WARM WELCOME: Island set to open doors within months
AFTER being closed for what will be almost five months, Hamilton Island is set the reopen to the public on August 1.
The island closed to the public earlier this year due to coronavirus restrictions and entered a three-week, island-wide self-isolation period in April.
However, come August, the island will be up and running with a fresh look ready to welcome visitors.
Work on the island continued behind closed doors with painting and maintenance across all resort areas, vegetation enhancements and upgrading and refurbishing the resorts’ main pool areas.
Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke said while the past few months had been difficult, the reopening was a sign of positive times to come.
“Despite Hamilton Island undoubtedly enduring the most difficult months the business has ever experienced, we have seen overwhelming support from Australians wanting to visit our destination,” he said.
“Hamilton Island and our world-class resort qualia are looking better than ever and we look forward to guests being able to return and enjoy all that this spectacular destination has to offer.”
The island will also forge on with several of its popular events, including the Hamilton Island Race Week in August.
The regatta will take place with a few adjustments including a limited on-shore schedule and a focus on the on-water racing.
The Hamilton Island Triathlon and Ocean Swim weekend will also continue on November 21 and 22 this year.
Hamilton Island will continue to host both small and larger business events, with venues being able to accommodate up to 250 delegates.
The reopening of the island coincides with the take-off of flights in and out of Hamilton Island with regular services and ferries due to commence August 1.
Hamilton Island joins other islands across the Whitsundays set to welcome guests over the coming months.
As part of Hamilton Island’s reopening, the island will also be implementing a new Stay Well program to protect guests.
This will include thermal scanning for all who arrive on the Island, enhanced cleaning measures island-wide, COVID Safe staff training programs and transitioning the island to become a cash-free environment.