Sipping our tea and nibbling our toast we look up at the gum tree next to our table and see a fluffy Koala happily munching on a eucalyptus leaf. This cuddly bundle of grey and white is so close to us we could reach out and give him a pat! Our two mini Blondies – Marli and Ziggy are giggling and pointing in excitement between mouthfuls of breakfast and we take a moment to appreciate this special experience – it’s not everyday you get to have breakfast with a Koala!!
Nestled amongst the Whitsunday Islands in North Queensland is the beautiful Hamilton Island, our home for the next 5 days, and this awesome breakfast experience with a cuddly Koala is just one of the exciting activities available to guests who visit the island. We have escaped the winter chill of Sydney for this mini adventure and the moment we step off our Jetstar flight we instantly slip into holiday mode – it’s hard not to when you are surrounded by palm trees, blue water and sunshine!
As the kids enjoy building sand castles and playing in the shallows, Rob and I take in the sights of this picture perfect location. We reminisce of our time here back in 2007 before we were married and had kids and agree it is just as beautiful now as it was almost 10 years ago! Just to add some excitement to our day the sky darkens, black clouds roll in and the heavens open. With the kids tucked away under towels we brave the rain and head home.
Back on the Island it is not long before the sun is shining again. We head to the Wild Life park which was a huge hit with the kids. Besides enjoying breakfast with the Koalas you can also view a range of Aussie animals including Crocodiles, Kangaroos, Snakes, Cassowary, Bettongs, Wallabies and Dingos. Once you gain entry into the park you can visit as often as you like. A highlight for us was seeing the cutest baby Koala with her mumma and of course McCulloch the huge Saltwater Croc who sat himself right up against the glass of his enclosure… and just on cue, as we approached, he opens his mouth wide showing us his impressive teeth and probably measuring us up for his lunch!! To look this ancient reptile in the eye with only a layer of glass between us is a little unnerving but an amazing experience.
There are a variety of water sport activities available from Catseye Beach (the main beach on the island) but we simply enjoy exploring the beach at low tide or jumping in one (of the many) resort pools available. We are excited to find most of the shells in the shallows of the beach have small Sea Snails or Hermit Crabs inside them! Marli loves to name them and we have to keep a close eye on Ziggy as he tries to eat them!!!
In the evenings if we are not out enjoying the race week festivities on front street we are dining in style in some very impressive restaurants. As part of the islands ‘kids stay and eat free deal’ our little Blondies enjoy their meals for free which was a huge bonus for us. After watching the sun set at the beach or from our hotel balcony with our feathered friends, we were lucky to have an amazing view of the moon rising right over Passage Peak (one of the islands large mountain peaks). With the kids all tuckered out and asleep it was nice to share some quiet time together taking in this amazing sight.
Having travelled to a lot of destinations we are very impressed with Hamilton island and its set up. It is family friendly and offers a wide range of activities to suit everyone. If you are looking for a great value holiday with the family, this should be at the top of your list! We definitely can’t wait to come back again – thanks for the memories Hamilton Island!!
Interesting Facts about Hamilton Island
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