Great Barrier Reef – Hamilton Island

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One of the many Whitsunday islands that make the Great Barrier Reef it’s home is Hamilton Island.  This beautiful little island is known for its coral reefs, blue waters, beaches, wildlife and lots of activities – it  has it’s own little  mini town with restaurants, stores, golfing facilities and even a Yacht Club.If you don’t want to spend the entire time walking around the island, a popular and fun way to get around is by Golf Buggy – although you can only really go 20km an hour (I struggled with this – I kept wanting it to go faster).  Drive up to the tallest point of the island to take some great snapshots or just take time to explore – you really can’t get lost!

Visitor accommodation all have a very ‘island’ feel to them, and you can stay in bungalows or one of their hotels.  Hamilton Island is suitable for couples and great for families with young kids – there’s plenty of things to keep the little ones occupied!

If you want to stay in style, there’s always the option of checking in to the luxurious “Qualia” which is situated on the secluded  northern tip of Hamilton Island.  I wasn’t lucky enough to actually stay at this resort but I managed to get in to inspect the property, which was just beautiful!  – lots of privacy, a plunge pool on your deck, stylish, spectacular views…what more could you want?  and Oprah Winfrey stayed here, so it has to be good right? right!  Yes, Hamilton Island was the first place Oprah arrived in on her first trip to Australia.  It’s a great place to take the family, or just get away with friends.  Before you go, it’s a good idea to check that you’re not visiting during the rainy season so you can enjoy the facilities and island as much as possible. As you can see from my pic above, it was pretty overcast and rainy during my stay but I still had alot of fun anyway.

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