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    So we're thinking of going to Hamilton island next year. Me, my mum & DD (3yo). Anyone want to share good or bad points about Hamilton Island?

    (Or Hayman as that's another possibility just not sure if i can be bothered with the extra travel and there's no way I'd get my mum on a seaplane.)

    Mostly I'd like to find out about snorkeling options. Can you do snorkeling there or do we have to do a tour?

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    Just subbing as we will be going with a 3 year old and newborn next year

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    Cool. What made you chose Hamilton over the others?

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    So you can just snorkel off the beach?

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    I've been to Hamilton Island a few times, and took DD when she was 6 months old.

    I think it's a lovely destination. Lots to do, and a beautiful place.

    The first time I went it was just me and DH, and we stayed in the Beach Club hotel. It was our wedding anniversary, and they'd put rose petals all over the bed and given us a card and champagne. I highly recommend that hotel, and would definitely stay there again.

    The second time we went with DD (6 months) and some friends, so we all hired an apartment. That was lovely too, although a few hazards for DD who'd just started 'cruising' along furniture and was prone to falling over on the tiles.

    Most places will give you free use of golf buggies to get around the island.

    When it was just me and DH we did a helicopter trip to Whitehaven Beach, which was beautiful. The hotel arranged it, and set up a sun tent for us, along with a picnic with champagne. We were pretty much the only people there, which was lovely. Probably not a 'family' activity, but most hotels have babysitting facilities if you're comfortable with that.

    The restaurants on the island all seemed very child friendly. We did things like putt putt, island treasure hunts, and sight seeing during the day. DD loved going in the swimming pools, and we liked the odd cocktail or two at the pool bars as well

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    Oh, and we chose Hamilton over the others as it seemed like there was a bit more to do there.

    Only thing I would say is that we took DD in Jan, and she struggled a bit in the heat at 6mths old. She wasn't a happy camper during the day.

    The time before I went in September, and that was a much nicer time to go!

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    Ooh sounds fun! Thanks guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    So you can just snorkel off the beach?
    You can, although I didn't find it great where I went snorkelling. We went right off the beach from the Beach Club hotel, and it was pretty rough underfoot, and also quite murky.

    I've been snorkelling in other countries and found it to be much clearer/ more beautiful. I got frustrated doing it off Hamilton as you had to go a long way out (from the beach) to see anything, and there were lots of rocks/ rough things in the water - so that plus the darkness/ murkiness meant it wasn't very rewarding.

    I asked at the hotel about that, and they said it was best to take one of the trips out, where you go to the good spots by boat. We didn't have time to do that, unfortunately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bezzy View Post
    So we're thinking of going to Hamilton island next year. Me, my mum & DD (3yo). Anyone want to share good or bad points about Hamilton Island?

    (Or Hayman as that's another possibility just not sure if i can be bothered with the extra travel and there's no way I'd get my mum on a seaplane.)

    Mostly I'd like to find out about snorkeling options. Can you do snorkeling there or do we have to do a tour?
    We have been twice now. Once with kids. They were 1 and 2.5 years. Fantastic holiday destination! We went in April/May so still quite cold but we were still able to swim a few days.
    We went out to the reef one day with Fantasea cruise. I wouldn't advise doing this with younger kids. Complete disaster wait till they are older.
    If u are staying at one of the bigger hotels (as compared to say a holiday house) kids stay and eat free. That was awesome.
    Definitely hire the golf buggy for your stay on the island. Really makes it easier with kids.
    You can definitely do snorkeling on Hamilton. Most beach/water activities are included in your stay with the hotels too. You can also book snorkeling tours.
    We stayed at reef view hotel. It was fantastic however, when we first arrived we were put in a room on the 15th floor. My 2 boys would have been up and over the (very short and un-safe) rails in an instant. Had to request a room much lower to the ground (first floor). Didn't have a 'reef view' but was much safer with 2 adventurous boys.
    Hmmm... can't think of anything else really but if u have any questions feel free to ask

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    I thought of something else... don't bother booking through travel agent. Hamiltonisland.com.au have all the activities/hotels/ holiday packages online and u can just ring and chat to them they are lovely. You can even pay off your holiday after u pay a deposit when booking.


 

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