Brampton Island, Queensland, Australia

Brampton Island is a small remote island 32 kilometers off the coast of Mackay in Queensland, Australia.  The beautiful island is the southernmost island of the renowned Whitsunday Island Passage.

The island is known for its beautiful national park, the Brampton Islands National Park, which takes up most of the island’s 770-hectare landmass.  The island is also located within the UNESCO Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area.

Brampton Island offers but one accommodation option, a Voyages resort.

History

Brampton Island was first visited by Captain James Cook in the early 1770s, but was not settled until the early 20th century. At the time of Cook’s explorations, there was no permanent Aboriginal population on the island, though groups were known to visit the island to gather food.

Fun fact: The island was not named until 1879, prior to which it was simply known as “M” on regional maps.

Activities (Nature and Wildlife Interest)

The island’s main feature is its national park, which boasts aquamarine waters, seven white sand beaches, walking and running tracks, and coral gardens. The national park covers 10km2, including most of Brampton Island as well as all of nearby Carlisle Island.

The island is known for its diversity, comprising tropical rainforests, mangrove marine ecosystems, pine forests, rocky headlands, grasslands, woodlands, sheltered bays, and long sandy beaches. The coral reefs and marine systems offer a wide variety of marine life.

One of the island’s most interesting and fun activities is bushwalking: the park offers about seven popular hiking trails and a total of over 17km of trails, from a 1km island crossing to Carlisle Island to a 7 kilometer return hike up to Brampton Peak, 214 meters above sea level.

Beyond hiking, most island activities are offered through the island’s resort, Voyages.

  • Complementary activities include: water sports (snorkeling lessons, surf skis, sailboards, catamarans, swimming pool), games (beach volleyball, bocce, 6 hole chip and putt golf course, tennis, soccer, croquet), fitness facilities (gym equipment, classes, aqua aerobics), some guided walks, fish feeding, informative presentations,
  • Activities offered at an additional charge: scenic flights, day trips (fishing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, scuba diving), guided tours, spa treatments

Accommodation

Brampton Island’s only resort is Voyages, which can house 220 guests in 106 rooms.

Voyages offers four types of accommodation:

  1. Palm rooms: comfortable basic rooms, with a garden view; each room has either a private balcony or outdoor area overlooking the garden; rooms are located a short walk from the beach, but are nearby all resort facilities.
  2. Island view rooms: compact basic rooms, with an island view and occasional glimpses of the ocean – including some rooms that overlook Carlisle Island; each room has a private balcony or patio, and is located close to resort facilities.
  3. Ocean view rooms: large ocean-facing rooms, located close to the beach; each room offers a large balcony or outdoor terrace area.
  4. Premium ocean view rooms: spacious rooms with a king-sized bed located next to the beach and offering the best accommodation views on the island; rooms have access to an outdoor area with a private hammock.

The resort has various facilities, such as: a resort boutique, Bluewater Restaurant, Aqua Lounge bar, Sea Salt restaurant, two swimming pools, conference facilities, and wedding facilities.

Camping

There are no campsites located on Brampton Island, however at low tide guests can walk from Brampton Island’s Sandy Point to the campground at nearby Carlisle Island.

Getting There

The entre point to Brampton Island is through the town of Mackay, Australia.

By air

Airlines such as Qantas, Jetstar and Virgin Blue offer daily flights departing from all Australian cities to Mackay. Once in Mackay, Australasian Jet operates daily flights from both Mackay and nearby Hamilton Island Airport.  The flight takes 15 minutes. Voyages provides a courtesy coach connecting the airport and the marina.

By boat

A launch departs from Mackay Marina to Brampton Island daily. The boat departs daily at 2pm, arriving at 3:15pm. The return trip departs Brampton at 3:20pm, arriving at 4:30pm.

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