Sunrise Paddling

Sunrise Paddling

Had the absolute pleasure to go paddling this morning in one of the Hamilton Island Outrigger Canoe Club six-man canoes with a crew of five island staff. The official sunrise was at ten-to-six we were on the water 15 min ahead of that. It was just lovely. There was a red glow on the horizon [...]

What’s with the Weather (Forecast)?

What’s with the Weather (Forecast)?

I am a weather geek – I confess it is now. Maybe I can blame my father who is a sailor and always keeps an eye on weather. If you are doing any activities on the water – a fishing trip, a diving holiday, boating or sailing holiday or paddling – you need to know [...]

Movie Time

Movie Time

I can’t tell you how I stumbled across this (just randomly surfing the Internet I guess) but I have found that Hamilton Island and the Great Barrier Reef have a bit of a history in the film business. I often hear locals refer to one side of the marina as Hollywood , but had no [...]

Fish & Chips at Popeye’s

Fish & Chips at Popeye’s

Fish & chips beside the marina is the perfect way to end a busy day on Hamilton Island (or a great way to start the night!). Popeye’s is the fish and chip shop on Hamilton Island, and can be found on Front Street between the chemist and Bob’s Bakery. I’m told that the name Popeye [...]

Top 10 Free Activities for Adults

Top 10 Free Activities for Adults

A Queensland holiday usually means hitting the beach. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, but Hamilton Island has a lot more to offer than just the beach. Kick off your relaxation holiday with some of these great activities for adults – and each one of them free! Hamilton Island Golf Club Tour – Enjoy [...]

Croc Relocations Inc.

Croc Relocations Inc.

McCulloch the crocodile caused a bit of excitement at the Hamilton Island Wildlife Park recently. Hamilton Island Wildlife sent me these pictures of our resident Salt Water crocodile McCulloch being wrangled in order to give his home an extreme makeover. I’m not sure he appreciated the efforts, but having seen the before and after shots [...]

Wild Weather

Wild Weather

We experienced some wild weather on Hamilton Island last week as a great mess of thunderclouds drifted across from the mainland and treated us to an awe-inspiring hour of thunder claps and lightning flashes. Strong winds were felt all over the island and the roads became littered with twigs and small branches that had snapped [...]

Above and Beyond the Call

Above and Beyond the Call

An unusual occurrence at qualia last week had staff going above and beyond to provide exception service (and treasure hunting expertise!). A guest spending her honeymoon at qualia lost her engagement ring whilst swimming at Pebble Beach. Staff spent four hours wading through the shallows and scouring the beach, shifting rocks and using metal detectors [...]

Hamilton Island State School Turns 25

Hamilton Island State School Turns 25

Hamilton Island State School is located on the hill above Catseye bay. It has a roll of 40 students split into two classrooms. It schools most of the primary school-age children living on the island, and is run by a fantastic team of staff and volunteers. The school has a great relationship with Hamilton Island [...]

The Steakhouse

The Steakhouse

Over the last few weeks we have developed a close relationship with our Clownfish Club babysitter Bree, who seems to be spending every other evening at home with the kids while we are out at various restaurants and events around the island. Last night we met old friends who were on their fifth family holiday [...]

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