Hamilton Island hosts more than a dozen restaurants and cafés, catering for every occasion. Families are specifically looked after with the Kids Stay and Eat Free program, where children aged up to 12 eat for free when dining with their parents at a range of restaurants that feature kids’ menus.
Located smack bang in the middle of the world’s most famous coral reef, it comes as no surprise that seafood is the island’s crowning culinary glory. Three restaurants – of varying dining experiences – control most of the island’s trade. Mariners Seafood Restaurant serves seafood platters, salt and pepper calamari, chilli prawns and pan-seared fish fillets overlooking the marina. Popeye’s is a local fish and chips institution, also serving a renowned fisherman’s basket, brimming with scallops, prawns and squid. While the Beach Club Restaurant features an a la carte menu as well as a degustation, with wide selections of seafood entrees and mains.
Mediterranean cuisine is also done well on the island. Wood-fired gourmet pizzas are the order of the day at the laid-back Manta Ray Cafe, overlooking the marina's bobbing masts. Romano’s Italian Restaurant features an ever changing menu of fresh seafood prepared with Italian flair.
After a day of adventure seeking, there’s nothing more appealing than a satisfying meal of modern Australian favourites. The Steakhouse serves Australia's finest premium-quality meat grilled to order in the open kitchen. Marina Tavern by the harbour is a great place to unwind with a refreshing ale or twilight cocktail and a meal of steak and salad. Located in the heart of Hamilton Island's resort hub at Catseye Beach, the family-friendly Sails Restaurant has a choice of casual poolside and beachfront dining, with international bistro-style meals served throughout the day and into the night. While Hamilton Island's signature restaurant, Bommie – located in the Hamilton Island Yacht Club – celebrates inspired meals with a vista of the Marina and Dent Passage.
Soak up the holiday vibe with healthy sandwiches and snacks, indulge in fish and chips by the sea, or relax with a latte; Hamilton Island also has a variety of casual and takeaway dining options.
Hamilton Island’s shopping scene is mainly focused at the Marina Village and Resort Centre, where local art, fashion and jewellery are on display at 20 boutiques and specialty stores. Breeze Resort Wear stocks a large range of fashion, jewellery and footwear, from labels like Ladakh, Minkpink and Jendi. Hamilton Island Resort Boutique stocks luxury brands such as Ralph Lauren and Collette Dinnigan, as well as an extensive range of swimwear and beachwear. The Gallery is the island’s go-to for arts and crafts from the local area, along with jewellery from unique and hard-to-find designers. Embrace Queensland’s beach culture at Offshore – a surf shop with a boutique feel that offers casual ware from notable names.
Guests staying at qualia – a Condé Nast Traveller recognised resort – have exclusive access to the qualia boutique, which stocks a wide range of premium labels including John Galliano, Just Cavalli and Camilla – the boutique is so special that Collette Dinnigan produced a bikini especially for it.
Pick up souvenirs to take home from specialty stores or stock up on holiday essentials at the island’s general store.