Deciding on how to entertain two teenage boys whilst getting a holiday for two drained parents isn’t as easy as it sounds. I have over the past however found that ensuring that there are plenty of outdoor activities means the holiday should be pretty successful.
The best time of year to visit Hamilton Island (located in the Whitsunday group of islands off the coast of Queensland) is before the stingers & heat arrive. Choosing to go in mid September was perfect. Incredible weather every day – hardly a cloud was sighted!
Theres’s a good choice of accommodation available & we chose the resort hotel (the Reef View) & weren’t disappointed. The room was big enough for the four of us & the balcony looking east over Catseye Beach was my spot each late afternoon whilst I enjoyed a glass of wine & savoured the sunsets. This was of course with the exception of the afternoon my husband & I spent a fantastic hour watching the sun set over the west & indulging in a cocktail obtained from the bar which conveniently opens at 4.30 pm each afternoon on the hill.
The resort pools are plentiful and attractive & a bar is never far away (for the boy’s snack of fries of course!) When the boys weren’t busy in the pool we managed to while away our time at the shooting range where I found my boys have an acute eye & hit the bullseye on more than one occasion with both rifle & a range of pistols. The go karting was also a winner with dad winning (again!). The youngest had a go at parasailing which was a hit & of course dad won again at mini putt putt.
A trip to the Whitsundays wouldn’t be complete however without an excursion to the reef. A large boat will take you out to Hardy Reef & the tour provides you with your snorkel gear and lunch. As a bonus we also got to see a whale with her calf – priceless. The snorkelling is wonderful & I was so pleased I could share this with my kids. The last time we were here they were only small & too scared to get in the water. This time they were taking photos on the underwater camera & diving down to get a better look at the massive gropers and clams & appreciating the beauty of nature with the brilliantly coloured fish & coral.
Thinking that perhaps the adults needed a break from the children (or vice versa) my husband & I took a helicopter flight out to Whitehaven. It didn’t live up to my expectations – it exceeded it. With a bottle of champagne we lapped up the azure waters & the whitest of sand.
Back on the island, you will never go hungry. Each day started with a feast set for a king at the breakfast buffets. With a choice of three venues too you were never going to get bored. I can honestly say that it was the first time I’ve had breakfast surrounded by koalas quietly munching on their gum leaves – just so gorgeous.
A choice of restaurants for dinner will also ensure you don’t have to eat at the same place more than once in a week. I think we tried almost all of them & I would definitely have to say one of my favourites was the jungle curry at the seafood restaurant.
If that all sounds exhausting you can chill out with a massage. A thoroughly deserved treat I thought (whilst the husband & eldest went deep sea fishing) was lined up for me & it truly was – a treat that is!