From Proserpine we had a full breakfast at the Whitsunday Gold Coffee Plantation, where we grabbed a much needed cup of joe, since the sleep wasn't great from the motion of the train. (Travel tip: we spoke to crew members and they recommended to train travel longer as you get used the motion of the carriage and ultimately sleep better) After then catching a ferry in the town of Airlie Beach, we finally arrived on Hamilton Island.
You may remember "Hammo" as the destination for the Best Job in The World. Honestly, we too thought about relocating while exploring. The island is situated in a group of islands called the Whitsundays and sits on the south edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Naturally this location means it is an absolute paradise.
Once on the island you can quickly understand why so many Aussies use this a relaxation getaway. Sparkling blue waters, dense palm tree forests and breathtaking views all take priority over anything from the mainland. With no cars, only golf buggies and endless opportunity for water sports and outdoor activities, the island is a cinch to navigate both on and off solid land.
The entire island is owned by one person and run by his corporation. This means that no matter what hotel you pick, you can charge everything back to your room. We even hit up the salon for a quick trim and, voila, that goes on our room charge. No need for a wallet, just keep your room key on you!
The island is ideal for anyone looking to get away from it all and just relax, without having to fly hours and hours to the middle of nowhere. There are no worries to be had, except for the choice between 18 holes of golf or various flavors of daiquiris (for the record, we chose passionfruit).Then again, can anyone be disappointed on a tropical island?
Disclaimer: We traveled as guests of Queensland Rail, though all of our photos and opinions are our own.
[Photo: Rayme Gorniak for Jaunted]