Heart Reef, Whitsundays, QLD © Tourism Australia

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

Essentials

'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

Coca Chu, Hamilton Island, QLD © Hamilton Island

Coca Chu, Hamilton Island, Queensland © Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island Race Week, QLD © Andrea Francolini

Hamilton Island Race Week, Hamilton Island, Queensland © Andrea Francolini

Fun fact

The Whitsundays consists of 74 separate islands, with at least as many beaches to choose from.