Hamilton Island is one Australia's finest tourist destinations – in fact, it is unique among islands off the country's eastern coast in that it is almost exclusively a tourism hotspot. The island itself is largely operated by Hamilton Island Enterprises, a family company with a long-term lease for the island from the Commonwealth Government.
The greatest attraction Hamilton Island has to offer, is the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – one of the seven wonders of the natural world and a state icon of Queensland. As part of the Whitsunday Islands, there are multiple resorts, restaurants, and shops to be found throughout the area. Boats and ferries offer daily trips throughout the surrounding archipelago.
Many couples choose Hamilton Island for destination wedding ceremonies. In fact, every year the island hosts approximately 500 separate weddings – that's an average of ten weddings every weekend. The island is also a well-known yachting destination and take-off point, with some of Australia's most prestigious yachting clubs regularly hosting events, races, and more.
The island briefly made headlines in 2009 when the Queensland government posted classifieds ads for the role of island caretaker, offering a 6-figure salary and rent-free living in a three-bedroom island villa – at the time described as, "the best job in the world."
The weather in Hamilton Island is expectedly tropical. Thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, it shares weather patterns with much of the eastern coast of Australia. January and February are the hottest, wettest months, while the July to October dry period offers the mildest, most pleasant weather.