Hamilton Island Snorklers

Despite the glorious sunshine, there were reports of a storm rolling in to Hamilton Island.

No boats were leaving port. I would have happily rented another dinghy and spent another day on the water… but it wasn’t meant to be.

So we consoled ourselves with breakfast.

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“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”

“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”

“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.

Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”
― A.A. Milne

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We took to our buggy and drove slowly and lazily over the top of the island, and down to the beach.

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Sunnies

Toothpaste stripe dress

Trainers // Tote

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We spread out our towels, nestled our bottoms into the sand, pulled out our books and stretched out in the sunshine.

The gale-like breeze kept the heat at bay and we relished its cool touch.

As with much of Australia, there are great big warning signs telling you of dangers in the sea. Killer jelly fish sound like they await your every turn… so we miserably decided not to take a dip.

It’s very strange to be on a beautiful beach and see not a soul enjoying the glittering waves. Though I suppose it does improve the view!

Tired of baking, we thought we’d do a little more exploring of our tiny island home. We’d heard rumours of a church, so went to find it.

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It wasn’t too tricky, and on the edge of a cliff overlooking the bay, we found the prettiest of chapels.

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Wood clad and in immaculate white, it sits prettily amongst the palms.

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The inside was being spruced up and prepared for a young couple to take their vows.

Promising their lives to one & other.

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It’s a church that welcomes many a newlywed into the world.

Often popping out multiple couples in a single day.

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Off they race from their island ceremony and onto a shindig beside the sea, with all their nearest and dearest.

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But even if you’re not in the marrying mood, it boasts one hell of a view!

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Keen to see at least some of the sea, we took a trip out to The Great Barrier Reef for a spot of snorkelling.

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We frolicked beneath the waves, and rode home on our trusty steed.

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(Sadly not piloted by Harrison Ford.)

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Just in time for banana splits at the ice-cream parlour.

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We watched our final sunset from our balcony.

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With the best food delivery I’ve ever experienced!

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A feast of fish from Fishi.

Who’ll deliver you cooked or uncooked fish for supper or a bbq, whenever you fancy it!

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They even included a few types of smoked crocodile, which was spectacularly tasty!

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We sat cuddled under a rug, with our feet up, two glasses of cold bubbles and watched as the bats flew out into the night.

Australia, you were incredibly kind to us, and I can’t wait to come back one day soon.

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  • Jeannie C

    The dress, the food, the scenery! All fantastic!

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  • Katie Harwood

    I would LOVE to visit one day…perhaps even at the end of this summer before I begin uni. This hasn’t curbed my wanderlust one bit (I’ll happily take my chances with the jellyfish seas). So very jealous of your trips, haha 🙂 Looks like you had the loveliest time.

  • Looks like a beautiful way to end your epic trip ! It’s my dream to dive the reef, loved your photos 🙂

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  • Gabriella Granata

    Awww is this the last of your Australia posts? They’ve been great!

    That’s a fish platter and a half! How dreamy!

    Thanks for sharing xx

    http://www.GabriellaManchester.me

  • I have just bought myself a GoPro and I am so excited to try and take some underwater pics this summer on my holiday! I have definitely been inspired by yours! http://www.newgirlontheblog.me

  • What a truly spectacular day! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog posts discovering my own beautiful country. I cannot wait to explore it even more!

    PS. You own jumping shots!

    http://www.lioninthewild.com

  • Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, definitely on my bucket list. I’m so envious of that seafood feast you had!

    http://www.themaximalistblog.com

  • Let’s switch lives, hmm? You can come sit in my office in South Carolina and I’ll go gallivanting about the world. Sounds like a fair trade to me! xx

    paigewhalen.wordpress.com

  • Julia

    Ahh that sea food looks like the love of my life! Speaking of love though, that chapel is just so so adorable as well. I am so glad that you had such an amazing time, and these posts have had me dreaming even more of the day that I finally get to visit Australia for the first time.

    Julia

    ExploresMore.com

  • I’m so jealous that you got to snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef!! It’s been a dream of mine forever! Beautiful pictures!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

  • This has been such an epic trip! Those beaches look glorious & all the food soooo yummy, especially the first breakfast shot.
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • I love your outfit in this post!!!!! And the ice cream looks so yummy!!!

    http://mariannapapagiannopoulou.blogspot.gr/

  • Simply and truly beautiful, this post makes me want to take a trip away so badly!

