Families

Easter Surprises

Easter Surprises

School holidays are here again – how on earth are we a quarter of the way through the year already??  Easter weekend is upon us, and the ubiquitous Easter Eggs are impossible to avoid. Of course the problem we face on the Island is that unless you have a fridge in your parents-secret-hiding-place then you [...]

Romano’s Italian Dining

Romano’s Italian Dining

My new favourite place to dine on the island is Romano’s. In fact we have eaten there twice in the last month! Both times we have taken the children early in the evening and enjoyed a lovely Italian meal. Romano’s has a great Italian inspired menu for adults with kid’s options too. All that plus [...]

Reptile Tour at Hamilton Island Wild Life

Reptile Tour at Hamilton Island Wild Life

We took the afternoon tour at the zoo last weekend. The kids had been asking about the crocodile and new enclosure so we headed to the Wildlife Park (aka the Wild Life Hamilton Island) at four o’clock on Sunday afternoon. We joined several other groups who were on a family holiday. Our guide was keeper [...]

Kids Basketball

Kids Basketball

The free kids basketball session at the Sports Club was huge this afternoon. Twelve kids turned out to shoot hoops with Sports Club Manager Steve Jackson. Steve is an ex-AIS Scholarship Coach for Basketball Australia, as well as being the driver behind many island sports events such of Hamilton Island Triathlon and the Whitehaven Beach [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Top 10 Free Kids Activities

Top 10 Free Kids Activities

We all love a top-ten list, and we all love something for nothing. So with this in mind here’s my Top 10 Free Kids Activities on Hamilton Island 1. Kids FunZone Held at the Bouganvillea Marquee several times a week or at the Endeavour Room if it is wet (beside Sails Restaurant). Face painting, games, [...]

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 [...]

For all the Birds

For all the Birds

I had heard many stories about the wildlife on Hamilton Island before arriving here, in particular the birds. The blue skies of the Whitsunday Islands are shared by large populations of tropical parrots and classic Australian birds (along with thousands of fruit bats). Mostly I heard stories about cockatoos breaking into rooms and stealing sugar [...]

Merry Christmas from Hamilton Island

Merry Christmas from Hamilton Island

Merry Christmas from Hamilton Island! It is a beautiful sunny day, with a bit of cloud and a light breeze. We enjoyed a fantastic Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve where there were many friends and families from all over the island, residents and guests. There are families all over the island having brunches and [...]

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