Hamilton Island is a small resort island off the coast of Mackay a little south of Cairns at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. It's a hot, humid, and tropical part of Australia blessed with beautiful beaches and lush rainforest. With a permanent population of about 1,000, it's the most populated island in the chain of islands known as the Whitsundays.
|Cat's Eye Beach|
|Golden Orb Spider|
|A flock of Cockatoos having a go at J's coconut|
The next day dawned grey and cloudy; mum and I immediately booked passage on a catamaran trip out to the far side of Whitsunday Island to Whitehaven Beach, voted the most beautiful in Australia. By the time, we boarded our boat at 1:00pm, the rain arrived, and.it.POURED. It bucketed down sheets of torrential rain. Whilst bouncing through the waves, we got chatting with one of the staff who promised us that "it never rains at Whitehaven...", "ya alright" we sceptically thought. Well, he was right, the clouds parted like some heavenly intervention and we spent a beautiful afternoon at this beach where the sand has such a high content of silica that it literally squeaks when you walk on it.
|Hamilton Island view from One Tree Hill - the highest point on the island|
|Doesn't he look like a natural sailor?|
On the afternoon of our final day, C2 and I researched the sailing school options out of the Whitsundays and are giving very serious consideration to doing a 5 day live-on-the-boat sailing school in the Spring (our October)...with J. Check back in October!