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The pool at Hamilton Island.
The pool at Hamilton Island.
Windsurfing at Hamilton.
The view from the resort.

Hamilton Island

Thursday, January 31, 2002
Fly directly into the natural, tropical bushland of the Whitsundays. From windsurfing for the adults to face painting for the children, it's got it all.

There are 74 islands in the Whitsundays, with only 12 inhabited, and Hamilton is right in the middle. It is 4.5km long and 3km wide with natural tropical bushland covering 80 percent of it. It is home to many native animals and birds and perfect for nature lovers and bushwalkers. It is the only island you can fly directly into, and you can get around by shuttle, taxi or motorised golf buggies. The island has a surgery, bank, supermarket, post office and various boutiques.

Accommodation on the island varies to suit all budgets. Palm Terraces is the newest, with 60 low-rise rooms, suitable for a maximum of three. Each has private balcony, air-conditioning, mini-bar, tea and coffee-making facilities.

Palm Bungalows are freestanding, coconut-palm-fringed and secluded. They have a king bed, single divan and all the facilities of Palm Terrace.

Whitsunday Apartments are fully self-contained units with one or two bedroom apartments, accommodating five and six guests respectively.

Reef View Hotel has 386 rooms and suites, with private check-in, balconies, air conditioning, mini-bar, pay-to-view movies, room safe and tea and coffee facilities.

The most luxurious accommodation is the Beach Club Resort, with 60 beachfront rooms on Catseye Beach overlooking the Coral Sea. It has its own pool, and children are not catered for at this resort.

Activities are plentiful — you can take a boat to Reefworld, Whitehaven Beach and some great snorkelling spots. Maybe a seaplane or helicopter scenic flight appeals? There are twilight and sunset cruises, sailing lessons, fishing trips, jet skiing and windsurfing.

There is plenty to do on land — guided flora and fauna walks, off-island golf, go-karts and mini golf. There are squash courts, gym with aerobics classes, racquetball and tennis courts and a flotation tank.

The most difficult thing you will have to do is decide where to eat. There are 10 restaurants serving snacks, breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks at various times of the day. When accompanied by an adult, children eat free at Spinnakers Bar and Grill, Toucan Tango, Cascades, Tang Dynasty and Manta Ray.

Speaking of children, those under 15 can stay in their parents' room for no extra charge and enjoy the Clownfish Club. It is free for babies from six weeks old, and children up to 14 years old. Morning and afternoon tea are provided.

There are sessions of painting, play dough, dancing, sand sculpting and face painting for the young ones. Entertainment becomes more sophisticated for older children.

Hamilton is a complete, year-round destination for families, solo travellers and honeymooners, and they can even arrange conferences.

Location

At the heart of the Whitsundays.

Cost

Hamilton Island five-night packages, including accommodation at the Reef View Hotel, transfers and breakfast, cost $655 per person, twin share.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

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