Holidays

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 [...]

The Big Red Boat

The Big Red Boat

In the days leading up to the start of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week I spent some time at the Bommie Bar drinking coffee and watching the marina empty out the usual inhabitants, and fill up with the racing and cruising yachts. On one such morning I saw a large sail at one end of [...]

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 [...]

A Leisurely Dash Around Dent

A Leisurely Dash Around Dent

I took the golf course tour today.  It is a free activity that can be booked directly through the golf club or the tour desk and usually runs daily.  The ferry left at 10am from the marina and 10 minutes later the skipper skilfully pulled up to the wharf on Dent Island. The Hamilton Island [...]

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 [...]

Sailing Weather

Sailing Weather

The weather has been stunning in the Whitsundays, a gorgeous week of clear blue skies, bright sunshine and a steady warm breeze.  The view from my deck takes in Catseye Bay, the Reef View Hotel and Passage Peak.  The Fitzalan passage is on my left as I look out one of my favourite views of [...]

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