Hamilton Island Dining guide

Enjoying a spectacular location in the heart of the Whitsundays is the beautiful Hamilton Island. It is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays. The only island in the Whitsundays with its own commercial airport, now with direct flights from Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns.

It is one of the easiest islands to get to when choosing your Whitsunday adventure. However due to its size and amenities even when at full capacity it is still an amazing place to visit.

Hamilton Island has such a large choice of dining options for all budgets and tastes, so we put together a Hamilton Island Dining guide to showcase all the Dining choices.

Hamilton Island Dining Guide

Bommie Restaurant (Yacht Club)

  • (12 Years and over)
  • Set menus.
  • Fully Licensed
  • Open Tuesday – Saturday
  • 6pm – late
  • Smart casual (No Thongs, swimwear, board shorts or singlets)
  • $$$

If you decide to go to Bommie restaurant, you can expect an amazing menu, knowledgeable staff that take their jobs very seriously. They have a specialised menu that is either three, four courses or the chef tasting menu. If you choose the three or four-course meal you will be given a choice of about three meals per course. The food is exquisite.

When we went we choose the Chef tasting menu and paired it with the speciality wine offering. Every meal was paired with a wine that was chosen to highlight the meal.

Manta Ray

  • Marina Side
  • Reservation or walk up
  • Lunch / Dinner
  • Takeaway Pizza available between 6pm-9pm
  • Fully Licensed (Bar and meals 12 noon – 10 pm)
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer (Children 12 years and under, eat a free kids meal with a purchase of an adults meal if staying at Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows, or a Hamilton Island Holiday Home)

Located on the Marina side, this casual restaurant has a great view of the marina, just watch out for the cheeky cockatoo’s they like to steal your food if you don’t keep an eye on them. This is more of a problem with the tables located up against the water as they sit in the trees above and if you leave your food unattended they try to swoop in for a meal.

Falafels at Mana Ray, Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the whitsundays, you are spoilt for choice with the dining options available. Our dining guide gives you all the information you need to know when making your dining choices on Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the whitsundays, you are spoilt for choice with the dining options available. Our dining guide gives you all the information you need to know when making your dining choices on Hamilton Island

 

Coca Chu

  • Resort side
  • Reservation recommended
  • Dinner
  • 5:30pm – late
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer
  • $$$

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach is the South East Asian inspired Coca Chu. The meals are made to be shared so when going in a group expect to order a few different items for the table.

The food is amazing with very strong flavours, the service is great.

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach is the South East Asian inspired Coca Chu. The meals are made to be shared so when going in a group expect to order a few different items for the table.  Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach is the South East Asian inspired Coca Chu. The meals are made to be shared so when going in a group expect to order a few different items for the table. 

Sunset cruise and dine

  • A boat trip over the amazing Whitsunday waters
  • The cruise takes about 3 hours
  • Minimum age – 6
  • Fully Licensed
  • Leave either 4:45 pm or 5:45 pm depending on sunset time.

What would be nicer than taking a sunset cruise whilst eating a gorgeous three-course meal? As you depart on the Hamilton star you are served a yummy cocktail and some appetisers. Later you a served a gorgeous three-course meal that includes, Entree, main and Dessert.

Sails

  • Resort side
  • Reservation for groups 10 or more
  • Breakfast 6am -10:30am
  • Lunch 11:30am – 9pm
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach Sails is the perfect casual spot to have breakfast or lunch. Breakfast is your typical buffet with a collection of cold and hot food. You can also get an omelette prepared for you fresh from the chef. The lunch menu is reasonably varied serving a variety of foods from salads, burgers, curries, steak, lamb cutlets, fish and other seafood. The Moreton bay bug was perfectly cooked and was a favourite of mine this trip.

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach Sails is the perfect casual spot to have breakfast or lunch. 

Located on the Resort side, with a stunning view of Catseye beach Sails is the perfect casual spot to have breakfast or lunch. 

Marina Tavern

  • Marina side
  • Pub Meal
  • 11:30am – 9pm
  • Fully Licensed

Located on the Marina side, the Marina tavern is the perfect casual place to grab a great pub meal, a cold drink and relax with friends. The Tavern has a great variety of indoor/outdoor seating and has a great relaxed atmosphere perfect for families or to meet up with friends.

Marina Cafe

  • Cafe style Food / ready-made food
  • 6:30 am – 3 pm

Located within walking distance to where the ferry comes in is the Marina Cafe, serving delicious smoothies, fresh juices, and coffee its the perfect place to grab a quick drink. If you are after breakfast or a snack its also a great place to get toasted sandwiches, foccacias and wraps. Perfect to pack in a picnic for one of the walks on the Island.

