Hamilton Island Warnings and Dangers
Hamilton Island and the rest of Queensland is generally regarded as safe. However, here are a few tips on how to avoid potential annoyances other travelers have encountered.
Bring Mosquito Repellant
Mosquitos are one of the biggest problems you’ll run into while on Hamilton Island. In certain areas around the island (especially in the wooded regions) you may run into large populations of mosquitos. It is best to invest in a strong mosquito repellant if you plan on doing any hiking or activities around the wooded areas. Northern Australia has a tropical climate, unlike the rest of the continent. The higher temperature and humidity is a breeding ground for mosquitos. Camping grade repellant is recommended.
Jellyfish can populate the water around Hamilton Island during certain times of the year. The warmer water during Australia’s summer (the same time as North America’s and Europe’s winter) is jellyfish season. This makes swimming dangerous. Jellyfish stings not only hurt, they might leave a scar. Most beaches are good at putting up warnings regarding jellyfish, so pay special attention to any warnings listed before going in the water.
Protect Your Belongings From Cockatoos
Yes, you are more likely to be robbed by a bird on Hamilton Island than an actual person. Cockatoos are notorious for snatching anything you leave out. Usually it is something smaller such as keys, food or a wallet (the leather of your wallet is appealing for several reasons to the birds). So protect your belongings from cockatoos and don’t leave items sitting out for extended periods of time.
Weather is Unpredictable
The weather on Hamilton Island is unpredictable. One day it can be beautiful, sunny and calm, while the next can bring heavy rains and a cold front. Before going out for the day make sure you check the weather report. This can help prevent you from being stuck outside in a dangerous or unpleasant weather.
Practice Caution With the Golf Buggies
Golf carts on Hamilton Island are referred to as buggies and are used as the main mode of transportation in town. Buggies are top heavy so be careful when taking turns. Stay at a low speed otherwise the buggie may tip and roll over.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers of Hamilton Island in Queensland.