The TRA VELLER

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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.

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