A beach retreat with no cars and plenty of life: Hamilton Island
I went to Hamilton Island with my husband for a few days of island living. Hamilton Island is a part of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, close to the Great Barrier Reef and is teaming with life. This golf cart (‘buggy’) only island is covered in bush, where koalas and kangaroos roam, birds fly over head, and sea life surrounds. It was destroyed in a storm a decade ago and subsequently purchased by Robert Oatley, who transformed the island into the laid back resort it is today. Hamilton Island is at once deeply relaxing and an active island, with a multitude of activities to keep solo travelers, families, and couples pleasantly entertained. The hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, paddle boarding, sunset sipping, dining, lounging, and and sea-planing are all top notch, with my favorite excursion being underwater. Although I could have cuddled a koala the entire trip, I don’t think much can beat scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. I saw my first (& 2nd, 3rd, 4th..) shark and ran into an old friend on a boat in the middle of the pacific on the excursion so shock and happiness were both at highs, while the reef itself was a bit surreal to experience.
*Indicates I was not able to go, however I have been recommended
Exclusive luxury resort
Beach Club Resort*
Upscale hotel on Catseye Beach
Surfside Southeast Asian
Dent Island, Lunch at the golf course
Sunset cocktails at Hamilton Island Yacht Club
Healthy breakfast and lunch options
Activities can all be booked via Hamilton Island website, here.
Explore scuba diving
Helicopter and seaplane*
Buggy (Golf Cart) Hire recommended