Hamilton Island

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Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. It is positioned approximately 887 km (551 miles) north of Brisbane and 512 km (318 miles) south of Cairns in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. It is also the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport, with short direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns.

Hamilton Island, like most in the Whitsunday group, was formed as sea levels rose creating numerous drowned mountains that are situated close to the east coast of Queensland. At the 2011 Australian Census the island recorded a population of 1,208 people. The island is a popular tourist destination.

Open Water Swimming

The Hamilton Island Ocean Swim or Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim is a 350m (kid swim) or 750m or 2 km ocean swim on Hamilton Island, Australia in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The event is part of the Great Australian Ocean Swim Series which also includes events on the Gold Coast, Sydney and Byron Bay.

Whitehaven Beach stretches over 7 km over pure, white sand and crystal-clear azure water. The Whitsundays are one of Australia’s most iconic tourist destination, and located right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Event entry includes return transfers to Whitehaven Beach from Airlie Beach on the mainland. Whitehaven Beach is internationally renowned as one of the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the world.

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