The largest of the Whitsunday Island resorts, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: beaches, coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

Hamilton Island’s new world-class facilities the Hamilton Island Golf Club, the architectural wonder of the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, Spa Wumurdaylin, and a host of new or refurbished hotels and resorts makes it a fresh and lively place for resort guests and day visitors. 70% of the island is national park, striking a balance between extensive holiday facilities and the island’s striking natural beauty.

There’s something to be said for complete privacy and independence – you are the expert on how your holiday should be. So, Hamilton Island’s range of privately owned self-catering Holiday Homes are ideal. Scattered throughout the island with a variety of styles including studio, split-level and two-storey properties, sleeping one to twelve people in one to five bedroom configurations, there’s something to suit any Hamilton Island holiday.

All Hamilton Island houses and Hamilton Island apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen and laundry as well as sharing landscaped gardens and swimming pool facilities – and you have use of a complimentary four-seater golf buggy, so you are always within easy reach of all Hamilton Island’s facilities.ailing hobbyists all over the world love the Whitsunday Passage. Not only is it teeming with interesting marine life, but the weather is almost always perfect for sailing, visibility is fantastic and the accommodation found in the Whitsundays is fantastic. If you are new to sailing, there are classes all over the place that teach the art and you'll find experienced captains and friendly teachers eager to share their love of sailing with you.

Explore the Islands one at a time while enjoying the outstanding accommodation on Hamilton Island. You'll find that there are a lot of ways to do this, even if you dont want to sail. Safaris, guided tours and many trails are just a few ways you can explore.

Don't forget to visit the Great Barrier Reef while there, its an experience thats without comparison. The reef supports an ecosystem unlike any found in the world. Miles and miles of beautiful corral house thousands upon thousands of species of fish and other marine life. The diversity of the creatures that live on the Great Barrier Reef is truly spectacular.

Take advantage of the fabulous bargains found for accommodation at Whitsunday and get ready for a holiday like you've never imagined! Youll find youll want to return again and again as the islands never lose their charm and sailing is addictive. There may not be any place on earth as beautiful and engaging as the Whitsunday Islands.

Race Week was conceived by David Hutchen in 1983, after he had moved to the Whitsundays with his yacht “Banjo Paterson” to start a yacht charter business. David was able to convince the then owner and founder of Hamilton Island, Keith Williams, to agree to hosting the event as a way of generating tourism and favourable media attention to the resort.

After eight years of having Race Week in April, it was moved to August in 1992 to take advantage of more consistent and attractive weather conditions. The change in timing has seen the event grow significantly over the years becoming Australia's largest offshore yachting regatta with approximately 250 boats expected to contesting the 25th Anniversary event in 2008.

Race Week accommodation is something you should consider booking early.  Larger properties tend to get picked over first so get in early and have your choice of property.