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Tales from the Wildlife Park

Tales from the Wildlife Park

The Koala Gallery is a great little spot for an easy, off-water activity. Also known as Wild Life Hamilton Island, the Koala Gallery offers an Australian wildlife experience as well as dining from breakfast through lunch. For those families on holiday with the kids travelling on the kids-eat-free package, I can’t imagine a more perfect [...]

Meet in Paradise

Meet in Paradise

I saw the Hamilton Island Golf Course featured in MICENET magazine, the meetings, incentives, conventions and event publication. I tend to forget that Hamilton Island attracts many conferences, but we frequently see groups of meeting attendees around the resort beach area, where the Conference Centre and other meeting rooms are located. The other day we [...]

A Day-time Date for Two

A Day-time Date for Two

I love surprises. With the grandparents visiting the island, the Husband and I had rare access to uninterrupted child-free time. Bliss! Thus my surprise was sans-children and even better, to an overseas destination! Well, over the Fitzalan passage to Whitehaven Beach. We took ourselves to Hamilton Island Air at the Great Barrier Reef Airport (in [...]

Driving Hazards

Driving Hazards

Golf buggies are a signature feature of Hamilton Island and the main form of transportation around the island. There is a free bus service and a shuttle but buggies are how many guests get around.  Driving a golf buggy around the island is such a novelty it is easy to forget that they are a [...]

Hamilton Island Rhythms

Hamilton Island Rhythms

Life on Hamilton Island has a rhythm so definite that a clock is not necessary to tell the time of day. Take these examples: If it is morning and the streets are filled with people in shorts and singlets it is probably the 7 a.m. walkers and runners, kicking off their Hamilton Island holiday by [...]

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Our house on Hamilton Island lies on the hill above Catseye Beach.  We have a hillside of native bush and scrub for a front yard, and often wake up to the calls of the kookaburras in the morning and hear the grass rustling in the late afternoon. We have found that the rustling grass is [...]

Sunrise Whale Watching

Sunrise Whale Watching

By all accounts it has been a great season for whale watching. My only whale watching experience of this year was very low key but very nice. Having spent a special anniversary night at qualia in the Long Pavilion restaurant and in a stunning Windward Pavilion, we woke to the sunrise and a view of [...]

Golf Buggies and the Birds

Golf Buggies and the Birds

Cockatoos are clever creatures.  They know exactly where the Hamilton Island Bakery is on Front Street.  They know what a loaf of bread sitting on the buggy seat looks like.  They know that the plastic bag won’t slow them down at all.  So they help themselves. Buggy Tip # 2: Don’t leave your groceries in [...]

An Unusual Soundtrack

An Unusual Soundtrack

Hamilton Island is witness to many romantic getaways and many honeymoons.  As we settled into Hamilton Island life, I became aware of a bell ringing out once or twice, at random times of the day, and it took me a few weeks to figure out what the ringing bell signified.  Once my mental map of [...]

E.R.

E.R.

Well it wasn’t quite as dramatic as an episode of ER on the TV but I was pretty happy to have a trauma room available to me yesterday. Our Hamilton Island discovery this weekend was that boys + scooter + hilly driveway = carnage. To be fair, that isn’t really a Hamilton Island discovery at [...]

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