TAKO

  • Marina side
  • Walk up no bookings for groups under ten
  • Reservation for groups 10 or more
  • Open 7 days
  • 5:30pm – late
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer

Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island’s marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share. The kids have a choice of a quesadilla or a make your own taco. Our children loved TAKO it was one of the favourite restaurants for the trip and we ended up going back on multiple occasions.

Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island's marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share.  Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island's marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share. 

The kids’ meal comes with three wraps, however, was such a favourite that I could never take a photo with all three as soon as the plate was served they started eating.

Located on the Marina side, on the top level gives it an amazing view over Hamilton Island's marina. Tako is a fun, family-friendly dining experience that offers fresh tasty Mexican dinner and dessert. When ordering the food at Tako it is best enjoyed getting a variety to share. 

The pulled pork tacos had just the right amount of spice to coleslaw and avocado to make it a perfectly balanced taste.

Romano’s

  • Marina side
  • Pre-booking is recommended
  • Contemporary Italian food
  • Alfresco 3 pm – Late
  • Dinner – 6 pm – Late
  • Fully Licensed
  • NO Kids Stay Eat free – Kids menu $15

Located on the Marina side, on the water side. Romano’s is a lovely spot for a family meal or for large group bookings. Serving a gorgeous range of pasta, risottos, and other mains. Romano’s doesn’t disappoint. It is not part of the kids stay eat free promotion, however, the kid’s meal are very generous and only $15.

Mariners Seafood Restaurant

  • Marina side
  • Pre-booking is recommended
  • Smart Casual
  • Dinner – 6pm – Late
  • Fully Licensed
  • NO Kids Stay Eat free – Kids menu $20

Located on the Marina side, high on the second level next to TAKO overlooking the marina is Mariners Seafood restaurant. It is always very popular so reservations are strongly recommended. If you love seafood then Mariners is for you with a great variety of fish, prawns, and other seafood.

Wild Life Hamilton Island – Koolah Cafe

  • Resort side
  • 7:30 am -10 am (breakfast)
  • Buffet
  • Lunch / Light meals available
  • Fully Licensed
  • NO Kids Stay Eat free
  • Family friendly

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala’s snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella’s flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

 

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

The best place on the island to get up close and personal with the wildlife. Wildlife Hamilton Island hosts a great buffet breakfast where you can sit and eat whilst watching the koala's snack on gum leaves beside you, with gorgeous rosella's flying all around.  A great family friendly restaurant. Once you are finished at the cafe, grab a pass to head to the Wild Life park to see more Australian wildlife, crocodiles, snakes and so much more.

Pool Terrace – Reef view hotel 

Only available to guests of Palm Bungalows and Reef View Hotel.

  • Open 7 days
  • Breakfast 6 am – 10:30 am (Only Reefview or Palm Bungalows)
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer (Palm Bungalows and Reef View Hotel)
  • Located in the Reef view hotel, this family-friendly restaurant is located on the pool’s edge. The Pool terrace is open for a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Long Pavilion – Qualia 

Only available to Qualia guests.

  • Australian Menu
  • Breakfast 6:30 am – 10:30 am
  • Evening 6 pm – aLate
  • Fully Licensed
  • Child Free (16 and over)

Pebble Beach – Qualia 

Only available to Qualia guests.

  • Poolside menu 10 am – 5 pm
  • Lunch 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Evening 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
  • Fully Licensed
  • Child Free (16 and over)
  • Open Wednesday – Monday
  • Smart Casual/resort wear

Beach Club restaurant 

Only available to guests of Beach Club restaurant.

  • Open 7 days
  • Breakfast 6 am – 10:30 am (Only Reefview or
  • Fully Licensed
  • Part of the Kids Stay Eat free offer (Palm Bungalows and Reef View Hotel)
  • Located in the Reef view hotel, this family-friendly restaurant is located on the pool’s edge. The Pool terrace is open for a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Snacks and Bars

One Tree Hill 

  • Drinks and snacks
  • Family friendly

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

The only food on offer is Antipasta plates, Turkish bread or other snacks.

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

If you want the perfect spot to sit and have a light snack and drink then the bar at the top of One tree hill is well worth a visit. Whilst it has a steady stream of people, on sunset is when it gets very busy with everyone wanting to sit up the top with a drink in hand to watch the majestic Hamilton Island sunset.

 

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Top ten things to do at Hamilton Island with Kids

There is something special about Hamilton Island, its the sort of place you can go for a romantic holiday, a girls weekend or a family vacation. Its an incredibly relaxing place to visit with (or without Children).

There are some accommodation options that are purely childfree (Qualia guests must be over 16 and Beach house guests must be over 18 years old) but the majority of accommodation is very accommodating of children, they have a great children’s kids club, and If you’re staying at the Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows or any of the Hamilton Island Holiday Homes children 12 and under eat free.

