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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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