Welcome to Hamilton Island

The time had come to say goodbye to the heavenly Hayman Island.

We packed our bags and made our way to the marina for the final time.

And we found a small dinghy, ready to take us over to Hamilton Island.

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Shunning the airconditioned finery of the cabin below, we took up our seats in the crows nest.

Watching as the ocean and its island freckles sailed by.

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Eventually coming to a stop and saying our goodbyes in Hamilton harbour.

All set for the next stage of our Aussie adventure!

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Hamilton Island is much larger than Hayman.

There are lots of villas to rent, restaurants to go to and different spots to explore.

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The marina became an immediate favourite of ours.

Lined with palm trees that rustle and wave in the wind, and rolling banks of green grass. A dreamy spot for a rest in the sunshine.

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But the best bit of Hamilton Island?

You have to get everywhere by golf cart!

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We rented a house through AirBnB and the buggy came included. I took full control and didn’t let my poor man anywhere near the steering wheel!

Deep down I’m secretly an 80 year old who’s ready for a suped-up mobility scooter. Who won’t even hesitate to run over your foot when you’re not looking.

 

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The island is incredibly picturesque.

Somehow they even managed to make a chippy look adorable.

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If you find yourself on Hamilton looking for lunch, grab a roast chicken from the chip shop.

Order a pot (or three) of garlic mayo.

Head over to the picnic benches.

Roll up your sleeves, and get stuck in!

We did just that, and it was way too good to wait for a photo. So here’s one of the “roof” instead.

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Around the marina you’ll find little shops and stalls, some selling clothes, others selling trinkets.

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One or two dolling out good advice.

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If you drive up to the very top of the island, you’re treated to the most wonderful sunbath, breeze and view.

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Wearing a cool blue smock from these guys, who seem to be knocking summer dresses out of the park this season!

I know I mention them all the time, but I’ve popped a few more favourite below just incase you’re on the hunt for a summer holiday piece (or two, I won’t tell).

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Liberty print tote // Strappy sandals (finally back in stock!)

Bangles // Sunnies

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Having done our fair share of exploring, we raced back down the hill.

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For something seriously important.

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Mr Whippy ice-creams.

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Realising my mistake, I quickly swapped my 99flake for his hot fudge sundae.

Which I may or may not have utterly destroyed in some sort of ice-cream induced, happy trance.

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Incase you were wondering, that’s my “senfifif teef” face.

Once I’d been brought back to full consciousness, we hiked up to One Tree Hill to watch the sun set.

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We drank cocktails from jars, and watched as the night came into fiery life.

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For supper we were very keen to try the world-famous Bommie Restaurant.

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Which, being encased in glass, boasts some of the most spectacular views in the Whitsundays.

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Though, I must admit, we were a little more focussed on the food!

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House baked airbread with cured wagyu beef flank.

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Braised pork and scallop carpaccio, pinenuts, cucumber, pepitas and a spiced tomato sorbet.

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Perfectly grilled octopus with burrata, olives and tomatoes. A little taste of the med!

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Ora King salmon, coconut emulsion, pickled daikon, salmon roe and grapefruit.

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Kangaroo loin (I know! I felt terrible, but couldn’t leave without trying the local dishes!), celeriac, bone marrow, pine mushrooms and a beef jus.

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Eye fillet of beef, garlic, sweet potato, globe artichoke, bread sponge.

All followed by the most beautiful puddings!

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“Summer Efflorescence”, strawberry, lychee, rhubarb and champagne.

 

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Roasted white chocolate, caramelised banana, banana caramel and the most incredible homemade peanut butter!

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A true Australian feast!

We were blown away by the staff, the menu and the charming chef who popped out to say hello.

If you find yourself in the Whitsundays, it is well worth swinging past for a bite!

We couldn’t have asked for a better welcome to Hamilton Island.

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  • The food looks amazing ! Kangaroo is actually so tasty 🙂

    • Rosie

      I found it a little tough, but it could possibly have been all in my head! Poor old Skippy!

      • Andrea

        Agreed! I would constantly think about the Kanga.

  • What a magical place! Once again you have made me want to sunbathe and eat my way through a new city, oh and ride a golf cart! Beautyosaurus Lex

    • Rosie

      You really can’t beat a good golf cart!

  • Looks like a nice place to spend a day! The food though….. yum yum!!

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

    • Rosie

      We were really impressed by Aussie food in general!
      Everyone’s always saying that you can only eat well in Sydney & Melbourne, but we were blown away!

      • Anyone who says that should have a look at your blog! By the way, I’m still hungry and craving a steak since I looked at your food pictures from this post yesterday. It’s so unfair! Hehe.

  • Ooh, I love Airbnb! I’ve only had good experiences. Love your sandals, too.

    http://www.themaximalistblog.com

    • Rosie

      I have a bit of an addiction! I spend so much time trawling through people’s amazing houses!

