Ok I admit the title of this post is total click-bait but now that your here. The paradise that I am referring to is non other than the spectacular Whitsunday Islands in Australia. I choose to stay in the luxourious Hamilton Island.
This post is going to be a one stop shop on everything Hamilton Island from getting there, making memories to leaving the island and coping with the holiday blues!
Getting There: As I was already in Sydney I flew to Hamilton Island via JetStar which was a breeze. Everything was made so easy for us, we had around a 2 hour flight. The great thing about Hamilton Island is that there is an airport on the island so you can fly direct. The views coming into the island were incredible, it literally was like something from a postcard. Jetstar has some great deals especially if you live in Australia and are interested in travelling to internal destinations.
Where to stay: Its safe to say Hamilton Island as some of the most breathtaking views I’ve ever seen. The hotels are spectacular to say the least. We stayed in the amazing Reef View Hotel, I could not recommend it more! No words would do this place justice, one of the main reasons I choose to stay here is that it had a Tourist Booking desk which was the main one for the island in our hotel. This made booking trips a lot easier for us. The island gets around in golf carts which you can rent across the road from the Reef View Hotel, which I recommend if you want to explore the island yourself. There is lots of accommodation options but another stand out hotel would be the Qualia resort which is a big fans of celebrities worldwide. I can see why the hotel and suites were beyond incredible!
The best spots for food & drink: As it is an Island there is a limit to the number of restaurants and bars available. That being said the variety was fantastic and we were never short of somewhere new to try. I’m going to recommend my top 5 places below:
- Tako: This is a Mexican restaurant in more tapas style but the food is mouthwatering good. The margaritas were also fantastic but I will not let that make me bias! The views are also lovely as a lot of the restaurants are on the marina so it nice to have a walk around after to take in the scenery.
- Marina Tavern: No booking is required for this place which is great. It has a relaxed atmosphere which is great as a lunch spot if you have kids.
- Romano’s This place is definitely a favourite on the island, a stunning Italian restaurant with waterfront views of the marina. I would definitely make a reservation for here.
- Bommie: This restaurant is located in the Yacht Club if you would like a night to dine in absolute luxury. The Yacht club is simply stunning.
- For Sunset drinks it has to be One Tree Hill. This viewpoint gets the most spectacular view of the sunset across the island. There is a small bar on this viewpoint so grab a drink and enjoy. This was a big highlight for me for sure!
Tours that I would recommend: I’m that person who enjoys their spare time researching every inch of a destination and scouting the best tours possible. If your like me hopefully this part of the post will help you narrow down your search and see which tours suit you best!
- Great Barrier Reef: There are endless tours for the Great Barrier Reef so I would research well for this one. As I have such a passion for Scuba Diving I choose a tour which was prominently diving. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef was such a dream moment for me, its been on my bucket list for as long as I could remember! I also went snorkeling as you can see more sea life higher up sometimes so I wanted to experience both.
- Whitehaven beach: This is another must, I love booking tours where im out all day on a catamaran soaking in my surroundings and being by the water. That’s my ideal day! I found a tour that did snorkeling on Chalkies Beach which is right around the corner from Whitehaven. The coral on Chalkies was great and we got to see some great sea life. A Turtle came swimming beside me and it was a moment I’ll never forget. Our tour included was a wine and dine option so at this point we had lunch and a few beers on the boat while we dried off. Then off to see Whitehaven beach! This was just like it is in the pictures pure white 100% silica sand that melted when you touched it and crystal blue water completely transparent.
- If you had some extra disposable money for tours I would recommend a helicopter ride to the Heart Reef. I didn’t have time to do this but it looks incredible so I thought it would be good here to include as an option.
- Hill Inlet: The infamous Hill Inlet is another must. The views of this is incredible and such a pinch me moment. The sand changes with the current depending on the season so no patterns are ever the same. It is such a unique experience!
Overall, Hamilton Island was a dream destination of mine and being there I couldn’t recommend it more! If you are heading to the Whitsundays islands and have any questions comment below as I would love to hear your thoughts 🙂 Read my guide to Sydney here.