Hamilton Island stands to be the largest inhabited island of Whitsunday Islands which is in Queensland, Australia. It is about 512 kilometers (312 miles) south of Cairns and 887 kilometers (551 miles) north of Brisbane. This is also the only island in the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport allowing for short flights to and from Sydney, Melbourne, and Cairns. Along with most of the other islands in the Whitsunday group, Hamilton Island was formed as the sea levels began to rise. This lead way to the creation of many drowned mountains near the east coast of Queensland.
Differing from most islands off of the east coast of Australia, Hamilton Island is used almost exclusively for tourism. However, there is now a growing number of residents, usually employees of businesses or people choosing to retire on the island. Right now, the Oatley family holds a long-term lease issued by the Commonwealth Government. The Oatleys own and run Hamilton Island Enterprises which operates a majority of the business on the island.
Much of the water on the island is provided by harvesting rainwater and desalinating seawater they accomplish this by using a reverse osmosis desalination plant that was commissioned in 1996; it is used to supply up to 1.3 million liters of water daily. This island is also home to many sporting events such as the Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon, Hamilton Island Race Week, Clash of the Paddles, and many more. This is definitely one of the more premium islands if you are choosing to sail off somewhere into the horizon.