Hayman Island Campus

The Hotel School Hayman Island is a one-of-a-kind campus on InterContinental Hayman Island Resort. Built on the principles of ‘real-world learning’, this is the only hotel school in the world where you can study, work and live on a 5-star resort.

Campus features

  • Work, study and live in a creative and professional teaching environment, on the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort
  • Management mentorship and guidance through paid internships
  • Exposure to departmental and executive management meetings
  • Staff community village with sports and leisure activities available
  • Access to Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach and island adventures
  • Dedicated student spaces
  • A range of student support services
  • Access to a state-of-the-art learning hub

A vision of a new
globally unique academic offering

Mulpha has created a vision to blend the best of Swiss and Australian hospitality education in a world-class resort on a tropical island

Students have a unique opportunity to study academic content and enjoy work opportunities ‘on the floor’ to re-enforce their learning. The Hayman Island campus provides complete integration into the InterContinental Resort business.


Southern Cross University offers world-standard education in Tourism, ranked top 75 worldwide for Hospitality and Tourism Management*

* Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 - Hospitality and Tourism Management.


The InterContinental is part of a global hotel group and the Hayman Island resort has been awarded:


2019 Winner, Regional Investment Award for ‘foreign direct investment into Australia that creates jobs in regional areas and builds the local economy’, 57th Australian Export Awards


2019 InterContinental Hayman Island Resort – Environmental Excellence Winner, UDIA


2020 Winner.HM Resort of the Year

Living on Hayman Island

Nestled at the northernmost point of Australia’s 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hayman Island unlocks the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the world. Hayman Island is the closest Whitsunday Island to the outer reef, including Hear Reef and Whitehaven Beach.

Adventures and activities

Activities based out of Airlie Beach, the mainland’s hub port, include water tours to experience adventures around the Whitsunday Islands, with snorkelling and exploration through gateways into neighbouring islands.

What’s the climate like?

Hayman Island enjoys a tropical climate where sunshine is a regular meteorological feature. Average temperatures:
22C – 24C Winter
30C - 32C Summer


Accommodation is available in the staff village on the island which also provides food and leisure activities. $72per week for a twin share. Accommodation does not form part of the study package.

Finding part time internship?

Paid employment is available on the resort and comprises the internship component of your degree with opportunities to work in several departments including Food and Beverage, Front Office, Housekeeping and Kitchens.

What is the cost of living in Hayman Island?

Food: $115 per week for 3 meals a day. Accommodation: $72 per week

Transfers to Airlie Beach

Getting to and from Airlie Beach is $10 per week (subject to change)