Tropical Coast of Queensland

Dent Island

Dent Island is an elevated, green, and pristine island opposite Hamilton Island. For many years Dent Island was visited only by grazing cattle and fishermen. Today, the island is a magnet for keen golfers.

Dent Islands hosts Hamilton Island Golf Club at Australia's only 18-hole championship golf course to be on its own island. Designed by five times British Open winner Peter Thomson, the championship Par 71 course measures 6,140 metres. Ferries from Hamilton Island Marina depart every hour on the hour to Dent Island and return every hour on the half hour. The ferry transfer is included in the green fees and your ferry transfer is scheduled at the time of booking.

You can paddle a kayak over Dent Island's coral reefs, snorkel with schools of tropical fish or hire a dingy or while away the hours on a fishing expedition.

Guarding the waters off central Queensland, Dent Island's lighthouse has been a beacon for sailors since the 1870s.

The earliest charts of the Whitsunday area showed only one island, named Passage Island where Dent Island and Hamilton Island currently lie. It was not until 1866, when Commander G. S. Nares, Royal Navy, on HMS Salamander, carried out a detailed survey of the northern waters of the Whitsunday Passage that the charts were amended to show two separate islands. Dent Island was named after Lieutenant Albert Dent of the HMS Salamander.

Another small mangrove island in Queensland is known locally as Dent Island, It is located in the Proserpine River just downstream of the mouth of Saltwater Creek. It was given the name after the 33 tons steamer Ada Dent shipwrecked and sank in deep water off Lady Elliot Island on 21 June 1907.