Our children Love Hamilton Island they have so much fun, there is always so much to do there, and we have put together their favourite activities to do on our visits.

Top ten things to do on Hamilton Island with Kids

Swimming

  • Available year round
  • Free

Our kids love water, and at Hamilton Island, there are plenty of places for you to take the kids swimming. Most accommodation has their own private pools for guests, there are also three lovely pools at Hamilton Island in the main resort area. The main pool, which includes the swim up bar, that serve mocktails, slushies, water for the kids (and a large collection of cocktails, beer for the adults.

The Bougainvillea Pool is a lovely tropical pool with palm trees all around overlooking Catseye beach. It has a great shallow area perfect for younger kids that is only 0.7m deep.

What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

The other pool is the “Sails Pool” it is a deep 3m pool that is located just outside the Sails restaurant, it’s a bit quieter than the main pool and has amazing views of the blue Whitsunday water.

The perfect place to swim the 3 m deep Sails pool at Hamilton Island

Mocktails at One tree hill

  • Available year round
  • Sunset (Free)
  • Drinks $$

One of the highlights of our trip to Hamilton Island is to sit up the top of One tree hill and watch the sun setting over the beautiful water. Every day about an hour before the sun is due to set, the area starts filling up with people, families, couples, groups of friends all ready to see the iconic Whitsunday sunset.

What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

But even earlier in the day its the perfect place to take your kids to grab a yummy mocktail, some antipasto or Turkish bread and sit and relax with a breathtaking view.

A mocktail at One tree hill - one of the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island A mocktail at One tree hill - one of the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

Drive a Golf Buggy

  • Available year round
  • Costs $$

One of the most iconic things about Hamilton Island is it’s Golf buggies, instead of cars most people travel around the island on Golf Buggies. Whilst you might see a minivan occasionally, or the Island Shuttle. 95% of the vehicles on the road are 4 person golf buggies. The speed limit around the island ranges from about 16kmh to 40kmh and it adds to the relaxed atmosphere.

There is something relaxing about driving around the wind in your hair in an open buggy.

Most holiday homes come with a complimentary golf buggy, otherwise, you hire them from the Hamilton Island Golf buggy hire conveniently located in two locations near the main resort area and at the airport.  Our children loved the golf buggies they created the “James Cord in” challenge

What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

Go Karting.

  • Available year round
  • Costs $$

One of our children’s favourite activity on Hamilton Island was the Go-Karting track. If your child is over 149cm they can drive around the track reaching speeds of up to 45km/h. But younger children won’t miss out with duo Karts available for children aged 4 and older.

Our kids loved it, they went multiple times each time adding a bit more confidence and getting faster lap times.

Make sure you are wearing enclosed shoes, but all other safety equipment is included.

Go Karts - one of the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

Have a hit of Golf 

  • Available year round
  • Costs $$

Hamilton Island is synonymous with Golfing. It is home to the 18 hole championship golf course at Dent Island. Each year it is host to both amateur events and PGA Professionals Championship finals. But the golf is not just for the adults. They have a fantastic mini-golf course that the kids will love. For those wanting a bit more of a hit take them down to the family-friendly Golf driving range.

Your kids will love hitting the ‘floating’ golf balls into the water. Seeing if they can hit them just a little bit further each time.

What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

Rock climbing / Laser hunt

  • School Holidays Only
  • Costs $$

If you are lucky enough to take your kids during the school holidays they will be able to participate in the Pop-up Rock climbing and Laser hunt. Located up on one of the tennis courts, three or four nights a week. The rock climbing was a real favourite in our house there are six individual walls and one of them is timed. The kids have a great time learning how to climb the walls and then they climb the final wall and see how fast they can make it to the top.

Our kids set themselves a challenge to make it to the top in 30 seconds, and by the third visit they had made it.

 

What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton IslandA

Temporary tattoos / Hair Braids

  • School Holidays Only
  • Costs $$

Located near the entrance to the pools near Sails bar is the Pop-up shop that allows your children to get a temporary tattoo or hair braid. With tattoos from only $5, this is a cheap fun way for your kids to bring a bit of their holiday home with them.

The hair braids come in a variety of styles including ones that are braided into the hair, or ones that can be removed and reattached later.

The stall is not their every day so it is worth checking the weekly activity planner to see what day she is there. The tattoos last 2-4 days, depending on what part of the body they are put on. Areas that get a lot of sunscreen do wash off quicker than covered areas.

What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

Bowling

  • Available year round
  • Costs $$

For a fun family activity, 9 hole bowling is a great activity located in the main resort area. The bowling alley has seven lanes, a bar with a selection of food and drinks, a fun amusement arcade.

