Families

Kids Fun Zone

Kids Fun Zone

As I type I am sitting at the Bougainvillea pool watching children jumping down the beach in the sack races, while my three kids busy themselves making sand art pictures. Adam, the activities coordinator is organising the races and doing a great job of making sure the small ones keep up with the big kids [...]

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 [...]

Visiting Dent Island

Visiting Dent Island

A while ago I went on the Hamilton Island Golf Club tour. It was a free activity, booked directly with the golf club, and suitable for children. It is a self drive tour around the course, guided by one of the staff. Following the tour I was talking with the restaurant team about access to [...]

Quad Bikes for Kids

Quad Bikes for Kids

A month ago I asked young Master Six what he wanted to do on his 7th birthday. It took him all of 10 seconds to shout “Quad Bikes!” Now given his somewhat accident-prone introduction to Hamilton Island, I felt a little hesitant. But I took a deep breath and said with a smile (that was [...]

Sampling the Secrets of Coral Cove

Sampling the Secrets of Coral Cove

I first spotted Coral Cove whilst paddling around Hamilton Island in an outrigger canoe during the Hamilton Cup Outrigger Regatta. I have been meaning to get back ever since – by foot this time. With kids and grandparents in tow, well armed with drinks and snacks courtesy of a trip to the island Bakery, we [...]

Kerry Sea Designs

Kerry Sea Designs

I caught up with Louise at the Hamilton Island Gallery last week to see what events she has coming up and was excited to hear that Kerry Alexander of Kerry Sea designs is arriving on island soon, and offering classes through the art gallery. Kerry lives on a boat near Mackay and uses the creatures [...]

Family Matters

Family Matters

Travelling with a family puts a completely different spin on things, says travel veteran and mother, Catriona Rowntree – but on Hamilton Island she feels right at home. STORY: Allison Tait PHOTOGRAPHY: Andrea Francolini, Jason Loucas and Dick Sweeney Catriona Rowntree knows a great holiday destination when she sees one. As a presenter on Channel [...]

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