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Island paradise!

Hamilton Island, QLD, Australia
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We spent an amazing 4 days on Hamilton Island in the Whitsunday Islands. It's a small island and there are only service vehicles allowed there. While there are shuttle buses that run pretty regularly, they tend to slow down and be crammed during peak times. If you don't have excursions planned for the day then I highly recommend to rent a golf cart. It was just so much fun to run around the island on that exploring all of the different views. We did have 2 almost full day excursions and only 2 free days here but we were never bored. One of the best things we did on the last night there was to drive up to One Tree Hill to have a few drinks and catch the sunset. We met another couple there and just chatted the night away. There are plenty of options for food from fast food type to fine dining. There's also an IGA grocery store there so we picked up snacks which was so convenient. I really could have stayed here for longer!
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Bars and nightlife

One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill is open from 10am-7pm for drinks. There are great views from up there and you'll be sure to meet some fellow guests to chat with. Walk up the hill to the right of it for great views of Catseye Beach. Mixed drinks here were more affordable than anywhere else on the island as well!

Hotels

Reef View Hotel
Reef View Hotel
This was by far our favorite hotel of our 2 week trip! The room was large, modern, clean and had an amazing view. We booked a sea view room and were only on the 6th floor but it was a spectacular view. I honestly wouldn't suggest paying more for a guaranteed higher level floor. Check-in was quick and easy. Breakfast was included with our stay and we had our choice of 3 restaurants but we ate at the one at the hotel every day. Great selection and always stocked. We had cockatoos to greet us daily on our balcony and even saw 2 kangaroo in the front lawn! We went down to the beach and snorkeled and used the paddle boards. It's great that these are included with your stay. It's also very easy to charge everything to your room and then verify that on your tv. We would definitely stay here again! I have not one complaint!

Points of interest

Hamilton Island Marina
Hamilton Island Marina
The marina picks up at night when everyone is off of the beach and back from their excursions. We walked to the end of one of the docks to watch the sun set one night. We had some overcast weather while we were there which was great during the day because it kept temperatures comfortable and we didn't get burnt but not so great for sunrise and sunset! It was still gorgeous, though!

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