During the day it is a lot of fun, with bright lights music playing but as the sunsets, it turns into “Glow bowling” with Glow in the dark lanes and a lot of fun.

Watersports

  • Non-motorised watersports

    • Available year round
    • Free (If staying at qualia, Beach Club, Reef View Hotel, Palm Bungalows and Hamilton Island Holiday Homes)

Our kids loved learning how to Paddleboard, snorkelling and sailing at Catseye beach. Our younger kids sat on the shore playing at the beach whilst our older kids got out in the water and had a brilliant time.

What are the top ten activities to do with your children at Hamilton Island

  • Motorised watersports

    • Available year round
    • Costs $$

This trip we introduced our two older children to the motorised watersports they had an amazing time in the jet boat, and going tubing.

Clownfish club

Hamilton Island with kids is an amazing family trip but sometimes it is nice to be able to head out just the two of us and go on some of Hamilton Islands iconic walks. The way you can achieve this is by booking the kids into the Clownfish club.  Located near the main resort complex and ran by a group of qualified child-care workers our children loved the varied program at the Clownfish Club.

You can book in for the AM or PM session, or for a full day. Split into two rooms 6 weeks to 4 years old, and 5-14 years old each group has different activities each session.

The Younger rooms always stay in the centre, however, some of the older rooms session involves fun outings to “mini golf, bowling, the beach”

The staff are lovely, well trained and very knowledgeable.

 

Have you been to Hamilton Island?

What were your favourite things to do?

 

There is something special about Hamilton Island, its the sort of place you can go for a romantic holiday, a girls weekend or a family vacation. Its an incredibly relaxing place to visit with (or without Children). Our children Love Hamilton Island they have so much fun, there is always so much to do there, and we have put together their favourite activities to do at Hamilton Island with kids.
There is something special about Hamilton Island, its the sort of place you can go for a romantic holiday, a girls weekend or a family vacation. Its an incredibly relaxing place to visit with (or without Children). Our children Love Hamilton Island they have so much fun, there is always so much to do there, and we have put together their favourite activities to do on our visits to at Hamilton Island with kids.
There is something special about Hamilton Island. We look at the top ten activities for families at Hamilton Island in the whitsundays.
There is something special about Hamilton Island, its the sort of place you can go for a romantic holiday, a girls weekend or a family vacation. Its an incredibly relaxing place to visit with (or without Children). Our children Love Hamilton Island they have so much fun, there is always so much to do there, and we have put together their favourite activities to do on our visits.
Are you heading to the whitsundays, to the beautiful Hamilton Island. See what the top ten activities are for children.

 

 

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Walking trails of Hamilton Island – Part 1 -Escape Beach

Hamilton Island has over 20km of scenic walking trails to explore, and every time we go to Hamilton Island we make sure we go and explore the majestic walking trials of Hamilton Island.

There are two main entrances to the uninhabited section of the island that the Hiking trails are located at.

You can reach the walking trails via either the Scenic head trail entrance located at the end of Catseye beach. Or the Resort trail entrance located on the hill behind the Palm view Hotel.

The Resort entrance is a little further away from all the official entrances of the individual walking trails so will add a few extra minutes on each of the trails except for the flat top Hill lookout.  If you have a couple of days to walk Hamilton Island it is well worth starting a walk from both locations, as the view from each of the different paths gives a different view of the Island.

The main walks located on the Island are;

  • Flat top Hill Lookout
  • Resort Lookout
  • Passage Peak
  • Middle head
  • Coral Cove
  • Escape Beach
  • South East Head
  • Hideaway Bay

Our last trip though was over two years ago, and since then in the wake of cyclone Debbie much has changed in the trails around the island.

I previously wrote about our walk to escape beach,  and on this trip, we ventured back and have found some great improvements on the trail.

Escape Beach 2016, the path has had so many improvements over the last two years
The old path down to Escape beach back in 2016
Escape Beach, the paths have been upgraded and its the perfect time to take a walk to escape beach.
The New path to escape beach, makes it much easier to get down to Escape beach.

Escape beach is a Grade 3 trail, this means even with the improvements, it contains some short steep sections and a few obstacles on the path.

If you decide to start at the Scenic trail lookout (Hideaway Bay entrance), the walk starts off very steep if you want to check out Hideaway Bay (I recommend it, especially at low to mid tide as you can see heaps of Mudcrabs and soldier crabs then you turn left at the Y intersection, or head right to Saddle junction to choose your path.

The Scenic trail Entrance at Hamilton Island, walk to the Eastern end of Resort Drive, and head to the junction of Coral Bay drive and Resort drive to start your epic Hamilton Island hike.

