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WILD LIFE Hamilton Island

Rise early and have breakfast with the koalas in this compact Australian wildlife park in the stunning Whitsunday Island region of Queensland.

WILD LIFE Hamilton Island is a small animal park that serves as a refuge for the local wildlife, including cassowaries, dingoes, crocodiles, pademelons and other species that tend to be tricky to spot in the wild.

Come early to enjoy Breakfast with the Koalas in the café dining area. Pick any dish you like from a typical Aussie-style breakfast buffet. Watch how the koalas get fed eucalyptus leaves, which they calmly chomp on as you enjoy your eggs, bacon and sausages cooked on the barbecue. Kids and adults alike will love this unforgettable morning ritual.

If you missed breakfast time, you can still cuddle a koala and get your photo taken for a souvenir of your visit afterwards. Photo sessions are held once in the mid morning and once in the mid afternoon, but are reserved for those over 12 years old only.

Afterwards, meet and greet all the other animals in the exhibits during the daily Macropod and Marsupial Tour. Help feed the kangaroos and the much smaller pademelons.

At the end of the morning, you can pet some of the reptiles and birds for another great photo opportunity. Meet Freddie the talking cockatoo and pose with a snake draped around your neck. Watch in awe as the resident crocodile swims by in its enclosure, following you with its eyes.

Afterwards, follow the guide to the enclosed area for a dingo encounter. This may be your only chance to pose with one of these wild and fearsome dogs in a safe setting.

WILD LIFE Hamilton Island is open year-round and is conveniently located on the resort side of the island. It is advised to book the koala cuddling session by email ahead of your visit. Note that koala cuddling is not possible on Mondays and Fridays.

An entry fee applies, with discounted rates for children. In between animal visits, you can get refreshments and snacks in the on-site café. Re-enter WILD LIFE as many times as you like during your entire stay on Hamilton Island. It’s a chance to come back in the late afternoon, when the crocodile gets a feed and the other animals become more active again.


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14 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Hamilton Island aparthotel is in a national park and within a 15-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Coral Cove and Escape Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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    12 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Hamilton Island, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Coral Cove and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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      Palm Bungalows

      3 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Hamilton Island resort is located on the waterfront, just steps away from Catseye Beach and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island. Hamilton Island Marina and Hamilton Island Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        9 Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
           
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hamilton Island, this beachfront resort is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Coral Cove and WILD LIFE Hamilton Island are also within 2 miles (3 km).

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          Hamilton Island Holiday Homes

          Hamilton Island, Hamilton Island, QLD
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Hamilton Island holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Hamilton Island Golf Club is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.

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            Resort Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island, Catseye Beach and Hamilton Island Marina. Coral Cove and Escape Beach are also within 3 miles (5 km).

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              Poinciana 003

              Poinciana 003

              Marina Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island and Catseye Beach. Hamilton Island Marina is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.

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                Poinciana 012

                Poinciana 012

                Marina Drive, Hamilton Island, QLD
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of WILD LIFE Hamilton Island and Catseye Beach. Hamilton Island Marina is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) away.