Pristine white beaches, crystal clear waters and breathtaking oceanside cliffs, there’s a reason the Whitsundays is a bucket-list destination for people from across the globe – it’s simply beautiful. There is so much to see and do in our incredible backyard, that it can be tricky knowing where to start! 

At WAHI, our mission is to help every guest make the most of their trip and head back home with a lifetime supply of golden memories. For most people, that means having the chance to truly immerse themselves in the landscape, whether it be on land or in the water. But for those wanting to take it one step further, the 2022 Hamilton Island Endurance Series is an opportunity to do both, while also testing your own fitness limits. 

Ready to push yourself in paradise? Read on to discover everything you need to know about the annual event!

What is the Endurance Series?

The Endurance Series spans five endurance events from May through to November each year on the island. The selection of events are designed to test the limits of athletes of every level, experience and age.

What events are included in the Endurance Series?


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Hilly Half Marathon

The Hilly Half Marathon kicked off the series at the start of this month and brought together a variety of different events to ensure that the entire family could get involved. There was the main half-marathon race, with a course that included steep inclines, zig-zag tracks and downhill stints to test even the most fearless of athletes. There was also a 3 x 7km relay for anyone wanting to train with family and friends to tackle the 21km course together.  The kids weren’t forgotten either with three different distance options for the little ones on a much-kinder, flatter and easier course.



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Great Whitehaven Beach Run 

Every June, keen runners take to the pristine sands of the iconic Whitehaven Beach for a fun run like no other. This memorable and totally unique event includes a half marathon, 10km or 5km run along Whitehaven beach. For the kids, there’s also a 1.5km or 500m dash to ensure no one is left behind. Mark the 19 June in your diary, because this is one you won’t want to miss!



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Next up on the agenda is the triathlon. Set in one of Australia’s most beautiful locations, this hardcore event is the ultimate test of endurance – with the bonus of a beautiful backdrop to keep you motivated. The undulating hills of the Whitsundays provide the perfect landscape for this event, which includes a 750-metre swim at Catseye Beach, a 20km cycle around the southern part of the island encompassing the airport runway and a 5km run around the marina and resorts.



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Icons Trail

Pack your comfiest shoes and round up your walking buddies for the Icons Trail. This free hike is a must-do for anyone staying on the island between the 19th and 20th of November. With a three-metre-tall chair, giant swing, hammock and a breathtaking panoramic viewing platform along the way, you’ll be sure to find a surprise around every corner. The spectacular trail can be completed as quickly as two hours or over the two days at a more leisurely pace. Plus, you’ll receive a commemorative keyring for checking in at all four icons!



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Ocean Swim 

Head down to the beautiful waters of Catseye beach on Sunday 20th of November for your choice of a 2km or 750-metre swim. There’s also a 350-metre race for the under 13s, as well as plenty of great activities and events on offer throughout the weekend. Whether you’re competing to improve your PB or you’re just there to enjoy the view, it’s the perfect event for swimmers of all fitness levels and abilities.


After kicking off the series just this month, there’s still plenty of time to book in for the rest of the upcoming events. These races will not only give you the opportunity to test your fitness and abilities in an absolutely beautiful environment, but you’ll also have the perfect place to put your feet up and recover afterwards. It’s the best of both worlds! 

To secure your accommodation and start planning your trip, contact the WAHI team today. We can’t wait to hear from you!