Six years ago, I left Australia, this beautiful country where I lived for 7 years, and where I’ve collected so many great memories.
I have widely shared my photos and my adventures (list of the articles at the end), but believe me I still have a lot to tell you.
This time I wanted to talk about another island in the Great Barrier Reef: Hamilton Island!
(As always, all photos are mine!)
With 1,200 inhabitants, this is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsundays (archipelago of islands), the infrastructures are therefore more developed, unlike very small islands such as Heron Island (read article again).
It’s located 887 km (551 mi) north of Brisbane and 512 km (318 mi) south of Cairns.
Also easy to access because it has an airport, this island is very popular all year round.
That’s also how I got there, and we already have a good feeling of vacation!!
And then I take possession of my apartments, an apartment in this case and I discover a breathtaking view...
Heaven on earth exists, and right now, I’d like to live here forever.
Follow me! I take you for a little walk, especially since the island is perfect for that, since private cars are not allowed on the island!
As a result, it’s very calm, you can hear the surrounding nature, the vegetation is very present.
Sometimes we come across small golf carts, which can circulate.
Be clear, Hamilton is a rich island where you can find luxury residences and yachts.
But also, beautiful shops and restaurants, mainly centralised around the marina.
Besides, let's have lunch at the beach after this pretty walk, we’ll have the opportunity to take a nap afterwards and swim.
Relaxing and enjoying is the goal of successful holidays, isn't it?
Either way, it's mine!
For those who don’t like lazing on a white sandy beach, the island is famous for its many trails, so you can walk through its forest and discover many species of trees and shrubs, but also birds.
You’ll see in the pics, a kookaburra and a white parrot, emblematic of the island.
Obviously, all these efforts are not in vain when you discover the incredible view from the top.
You can also venture out and enjoy a completely deserted cove.
To be honest, I’ve only met a few people, which really gives us the impression of being alone with nature, a real moment of serenity.
Another activity and one of my favourites: the boat!
From Hamilton you can easily visit the Great Barrier Reef but above all you have access to Whitehaven beach, one of the most famous beaches in Australia, and also Hill Inlet (read my article again).
Diving, snorkelling, and fishing, here we go…
Impossible to get bored on this island.
With such busy days, we have to end up the day with some drinks!
But this time let's take the free island bus to take us to the heights of the island, which gives the opportunity to have another viewpoint.
Atmosphere assured with an improvised bar and many people who come here to meet and especially for the sunset!
Honestly a great idea, and definitely something to replicate elsewhere.
And no, I don't mind travelling alone, or eating out alone (or with a bird).
Being single, and in my case married to myself - although my Solo Wedding in Santorini came a few years after that trip - doesn't mean moping around at home!
I talked about it in my article Single.
Well, I must admit that Hamilton was a little more complicated than my other trips, because the restaurants did not accept one person per table. Incredible but true.
Fortunately, some places made an exception, and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay.
And yes, I always make myself pretty when I invite me to the restaurant!