Chill at the Marina and people watch
It is extremely relaxing just sitting down by the Marina and watching the world go by .... just chilling and enjoying the sunshine (if its shining!) and watching the boats and the people coming and going. This is one of my favourite things of all to do while on holidays .... just sitting and people watching.
Drinks at One Tree Hill Lookout
This is one of the best vantage points for views on the whole island, a little difficult to walk to, but easily accessible by golf buggy or free shuttle bus. We noticed on our activities and entertainment guide brochure that they now have sunset cocktails at One Tree Hill each evening at 4.30pm and thought that might be a lovely romantic thing to do!
However ... with the imminent cyclone, we had decided that we probably might be in lockdown at 4.30pm on Saturday and we had no idea what Sunday would hold, so we decided to drive on up there early Saturday avo with our bottle of wine and have our own drinking session!!!! It was getting extremely windy and it was also rather chilly, but the wine went down a treat! This is also when our golf buggy front windscreen blew out!
The 4.30pm cocktails are held at the white pavillion just near the lookout, Im not sure how much the cocktails are, cos we never actually got there!
Hire a golf buggy part 2
Your choices for getting around Hamilton Island are limited to 3 - either walk, hire a golf buggy or use the free island shuttle. Walking is easy enough to most destinations and if you are a bit tired on your way home, just jump on the free Green shuttle bus.
But ...if you want to venture further afield and explore the island more, then the ideal way is to hire a golf buggy, although its not a very cheap option! Prices range from about $30 for an hour or two, to $55 for overnight to $70 for all day which is from 8.30am till 4.30pm, which is what we did one day. We also paid a $10 damage waiver, which meant if there was any damage to the buggy, we did not have to pay anything. We almost lost the front windscreen, so if that had blown over the cliff, then the damage waiver would have come in very handy!!!
You do need a current drivers license to drive the golf buggys, but they are extremely easy to drive, and in fact you will often see kids hooning around in them under parent supervision of course, although this is highly illegal!!! They have no gears, just drive and reverse and they only go about a maximum of 20kph which is the speed limit on the island for gold buggys anyway! When going downhill you have to ride the brake the whole way down otherwise you might end up out of control.
Hiring a golf buggy is the perfect option to seeing the entire island although as I said its not a very cheap option, they do also have weekly rates, but Im not sure what these are. If you decide to hire a holiday home on the island, you will get use of a golf buggy thrown in free of charge!!!!!
Swim to small rocky island
Just off the main beach directly in front of our apartments, there is a very small rocky island, I dont know what it is called. At high tide you can swim to it, or at low tide you are able to walk to it. Im not sure what the attraction is with this island, but there is a never-ending stream of people heading to it ... so we did just the same!!!
We donned our swimmers and our super stylish aqua shoes and put my camera in a plastic bag and swam on out to the island, sat on it for about half an hour and swam back. There is nothing to do on the island, its just rocks and some trees!!!
I think its just something YOU MUST DO!!!
Chill at the beach
For many there is nothing more relaxing than pulling up a deck chair and lying in the sun on the beach, listening to the waves crashing, reading a book or just sunbaking. Even though there wasnt much sun while we were there, there were still people relaxing at the beach. It is just a very picturesque setting, with the palm trees, the crystal blue water and the outlying islands in the background.
Partake in a variety of water sports
If you are into water sports, then this is the place for you. There are plenty to partake in, including windsurfing, catamaraning and snorkelling etc etc. and most of them (the non-motorised ones anyway) are included in your holiday price and free to use, at least they were when we were there!
Update on beach sports ~
Free to use are the Windsurfers, Catamarans and paddle skis. If you want lessons on either of these that will cost $18pp.
Snorkel hire is $16pp or you can byo!!!
Too many pools to choose from!
The idea of lazing around a pool on a tropical island sipping cocktails has to appeal to most of us I think! And it certainly does to me! Even though I didnt actually get to do just that on this trip (because of a certain cyclone!!!) it is still I think one of the highlights of a holiday on Hamilton Island. The concept of chillaxing by the pool certainly appears to me!
There are many pools to choose from on Hamilton Island. I know for a fact though that the Beach Club pool (with absolute beach frontage) is only for Beach Club guests. And I am pretty sure that the Reef View Hotel pool is also exclusive to guests, although there seems to be nothing stopping you from actually using this pool.
The Whitsunday apartments has 2 pools, a larger free-from one which was directly in front of our apartment and a smaller rectangle one to the right. There is also a large free form pool in front of the apartments but closer to the beach, available for all to use. And then there is the large main pool complex, which is probably the most popular one, also being the largest one and the only one I think with a swim-up pool bar.
So .... your choices for pool swimming are many and varied .... and such a difficult choice most days!!!
Fly in or sail in
There are 2 ways you can actually get to Hamilton Island, by air or by boat. Both times I have been there we have flown in, flights are quite cheap and there are direct flights from Sydney to Hamilton Island, which is great as there are no connecting flights!
This picture is VERY old, it was taken in 1986, me with a friend we met on our holiday actually to Long Island, once again this was BC (before children!)
Note the plane in the background is an Ansett jetplane and Ansett is no longer around, they were once the prime domestic carrier in Australia but sadly went bust many years ago.
Hamilton Island Pool Bar
All this driving around in the buggy, walking on the beach, shopping and restauranting can be thirsty work! :o) Well that's what the pool bar is for.
Of course there are a number of free form pools on the island and each one has a bar. So many choices?!! ....I guess that's where happy hour comes in ;o)
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Yellow Submarine in 2000
What can I say!!! The yellow sub is quite an icon in the Whitsundays. It is part of a day trip to Bali Hai Island and the famous Whitehaven Beach. Info on the link below.
..... and yeh, yeh, ......we all sang the song :o)
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Raggamuffin in 2000
Love sailing? Do you want to be part of the action?!! .... rigging the sails and driving the beast?!!! Then a day out on the famous Raggamuffin - an ex racing yacht (Sydney to Hobart special!!) is a day to remember!! Check out the link below for details.
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Cruising the islands in 2000
What a great way to spend a day!!! Checking out the islands!!! We went to South Molle, Daydream and another small one where Howard and Kelli went diving. I liked South Molle the best.
Another consideration is the outter reef day trip. We saw the pontoon on the sea flight adventure. I heard it is better than the knuckle reef one we went on from Airlie Beach. See the link below.
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Visit the Hamilton Island Fauna Park
If you want a bit of a change from lazing around the pool all day, then take a short drive to the Hamilton Island Fauna Park. This is a 50 acre park filled with lots of native Australian animals, including crocodiles, koalas, kangaroos and even dolphins! If you have small children, they will indeed love to spend time here.
Just laze around one of the many pools
There are many different pool areas on Hamilton Island, and for us most days, this was our biggest dilemma - which pool to swim in??!! I think a good holiday should always be a relaxing one, and Hamilton Island was definitely that.
Hire a golf buggy and go cruising
Modes of transport on Hamilton Island are pretty much "walking" or "hire a golf buggy" - at least when we were there that was the case.
It was a lot of fun to hire the golf buggy and just go cruising around the Island, plus the kids thought it was a real novelty. Hamilton Island is HUGE and you could not see it all just by walking places.
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