28 December 2016

Hamilton Island Travel Diary

girl in infinity pool with sea views hamilton island 
Hamilton Island may just be my favorite place in the entire world. A plethora of white sandy beaches, cerulean seas and natural wonders make this tropical haven a place you need to add to your bucket list.

Get ready for a serious slice of beachy paradise as I share the best bits of my Hamilton Island trip...

heart reef great barrier reef from above

Heart reef literally gave me heart eyes

outfit fashion playsuit whitehaven beach whitest beach

Whitehaven Beach= my ultimate paradise

white cockatoo on Hamilton Island

Chilling with the locals

 scenic flight over the great barrier reef

The Great Barrier Reef from above

driving in a golf buggy on hamilton island

Crusin' in our buggy

summer outfit floral up down playsuit hamilton island marina

Hamilton Island Marina

catseye beach hamilton island

Finding the hidden beauty of Coral Cove

couple scenic flight whitsundays

Heading off on our scenic flight over The Whitsundays

girl drinking pina colada in coconut in pool

In my literal happy place

hamilton island marina


whitehaven beach whitest sand australia

 Snow? Nope! It's the whitest of white sand at Whitehaven Beach

pina colada in coconut at pool

If you like pina coladas...

birdseye view of hamilton island from above

Flying high over Hamilton Island Marina

birdseye view of whitehaven beach from above scenic flight

The swirly whirly magic of Whitehaven Beach from above

kayaking off catseye beach hamilton island

Sea kayaking off Catseye Beach

sunset one tree hill hamilton island

Sunsets at One Tree Hill

view of hamilton island whitsunday islands

The view from our balcony! #LushLife

view of whitsunday islands from hamilton island

The view to beat all views

washing hair with sand at whitehaven beachWashing my hair with the sand at Whitehaven Beach (yes really!)

There's something about Hamilton Island that is so magically detached from the stress and craziness of everyday life. Mad traffic jams and horns are replaced with giggles from golf buggies and angry locals are switched with friendly smiles. Although this island is only 32KM off Queensland's Airlie Beach, it is obvious that you have entered island time as soon as you set foot on the yacht-fringed harbor.

With my parents visiting from the UK, I had to take them to my personal version of paradise. And if you are an Aussie resident or considering a trip Down Under, I seriously suggest that you pay this stunning utopia a visit.

When you do visit (which you will ;) here is what you have to do in Hamilton Island:

Sunset Cocktails At One Tree Hill

Holidays are made for cocktails and at Hamilton Island, they come with a free sunset. We loved spending our nights at One Tree Hill, Hamilton Island's highest points. With endless views of the Whitsunday Islands, it's the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail from the nearby bar.

Explore Coral Cove

The main beach Catseye Beach, is the perfect place for watersports and snorkeling, but the quiet serenity of Coral Cove is the ultimate find!

Although you will have to endure a sweaty 40 minute walk, the prize at the end is well, priceless! Although Hamilton Island has a number of walking tracks, this is the one to do!

Whitehaven Beach

You probably recognise the dreamy, swirls of beach in the photos above. Whitehaven Beach is often voted the most beautiful beach in the world. 

This was my third time visiting Whitehaven and I was like 'honey, I'm home!'. Just a short cruise from Hamilton Island, this serene white beach stretches for 7KM of heaven before revealing a it's best kept secret: Hill Inlet! The inlet is a dreamy swirl of turquoise and snow-white sand and is officially the most photographed beach in Australia.

Our tour took on us on a short hike up to the Hill Inlet look out, which ensured my parents were able to see that oh-my-gosh-heart-eyes view for themselves!

After indulging the absolute shangri-la of views, we headed down to Betty's Beach to walk on sand as soft as icing sugar. 

This time, I needed to up my mermaid game, so I washed my hair with the pristine sand and even brushed my teeth with it! Apparently it's good for them...

Chill In The Resort Pools

Holidays are made for chilling and Catesye Beach is home to three dreamy resort pools that are just waiting for you to chill in! I personally recommend the pina coladas at the swim up bar- they come in a real coconut!

Scenic Flight Over Whitehaven Beach & Heart Reef

For such a travel-lover, you will be surprised to hear that planes are not exactly my favorite things! However, this scenic flight over the Whitsundays was actually indescribable!

On a plane with only six people, we flew directly over The Great Barrier Reef and The Whitsunday Islands. Although I have snorkeled this wonder many times, it is a whole different kind of magic from above. The ultimate highlight has to be passing over the sublime heart reef, which I had wanted to see for forever.

We then got to see the majestic Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet from the air. It was indescribable! Funnily enough, it made me crave a mr whippy icecream. I'll always be a fatty at heart!

Here's a little taste of my trip:

Goodbye paradise, I'll be back one day!


  1. Love your post! :)

  2. Beautiful photos <3

  3. To be honest, that place is just breath taking!
    It looks so warm and lovely, I would love to visit that place one day!
    And your outfits, of course, as always are on point!
    Very pretty photos!


  4. It certainly looks like paradise to me! What a gorgeous collection of photos as well. Happy Holidays, lovely. x/Madison

  5. This truly does look like paradise and somewhere I must visit one day :) x

  6. OMG I just bookmarked this because I NEED to find that swirly white beach again someday and get to there somehow! Soo stunning!

