlyle ( RV-14A ) kindly let us borrow his buggy to look around the island.
The island was heavily damaged by Cyclone Debbie (Catagory 5) in January so the bushland and trees were only just starting to recover.
Sunsets in the Whitsundays are not to be missed,
One of the best deals on the Island is to travel by ferry to the Golf Course for lunch on Dent Island. There ,after a buggy tour of the Island, you have a wonderful lunch before they return you to the main island.
The next day it was time to leave for a short hop to Mackay,we departed Hamilton Island and wandered down the coast to Mackay circling the many islands in the Whitsunday group.
Next stop Mackay.......