One of our favourite holiday places is Hamilton Island. The only downside to this ideal location is the inability to get your caravan onto the island. However don’t worry leave it over at Airlie Beach, catch a ferry and before you know it you are on a tropical oasis.
Now we love to travel with our four children and Hamilton Island is a favourite for all of them. Why do they/we love it, oh let me count the ways.
1 – You can hire Toys
Forget about packing heaps of toys for $20 for the week hire a great variety of toys from the Clownfish club. (These also included Sand toys, great for the kids at the beach. It was so nice to not have to worry about packing heaps of toys on our trip.
2 – The Clownfish Club
Speaking of the clownfish club, as soon as we went to pick up our bag of toys our children decided that they wanted to go to the Clownfish club. This is a Holiday Child care environment for children from 6 weeks – 14 years of age.
They have morning tea, afternoon or full day sessions available. Each Morning or afternoon session includes a different fun activity. The fees includes morning tea, lunch and Afternoon tea, depends on what time you are there.
Our kids loved it and kept asking to go back, (they still ask to go back weeks later) they went to two half day sessions and made chocolates one day, and did a craft activity the other day.
We used this opportunity to go on a couple of long walks that would be too hard with four children aged, 2, 3, 8, and 10 in tow.
This was our first time using a holiday kids club and definitely won’t be the last.
3 – Kids eat free
If you’re staying at the Reef view hotel, Palm bungalows, or a holiday home booked through Hamilton Island Holiday Homes, they can eat for free with Hamilton Islands Kids Stay & Eat Free offer!
The restaurants, and food are great quality. our children’s favorites were Sails and the Wildlife Hamilton Island Koala cafe for breakfast. Dinner favorite was Tako (Mexican) or Coca chu (South east Asian) for Dinner.
4 – Free use of non-motorised Water sports
If you are staying at either the Reef view hotel, Palm bungalows, or book a holiday home through Hamilton Island Holiday Homes you can use all the non motorised water sports for free. Our kids had an amazing time kayaking, snorkeling, and learning how to paddle board. There is also Catamaran’s available, depending on the wind.
5 – The most enjoyable way to get around – Golf Buggies.
There are very limited cars on Hamilton Island. So instead you have the opportunity to rent a Golf Buggy instead and they are so much fun. We had a great time exploring the island.
6 – Wildlife
Make sure you check out my other post about Wildlife on Hamilton Island. Our children loved seeing all the wildlife, they had a great time eating breakfast surrounded by Koalas, and seeing fish and sting rays.