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Bullet-proof Nails

Bullet-proof Nails

I called in to one of the three day spa’s on the Hamilton Island, Island Hair and Beauty, yesterday for my last appointment with my favourite cutter, Renee, who is leaving the island bound for Sydney. As any woman knows, breaking up with your hairdresser is a traumatic experience! However life goes on, and two [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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