    Becky | http://www.thebiglphotographyblog.blogspot.com

  • That church is so beautiful! This island reminds me a little of Key West!

    Casey
    http://thedistrictfox.com

  • Ah, the Reef looks amazing! Can’t wait to visit Australia again this winter!

  • Another great post!!! I have always said “I would love to travel”, thanks to you its changed to “I have to plan to travel, or I can read your post”, lol. Living vicariously through you has not been disappointing.

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  • What a perfect way to spend your last day there! I love exploring churches, from grand cathedrals to little chapels like this one. I bet the island sees a lot of weddings. It would certainly be a memorable place to get married.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • It’s great how loved up you sound in these recent posts Rosie, sounds like the chap is a keeper. That chapel is gorgeous, what an ideal wedding venue and built in honeymoon!! x
    http://www.lovedbylaura.com

  • I have loved all the Australian posts! It was surely a great adventure! 🙂

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  • Shannon

    That beach looks pristine! And what an incredible place for a wedding!!

    littlegirlinabiggerworld.blogspot.com

  • Spectacular! What wonderful pictures – you look beautiful. Made me feel like I was almost there…

    XO,

    Catherine

  • WOW, YUM! I love the toothpaste stripe dress for this setting 🙂 Australia is beautiful. But I like London better – can’t wait to see more posts once you’re back home!! 😀
    Ror

    http://www.WearAboutsBlog.com

  • Anu

    Oh em gee the food looks tooooo fab!! Such a perfect weekend getaway!! XOXO

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  • Just magical! I am glad you had a lovely time! 🙂

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  • What a wonderful way to end your trip, I love you dress and the crystal blue waters are such a sight! And I have to agree with the A.A.Milne quote, except it’s the same for lunch and dinner too 😉

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • That breakfast looks amazing!

  • I loved the Winnie the Pooh quote, and the photos too of course 🙂

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  • As always, beautiful post with incredible pictures that give me wanderlust!
    x Mila
    https://matchlessmila.wordpress.com/

  • You’re so lucky I would love to go scubba diving ! And that dress… So lovely!

    A pleasure for the eyes as always

    x

    Céline from Larry & Co.

  • Taryn Hunter

    Such great posts! You definitely need to come to Melbourne next time to experience a totally different and exciting Australia!

  • Beautiful photos as always. I’d love to go snorkeling again someday, looks like you had an amazing trip 🙂

    http://www.mintnotion.com

  • I’ve always been a huge fan of wearing a dress with converse, it looks so cool and cute! 🙂 Australia diary was so great to read and follow, can only imagine how much you’ve enjoyed everything! :))

    http://www.smilesnapsparkle.com

  • The whole not being able to swim in certain places does throw me off as well! The Hamilton Islands are on my Aussie hit-list before I come back to London, so loving all these posts! X

  • Looks like such a quaint and sweet place. Shame you can’t swim in the sea though… very jealous you tried smoked crocodile! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Damn those Queensland storms – I remember them
    all too well!

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

  • I read your blog and I always end up getting hungry. WHY?!

    Heba xx || http://www.californiaroadtrippin.blogspot.com

  • I can’t express how much I want to go on holiday after reading this! Gorgeous photos!
    Kirsty
    http://www.havethetown,com

  • mariel

    that chapel just looks like something out of movies..how lovely to have a wedding there and in that beautiful island <3

    http://amelodyofdiaries.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I still can’t wait to visit Australia – those spectacular sunsets are so dreamy and I’d really like to try crocodile. Kangaroo is actually my favourite meat. I bet the diving was mind-blowing!

    Katie <3

  • The seafood looks so unbelievably fresh and colourful xo

  • I loved the Winnie the Pooh quote! This whole post just made my day 🙂 Also, I was wondering what camera you use for your underwater shots? Thanks! xx
    -Claire, tallgirlbigworld.com

  • Queenie Lee

    Oh my goodness, that seafood platter looks heavenly!!

    http://peanutbutterandmussels.com/

  • Alfredo Ciano

    Life on a Island = Happiness…

  • Rebecca

    These look awesome! Did you find it warm enough in June?