Escape Beach is on the way to South East Head so people often drop in and have a look on their way to see the view of the Linderman Islands from South East Head, however, if you only have a couple of hours to spare the walk to Escape Beach is about an hour each way, (2550m each way).

If you are going to go on your way to South East Head you will need to allow about 3 hours as it is about an hour and a half each way. (7.3km)

The distance may not seem that much, however, due to the heat and the steep hills it can definitely take it out of you, so I would recommend bringing at least 2-3 litres of water per person, you need good walking shoes there are plenty of loose rocks that you can easily slip on.

Escape Beach, the paths have been upgraded and its the perfect time to take a walk to escape beach.
Escape Beach – Hamilton Island
Escape Beach, the paths have been upgraded and its the perfect time to take a walk to escape beach.
Escape Beach – Hamilton Island

 

Escape Beach, the paths have been upgraded and its the perfect time to take a walk to escape beach.
Great updated path near Escape Beach – Hamilton Island

The best thing about the walks on Hamilton Island is the destination is only part of the beauty of the trails, as you walk along you need to take time to look around you will see so many beautiful views from the trail. The blue Whitsunday water on one side, gorgeous butterflies flying around on the other.

 

There are over 20km of scenic walks and private beaches to explore, Where else but queensland
The path to Escape beach has improved dramatically over the last twelve months, whilst still a challenging hike it is alot more comfortable.
If you are after an Escape, head to Escape Beach on Hamilton Island
The best thing about the walks on Hamilton Island is the destination is only part of the beauty of the trails, as you walk along you need to take time to look around you will see so many beautiful views from the trail. The blue Whitsunday water on one side, gorgeous butterflies flying around on the other.
Hamilton Island has over 20km of scenic walking trails to explore, and every time we go to Hamilton Island we make sure we go and explore the majestic walking trials of Hamilton Island.
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The James Corden Challenge – Hamilton Island

There is something special about Hamilton Island, it is a beautiful place to relax and unwind when on holidays.

Our children and I have been talking about what makes Hamilton Island so magical.

We put together a list of what we think makes it so magical, and what tops the list is the ability to zoom around the island in your own Golf Buggy, the wind in your hair, the view out the open sides it just adds to the ambience of the resort.

Now all the rental Golf buggies are electrically powered so every time you stop you have to plug the cord in. Once or twice we have seen people that have obviously forgotten to charge their buggies, getting slower and slower up the steep hill going up towards “One tree hill”.

So every time we arrive back at the resort the cry would ring out, Plug the cord in.

Now Master L, aged 10 loves a good pun, and loves James Corden from Carpool Karaoke fame and started saying.

“Plug the “James Cord in”.

Now the pun began to get a life of its own.

Next thing it became the “James Cord in Challenge” the Challenge to find the most picturesque places you could plug the “cord in”.

Whilst very practical the view from our accommodation is not at all picturesque, the view from the resort is nicer with views of the beach in the distance.

It took us a while but we think we have found the winner.

One tree hill - Hamilton Island James Cord in Challenge (James Corden)

If you wander up to “One Tree Hill” at the very end there is an electrical plug that if you are the last buggy parked you can power up, and the view from the plug at the top of one tree hill, is amazing. The food and the drinks there are pretty amazing as well.

One tree hill - Hamilton Island James Cord in Challenge (James Corden)One tree hill - Hamilton Island James Cord in Challenge (James Corden)

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Passage Peak

Our Favorite walks at Hamilton Island. Part 2.

As we get ready to head up to Hamilton Island again, I thought I would put together a few of our favourite walks from our last trip. If you want to hear all about how you can walk to “Escape Beach“. A beautiful quiet beach on Hamilton Island.

Passage Peak

The walk to Passage Peak is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way.

The walk to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...

We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin, just enough to time to start warming up your muscles before the steps work muscles you had forgotten existed. The walk/climb is about 2kms one way, however, we decided to walk home a different way to give our knees a little rest from all the steps downhill.

Most of the trip up is steps with a few small respites of more level sections, however, the last 950 metres is basically just steps that seem to wind on forever. Probably the most heartbreaking sign is as you are leaving the Turkey nest junction Where the paths all meet and head up the stairs with the sign clearly telling you 950 metres to go, then about 200 metres up the path you are met with another sign that also reads 950 metres to go.

The walk to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...

This was the path where our heartbeats really started racing when we met a snake along our path. (Ok it was a non-venomous green tree snake) but my heart rate still jumped up about 20 beats when I saw the snake slithering only 30 CM’s away.

snake at Passage Peak Snake at Passage Peak

 

Before you walk up the final steps to the top there is a great lookout, you wander down (silently thinking to yourself that for every step down is another step I have to walk up) but at the end gives you a great view of Whitsunday Island and the resort. We were also lucky to have a kookaburra in the trees below.

