Day 16: Hamilton Island

Well, last night wasn’t one of our best – hot and midgies! But the thought of our Hamilton Island sojourn made sure our spirits stayed high.

Shute Harbour. We'll be on a boat like those big ones soon.

Shute Harbour. We’ll be on a boat like those big ones soon.

Early start – had to have car to Secure Parking by 7am and boat departure at 8am. We packed up quickly and headed for the lookout at Shute Harbour where we had breakfast. The day was perfect: 28C max, light winds, sunny. The ocean looked like it was covered in diamonds as it twinkled in the sunlight. Steve commented on how different the colour of the ocean is here, and it is too – a turquoise blue. Happy thoughts all round.

View from our bed.

View from our bed.

We’re staying at The Beach Club, which is pretty classy – our room is ground floor and we walk out of our room across lawn, onto the beach and into the ocean. We arrived in time for breakfast here, which we didn’t say no to. The tables are set around the infinity pool beside the ocean. Get the picture? This is a lovely place to stay.
There’s a free shuttle bus service around the island, so we hopped on that and went sightseeing. We identified the original sections we remembered from 1986 when Steve was the air traffic controller here and we were here frequently with his work, and also sailed here on our trailer-sailer Cooboo. I also had some flashback memories when I sat on Catseye Beach – yep, thanks for that Nick!
Very restful afternoon – reading, sleeping, swimming in pool. Dinner at Romanos at 9pm (couldn’t get an earlier booking!) and back for a long and comfortable night’s sleep. Didn’t miss having to climb down the ladder in the middle of the night!

Click here to view a few more photos of our first day on Hamilton Island.

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