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Just off the coast of North Queensland lies
Hamilton Island. One of 74 islands that
make up the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island
is situated just off the edge of the Great Barrier
Reef. It offers visitors a little slice of paradise, with
its azure waters, beautiful beaches, great climate
and the amazing flora and fauna of the world’s
largest natural wonder just a shor t boat ride away.
With Queensland tourism suffering a terrible
economic blow from the recent weather catastrophes
of cyclones and flooding , Australia’s Far North is
cr ying out for visitors to return once more. Much
of the devastation seen on our TV screens has been
cleared away and our northern cousins want you to
know that they are ready for business once more.
Hamilton Island was fortunate to miss the
brunt of Januar y’s c yclone, with the island resort
back in business within days of this extreme
weather e vent. Arriving on the island it is difficult
to imagine that there was a catastrophe of any
kind – the tropical landscape is as lush as ever and
the island is looking in tip top shape.
This time of year the tropical rain that is so
often present during the summer months has
abated and the temperature is a balmy 25 degrees.
Skies are perfect blue and the sea, cr ystal clear -
perfect for some snorkelling .
The island offers plenty of activities to keep
visitors busy – especially if you’re a lover of
water sports. Always wanted to tr y your hand
at paddleboarding ? Now’s your chance. Or grab
some snorkels and a sting er suit and explore the
coral and sea life that lie just metres from the
sand’s edge. Jump on board a catamaran and sail
around the bay or g et a kayak for two and take
a paddle. All the non motorised sp orts are free
of charg e for island guests – so why not take
advantag e and try something new ?
There’s a g ym, squash and tennis courts for those
wanting a more conventional way to keep fit and
the kids will love the opportunity to go bowling or
hit the go -cart track . There’s also a g olf course for
those that can’t do without their weekly putt.
Being one of the larger resorts in the
Whitsundays, Hamilton Island also has its
own thriving restaurant and shopping precinct.
There’s oppor tunities for fine dining via the newly
refurbished Yacht Club or simply grab some great
gourmet pizza at the local pizza bar if you fe el like
something more relaxed.
Best of all its just a hop, skip and a jump from
all the wonders of the Great Barrier Re ef – and no
visitor to the area should leave without making a
day trip out to se e its wonders.
A trip to Hamilton Island reveals nature’s wonders in abundance.
By Cec Busby
Welcome to Paradise
Skies are perfect blue
and the sea crystal
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