Once we got to the top there are three different lookouts

One that looks out over South East head

The walk to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...

Another fantastic walk you can do that is about 7kms round trip.

One that looks out over the Resort

The walk to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ... The walk to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ... The walk to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...

We sat there for ages watching the jet skiers in the waves below, jumping over the waves enjoying not only the fun happening below but the sense of achievement that we had made it up the steps.

And then The peak itself that looks out over the Whitsunday coral sea

The walk to Passage Peak on Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ... The walk to Passage Peak Hamilton Island is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...

 

We sat and watched as the rain came in across the water a welcome relief from the heat and humidity, as we got ready for the walk back.

 

The walk to Passage Peak is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...
The walk to Passage Peak is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...
The walk to Passage Peak is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...
The walk to Passage Peak is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...
The walk to Passage Peak is a steep climb with steps that seem to go on for ages but the view at the end makes it all worthwhile. With a great couple of lookouts along the way. We set out from the hideaway bay entrance which gives you a couple of hundred metre walk before the steps begin ...

 

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Escape Beach – Hamilton Island

Escape Beach – Hamilton Island

Park your caravan in Airlie beach and catch a boat over to Hamilton Island for some amazing walks that will not only challenge you but will leave you wanting to explore more. Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays, with its own airport and school its population is about 1200 people, with thousands more heading over by boat, plane or ferry to relax and enjoy the serenity.

adventures from where you want to be

There are walks to huge lookouts where you can look over the island, to walks to private beaches where you can enjoy lunch peacefully by yourself.

Make sure you bring lots of water, a phone or camera to take lots of photos and enjoy the peaceful serenity that is The Whitsundays.

We love Hamilton Island, it is one of our favourite destinations to visit not just for ourselves, but as a family. There are so many fun things to do from, the Wildlife Park, heaps of pools, water sports, kids club, shopping, the beaches, jet skiing, massages, food, the list is endless.

One of our favourite things though is to walk the many scenic trails around the island. Our children love the Clownfish club so we always make sure they can find a program they are interested in and we venture off just the two of us to explore.

On our last trip to Hamilton Island the first walk we did was the walk to Escape beach. When wanting to explore the scenic trails there are a few places that you can start your walks from, but we decided to start behind the resort. It was easy to park our golf buggy and head off on our walk.

Hamilton Island

 

The walk is approximately 3300 metres each way. For this walk you need to be relatively fit as there are some steep parts, as well as near the end it feels like the track seems to disappear and you are left clambering down the hill to Escape Beach.

Hamilton Island

Most of the way there is uphill so make sure you bring lots of water, however, the advantage of that is most of the trip back is downhill 🙂 This is a great track to start off with as Passage Peak whilst shorter is much steeper and has stairs that go on forever.

There are great places to stop along the way and catch your breath whilst you catch the view.You will see so many beautiful butterflies and other wildlife along the way.

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island

But once you get to the final 200 metres and descend the steep hill to your own idyllic private beach.

Hamilton Island escape beach

We bought our own lunch with us and sat back on a rock in the peaceful surrounding with no one else in sight, I don’t know if it was the fact we had just walked 3.5kms, but that Lunch was probably my favourite of the whole trip.

escape beach Hamilton Island

On the walk back we headed through mangroves, climbed up steep hills to catch a view of the island and by the time we had finished our walk of over 8kms, we were exhausted. Thankfully a quick swim and a bite to eat at the yacht club left us refreshed and ready to walk passage peak the next day.

Escape beach Hamilton Island Escape beach Hamilton Island

Escape beach Hamilton Island

Escape beach Hamilton Island

Have you been to Hamilton Island before, the Whitsundays?

What is your favourite location in the Whitsundays?

 

Escape Beach – Hamilton Island. Head to Hamilton Island for some amazing walks that will not only challenge you but will leave you wanting to explore more. Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays, with its own airport and school ...
Escape Beach – Hamilton Island. Head to Hamilton Island for some amazing walks that will not only challenge you but will leave you wanting to explore more. Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays, with its own airport and school ...
Escape Beach – Hamilton Island. Head to Hamilton Island for some amazing walks that will not only challenge you but will leave you wanting to explore more. Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays, with its own airport and school ...

 

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Whitsunday Fishing Charter

Whitsunday Fishing charter
Whitsunday Fishing charter

 

Is it the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays? or the amazing fish that makes Whitsundays one of the most beautiful places to go fishing? We thought we would find out with a 2 night, 3-day Whitsunday fishing charter with the amazing team at Topnotch Game Fishing.

