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!!!
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!!!!!
Snorkel or scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef
We did a day trip out to the Fantasea Reefworld which was a great experience, except for Georgia who wasnt too keen on the idea! No visit to the Whitsundays would be complete without a visit to one of the Wonders of the World - The Great Barrier Reef.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
Admire amazing architecture of new Yacht Club
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.
The wonder of Whitehaven
You must see Whitehaven Beach. It is abosultely beautiful and has been voted internationally as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
It does make a difference when you go though, having been a few times, this last time was very overcast and high tide and unfortunately it didn't look anywhere near as amazing as it does normally.
If you can afford a private yacht or boat charter, I'd highly recommend it. Some of the tours out there did not seem too pleasant at all.
We were lucky enough to meet some great people who invited us out on their yacht and even cooked us a bbq.Talk about lucky.
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Drive around the island and check out the houses!
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!!!!!
Jetryder adrenaline ride
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.
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!
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