Hamilton Island Nature Escape

Cruise out through the magnificent Whitsunday Islands to the famous Hamilton Island. The island has a fantastic range of activities and attractions...you can even cuddle a koala if you want!

Your day:

Start the day with a quiet cruise to the Hamilton Island marina where you will be greeted by Hamilton Island staff.

Having arrived at Hamilton Island fill your hungry belly at breakfast with the koalas at WILD LIFE Hamilton Island's Koala Café.

If cuddling a koala is your wish, here's where to do it. This is one of only a few places in the world where you can hug one of these Aussie icons!  After breakfast you might like to visit the WILD LIFE park. You can 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 bush walk either up Passage Peak, Southeast Head Trail or One Tree Hill. They all have breathtaking 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 a height of 4,000 metres, South East Head Trail is a 120-minute walking tour. You begin at the Palm Valley entrance into the park, this nature walk takes you through thick bush, where native grasstrees enhance the landscape, before moving on past exposed rocky features and sharp cliffs. Views of the nearby Lindeman Island group are picture-perfect. 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.

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 choose lunch at the Marina Tavern on the water front. 


For the latest prices and availability, Free Call 1800 653 445 or email admin@airliecove.com.au


  • BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort is within walking distance to Port of Airlie, however, coach transfers are an option.
  • Please note a credit card administration fee of 1.5% (Mastercard & Visa) and 2.8% (Amex) applies to all bookings. This fee is not included if payment is made via POLi.
  • Great Barrier Reef Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
  • Included in your cruise fare is a per head fee which goes to the government. The money collected is used by the Authority for the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.