Complete Guide To Catseye Beach On Hamilton Island



As the saying goes, “a family that smiles together stays together.”

And Catseye Beach provides the right setting for any family to be in each other’s vicinity and still be able to enjoy their favorite activities.

With moms relaxing by the waters with a book in hand, dads surfing the waves, and the kids playing in the sand — everyone will be all smiles all day.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Catseye Beach Walk

That’s exactly how our family spent the weekend on Catseye Beach, which is aptly named after the beautiful curved beach that sits amidst crystal clear waters. And while the view itself is a sight to behold, Catseye Beach offers so much more.

Read on for a quick glimpse into what made us fall in love with this Australian holiday destination.

Catseye Beach, Hamilton Island

Here is a little bit about Hamilton Island’s best beach:

1. Where is Catseye Beach?

Even before stepping onto the cool sands of Catseye Beach, we were already soothed by the gentle crashing of waves. Indeed, this beach is just an earshot and a short walk away from some Hamilton Island resorts.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Catseye Beach

What’s more, there were plenty of on-site buggies to transport us from our accommodation to the beach and back in just a couple of minutes.  

2. Accessibility To The Catseye Beach

Once we reached Catseye Beach, we knew it would be an entire day of fun and frolic on the waves.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Roadtripping Hamitlon Island in a Buggy

Fortunately, the beach provides ample parking space for buggies — and it’s right next to the beach.

3. Water Sports  

Adventure and sports enthusiasts are in for a treat at Catseye Beach. The beach provides facilities for all kinds of water sports, including kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, paddleboard surfing — you name it.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Watersports Hamilton Island

And considering how gorgeous corals and aquatic life surround Hamilton Island, sailors and boating enthusiasts won’t be able to resist hiring a catamaran to explore the surrounding waters.

4. Relaxation On The Beach

While some prefer surfing the waves, others may be just as satisfied staying at the beachside with a good book or a beer in hand. Either way, Catseye spreads over a large area, providing plenty of space for kids to play and winding down on beach chairs.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Catseye Beach Fun

From here, parents can watch the kids making castles in the sand or admire the gorgeous view in front of them.

5. Snorkeling

Want to get close to nature? Hire or bring your snorkeling gear and swim with the turtles that live around the island. That said, you will need flippers if, like us, you are planning to catch the turtles in action.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Catseye Beach Lookout

However, bear in mind that you have to research the tide in the area to catch a glimpse of what is under the sea. In fact, we were unaware that a low tide may not be ideal for snorkeling and had to walk and swim a long way before spotting any aquatic life.

Anyhow, you can always check out the snorkeling tour for a guided exploration around the reef.

6. Beachside Pools

Check out the two amazing family-friendly pools at Catseye Beach:

A) Bougainvillea Pool

Take a dip in the luxurious Bougainvillea Pool or sit at the poolside bar with a refreshing drink after a long day on the beach. Nestled among palm trees, this pool provides a majestic view of the sea and a fun activity for the kids.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Bougainvillea Pool

In fact, our daughter Avalee-Rose couldn’t get enough of it. And as she swam and splashed till sundown, we lounged around on the beach chairs with a quick drink from the Bougainvillea Bar.

B) Main Pool

The Main Pool features a freeform pool style and a tropical jungle theme to provide the ultimate island experience. But the best part about swimming and relaxing here was probably the swim-up bar.

Best Things To Do In Hamilton Island - Main Pool Cocktails

And once the after-swim hunger pangs overcame us, we decided to grab lunch at the renowned Sails restaurant, which was conveniently just a short walk away.

Final Words

Pleasant weather, sporting adventures, sea explorations, luxurious pools, beautiful views — Catseye Beach had it all.

Considering the diverse experiences offered by this holiday destination, one might even say that our family was sitting in the lap of nature and luxury, all at once!

Additional Reading:

  1. Our Pick for Best Things to do in Hamilton Island
  2. Hamilton Island, Daydream Island or Hayman Island
  3. Our Pick for Best Hamilton Daytrips
  4. Honest Lagoon 104 Hamilton Island Review
  5. Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort Review
  6. Getting from Whitehaven Beach to Hamilton Island
Photo of author

Andrzej Ejmont

Andrzej believes life to be a never ending adventure. Originally from Poland, he is a devoted husband and father. Dedicated and enthusiastic to chase all his dreams. Storytelling to entice other families to travel.