Greetings. Have just spent a week on Hamilton Island with hubby and 2 kids aged 10 and 13 years. First visit. Wow loved the place. Stayed in Shorelines 15- see seperate review- superb! Shorelines is situated marina side. We were very happy with our position and the apartment though I must say if my kids were younger perhaps staying resort side would have been better due to easy access to kids pools and the beach. We had 2 beautiful pools to use - the Shoreline pool and The edge pool- wow the edge pool has to be seen to be believed!! Amazing! though not relly suited to little ones which we didnt have. Unfortunately most of the pools on the island are unheated , hence a little cool especially because we travelled in winter and weather quite mild at the time. Spent more time at the Reef view Hotel pool which is heated. Had the use of a buggy with our apartment and they are a must as the island is very hilly and some of the hills are killers!! There is a shuttle bus that gets around but you need to work with its schedule which would be annoying! Found all staff on the island super friendly. Yes the island is expensive overall, though if you do your research you will figure this out. We ate out at Romanos, beautiful food and ambience, Manta Ray Cafe, delicious pizzas, Sails restaurant, yummy and also Popeyes take away and the Bakery, all delicious. Bought our essentials at the small local supermarket, yes more expensive then the mainland, didnt use the coles on-line service as didnt want any wastage etc. Local supermarket very busy and it wasnt even peak time- so I think during the warmer months and school holidays they would run out of things so get in early.
Did a trip on Cruise Indigo to Whitehaven and snorkelling at Chalkies- great trip and superb crew. Unfortunately windy the whole week we were there so did limit our activities. Also went out to the reef with Fantasea- wonderful trip- very rough day BUT we were warned many times by the skipper what to expect- we took sea sick tablets and were fine but many around us not so! In saying that they were warned and had the choice of backing out. Even thought windy we snorklled and it was amazing. We flew back to Ham Island by helicopter which is an optional and what an amzing experience this was- well worth the extra dollars! Pilot very informative and we even saw a whale! Only thing of note is that once you get out to the reef the time goes so quickly and seems a little rushed. I will review both these trips individually on TA later.
Also went target shooting, which was a buzz for the boys and also go-karting which us girls enjoyed! There is a lot to do on the island though bear in mind it all costs money...do your research! Visited the wildlife park- cute little park though I would say not worth the money except you do get to return as many times as you want.
Some quaint little shops to wander through on the main street, everywhere you go the views are amazing. Hence it is a great holiday destination, couples, families whomever really- sooo beautiful. Wish we had warmer weather so we could have used all the pools but we cant control that. The main resort pools are amazing on Catseye beach and the beach itself is lovely. Lots of actvities down here to partake in- we only used the kayaks one day ...great fun. Also if you are up to it - take a hike on some of the hiking trails up near Palm Valley- very hilly so beware- we took one trail to Coral Cove- wow what a gorgeous little beach- postcard perfect! Overall superb holi destination!