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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

An Unusual Soundtrack

An Unusual Soundtrack

Hamilton Island is witness to many romantic getaways and many honeymoons.  As we settled into Hamilton Island life, I became aware of a bell ringing out once or twice, at random times of the day, and it took me a few weeks to figure out what the ringing bell signified.  Once my mental map of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sampling the Secrets of Coral Cove

Sampling the Secrets of Coral Cove

I first spotted Coral Cove whilst paddling around Hamilton Island in an outrigger canoe during the Hamilton Cup Outrigger Regatta. I have been meaning to get back ever since – by foot this time. With kids and grandparents in tow, well armed with drinks and snacks courtesy of a trip to the island Bakery, we [...]

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