A Portrait Photo to Treasure

A Portrait Photo to Treasure

You see the Hamilton Island Photography team around the place quite a lot – during events, at activities, at weddings and with various groups of people getting their ultimate Hamilton Island souvenir – a portrait set in a tropical paradise. Hamilton Island Photography has a team of professional photographers available for portrait sessions at many [...]

Kids Fun Zone Revamp

Kids Fun Zone Revamp

The Fun Zone is a highlight of the weekend for us and many others on holiday with children. Usually held beside the Bougainvillaea Pool, close to a lot of Hamilton Island Accommodation, the Fun Zone sees Hamilton Island Activities staff entertaining children with games, face painting and crafts. The Fun Zone had a noticeable recharge [...]

The Perfect Time of Year

The Perfect Time of Year

The Race Week hangover has eased, school holidays are over and life on Hamilton Island is settling back into its regular pace. The Whitsundays weather is glorious – September to November is my favourite time on the island. The sun is getting stronger, but it isn’t uncomfortably hot. It is just…balmy. The night is cool enough for [...]

The Best in the World

The Best in the World

Best in the World….Perfect….That’s quite a claim! Well, qualia’s guests have spoken. Earlier this month qualia was named Best in the World and Best Resort in the Oceania region in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. If that wasn’t enough, qualia scored a perfect 100 in all categories including Rooms, Service, Food, Location, [...]

The Steakhouse moves to Sails

The Steakhouse moves to Sails

It was the end of an era when the Steakhouse restaurant closed a few weeks back. There were a few familiar faces there on the final night, where we had the usual: 3x kids steak with an ice cream and choc sauce chaser, two rib eyes, medium, one with béarnaise sauce and the other with [...]

Kegel Bowling Fun – Hamilton Island Bowling Alley

Kegel Bowling Fun – Hamilton Island Bowling Alley

It seems that every school holidays has a birthday party at our house and these holidays were no exception. Instead of another epic water-bomb fight, we elected to take a group of boys to Kegel Bowling. So there we were, with a dozen lads, a Minecraft themed birthday cake, and slushies on tap. Heaven for [...]

Kids Art Classes

Kids Art Classes

Ever since our youngest child turned 6 she has been begging me to let her go to one of the art classes at the gallery on Front Street. Given that is birthday month, and school holidays, we wrapped it all up in a bundle and sent the three of them off to create masterpieces. Leigh Gordon [...]

Bommie Restaurant Wins Award

Bommie Restaurant Wins Award

Bommie Restaurant, situated in the stunning Hamilton Island Yacht Club, won the award for “Best Tourism Restaurant in Queensland” at the recent Savour Australia Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. Executive Chef Nicholas Gomez-Duran was there to accept the award on behalf of the Bommie team. Bommie is one of my favourite spots for dinner [...]

Sipping cocktails at coca chu restaurant

Sipping cocktails at coca chu restaurant

I’m ashamed to say that it has taken me a month to get to coca chu. Having said that, I have enjoyed Executive Chef Adam Woodfield’s gorgeous food a few times, including at a sensational beachside dinner at qualia’s Pebble Beach. But (not for lack of trying) I’ve never walked in the door. That changed [...]

Clownfish Club Equipment Rental

Clownfish Club Equipment Rental

I found out the other day that the Clownfish Club, the Hamilton Island childcare centre, runs an equipment hire service on top of their usual day care and babysitting jobs. They hire out many of the essentials that make holidays with kids a (literal) back-breaking burden. Why bother carting prams, backpacks, port-a-cots and highchairs from [...]

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