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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sunrise Whale Watching

Sunrise Whale Watching

By all accounts it has been a great season for whale watching. My only whale watching experience of this year was very low key but very nice. Having spent a special anniversary night at qualia in the Long Pavilion restaurant and in a stunning Windward Pavilion, we woke to the sunrise and a view of [...]

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 [...]

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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