    Xx, Lora |

  7. I would love to get lost at a paradise like this. I can't even believe a place like this exists. Truly Stunning!

    Have a great one Rachel!

  8. Looks like you had an amazing time hun! Love that playsuit on you too :) Hope you have a lovely day!

    XO Jessi,

  9. Oh my goodness, it looks absolutely breathtaking, sweetie!! What a beautiful place <3 A peek onto the Great Barrier Reef was great to see as well. Love your outfits & those turquoise waters surely make you fall in love from the first minute of being there!! Stunning!!
    p.s. Hope you had a lovely Christmas, beauty!!
    xox Nadia

  10. Amazing pictures!!

  11. Thanks for sharing - this brings back memories of my trip there this past September. I can't wait to go back again!

  12. Stunning pictures!! Looks like so much fun!
    Adi xx

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  14. I LOL-ed when I scrolled through the captions on "Chilling with the Locals" and a parrot was featured in that picture! What a unique local *LOL*
    Jokes aside, you make me wanna visit Hamilton because the sea of blue makes me feel so connected with nature and exploring the coral cove sounds exciting!
    Wishing you Happy New Year in advance btw ~ look fwd to your 2017 posts!

    xx Aldora |

  15. Wow amazing island!

    x Sandra

  16. OMG this has to be literally one of the most beautiful beaches/islands I've seen. I can't believe how vibrant that water looks. And the white sand, oh God... It's really a paradise. Thanks for also sharing your adorable pics, you look so cute in all of them! I'm glad you and your parents anjoyed this trip dear.
    I wish you Happy New Year!

  17. What a beautiful holiday! all the pictures are amazing. Best Wishes to a Happy 2017 sweetie!

    love, Gina

  18. You live in paradise, that's for sure. I love all the beaches and spots featured on your blog. Btw, happy New Year!!

    Jasmine x
    Jas Claire

  19. I miss the Hamilton Islands so much!! I was there twice last year for work and loved every moment of it! Totally giving me FOMO here girl!!

    Hope you had a fabulous New Years darling!

    Helen xx

  20. You always amaze me ! The setting is so unbelievably gorgeous but you are magnificent! The clothes are like pieces of art and your hair is divine !

  21. Great photos Rachel! I would love to visit one day soon! Hope you had a fabulous New Years :)

    xo, mikéla /

  22. I've heard so much about Hamilton Island and now when I see your photos I can see why there is so much hype about this place!! I would love to go there with my partner for a getaway soon!

    Much love,

  23. Sounds like you had a brilliant vacation, Rachel and I am envious of the lovely tropical weather that you have in all these pictures. It's cold here in Canada, LOL! Happy new year to you and love ones, beautiful!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  24. Considering it was that close to "civilization" it truly looks like you've entered a far away paradise (well, for me it would be far away no matter how you put it, haha) and it looks really heavenly. I'm glad you took your parents there so they get away from the cold weather in the UK (where I'll be in a few days)!

  25. Hey Sweetie:)
    So Amazing Place and Photos as Always:)It is a Real Paradise:) Wish to be here now:)
    You Look Amazing On the Photos:)
    Wish you Happy New Year;)
    Love Open Kloset By Karina

  26. This is such a beautiful place. It does seem truly magical. Your parents must have loved it. Wish you a wonderful 2017!


  27. Love this post and OH MY GOODNESS this looks so amazing! Gorgeous place! I know you must have had the best time! Would love to be in some warm weather like this now!

    Manda |

  28. That blue water and blue sky looks unreal! Vacation goals for sure! Looks like an amazing trip!

  29. It looks beautiful! I can see why it's one of your favourite places! :) xx

  30. Hello Rach!!
    sucha beautiful paradise. you enjoyed so much.
    And how about the coctails under the palms. So yummy :))
    Eva from Italy

  31. Truly paradise! Amazing shots

  32. Oh woow woow ! It looks so amazing there !
    so lucky.
    Wish you all the best for this new year.

  33. How awesome! I'm loving the pics!
    xoxo, Hadasah

  34. It is such a paradise indeed!! I love your colorful vacation photos and especially all those breathtaking landscape shots! Not no mention your outfits! Indeed you are my role model when it comes to vacation style!

  35. Amazing photos! I love Hamilton is truly a paradise!

  36. wow this is literally one of the places in the world I want to visit! I saw it for the first time in one of my favorite blogs and I just want to go there so bad! lucky you! glad you had so much fun! I would to


  37. OMG this island is stunning! Thanks for sharing! Need to visit this place!
    Julia Comil

  38. Wow! Hamilton Island is now officially on my travel list! I'm a total beach girl and this looks like my perfect version of heaven. Thank you so much for sharing about this wonderful place! Your photos are stunning!


  39. It looks like such an amazing place! I hope your parents had such a great time, I'm sure they did!

    Much love,
    Marianne x

  40. After walking around in parkas for the past four weeks, your photos gave me serious heart eyes babe! I have never heard of Hamilton Island before, but I'm totally adding this to my travel list now. I especially loved your photo of the swirled sand at Whitehaven Beach - this looks just absolutely magical! But truly, every place and activity you mentioned sounds perfect. Definitely bookmarking this for the future, thank you for sharing love!!

    xo Soo |


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