Heart Reef, Whitsundays, QLD © Saltywings

Heart Reef, Whitsundays, QLD © Saltywings

OLYMPIAN IAN THORPE’S LOCAL TIPS FOR HAMILTON ISLAND

Ian Thorpe at Heart Reef, Whitsundays, QLD © Tourism Australia

Former Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe in the Whitsundays, Queensland © Tourism Australia

qualia, Hamilton Island, QLD © Jason Loucas Photography

qualia, Hamilton Island, Queensland © Jason Loucas Photography

Helicopter flight over reef, qualia, Great Barrier Reef, QLD © qualia

Helicopter flight over reef, qualia, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © qualia

Did you know?

'Cossie' is Aussie slang for swimming costume, but it's not the only nickname you'll hear. Locals also use the terms togs, bathers, swimmers and boardies. 

"I love Hamilton Island and I try to visit as often as I can. For me, it's about having the chance to go out and explore the reef – you will see something different but equally beautiful every time."

Ian Thorpe, former Australian Olympic swimmer

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Hamilton Island Race Week, QLD © Andrea Francolini

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