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Our Next Stop: Hamilton Island

Our Next Stop: Hamilton Island

Sitting still and working full-time is getting harder by the day. We’ve spent less than a week on the road since the year began and often we dream of relaxing by an idyllic beach sipping on cocktails.

Fortunately our next adventure is just under two weeks away – a three night jaunt to Australia’s Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

You may know Hamilton Island for running the Best Job in the World promotion back in 2008 and we’re extremely excited to be visiting this little piece of paradise in our very own backyard.

Where We’ll Be Staying

Reef View Hotel - Hamilton Island

We’ll be spending our three nights on Hamilton Island at the 4-star Reef View Hotel with views of the Coral Sea and nearby Whitsunday Island.

It’ll be the perfect place to base ourselves and explore the island although it may be difficult to drag us away from the hotel with Catseye Beach located directly opposite and a large number of hotel features including water sports available to us.

What We’ll Be Doing

Whitehaven Beach

Our three-day itinerary is jam-packed full of fun activities including:

  • Exploring the spectacular Great Barrier Reef with Fantasea Adventures.
  • Spending an afternoon on the award-winning Whitehaven Beach.
  • Eating breakfast with the koalas at Wild Life Hamilton Island.
  • Enjoying one of Hamilton Island’s beautiful sunsets on a sea kayak while sipping on a glass of sparking wine.
  • Relaxing at one of the island’s beaches or pools and simply doing nothing at all!

And that’s just the beginning! Tennis, beach sports and perhaps a scenic helicopter ride over Heart Reef are all on the agenda and we can’t wait to share all of these adventures with you on Don’t Ever Look Back over the next few weeks!

How We’ll Be Getting Around

Golf Buggy on Hamilton Island

Cars are prohibited on Hamilton Island and there’s only one way to get around… on our very own golf buggy!

We’ll be taking a self-drive tour of the island on our first day and will just enjoy cruising around from point to point in true island style. It might sound crazy but driving a golf buggy around Hamilton Island is one of the things we’re most looking forward to!

Looking at all of this, no wonder we’re getting excited about our trip to Hamilton Island!

How much would you like to visit Hamilton Island one day?


All images used in this post are from the Hamilton Island Media Image Library.


  1. Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    Oh god I’m so jealous – it looks incredible, you’re going to have the best time ever! x
    Scarlett recently posted..Did He Just Give The Horse A Ticket?

    • Posted April 25, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

      We can’t wait to go up there! Although I’ve got a feeling it’s just going to make us want to travel even more…

  2. Posted April 25, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Permalink

    Wow…totally jealous also:)
    The World of Deej recently posted..Vegas Single vs Married – Tale of Two Trips

    • Posted April 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      Hopefully that jealousy will turn to inspired once we start writing about our trip! 🙂

  3. Jenny Anning
    Posted April 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Permalink

    Hope you have a great time, we went years ago to Daydream island, landed at Hamilton Island and caught a boat from there, had a great time. Its great to see Australia too!

    • Posted April 25, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

      Thanks Jenny! I’m sure we’ll have a great time and one day we’ll make it out to Daydream Island as well… Australia is such a beautiful country and we’ve finally opened our eyes and have decided to explore more of it! 🙂

  4. Maddie
    Posted April 26, 2012 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Looks amazing guys! Not sure our backpacker budget will stretch to Hamilton Island but determined to see the Whitsundays. Have a brilliant time 🙂

    • Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

      As I said on Twitter, you could always base yourself at Airlie Beach and do day trips to the Whitsundays from there! 🙂

  5. Posted April 26, 2012 at 2:33 am | Permalink

    Looks amazing!!! Hope you have a great time. Safe Travels!

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  6. Posted April 26, 2012 at 3:03 am | Permalink

    One word….Wow! If the promo pics are as good as the real thing you will have a great stay.

    We had our own golf cart staying in a hotel off the gold coast, amazing fun especially when going over speed bumps after a bottle or two of wine!

    Finger crossed we will be able to make it there when we are in Australia early next year.

    • Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Permalink

      We’ll soon find out! Hopefully the weather is perfect and we can get some similar photos.

      Can’t wait for the golf cart, sounds like so much fun! Stay tuned and our visit there might convince you to visit Hamilton Island in 2013. 🙂

  7. Posted April 26, 2012 at 5:01 am | Permalink

    I love that there aren’t any cars on the island – so unique. Have a lot of fun – I’m looking forward to your posts!
    John recently posted..Travel Rinse Repeat Roundup 4/25/12

    • Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Permalink

      We love it too! Can’t wait to breath in some of that fresh air. 🙂

  8. Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:31 am | Permalink

    WOW!!!!!! Enjoy! Sounds absolutely amazing.

  9. Posted April 26, 2012 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Oooo, that looks awesome! You’re going to pack a LOT into 3 days! Wow!

    I love that the only way you can get around is by golf cart… that’s too funny!
    Amanda recently posted..Celebrating America’s National Parks

    • Posted April 26, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      It’s gonna be an intense 3 days but we’re gonna make sure we squeeze in at least some relation time before we head back to work the next day. The golf cart is gonna be super awesome!

  10. Posted April 26, 2012 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    It looks gooorgeous! Glad you guys are still getting the chance to have a weekend here and there, even with the job! It’s a great way to make the months pass! Enjoy!! : )
    Caro recently posted..5 ways we’re cutting costs while traveling

    • Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Permalink

      Definitely gotta make the most of the limited spare time we have to keep up sane!

  11. Posted April 27, 2012 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    How wonderful! I can’t wait to read about it. Whitehaven beach is gorgeous.

    I must admit, the golf buggy transportation would be pretty exciting for me too – I love driving those things around!
    Amy recently posted..Australia: Day 15, Good-bye 2011 – Hello 2012!

    • Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

      We can’t wait to go to Whitehaven Beach – have heard so many great things about it!

  12. Posted April 27, 2012 at 3:15 am | Permalink

    I went to Hamilton Island about 9 years ago with my family – it’s where my parents met! It’s one of my favorite places ever. I loved riding around in golf carts everywhere…I don’t blame you for being most excited about that 🙂
    And Whitehaven beach is just breathtaking… Enjoy your trip, it sounds like you’ve got some great activities planned!
    Claire recently posted..Photo of the Month: April 2012

    • Posted April 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

      Oh wow, Hamilton Island must be pretty special to you then! We’re looking forward to creating our own great memories.. 🙂

  13. Posted April 28, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    I saw your first picture and thought… wow, sign me up! I’ll have to explore Australia one day. How gorgeous!
    Christina recently posted..Whangarei Falls, New Zealand

  14. Posted April 29, 2012 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Wish we’d known when we were there! LOL. Looks like an awesome time. Have fun!
    Kieu ~ GQ trippin recently posted..A Wet & Wild Songkran in Chiang Mai

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