Hayman Island is the northernmost island of the famed continental Whitsunday group. It totals less than 300 hectares, with its resort taking up 13 hectares.
The island is known for its 5-star resort, which caters to couples, honeymooners, and families, and hosts weddings, honeymoons, and conferences. Weddings in particular are very popular on Hayman Island, with wedding consultants who can plan every detail for weddings ranging from the most simple and exclusive to the most extravagant.
Hayman Island is a typical picturesque tropical island, with white sand beaches, forest, bushland, hills, rocky outcrops, ponds, waterfalls, and bays.
The hilly island rises to about 250 metres on Mt. Carousel and is mostly covered by Hoop pine and eucalyptus. Other trees on the island include: Mackay Cedar, Whitsunday Kurrajong, Grass Trees, Port Jackson Fig, Poplar Gum, and Moreton Bay Ash. The resort is surrounded by 14 hectares of tropical gardens. There is an 800 metre-wide sand flat with fringing coral reef, which is visibly exposed during low tide.
A variety of birds inhabit the island, such as Painted Lorikeets, Stone Curlews, White Cockatoos, Kingfisher, and Kookaburras. Butterflies swarm the eucalypts and gardens between May and November.
Activities (Nature and Wildlife Interest)
Hayman Island is very well-positioned for water activities such as snorkeling and diving, due to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef:
- Snorkeling and diving: great snorkeling is possible right off of one of the beaches in Blue Pearl Bay, and the resort offers introductory as well as certified scuba diving with full 5-star PADI diving facilities
- Bushwalking: a great walking trail loops around the island.
- Sailing: live-aboard sailing, part-day to extended trip yacht charters
- Fishing: World-class fishing opportunities await guests, seeing as fishermen in the waters around Hayman Island have consistently broken Australian and International fishing records. A variety of fishing can be enjoyed: game fishing, reef fishing, salt water fly-fishing, and beach fishing. The Marine Centre coordinates fishing trips – both game and bottom fishing, and private charters. Area fish include: Coral Trout, Dogtooth Tuna, Giant Travelly, Blue and Black Marlin, Red Emporer, Sea Perch, Mackerel, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Red Emperor. Fisherman flock to Hayman September through November in search of Black Marlin.
- Whale watching: Humpback whale viewing is possible during the annual migration – during the winter months.
The resort offers a multitude of activities, including: paddle skiing, 9 hole putting green, floodlit tennis courts & tennis lessons, billiards room, card and games room, , squash courts, hobby cat sailing, library, outdoor Jacuzzi, windsurfing, cinema screenings, guided resort tours, helicopter tours, water inflatable rides, water skiing, yoga, seaplane tours, archery, dingy hire, water aerobics, and Whitehaven Beach tours.
Hayman Island Resort is very well-renowned. The resort is located around a beach lagoon on two white sandy beaches on the southern shore. The resort offers over 200 guest rooms, penthouses, suites, and a villa. These accommodations are along four wings – the Retreat wing, Pool wing, Lagoon wing, and Beach wing. Each room includes a private patio or balcony.
Room types to suit different budgets, including: standard rooms, rooms with a view (beachfront, pool, lagoon), rooms with direct balcony access to the pool, suites, beach villas, and one-, two-, and three-bedroom penthouses.
The resort has one of the largest pools south of the Equator, the renowned salt-water Hayman Pool. There is also a heated freshwater Lagoon pool.
Facilities include: pools, bars, relaxation areas, four restaurants (Asian, French, Italian, Mediterranean, Australian, and cuisines featured), lounge bar, pool bar, boutiques, crèche, florist, medical center, beauty salon, spa, photo development services.
Hayman Island is 30km east of the North Queensland coast, in the Whitsundays, and about 900km north of Brisbane. The mainland is visible from the island.
Fly first the Great Barrier Reef airport on Hamilton Island or to Proserpine airport on the mainland. From Prosperine Airport, Whitsunday Airport at Shute Harbour, or Hamilton Island, take a helicopter or seaplane to Hayman or switch to sea travel. Alternatively, charter a private flight from any number of airports using Air Whitsunday (Whitsunday Airport, Great Barrier Reef Airport, Proserpine Airport, Townsville Airport, or Mackay Airport).
From Hamilton Island, take a luxury launch transfer to Hayman Island aboard the Sun Eagle, Sun Goddess, or Sun Paradise and sip a drink while admiring the view. Or, from the mainland (Prosperpine Airport) take a bus transfer to Shute Harbour and then a boat transfer to Hayman Island.