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10 reasons why Hamilton Island is perfect for families

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands, this picturesque island is a tropical playground for any family seeking rest, relaxation and exploration.

So what makes Hamilton Island a perfect family holiday destination? The list would appear endless.

1. It's Idyllic Location

Knowing paradise is only a domestic flight away is very alluring indeed. There are direct flights from most Australian capitals to Great Barrier Reef Airport; for Sydneysiders, itís just 2.5 hours away. Leave the hustle and bustle of the city in the morning to be in your swimmers by early afternoon relaxing and embracing this tropical oasis.

2. Activities for the whole family

Start by exploring the island on a bushwalk, and enjoy the breathtaking scenery while stopping off at one of the hidden coves to savour a family picnic. Hamilton Island has water-lovers covered with everything from sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and windsurfing to snorkelling and exploring the spectacular scenery underwater. Back on land, why not take on the challenge of a game of mini-golf or, if you are feeling creative, book in for a class at Hamilton Island Art Gallery. After dinner hit the bowling alley with glow-in-the-dark lanes and bounce to the beat of the music.

3. The Clownfish Club

Hamilton Islandís childcare centre is open to little ones as young as six weeks all the way up to 14 years of age. This makes for a wonderful opportunity to enjoy some much deserved adults-only relaxation time, knowing the kids are in great hands with the professional and fully qualified staff at Clownfish Club. Children have the opportunity to participate in fun-filled activities while making new friends on the island. There is a private babysitting service available should you wish to enjoy a dinner for two.

4. Enter the Twilight Zone

This kidsí adventureland can be found at the Bougainvillea Marquee (next to the Bougainvillea pool) with fun activities for kids and teens. Thereís face painting, arts and crafts, as well as a jumping castle and disco. Be sure to check the weekly Hamilton Island Activity Guide for the days and times this is scheduled.