Australia
Hamilton Island

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  • Day30

    Making it last...

    July 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    More island fun before our departure. After checking out of the hotel we enjoy a few more hours of fun at the beach, the pool, and lunch.

    It was an amazing weekend, but we were all happy to get back to the Davis’ home… even Molly missed the boys.Read more

  • Day63

    Hamilton Island

    February 15, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    We spent today on Hamilton Island, the commercial center of the Whitsunday Island group, an archipelago of about 70 islands in the Great Barrier Reef. Until 2003 the island was owned by Australian yachtsman Keith Williams. He was the third owner to go bankrupt trying to develop the property. He sold it to fellow yachtsman Bob Oatley, who saw potential in its development. Of Oatley it is said, “He bought coffee plantations when everyone was drinking tea, and he bought vineyards when everyone was drinking beer.” Oatley was the entrepreneur who started Rosemont Wines. He developed the company into a multi-billion dollar enterprise, then sold it to the company that brews Foster’s beer. Similarly, he created the ground floor of Australia’s coffee industry, and now Aussies drink more coffee than tea. Oatley became, on and off, the wealthiest man in Australia and one of the wealthiest in the world. Though he died three years ago, Oatley’s estate still owns the whole island and the dozen or so five-star hotels that operate here. These hotels are the only ones in the world that have repeatedly earned a perfect score in all five of the categories by which Condé Nast Traveler rates resorts. The water is a lovely aquamarine color. Like Bald Head Island, transportation is by golf cart, except for official vehicles. Some of our shipmates swam on the lovely beach that rivals ours on the Grand Strand. We had a delightful time touring the island and wandering through the local IGA grocery store. We can certainly see why so many folks from Australia and Asia consider the Whitsunday Islands as a dream destination.Read more

  • Day24

    Hamilton Island

    January 7, 2014 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Shute Harbour, Queensland, Australia
    Tuesday, January 7, 2014

    Well here we are in Paradise, or Hamilton Island as it is known. We flew in from Sydney yesterday morning, emerging from the aircraft into brilliant sunshine and a tropical scene.
    The Island sits in the middle of the Whitsunday Islands, just off the Queensland coast, and is a really good jumping off point to visit the Great Barrier Reef. It is not a large Island and has been lightly developed ( 30%) as a tourist resort, the vast majority of it being in a wild National Park state. The original project was the brainchild of one Barry Williams, who ran into financial difficulties quite early on and could not complete his vision. The Island was bought by Robert Oatley of 'Wild Oats' sailing fame ( his yacht has just won the Sydney to Hobart race for the sixth year running). He sailed around the Island and bought it lock stock and barrel without further ado having nor even put one foot on dry land. What a decision. He made his fortune in wine and his Island venture can have done him no harm either.
    We are staying in an A framed bungalow, which is charmingly decorated and surrounded by tropical planting. There are no cars for rental here, but you can hire a golf buggy to drive yourself around and that we have done today to orientate ourselves and look round the area. There are some beautifully landscaped pools all around and the beach is just gorgeous fringed by Palm trees. Even Peter, who is no fan of a beach, had to admit it was a bit special. There is a large Marina, full of state of the art yachts that could cope with several cases of gin each! Lots of small boutique type shops and a plethora of activities to take part in both on and off the water. Over on nearby Dent Island is a Championship Golf course, designed by Peter Thompson, that a ferry will take you to for your game. It is apparently very fine, but it would have been hot work today. Some of the properties here are simply spectacular. Mostly with a sea view and immaculately kept. This is serious millionaire country if you are wishing to buy. Peter's comment was as follows; 'what would you do after a week? '. Difficult for him to visualise I realise, as one who is permanently on the move and seldom sits anywhere for more than half an hour at a time, unless he is playing bridge or watching sport! We took our little buggy up to One Tree Point, which has a commanding view out over the azure sea, dotted with the Whitsundays. It was a glorious spot and a small white gazebo was being set up for a wedding ceremony this afternoon. I cannot think of a more beautiful venue for the most important moment of your life. The wedding party was small and the reception was held by the pool at the resort centre on the beach this evening. We had supper in an open airy restaurant on the beach tonight, with the waves breaking gently on the shore and white cockatoos flying in and out of the palm trees.
    Just magical.
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  • Day79

    Hamilton Island

    June 17, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Uf Hamilton Island hemmer leider numme ein Tag was aber au meh als gnueg isch😂 Am 10ni hemmer scho wieder müesse uschecke abr hends Gepäck im Luggageroom chene laa😍

    Wie fast jede Tag hemmer au für hüt wieder en Nationalpark miteme Lookout ussegsuecht und hend eus nachere kurze Busfahrt uf de Weg gmacht.. Am Ahfang hemmer nonig ganz gnau gwüsst dass mehr vo dett us startet aber de Busfahrer het eus das so empfohle und es isch eh super entscheidig gsih😜 Mehr hend uffem Weg no es paar abzwiegige gno zu Stränd aber s Ziel ned us de Auge verlore💪🏼 Schlussendlich hemmer en schöne Rundgang über 3 Stränd und ein unglaubliche Lookout🌞

    Wiedermal Kilometer wiit gloffe ubd abermal hets sichs glohnt❤️ Am Abig hemmer den. wieder d Fähre richtig Airlie Beach gno und sind rechtziitig um 18:30 uffem Campingplatz acho das mehr no hend chene Iichecke😁

    Am Abig hemmer denn no mit em Manuel🇨🇭 und sim Kolleg em Andy abgmacht... Glichziitig isch no Charlott woni vode Kangaroo Island Tour kenne in Airlie Beach gsih also hemmer eus all zemme troffe😍 Mehr hend eus Burger zum Znacht gmacht und es Bierli ade Lagune trunke
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  • Day2

    Island Explorer

    March 30, 2013 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Today we set sail for the islands. Starting at Abell Point Marina, we used Cruise Whitsunday which was actually the only option available (not a great service overall)

    after 30 minutes the first stop was DayDream island. Smaller than Hamilton, it is more just a big hotel with really good facilities including an Aussie themed mini golf, swimming pools everywhere. we spent three hours here, used the swimming pool, got photos with the little mermaid and then again on the ferry to Hamilton island.

    Another 30 minutes to Hamilton island. Hamilton is far bigger than Daydream, more like a little town. The Airport is also located here.

    Long queues to get some lunch and get on the courtesy bus, we opted for a golf buggy to go around. Spent some time in the afternoon at Catseye beach.

    When it was time to get back to Airlie we realised it was nearly impossible to get on board of the ferry as they were running over capacity, we had to stood up queuing under the intense sun for 45 minutes before we could get onto a ferry, terrible service
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hamilton Island, Востраў Гамільтан, Isla Hamilton, جزیره همیلتون, Île Hamilton, HTI, Isola di Hamilton, ハミルトン島, ჰამილტონი, 해밀턴 섬, Hamiltoneiland, Гамильтон, Hamilton Adası, Гамільтон, ہیملٹن جزیرہ, 漢密爾頓島

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