Hamilton Island Blues
Trip Start Mar 23, 2013
19Trip End Apr 22, 2013
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I've got to admit that arriving here on Hamilton Island fills the 'Most Disappointing ' slot for me.
Well, it's fairly straight forward: we're in the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef , the supposed pristine coral reefs and alleged diving paradise. But what do I see around me : a money making resort of high rise buildings, yachts and golf courses. Don't get me wrong , as those of you whin know me well , I do like clean rooms (very much ) creature comforts and fine wines, but for this part of the trip I was somehow expecting to cross it with Robinson Crusoe
So, the scene set, I shall continue.
The start to the day was a slow one. R and I lingered in bed. I was rather knackered from the long drive on the previous day and the noise of what sounded like air blocked pipes clanking through the night. The boys too benefited from the sleep in but decided to go for the rare experience of a morning bath together in the big tub.
Breakfast was the usual fayre of a hotel breakfast buffet with the wide spread of fried foods, fruits and cereals. The added fun this morning was the sea gulls and parakeets who were proficiently attempting to raid the poolside tables.
The rest of the morning was taken up with arranging to get a new hotel room ( those damn pipes) and a stroll down to the marina to see if there were any other trip providers others than MRI - there aren't.
I forgot to mention that the weather had turned on us and a small storm has hit the area and will linger for the next few days. As a result, we were fairly restricted in the activities that we could do and decided to hang out by the pool in between the showers.
And so to the evening - last night we booked into the resort's Thai restaurant called 'Co Ca Chu'. At 7pm it had already been dark for an hour and it was a short stroll from the hotel. We brought along the hotel umbrellas just in case of any showers
After chocking at the cost of everything on the menu - everything is sooooo expensive here in Oz, especially on the resort - we ploughed into picking the dishes.
As an aside: I read a website that said that if moving here from the UK, you should factor in a monthly expenditure in Aussie $ of 2x your UK outgoings. At an exchange rate o 1.4 on the spot market, that really does mean you would have to have quite a hike in your earnings
Back to the meal. It was a lovely surprise- ingredients that we just don't get in menus back home and they blended them together so well!
Which takes me back to the 'Memory Moments' list as the food tonight scored as the best on the trip so far.
While we were eating, the heavens opened up and it really started to pour down. We had to walk home in that. The boys decided it would be more fun to walk without the umbrellas and see just how wet their t-shirts could get (very). They loved it and I bet it'll rank high on their list !