It seems Australians tend to travel overseas more often than exploring our own beautiful backyard. We are noted as having some of the best beaches in the world, so I felt it was time to discover more of these myself. What better place to start than the stunning islands that surround The Great Barrier Reef. The Whitsundays are located between the northeast coast of Queensland, can you fly directly into Hamilton Island from Brisbane or a short ferry ride from Airlie Beach. During our time we explored three different islands.
Our first stop was small, tranquil Long Island. We stayed in a little beach shack with a balcony overlooking a stunning coastline, coconut trees and hammocks. There are awesome trek paths to venture out to and insane sunsets to watch from the local bar while sipping on Pina coladas. If you’re looking to relax, Long Island is the epitome of an island escape.
Next stop, The One & Only Resort on Hayman Island. The name of the resort says it all, as it is literally the one and only resort on the Island. In order to reach Hayman Island a stop off in Hamilton Island is required. The resort sent a luxury yacht to collect us for an incredible 45-minute ride to the Island, with French champagne and canapés served while you take in the view. This was only a taste of what was to come from the rest, as we were blown away with the exceptional service they provided everyday.
The beautiful white-sanded beaches alone were enough to make it our favourite Island but the endless activities available to us made it even more amazing. With the options to relax by your own private balcony that connects to the pool or stand up paddle board in the ocean, throw your runners on and do a trek overlooking the island or indulge in one of the four restaurants, five days just wasn’t enough.
My only regret was not pre booking the seaplane tour over the Whitsundays. We were there during school holidays, so if you’re there over a busy period make sure you book well ahead to guarantee yourself a spot. However, we did make up for it and booked a picnic hamper, which was all prepared for us by the One & Only. They dropped us off on a private island 15-minutes off Hayman for the day with a bunch of snorkeling gear. This is a must do if you want to see some beautiful marine life, including turtles.
Last stop before flying back to Perth was Hamilton Island. As mentioned it was during school holidays in September so it was very busy. This is great if you’re going for a family holiday, as there are lots of hotels where kids eat for free but I personally preferred a quieter island for a romantic getaway.
Oh and don’t forget to pack your Amore & Sorvete bikini ;)
Top 6 MUST do's on Hayman Island:
- Trek to Blue Pearl Bay from the One & Only Resort
- Seaplane excursion over The Great Barrier Reef
- Pacific Restaurant at the One & Only for the seafood buffet (exceptional)
- Picnic hamper island excursion at the One & Only
- Snorkeling or diving on The Great Barrier Reef
- Day trip to the famous Whitehaven beach
Amore Travels xox