  • Looks like such an amazing time and that feast looks incredible!

  • Love the sandals and whaaaaaaaat a dessert delight, oh my yumminess!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  • Gorgeous post. I went to Hamilton Island last year with my mum and sister. One tree hill for cocktails at sunset was an absolute must. So pleased you got to explore such a beautiful part of the world. Lovely post. Rosie x

    • Rosie

      Thanks Rosie! x

  • Looks like a perfect day and your dress is so lovely! 🙂
    I’m craving ice-cream right now…

    http://www.smilesnapsparkle.com

  • Tal
    • Rosie

      Thanks Tal! Love a good smock! So easy in the summer. x

  • Oh my god I love that dress! Looks like an amazing day – looking forward to more pics from Hamilton Island… Airbnb is the best!!

    https://districtofcollege.wordpress.com/

  • Alice Kerley

    That dress is gorgeous on you Rosie! Looks like a fabulous trip!

    Also … I love that your AirBNB came with a golf cart, how fun!

    xo, Alice at http://www.lonestarlookingglass.com

  • Lauren

    your life is the dream!! Beautiful photos, looks amazing!!! xxxx

    • Rosie

      A friend once quoted Maya Angelou to me and I haven’t been able to forget it:

      “Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”

      xx

      • Lauren

        What a wonderful phrase <3

  • mariel

    you’re having such a lovely time Rosie, all these Aussie photos are just beautiful and the food all so mouth watering <3

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

  • Another beautiful post. Must try get here when we get back to Melbourne.

    https://theeighthours.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/the-secret-gili-islands/

  • So beautiful! And it looks so warm and lovely.

  • Amazing Pics and Amazing food your posts never disappoint.

    http://lcdot.com/

    • Rosie

      Thanks S! x

  • The food looks absolutely delicious! This is definitely on my must-visit list!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  • Rosie

    Gah, I kept doing that! I think my brain was somewhat like scrambled eggs after travelling for so long!
    Thanks Ellie x

  • Maireem Maneje

    All the food looks soon delicious 😀

    http://www.maireem.blogspot.com

  • Wow! The food looks absolutely stunning! How fab to tazz around in the golf cart, looks great fun!

    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Liviasadventures

    Australia looks so amazing! Hopefully I can make my way down under too, it has been on my bucket list for ages.
    x
    http://livias-adventures.blogspot.co.at

  • Again another amazing post! Your pics were so vivid I felt like I was there :)….pretty cool!

    https://www.majeang.wordpress.com

  • Your beautiful adventures make me miss home! I’m an Aussie girl but living in London now! I say most of the time it’s a pretty good trade off 🙂

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

  • DJ Hargrave

    Love your dress! It seems to compliment the scenery perfectly

    DJ- http://www.tailormade-style.com

  • Another beautiful post Rose, I love your angle on Australia! It’s not on my to-go list!

  • That ice cream looks sooo good right now!

    Casey
    http://thedistrictfox.com

  • Ahh this is bringing back amazing memories. One Tee Hill is my most favourite place on Earth. Laying on a picnic bench, listening to the birds sing, sun on my face, bliss! I was there exactly 2 years ago. We stayed at the Hamilton Beach Club which was amazing, but I bet renting one of those villa’s was incredible. I would love to go back but why does it have to be so far from London! 🙁 Now day dreaming at my desk! 😉

    Thanks for a great post, as usual Rosie! 🙂 xxxx

    Blog – eleveneleveneightyeight.com

  • Henry

    What a sad life you must have.

    • Sad life because I care about correct grammar? Yes, sad life.

  • This bought back such fond memories of when I stayed on Hamilton island! We loved the little ice cream shop and ate at Bommie too!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

  • That seems like such a picturesque island! Why is it always so much easier to enjoy a good sunset when we’re away on holiday?!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Gorgeous pics! And I’m obsessed with your dress. So so cute!
    Happy Summer!
    xx Lane

  • I love that dress, you look amazing Rosie.

    Love Hayley,

    Water Painted Dreams

  • I get far too addicted trawling through people’s places on Air BnB.
    Dinner looks sublime! What did you think (taste wise) of ol’ Skippy?(I feel so mean writing it like that!) xo

  • Rebecca

    Annnnnd now I want to visit Australia!! I quite enjoy living vicariously through your adventures Rosie! My bucket list is getting a little bit longer with each new travel post.

  • I just nearly ordered the same dress but in white and blue- but I think I am going to have to wait until next month! 🙂 love the style!!

    http://www.champagne-lifestyle.com/

  • What a dreamy set of photos. Looks like paradise 🙂

    Kim | http://www.thelensaffair.com

  • Your dress is gorgeous! These pictures put me in the perfect summery mood 🙂
    -Claire, tallgirlbigworld.com