Whitehaven beach claims to have the whitest sand in Australia. It is 7km long and runs along the edge of Whitesunday Island about a 30min boat trip from Hamilton Island. A half day criuse to Whitehaven costs $94 per adult, $45 per child. Morning tea is provided when you get back on the boat after visiting whitehaven. It was scones with jam and cream the day I was there - it was really yummy.
The cruise is family friendly, but you do need to walk down a long metal gangplank into knee/thigh high water to get onto the beach, so small children would need to be carried and it might be difficult for the elderly. Stinger suits are provided for summer months.
The Marina is the base where many of the "other half" keep their expensive boats. There are several shops a grocery store, chemist, gift shops, post office, bakery, cafes and resturaunts. It is nice to grab a snack form the bakery and sit on the grass and watch the boats come and go.
One of the best views of Hamilton Island is from One Tree Hill. YOu can get there on the purple or orange shuttle bus. It is a great spot to watch the sunset and there is a bar set up every evening so you can sip cocktails while you watch the sun go down.
There are free shuttle buses that run around the island regularly. The green goes form catseye beach to the marina, Purple and orange do a loop of the island in opposite directions. The driver will give a commentary and answer any questions as you go. A full loop takes about 40minutes.
At low tide the shore line will be several 100 metres from the edge of the beach. It is very interesting to take a walk out and see all the patterns the water makes in the sand and look for small critteres in the shallow water. This is facinating for small kids or really peaceful to go by yourself first thing in the morning.
RESORT POOL BAR
I must say this was a new and great experience for me...While out in our buggy Hansi and I decided to have a look in the The Bar/pool area of the Hamilton Island resort. The day was a typical hot queensland day and the pool looked absolutely stunning so a walk over to the bar through the swimming pool and VOILA we had a chat with the barmaid and ordered a few coldies...I must say that we both enjoyed this event on the days calendar and it was a winner.
What a great place this is this Hamilton Island. !! The entrepreneur that set this island up must have been some visionary that's for sure to recognise its toutism potential. Many times I have wanted to stop on my way north and get the ferry out to "The island" and now I have.. Actually there were a bunch of us VT drinkers and partygoers having just atttended the VT meeting at Airlie Beach...that's a nother story.
The way to get about when on Hamilton Island is to rent a "buggy" . This is a must as there are no other way to get about the island as the only vehicles on the Island are safety or rescue .
How special would this be? Ive only ever done sea kayaking once and that was in Halong Bay in Vietnam, and although it was spectacular, it was bloody freezing and therefore somewhat less fun!
Sea Kayaking Whitsundays offers guided tours - either an adventure paddle or a sunset paddle (this would be my favourite) or even better still, a turtle and sea eagle tour. No experience is necessary and are rated easy so anyone can do them!
The Adventure paddle costs $69 pp and goes for 3 and a half hours and is a great introduction to sea kayaking. You will visit nearby islands and get close to nature, with a stop on one of the islands for a swim or snorkel.
The sunset paddle costs $44 pp and goes for about 1 and a half hours. This would be a fantastic way to end a perfect day, sipping on a glass of wine relaxing in your kayak and watching the sun go down.
The Turtle and sea eagle tour costs $124 pp and goes for about 6 and a half hours. This is the most popular of their tours and a great way to interact with the turtles. Lunch is included as well as snorkelling and swimming.
http://www.fantasea.com.au/reefworld.htm check out this link it is the Fastasea company which has a large boat that takes you out to the reef. They call it reef world. No worries. They even give you dramamine for ocean sickness. Great day trip!
Reefworld is a manmade pontoon located in outer Great Barrier Reef and located within some of the reef's most spectacular coral gardens catering to both the novice snorkeller to experienced diver.
The cruise out to Reefworld takes approx 2 hours from Hamilton Island and on the way if you opt to do some scuba diving you will be given an impromptu diving lesson.
The diving is done under strict supervision from one of the instructors but you go in small groups (in my case it was just two of us and an instructor!) and they are extremely patient if you are feeling a little nervous.
Once underwater your instructor will feed the fish and you will be in total awe as the colourful reef fish envelop you! You are underwater for approximately 30 minutes and it is an unbelievable, truly Australian experience.
Just check out the photograph of me for proof!
I had never been on a sea plane adventure before.
Imagine... landing on a famous pure white sand beach with crystal clear water... and the feeling that you are on a deserted island? .... Well that is just what we did!!
And to top it of..... champas, fresh fruit in our own cooler bag, complete with beach mat to lay down on. What more could one want?!!
Now this is luxury!!....and well worth the money!! :o)
Check out photo2. Sea plane pilot just loves vt thongs!! ;o)
While we did not do this on Hamilton Island, we have done a similar ride on Sydney Harbour and it is a LOT OF FUN!!!! The Jetryder is based down at the marina and will give you a spinning, twisting, fishtailing ride of your life!
A 30 minute ride will cost $65 per adult and $55 per child, there are height and weight restrictions for children and they must be aged between 4-12 years old. The boat is licensed to carry 14 passengers and tours operate daily - but obviously NOT when there is a cyclone in town!!!!!
Call extension 58261 from your room phone or the direct phone number below for enquiries or bookings.
The Yacht club at the far end of Front Street at the Marina is simply amazing, resembling a yacht in so many ways. We were unable to go in on the day we were there (Saturday) as it was closed but also setting up for a wedding reception. I believe it has not long been open and is worth an hour of your time just to walk around it and be dazzled by its shape and appearance. I did my "Titanic" pose on the front of the ship, just had to do that!
Also in the yacht Club is the Bommies Restaurant and the Bommie Bar and Deck. The Bommie Restaurant offers you a relaxed setting and modern Australian menu. The Bommie Bar and Deck is a little more casual and open 7 days.
THE ARCHITECTURAL BRILLIANCE ALONE OF THIS BUILDING IS WORTHY OF YOUR TIME.
Just walking around the Marina/Wharf areas you will see hundreds of boats and yachts, most of which look like they are worth millions of dollars!! Ahhhh ... the lives of the rich and famous ..... one day!!!!!!
The signs on the wharfs say that they are only for use of boat owners, but there is nothing really stopping you going for a stroll along and checking out the amazing vessels that are moored there. Its a nice way to pass an hour or two ... just pondering which one you would like to buy when you win a million dollars!
If you do decide to hire a golf buggy, I would urge you to get your map and just drive as far as the roads take you, and drive down every street you can and just check out the views, and also the amazing homes that are built on Hamilton Island! Some of them are nothing short of outstanding and amazing! Most are built on large slopes, taking in many levels of living area and most with sensational views of the water and surrounding islands. Many of the houses on the island are privately owned by permanent residents, I said to Frank that if we ever win Lotto that Im definitely buying a house on Hamilton Island!!!!
There was one house in particular that we thought was super spectacular, it wasnt yet finished, but already had rows of rhodeo plants growing on top of the roof!! The pool was finished and was crystal clear and it was just the most amazing design with heaps of outdoor areas, you will see this house in the pics, its the first one - I WANT THAT HOUSE!!!!!