Attempt some creative photography
Im certainly no expert photographer and indeed I only use a cheap and easy fuji camera, but that doesnt mean I cant at least attempt to take some creative artistic photos.
Well .... these are my attempts on Hamilton Island - I hope you enjoy them. There is certainly an abundance of things to photograph on Hamilton Island so you will never be short subject matter or on ideas.
There is no right or wrong with creative photogtraphy ... its all subjective.
Adventure Superpass for adrenalin lovers
Available to purchase is whats called the adventure superpass, which includes an island rush helicopter ride, a jet-ski tour and a go kart pass. Total cost for this adventure superpass is only $319pp which I think is actually pretty good value!
The helicopter ride lasts for 10 minutes. The go kart session will last for about 15 minutes and the jet ski tour will take about 90 minutes, with the actual jet-ski tour circumnavigating the entire Hamilton Island taking about one hour.
Sunset and Seafood cruise on Denison Star
Another cruise offered by Cruise Indigo, this one involved an evening dinner cruise and watching the sunset in true style, while dining on a sumptious seafood smorgasbord. The smorgasbord includes a variety of seafood and non-seafood items, such as oysters, prawns, fresh fish, crab, roast beef and a variety of salads and vegetables. Softdrink is included in your price, and wines and beers are available to purchase. Also included in your ticket is a nibbles platter and a welcome daiquiri and to end with a dessert platter and coffee and tea.
Prices for this dinner cruise are as follows ~ Adult $127.50, Children aged 13-17years $87.50, Children aged 6-12 years $65 and a family pass will cost $385. The minimum age for this cruise is 6 years old.
Sunset Sail Trip on Banjo Patterson
Another excellent way to end the day .... sailing the pristine waters of the Whitsundays, watching the sun go down and sipping drinks!!! Oh what a life that would be .... one day!!!
Cruise Indigo also offers this trip, where you will enjoy sailing a gentle afternoon cruise aboard the Banjo Patterson yacht while watching a magical Whitsunday sunset and sipping on a glass of champagne - pure heaven indeed!
Costs of this trip are as follows ~ Adult $57.50, children $37.50 (aged 10-17years) and a family pass will cost $159 only!!!
Sail and snorkel to Whitehaven Beach
Cruise Indigo offers an indulgent way to see the magical Whitehaven Beach - sail and snorkel tours sailing on the Banjo Patterson, which is one of the original racing yachts to retire in the Whitsundays. This is a full day trip and includes morning and afternoon tea, a buffet lunch served on board the yacht, as well as a fully stocked bar. You can even help hoist the sails if you want and get involved in the sailing of this beautiful yacht. Your day starts at 9amand concludes at 4pm and you will spend about 3 hours at Whitehaven Beach itself. All snorkelling equipment is also included.
Prices are as follows ~ Adults are $137.50, seniors and children aged between 6-17years old are $97.50 and a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children will cost you $400, which represents a good saving. Children under 6 years of age are not catered for, due to the style of the vessel unfortunately.
On my next return trip to Hamilton Island .... this is definitely something I would love to do. I think next time I come back Ill have to stay for a month!!! As there are so many things we didnt get to do this time!!!
Parasailing with Hamilton Island Watersports
Ive always wanted to do this, but never really been in the right place at the right time, and I guess also never really worked up the courage to do it,seeing as I have a massive fear of heights!!!
Parasailing requires no previous experience and you will enjoy a birds eye view over the beautiful Whitsunday islands. Single or tandem flights are available and run daily. Prices are $75pp for single flights and $130 for 2 people for a tandem flight.
Hamilton Island Watersports also operates speed boat adventure rides, waterskiing, wakeboarding and exciting tube rides.
Helicopter or Seaplane flights
This would be a rather decadent way to see the lovely Whitsundays - from above! When I win Lotto Im definitely gonna do this!
"Best scene from above" is this companys catch line and how true that would be. Hamilton Island Aviation offers a large choice of flights on either a seaplane or helicopter to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach or the very famous Loveheart reef, seen on so many advertising brochures for the area.
Prices start at $99 per person for a joyflight by Helicopter to Heart Reef and range up to $999 per person for the Best of Both world package, including Reefworld and Whitehaven beach via helicopter with all inclusions - total luxury I would imagine!
Other options include ~ Reef discovery via helicopter for $699pp, or Hayman Island day trip via helicopter for $299pp, or Whitehaven Beach via seaplane for $329pp. There are plenty more options available and you will see them all on their website.
Whitehaven Beach experience with Fantasea
This was the second thing I really wanted to do while on Hamilton Island ... but didnt get to do this one either :( due to the damn cyclone! This is meant to be the most magical beach in Australia, if not the world. Its actually been voted one of top 10 beaches in the world,and it is not very far away from Hamilton Island at all, just on the other side of neighbouring Whitsunday Island. The white beach stretches for about 7kms and it is pure glistening white silica sand - simply idylic!