We headed out from the Port of Airlie Beach on the luxurious Riviera 51, a 17.73m, 3700L fishing boat. The boat called “Topless” is striking. It’s black marlin tower, strikes a great contrast to it’s silver hull. “Topless” is powered by twin 970hp engines. That allows a cruising speed of 24 knots and a top speed of 33 knots, allowing us to quickly get out to our destination the Outer Reef.

We departed early on the first day 6:30am as the sun was coming up. We had great opportunities to take some great photos of the sun reflecting on Pacific Ocean. As we headed out on our Private Charter. However, our reflexes weren’t quick enough to catch a picture of the whales that we passed as they leapt out of the water, a majestic sight to behold.

The “Topless” has a fully air-conditioned enclosed fly bridge, as well as air conditioning throughout the accommodation perfect to offer shade and relief when the Queensland sun is at it’s hottest.

As we headed off we also had time to settle into our cabins, there were three cabins for guests, one with a double bed, one with bunks, one with triple bunks, whilst the crew stay up stairs. There were also two bathrooms, complete with showers and toilets.

Once we had cleared the main channels and had headed out to the appropriate areas we set our lines to troll out, it was great to catch some fish so early on our first day of fishing. The day continued with many more fish caught and ended with some of our fish filleted, cooked and served for dinner. There is nothing more rewarding that knowing you caught your dinner.

Whitsunday Fishing charter

Topnotch are an all inclusive fishing charter. All we needed to bring were our clothes and toiletries in a soft bag, alcohol, and a camera. They supplied everything else from baits, tackles, snorkeling gear, stinger suits, bed linen, meals, soft drink and water.

What we found was that our Whitsunday fishing charter was so much more than just fishing. They adapt to your needs and requirements. We really enjoyed fishing. But we also wanted to do some sightseeing, so after two days of fishing our last day involved exploring a bit more of the beauty that is Queensland.

Whitsunday Fishing charter

Sightseeing on the Whitsundays

We donned their snorkels, masks and stinger suits and snorkelled amongst the reef, the amazing fish. There is nothing more rewarding than jumping straight off the back of a boat into the clear blue water. We took a visit to Whitsunday Island, home of Whitehaven beach. We were dropped over the hill, a short but very rewarding walk over hill inlet lookout and onto Whitehaven beach.

Whitsunday Fishing charter
Fishing charter Whitsundays

We had such a great time with the team at Topnotch game fishing, Russell and Tom. Was the perfect way to experience the Whitsundays, the perfect way to catch some fish.

 

Is it the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays? or the amazing fish that makes Whitsundays one of the most beautiful places to go fishing? We thought we would find out with a 2 night, 3-day Whitsunday fishing charter with the amazing team at Topnotch Game Fishing.
Is it the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays? or the amazing fish that makes Whitsundays one of the most beautiful places to go fishing? We thought we would find out with a 2 night, 3-day Whitsunday fishing charter with the amazing team at Topnotch Game Fishing.
Is it the crystal clear waters of the Whitsundays? or the amazing fish that makes Whitsundays one of the most beautiful places to go fishing? We thought we would find out with a 2 night, 3-day Whitsunday fishing charter with the amazing team at Topnotch Game Fishing.
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Sea World – Gold Coast

Australia’s Favourite Marine Park – Sea World

Sea World

What would a trip to the Gold coast be without a visit to the famous Gold coast theme parks.

Gold Coast is Australia’s home of theme parks, with 6 Major theme parks to choose from.

Movie World, Sea World, Wet n Wild and the lesser known Paradise Country, all part of Village Roadshow, and just a little further down the road sits both dreamworld and White water  world run by Ardent Leisure who also runs Skypoint, AMF and Kingpin bowling as well as other leisure businesses.

So whether you are after a thrill ride, water rides, animals or getting up close and personal with your favourite superheroes. The Gold Coast has something for you.

Sea World was started back in 1973 by Keith Williams he found the name Sea World wasn’t registered in Australia and decided it was the perfect name for his marine attraction.

Sea World in Australia has a large emphasis on rescuing marine Life. It contributes over $1 Million a year to fund the rescue, research and rehabilitation of marine life they have staff on call 24 hours a day, eery day of the year to help ‘rescue’ marine animals.

We took our 4 children aged between 2-10 years to Sea world and their was enough to keep all of them amused.

Nickelodeon Land

(Pre-schoolers) (Primary School)
With 6 different rides for children to choose that will keep kids aged about 2-12 excited. It is the perfect place for your children to explore. It now has its own recently opened kid sized mini rollercoaster. Nickelodeon Land has 3 main themes.

  • Dora
  • TMNT
  • Sponge Bob

Creatures of the Deep

(Pre-schoolers) (Primary School)

Your children can take a journey to see the mysterious creatures of the Deep.

