Holidays

Pizza at Manta Ray Cafe

Pizza at Manta Ray Cafe

Manta Ray Café is on Front Street overlooking the marina. It is a great spot to watch the sun set from the bar or from a table on the deck. Manta Ray serves café style meals, but my top pick is the pizza. They have a great range of toppings and if you can’t agree [...]

I ❤ Hamilton Island Facebook Contest Winner announced

I ❤ Hamilton Island Facebook Contest Winner announced

Congratulations to Fiona C, who took out the I ❤ Hamilton Island Valentines day promotion. We asked our Facebook fans to pen a poem in 25 words or less about a romantic escape to the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island. Fiona wins a 3 night romantic nights at the Reef View Hotel [...]

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 [...]

Perfect Whitsunday Weather

Perfect Whitsunday Weather

I had to share this photo of the Whitsunday passage taken last weekend while we were out on a Whitsunday Islands cruise. Perfect blue skies and perfectly clear, still water. Perfect.

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 [...]

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 [...]

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