Behind the Scenes

Beautiful Plumage

Beautiful Plumage

Now, when our recent visitors said that they had seen a peacock outside their Hamilton Island Holiday Home, I confess I looked at them sideways. “Maybe it’s a Pheasant Coucal” I said, with a kindly tilt of my head, displaying my superior knowledge of Australian birds (!). But they were insistent. So the next time [...]

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad

Hamilton Island Tennis Squad

We had a road-trip last weekend to the opposite end of the Whitsundays, past Mackay in fact to Sarina. The occasion was the first tournament for the 2012 Hamilton Island Tennis Squad. Most of the squad, aged 6-14 years, are students of Hamilton Island State School. The others do a daily commute to schools on [...]

Rivers Running on Hamilton Island

Rivers Running on Hamilton Island

The rivers are running on Hamilton Island today. “What rivers?” I hear you ask – a good question! Hamilton Island got a taste of the rains that have plagued Queensland last night, with 100mm falling between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. There was no major damage, and the Gardens crew was out at 6am clearing [...]

Shiatsu at Ropana

Shiatsu at Ropana

Hamilton Island is fortunate to have a great team of medical professionals looking after locals and visitors to the Island. One of them is Samantha Sharp, who runs

CQ Rescue Sportsmans Dinner

CQ Rescue Sportsmans Dinner

Hamilton Island has excellent medical facilities that many towns around Australia would be glad to have. And in situations where further care is required, CQ Rescue  undertakes air evacuations from Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island to Mackay Base Hospital. CQ Rescue covers Central Queensland including the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. CQ [...]

Sunrise Paddling

Sunrise Paddling

Had the absolute pleasure to go paddling this morning in one of the Hamilton Island Outrigger Canoe Club six-man canoes with a crew of five island staff. The official sunrise was at ten-to-six we were on the water 15 min ahead of that. It was just lovely. There was a red glow on the horizon [...]

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 [...]

Hamilton Island State School Turns 25

Hamilton Island State School Turns 25

Hamilton Island State School is located on the hill above Catseye bay. It has a roll of 40 students split into two classrooms. It schools most of the primary school-age children living on the island, and is run by a fantastic team of staff and volunteers. The school has a great relationship with Hamilton Island [...]

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