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Hayman Island, Australia Travel Guide
 
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Location: Australia & Pacific
Geography: Island, Beach
Vacation Type: Romantic, Relaxation, Cosmopolitan
Popularity: Off-the-Beaten Path
Costs: Expensive
Attractions: Scenery, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Shopping, Scuba & Snorkeling, Spa & Wellness, Windsurfing

Facts and Stats:
Population: Resort guests and staff only
Land Area: 1.5 sq mi
Government: Federal parliamentary democracy and a Commonwealth realm
Country Dialing Code: 61
Area Code: 7
Languages: English
Electricity: 220V
Currency: Australian Dollar
Time Zone: Australia Eastern Standard Time (EST) - UTC/GMT +10
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Introduction:
Hayman Island is a small island off of the Australian Coast that is home to a 5 star luxury resort. The Hayman Resort is located on 2 stunning beaches and provides a wide variety of ourdoor recreation.

Geography:
Hayman Island is located 20.5 miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia in the Whitsunday Islands within the Great Barrier Reef. Hayman is located just northwest of Hook Island and is the most northerly of the Whitsunday group.

The island is only 726 acres in size with the resort occupying 31 of them on the south side. Extending out to the southeast from the beach is a reef lined lagoon that provides an excellent area for watersports such as snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, etc.

Brief History:
In 1866, Commander Nares of the Salamander named Hayman in honor of his navigator, Thomas Hayman.

In the early 1900s, Monty Embury took on the lease to Hayman and built a biological research laboratory in 1933. In 1935, Bob and Bert Hallam acquired the lease and established the Great Barrier Reef Game Fish Angling Club.

Zane Grey, American novelist, filmmaker and big game fisherman came to the island and planted the first coconut tree in 1936.

In 1947, Australian aviation pioneer, Sir Reginald Ansett fell in love with the island and acquired the lease for 10,000 pounds. On July 4, 1950, the Royal Hayman Hotel was opened. The hotel lasted until 1985 when it was closed.

In 1987, the current Hayman Resort opened and was invited to join the group "The Leading Hotels of the World".

In 1998, BT Hotel Limited acquired Hayman from Ansett Australia.

In June 2004, Hayman was acquired by Mulpha Australia Limited.

Money/Costs:
The Hayman resort is very expensive as is everything you will do while you are there. In fact, just getting there is tough on the wallet costing $145.00 and up for a one way trip to the island. See the "Getting There and Around" section below for more information.

Tipping in Australia is a somewhat confusing topic. Until recently, tipping was not a normal practice as hospitality workers here are paid significantly better than in most other countries. However, toursists (especially Americans) have somewhat changed things a bit. One general rule of thumb to follow is that you don't tip people you are not paying money to. This would include a concierge, bell hop, etc. In restaurants, a tip of 5% is acceptable, and 10% is a good tip. For bartenders, taxis, etc. you can typically just round the bill up to the nearest big increment. For example, if you bar tab is $38, giving them $40 is reportedly reasonable. Keep in mind that opinions on this topic vary and it may be a good idea to ask a few locals for their take on this.

Entry Requirements
For most travelers from Canada, USA, Europe and several Asian countries, a passport is all that is required to enter the country for a stay up to 3 months. You can view the complete list of visa options for various situations here.

Getting There and Around:
Hayman Island is not the easiest place to get to as it does not have an airport. The closest airport is Great Barrier Reef Airport at nearby Hamilton Island. There are 2 other airports nearby as well, but we need to explain it first to avoid confusion. The airport 6 miles south of Proserpine is called Whitsunday Coast Airport even though it is not near the coast. Northeast of Proserpine is an airport called Whitsunday Airport which is located near Shute Harbour. Now let's look at some of the various options for getting to the island:

Option #1 - Fly to Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island. From there, Hayman Resort runs boat transfers to the island for A$145 one way. Virgin Blue offers flights from Brisbane and Sydney. JetStar offers flights from Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne. Qantas offers flights from Cairns.

Option #2 - Virgin Blue and JetStar offer flights from Brisbane to Whitsunday Coast Airport. From there, you can catch a 50 minute coach to Shute Harbour where you can catch a boat ride to Hayman Island.

Option #3 - You can charter a seaplane or helicopter from Great Barrier Reef Airport, Whitsunday Coast Airport, or Whitsunday Airport.

Once you arrive at the island, there is no need for additional transportation during your stay.

Weather:
Good months to visit Hayman Island are from May-November although some people find the evenings in June and July a little chilly. August-November are the best months to visit. The hot and rainy season is from December-March. Below are the current weather conditions on Hayman Island.


Below are the monthly high temperature, low temperature, and rainfall statistics.

Month Avg High Avg Low Average Rainfall Days of Rain > 1mm
January 88 77 8.12" 6.0
February 86 77 11.58" 6.9
March 84 75 8.83" 7.0
April 82 73 5.44" 6.7
May 79 69 4.72" 5.8
June 75 63 2.10" 3.8
July 73 62 1.45" 2.5
August 77 63 1.01" 2.1
September 79 67 0.66" 1.7
October 82 70 1.47" 1.9
November 88 74 2.31" 2.7
December 88 76 4.63" 3.5





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