Holidays

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 [...]

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, [...]

Lunch at Pebble Beach

Lunch at Pebble Beach

I confess. I am writing this posting in a qualia-induced haze. I have just returned from lunch at Pebble Beach, where I enjoyed a delicious lunch, a glass of wine, a perfectly clear sky and a gentle breeze to break through the humidity. The deck of the Pebble Beach restaurant is the perfect place to [...]

Top 5 Sunset Spots on Hamilton Island

Top 5 Sunset Spots on Hamilton Island

  1. One Tree Hill Even better, you can get a cocktail up there and just sit and enjoy the view 2. Bommie Deck Another spot to sit with a cocktail and watch the sun go down 3. Hesperus Lawn Beside Manta Ray café, sit on the grass and watch the sun set behind the [...]

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 [...]

Dan Hunter’s Feast

Dan Hunter’s Feast

Dan Hunter’s Great Barrier Feast was a fantastic way to start the festive season. The 3rd December showpiece dinner was a study in honest food, delicately served with unadulterated, pure flavours. The first course, and my favourite, was Tomato on Toast. It sounds simple, but you try finding 10 heirloom tomatoes, (one for each seat [...]

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 [...]

Christmas Beach Art

Christmas Beach Art

  After joining the island community at the Christmas Carols we took a walk along Catseye Beach at sunset. It was a great way to work off our early Christmas dinner and the temperature was perfect. A few other families had the same idea, and some beach artists left us some of their work to [...]

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 [...]

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