Behind the Scenes

It’s a Tough Job

It’s a Tough Job

Bloggers often work odd hours, and sometimes 5am is the best time of the day for writing. I love looking out my ‘office’ window at the Whitsundays and seeing this… Hamilton Island is a beautiful part of the world.

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 [...]

Thoughts On A Visionary

Thoughts On A Visionary

I had the pleasure of meeting Keith Williams recently, as he visited Hamilton Island during the 2011 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.  During his stay he visited the Hamilton Island State School in honour of its 25th birthday. Mr Williams was the original developer of Hamilton Island, along with Sea World on Queensland’s Gold Coast [...]

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 [...]

From Hamilton Island, To Zimbabwe, With Love

From Hamilton Island, To Zimbabwe, With Love

I first met Pam Harrison during one of our visits to the Hamilton Island Medical Centre where she is a nurse. While we tended to scrapes and grazes we got chatting about some projects that we had been involved with recently – mine with a school library rebuilding project in the Cook Islands and Pam [...]

Books From Birth

Books From Birth

During another conversation with Pam from the Hamilton Island Medical Centre I mentioned that I was in the process of clearing out the Hamilton Island State School library of titles that were no longer needed due to a recent donation of books. At this point Pam asked if I believed in serendipity and I smiled. [...]

Golf Buggies and the Birds

Golf Buggies and the Birds

Cockatoos are clever creatures.  They know exactly where the Hamilton Island Bakery is on Front Street.  They know what a loaf of bread sitting on the buggy seat looks like.  They know that the plastic bag won’t slow them down at all.  So they help themselves. Buggy Tip # 2: Don’t leave your groceries in [...]

E.R.

E.R.

Well it wasn’t quite as dramatic as an episode of ER on the TV but I was pretty happy to have a trauma room available to me yesterday. Our Hamilton Island discovery this weekend was that boys + scooter + hilly driveway = carnage. To be fair, that isn’t really a Hamilton Island discovery at [...]

Buggy Know-how

Buggy Know-how

Driving your family around in a golf buggy takes a little getting used to.  For example, there is no boot space for the groceries, but inserting seatbelts through shopping bag handles soon becomes second nature. ‘Fuelling up’ takes a little more thought than pulling into the nearest petrol station, and you will soon spot the [...]

Securing the Future

Securing the Future

In time for World Environment Day, Hamilton Island celebrated the opening of its new waste management and recycling facility, which includes a state-of-the-art glass crushing plant. The use of crushed glass in a variety of applications, from drainage to pipe bedding and even in garden beds, means the recycling facility will have positive impacts not [...]

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