What do you give a man who has pretty much all ? A new espresso machine and a cuddle with a koala bear worked a treat in the case of my man. We escaped for a little sun - as if we don't get enough- to northern Queensland. A group of Islands there is called the Whitsundays and they are popular, perhaps a little exclusive and very, very beautiful and we only visited the one.
What was an immediate attraction was that Hamilton island has its own airport so that we could fly in on a short flight from Brisbane. This particular Island is owned by one family, the Oatleys who are also founders of Rosemount Winery. They realised, rightly, that the island had great potential, so they developed it tastefully and holistically to give the interested traveller a little haven in seas of turquoise green and lush vegetation.
Everything is very well organised with golf buggies being the main mode of transport. There are day trips to other islands and beaches, fishing trips and sailing trips to the Great Barrier Reef all readily available at wonderful aussie prices which we are gradually getting used to. The little town is well stocked with a variety of good restaurants and some take aways. The resort we stayed at was a little Boutique hotel on Catseye beach called Beach Club. Smallish, well run, with a lovely beach front and gorgeous views.
More on the wildlife and the activities in my next blog.