The TRA VELLER
The golf buggies jockey for parking spots on One Tree Hill as a spectacular sunset spreads oranges and pinks across the sky and into the waters surrounding the Whitsunday Islands. This spot has long been one of Hamilton Island’s drawcards but the recent addition of a cute bar has supercharged its popularity.
Green apple mojitos for $10 are the cocktail du jour and the little plastic jars they come in can be seen in the hands of scores of holidaymakers as they wander about the hill, catching vistas from every angle. It’s a great vibe, relaxed and chatty as strangers share their joy at the beauty before them.
When the sun is gone – and our cashews, courtesy of a sneak attack by one of the island’s cheeky cockatoos – we point our buggy down the hill towards our bungalow. The tropical setting of these standalone buildings creates the sensation of being deep in a rainforest when, in reality, Catseye Beach and the hubbub of the island is a short stroll away. Many an hour can be lost while swaying in the commodious hammock hanging from the deck.
Inside, it’s fresh and modern, with polished wooden floors and a pitched, open-beam roof that adds to the spacious feel. There’s a king-sized bed and a single divan, making it ideal for couples or parents with one child.
Although there are plenty of eateries on the island, the bungalow offers the option of zipping to the village at the marina and buying a few supplies. Later you can prepare your own meal to enjoy on the deck in the fresh island air before getting back into that seductive hammock.