I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics.
I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published March 3rd 2015
Sun, Fun, Water, Barrier Reef, Fishing and Accomodation.
A few years ago Leanne and I decided to spoil ourselves and fly up to Hamilton Island and stay at the Beach Club Resort for our 25th wedding anniversary.
This was going to be a week away from the kids, where we could just lounge by the infinity pool, have a few cocktails, go for a swim in the ocean, sun ourselves on the beach, lay in a hammock and have a nanna nap, go on a few tours, try and catch a fish of a lifetime, or just plain do completely nothing.
Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia. It is positioned approximately 887 kilometres (551 mi) north of Brisbane, and 512 kilometres (318 mi) south of Cairns. It is also the only island on the Great Barrier Reef with its own commercial airport, with short direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Cairns.
Hamilton Island Marina. Where some fine dining is to be had.
What struck me when we got off the plane was the heat and the humidity, and I couldn't wait to get to the Beach Club Resort and cool off, either by the pool, or by having a dip in the ocean. Upon arrival at the resort, we were given a cool, refreshing drink, and a wet towel to clean away a bit of the sweat.
You might see a whale or a dolphin while you are there.
Our room overlooked the sandy beach (at high tide only), and out over crystal clear turquoise coloured water. It wasn't long before we were down poolside sipping on a cocktail, and a bourbon and coke. While sitting there watching the world go by and thinking of the kids (not), one of the many waiters came and started to shoo away a few birds that were also trying to sun themselves. The reason being that they would leave little deposits near the edge of the pool, and try to pinch any food that you left unguarded.
While lazing away the hours, Leanne and I checked out what there was to do on the Island. There were so many options, and so little time to do them all. While on the island, you could try some of the following activities:
• Hire a golf buggy and drive around the island.
These golf buggies were great, as it gave you the opportunity to drive around the island and check out the views, other things to do, and if you didn't feel like walking down to the marina to get an ice-cream, you could hop in one and drive yourself down. For more information click here.
Leanne and I boarded the air-conditioned catamaran that took us on a short comfortable ride over to Whitehaven Beach, reputed to be the whitest sand in the world. Once at anchor, we were ferried over to the beach by a small barge, where we could walk the beach, feeling the fine white sand between our toes, go for a swim, or go snorkelling to see what fish were about. While we were there, we did manage to see a turtle, but I wasn't quick enough to get a photo. Always next time.
At the time we were there, the golf course was just being built, but I am sure when we go back the next time my son-in-law-to-be, Andrew, and I will try and get in nine holes. For more information click here.
• Go snorkelling.
When we stayed at the Beach Club Resort, each room came with a pair of snorkels. Some mornings when the tide was high, I would spend a couple of hours just floating over the closed in coral reefs, amazed by all the pretty-coloured fish. I even saw Nemo a few times.
• Try your hand at fishing.
If you go to an island that is reported to have thousands of fish in the waters around it, and you love fishing like I do, you have got to hire a small dinghy to see what you can hook up.
During the three hours that I hired the boat, I managed to lose 11 lures, for a total of about $120. Lucky I don't have to pay for them. The outfit that I took over had me out-gunned to the size of fish that jumped all over the lures. Next time, I will be taking the 10 kilo outfit. For more information click here.
One of the ones we did was the Resort Lookout, which is an excellent introduction to the island, through typical Whitsunday bushland. It starts at the Scenic Trail entrance (near the eastern end of the Whitsunday Apartments). This lookout is the second highest point on the island, and drops off to sheer cliff faces, with a stunning, panoramic view of the main resort area, marina village and surrounding islands. For more information click here.
• Play Mini Golf.
The mini golf was just a short walk from the Beach Club Resort, and it was a great place to get out of the midday sun, as there was plenty of shade from the maze of plants and palms. From memory, Leanne absolutely smashed me. For more information click here.
Do I get the impression you really liked Hammo??
I agree. You might not like sailing, per se, but you might change your mind if you rent a yacht, either just you and your wife, and/or maybe another couple. You don't need to sail, just start the motor and chortle to some of the gorgeous bays off Whitsunday, Hamilton, Hayman and Thomas Island.