Cost to do a half day trip with Fantasea is $110 per person and this includes a delicious bbq lunch, afternoon tea, beach activities, travel to and from aboard air conditioned catamaran and commentary. What you should bring with you ~ towel, swimmers, hat, sunscreen, camera and cash or credit card for incidentals. At times you will even see dolphins, turtles and whales on your trip - how magic would that be!!!
I am soooo glad that there WILL BE A NEXT TIME ... COS THERES STILL LOTS TO EXPLORE IN AND AROUND HAMILTON ISLAND!!!
Great Barrier Reef Cruise with Fantasea
This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience and something that all visitors to the Whitsundays should definitely do! We did this trip with Fantasea 9 years ago, although at that time, Georgia was only 5 years old and the whole snorkeling thing was a bit daunting for her, so I stayed on the pontoon all day with her while Frank and the boys snorkelled to their hearts content!
So ... this trip I really wanted to do it again, so I could get to experience the magic of the reef myself. However .... mother nature had different ideas! She sent along someone called "Ului" who put a hold to all reef cruise for the Saturday and Sunday which were the only 2 full days we had on the island. Oh well ... there will always be next time!!! And I guess in a way,mother nature did me a favour, cos she saved me about $500!!! The cost per adult to do the trip with Fantasea is $225 each, certainly not cheap, but on the other hand, money well spent.
The boat will take you out to "Reefworld North" which is a huge pontoon in the middle of the reef. You will then base yourself from here, and if you choose not to snorkel at all, there is still plenty to see and do on the pontoon itself. There is a sundeck, waterslide, underwater viewing area and even a massage area!
Included in your price is all snorkelling equipment, semi-submersible coral viewing, buffet lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, reef appreciation talk, childrens colouring book as well as childminding facilities.
What should you bring along with you ~ towel, sunhat, swimmers,sunscreen, camera preferably underwater camera, cash or credit card for any incidentals.
THIS IS INDEED A FABULOUS DAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY AND SOMETHING THAT IS NOT TO BE MISSED!
Take a hike - over 20kms of scenic trails
With Hamilton Island still over 70% uninhabited, this makes for lots and lots of places to trek to and explore. All trails are open from 6.30am to 5.30pm and please consider weather conditions before embarking!! There are no toilets on the trails and lighting of fires is strictly prohibited.
The most popular tracks are to Resort Lookout, Passage Peak, South East Head Trail, Escape Beach Trail and Coral Cove. Tracks range from about 90minute return time to over 240 minute return time and a total distance walking of 4km.
For those nature lovers this is an ideal way to pass the time and to explore the island in a unique and low imprint way.
This is an amazing small gallery at the far northern end of Front Street near the Yacht Club. It seems to specialise in spectacular marble carvings, a few of which I have photos. The pictures do not do the art pieces justice, you really have to get up close and personal to fully appreciate them.
While they are beautiful to view, they are rather pricey to purchase!!!
Get married on a tropical island
Whilst I did not do this, apparently about 500 couples a year do!!! And last year my niece got married here also, on the beach at low tide with her reception at the Pool Terrace Restaurant. There is also a beautiful small chapel called All Saints Chapel on the hill near One Tree Hill Lookout for those that prefer to get married in a church.
You can also arrange for proposals, blessings and reaffirmations on the island. I believe that all of these, including weddings, must be arranged through "Hamilton Island Weddings" and you can contact them from extension 58515 from your room phone.
Walk along the rocks to either headland
Frank went on 2 walks along the rocks, firstly to the northern headland and then to the headland near passage peak. Its best to wear sturdy shoes that you dont mind getting wet or better still to wear aqua shoes. The walks he found very interesting, especially after the cyclone, finding lots of things washed up on the shore, including fish, chairs and National Park signs!!!
Admire the lush colourful flora on the island
The gardens on Hamilton Island are so beautiful, lush greenery and abundance of coloured flowers, that seem to grow with ease in the tropical climate. And not once did I see any staff doing the gardening, so I think apart from the lawn mowing, that the gardens would also be very low maintenance. It was rather sad to go out on Sunday morning and see such damage to the gardens and in particular to the trees. I just hope they quickly get this tropical paradise back to its normal splendour!
Interact with the local birdlife
There are indeed signs up all over Hamilton Island that tell you not to feed the birds .... but sometimes its really difficult not to do that when they are so friendly and tame and will come right up to you and almost look at you and beg for food!!!
Twice we fed the cockatoos and the lorikeets, once on our balcony and also when we were having our fish and chips on our last day. The lorikeets especially are such beautiful birds with their rainbow coloured feathers ... its just very hard to resist feeding them your left-over food.
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