Just a brief 90-minute flight from Brisbane, we landed in the middle of what looked like one of those dreamy tropical island postcards. Hamilton Island, surrounded by the clear blue-green waters of a marine park within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, is run almost exclusively by Hamilton Island Resorts.
To my pleasant surprise, the island didn’t have as much of that "resort town" feel as I'd expected, and our need for marine activities was well catered to. The fact that the island was divided into two halves, the east with the accommodations and the west with the marina, restaurants, and commerce, all within an easy walk or golf-cart ride away, made you feel like you weren’t confined to just a single property. The sun-drenched 85-degree weather also cooperated quite nicely, making our time by one of their three pools most welcoming.
In between the "rest’" and "relaxation" of my R&R came the Adrenaline Rush, one of the only operators in Australia offering the opportunity to get out on the "trapeze" of a cruising sailboat. Our skipper, Rod, in addition to getting Carol and the kids to overcome the trepidation of hanging their entire bodies "overboard" a racing catamaran, gave us a tour around the remainder of the island and surrounding atolls of the archipelago.