Featuring Large moving / Interactive exhibits that showcase a mixture of both real mysterious marine creatures to the legendary creatures like the Loch ness, Kraken and Megalodon.

The attraction is found in two locations a large building located next to the Penguin attraction and a great outdoor pathway your children can walk through and explore on your way to Nickelodeon Land.

Sea World

Sea World

Castaway Bay

(Late pre-school) (Primary School) (Secondary College)

Castaway Bay is a great Wet interactive area in Sea World that is a favourite in the warmer Queensland weather.

It has three main attractions, Battle Boats, Sky Fortress, and Sky Climb.

If you do decide to do battle on the Battle Boats you will get Wet. The Battle boats travel around a large area and their are over 80 water canons to contend with.

The other attractions are both ‘dry’ attractions but just as much fun. The Five level sky fortress will have your children climbing, crawling, going through bridges, tunnels, slides and ropes.

If your child is between 120 – 140cm they can balance 12 metres off the ground in the sky climb.

Animal Adventures

(Primary School) (Secondary College) (Adult)

What would a trip to Sea World be without an up close and personal animal encounter. Packages are available to spend time woth dolphins, sharks, polar bears penguins and seals.

Rides

Now a trip to a theme park would not be complete without a thrill ride and Sea World doesn’t disappoint whilst they may not have many 3 in total but they are all great and different to each other.

Viking Flume

(Pre School +) 

Viking revenge flume is a fun ride that always has a little bit of a wait, its a 480m floating ride which children from 95cm can ride. (With an adult) it climbs 13 metres above the ground and our children loved floating through the top of the iconic Sea World castle to then speed back down 58km per hour getting wet in the process.

Sea World

Jet Rescue

(Late Primary School +) 

This Speedy coaster sees you climb aboard a jet-ski and race incredibly quickly  (70km) pulling 2.5G’s in the process round the track to save the Sea Lion.

There are a couple of tables nearby for those not tall 125cm tall, (or brave) enough to participate.

Storm Coaster

(Late Primary School +) 

My favorite ride on the Gold Coast the storm coaster is a great mix of rollercoaster, themed waiting area, water (you get very wet), and great views of the Gold Coast and the park itself.

If you are over 110cm I strongly recommend that you have a ride on it. The Storm coaster is themed to the effect that you are trying to evacuate from a category 5 tropical cyclone at a shipping port. There is debris everywhere from upturned shipping containers broken TV’s, upturned boats, cars everywhere.

The ride itself is 470 metres long and stands 28 m tall. It has a top speed of 70kms and a great splashdown at the end where you get very wet.

Sea World

 

 

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Mountain Bike Riding on the Sunshine Coast.

Just out of Noosa is 100km of Mountain Bike trail.

Over 25km of this is fast flowing single trail perfect for all levels of mountain bike riders.

Noosa has quickly gained a reputation as a great place to mountain bike and due to this there are not only alot of places to hire mountain bikes, but also some great guided tours and skill workshops.

On our recent trip we booked our oldest two children into a skill coaching session through Bike-on in Noosa. Joined by their Dad they had some great time with an instructor helping build some great techniques, building on the skills they already had and further building up their confidence.

It’s included some great photos so they could have souvenirs to remember it by.

The 2 hour course was about $65 per person and came with bike hire, and pick up from your accomodation.

Noosa bike riding

Noosa bike riding

 

 

 

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Buffet breakfast – Hamilton Island Wildlife Park

Buffet breakfast at the Wildlife park Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island Wildlife Park signNow there are plenty of places to grab breakfast on the Island, from Cafes and bakeries downtown, to grabbing your own from the local grocery store, the Island has three places that you can enjoy buffet breakfast from Sails at the main resort, to the hotels breakfast but if you want to really enjoy a buffet breakfast on Hamilton Island I suggest the breakfast at the wildlife park.

Now the buffet itself does not have as much selection as Sails, however the pancakes and eggs made to order certainly make up for it.

Each day a chef is their to make your eggs however you like them and unlike other restaurants where you stand their waiting for ages whilst they make your order, you tell the chef your order and your table number and she brings it to you. They arrived beautifully presented.

You sit their overlooking cuddly koalas, and for not much more you can also pay for entry into the wildlife park.

Our children loved the hot pancakes, and the fact their was a huge selection of topping choices from Chocolate, caramel, strawberry, maple syrup, lemon and sugar


Hamilton Island Wildlife Park Coffee

Hamilton Island Wildlife Park Breakfast

 

Hamilton Island Wildlife Park Breakfast

 

Hamilton Island Wildlife Park

Hamilton Island Wildlife Park

Hamilton Island Koala Wildlife Park

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