Airlie Cove across to Hamilton Island
The final week we spent at Airlie Beach, we stayed at BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort, a peaceful site where you can relax and enjoy the wildlife that live around the tropical environment of the park. It is just a short distance away from the hustle and bustle of the town, but as soon as you enter the park it’s tranquillity surrounds you.
Jody and her colleagues in reception are a mine of information, and can assist you and book the many activities that are available in the Whitsundays, and also advise you about the range of accommodation at Airlie Cove Resort, for caravans and motorhomes or book into one of the comfortable cabins. We stayed in a Bali Villa, a spacious unit backing on to the bush, with bird song all around us and a thatched veranda where we enjoyed breakfast watched by a cheeky young bird!
It had been a beautiful sunrise and the day was looking good, the ferry ride was smooth and the arrival at Hamilton Island passing the stunning architecture of the yacht club shining in the sunlight was magical.
Katie who works on the island met us and was our excellent guide for the day. She first took us on a tour of the island, telling us about the variety of holiday accommodation available, including the boutique luxury resort ‘qualia’, with it’s individually designed pavilions and private sundecks and infinity pools overlooking the sea. We then went to see some of the activities that are available on the island, including the newly opened 9 pin bowling alley, the gym, mini golf and the beautiful pool, essential destinations to work off the excellent food available in the many restaurants around the island!
The golf course at Hamilton Island is a 5 minute ferry ride away on Dent Island, and the course has one of the best locations in the world with stunning views across the Whitsundays. Tours of the course are available so if you are not a golfer, you can still experience this beautiful destination. The restaurant in the club house serves the most delicious lunches with views from the deck to die for.
Our excitement for the afternoon was on board ‘The Adrenalin Rush’, a 36ft catamaran, which sails out in the tropical waters around Hamilton Island. Keith, the owner and a highly experienced skipper, explained what we would be doing and once we were outside the calm waters of the marina, we sat out on the wings, safely attached by a harness, but hung out over the water on the trapeeze, watching the water rushing below us! Keith had assured that we could not fall in, so despite our initial fears, we were soon enjoying the thrilling experience of flying over the water.
Back on the island, we ended our day with a visit to the calming relaxation haven of Spa Wumurdaylin, where we both enjoyed a 60 minute treatment, Margaret having a Hydrating Botanical Facial and Duncan having a Mens Zone Facial. These both included a shoulder and scalp massage and at the end of the session we both felt totally relaxed and rejuvenated.
We caught the ferry back to Shute Harbour watching the colour of the sky changing to a rosy glow as the sun went down at the end of a super day.