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Brendon lazes about on Brampton.
Brendon lazes about on Brampton.
Brampton Island looks lush.
Jet-skiing in Brampton.

Brampton Island

Thursday, October 11, 2001
If you are in need of a holiday, either to relax on a hammock under shady palms or to dance the night away with a cocktail in hand, then this one is for you.

Captain James Cook, on the Endeavour, charted and named the Whitsundays in 1770. Archaeological evidence, including middens, shows that Brampton Island was inhabited by Aborigines who hunted and foraged there. It is one of 70 islands in the Cumberland Group, and enjoys a year-round temperature of 21 degrees.

The island was a stopover for pearl luggers, and many convicts from the penal settlement of Nou in New Caledonia escaped and made it through treacherous seas to the freedom of the island. One of the early owners had a salt-water pool carved out of a solid rock.

Tourism was to be the destiny of the Whitsundays, and the first guests on Brampton were from the SS Canberra, which travelled along Australia's east coast. A three-week holiday cost £27, which is $54.60 in today's currency!

In 1941, Brampton became an army camp where Malay soldiers were trained to infiltrate Japanese forces.

Today's Brampton is a 108-room resort adjacent to a national park, and offers a variety of holidays to suit just about everyone. It is popular with honeymooners and anyone who wants a peaceful and romantic holiday. Enjoy picnics on a secluded golden beach or sip cocktails while watching the sun sink into the ocean before sharing some delicious local seafood. What could be more relaxing than swinging in a hammock under shady palms?

If a holiday means late nights, dancing and meeting new friends, Brampton can arrange that, too. They have karaoke and retro nights and beach barbecues.

If an action-packed holiday is what you like, then the list of things to suit you on Brampton is endless. There are seven superb beaches where you can sail a catamaran, paddle ski, jet-ski, water ski, windsurf, snorkel, dive and wake-board. Among the land activities are tennis, golf, archery, beach volleyball, plus lots of scenic walks through the national parks to remote beaches and bays.

This island has many options, and unlike many other resorts, you get to choose the pace of your own holiday.

Location

30km north-east of Mackay in the Whitsundays.

Cost

Brampton Island has five-night packages including accommodation, meals and activities starting at $780 per person, twin-share.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Voyages
Ph: 1300 134 044
Fax: (02) 9299 2103
Website: www.voyages.com.au
E-mail: travel@voyages.com.au

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