Your Guide to Daydream, Hamilton, Hayman, Long Island & South Molle Island Resort
Island Resort was originally established in
the early 1930's and after various re-designs
and refurbishments, most recently in the year
2001, the resort is looking fantastic. The
new accommodation is of a high standard and
great value for money. The resort itself offers
such features as an open air cinema, a 19
hole interactive golf putting course, extensive
swimming pools, the always popular swim up
bar and some great eateries including Mermaids
Daydream Island also
boasts one of Australia's leading Rejuvenation
Centres. With 14 treatment rooms, 2 Vichy
showers, 2 Hydrotherapy tubs and more. Relax
and indulge while restoring harmony and
balance to replenish the body and spirit.
Even for the day you can pamper yourself
with a massage, facial, iridology, naturopathic
consultation, saloon treatments and more.
There is a small
man-made harbour on the North Eastern side
of the Island with 6 moorings located just
outside. To organise a mooring please contact the resort on 4948 8488.
Daydream is also
home to Sunlovers Bay, which is a beautiful
sand beach on the North Western side. Sunlovers
Bay is serviced by one public mooring available
to monohulls up to 20 metres and catamarans
up to 18 metres. Again you will find reef
protection buoys which you must be outside
of if you decide to anchor. Daydream islands
swift currents on both sides mean that anchoring
can be hazardous in general though, so it
is a good idea to leave someone aboard as
anchor watch if you cannot get a mooring.
Also, while navigating around the southern
end of Daydream watch for the reef as it
extends a long way South of the Island.
|The Hamilton Island Resort
is one of the Whitsundays most well known. The resort itself is the largest
in the group and offers an equally vast range
of facilities and activities. Everyone can
be catered for at Hamilton Island Resort with
features including: fishing charters; dive
shop; swimming pools; go-carts; rifle and
pistol range; various clubs and taverns and
many good eateries just to name a few.
The island also includes
a fifty acre fauna park featuring kangaroos,
koalas, goannas and plenty of other local
wildlife. Hamilton has fringing reef coral
with some of the best snorkelling at Catseye
Hamilton Island is
also well known for having the broadest
range of accommodation types. Rooms vary
from three to five star in separate complex's.
The multi-story Reef View Hotel houses the
most guests in Garden and Coral Sea View
rooms starting from around $220.00 per night
with multi-bedroom apartments available
for families. Or for something a little
more luxurious the Beach Club offers guests
beachfront accommodation set amongst a private
lap pool, library and the Club Lounge. No
children are allowed in the Beach Club area,
which makes it a perfect place for couples
to really relax.
Hamilton Island is
serviced by the largest island airport,
which takes traffic from most major cities.
This makes it a great spot to fly into if
your hiring a bareboat, as most bareboat
companies will relocate vessels to the area
for a modest fee or you can charter from
one of the Hamilton Island charter companies.
The shipyard at Hamilton
Island is the most comprehensive in the
area. In the harbour you have access to
fuel, water, shipwright, electrical and
engineering services and a large range of
supplies. Although there are many berths
for both large and smaller vessels in the
harbour it is a good idea to contact the
harbourmaster a few days in advance to reserve
a berth. The cost would be $66.00 overnight
or $5.50 per hour if your only staying through
is located on the Western side of Hamilton
Island and is relatively easy to navigate.
One thing to watch for is the airport runway,
which runs NNW toward the harbour entrance.
Stay 300 metres clear of each end of the
runway (further if you have a very tall
mast) and you will be clear of any approaching
aircraft. The entrance to Hamilton Harbour
is marked with port and starboard markers
which are lit at night.
|Hayman Island Resort is considered one of the finest
resorts in the world boasting some very prestigious
awards such as: Zagat Survey - Top Resorts
of the World;
Forbes Magazine - World's Best Beach Resort
and Travel & Leisure - World's Best Service
Awards. Set in a stunning rainforest with
themed restaurants, swimming pools (including
the largest swimming pool in the Southern
Hemisphere) and cocktail bars scattered throughout
On the southern side
of Hayman there is a man-made harbour with
the entrance marked by six beacons. Permission
to enter the marina can be granted by the
marina office on VHF channel 16/10. Day
visitors are permitted to stay between 1000
and 1500 hours at a cost of $145.00 for
a vessel and two passengers ($35.00 per
person thereafter) and are required to purchase
lunch at one of the resorts restaurants.
Pre-booking a berth is essential, as Hayman
will only accept two vessels per day. The
resort facilities include, fuel, water,
rubbish disposal, nurse, a dive shop and
of course the restaurants. Please also note
that a dress code does apply to all guests.
If you would like
to make your stay at Hayman Island Resort a longer one,
accommodation must be booked in the resort.
No guests are permitted to stay overnight
on their vessels. There is a truly outstanding
range of accommodation available on Hayman
Island, starting from around $185.00 per
person / per night.
Hayman Island is
also home to one of the Whitsundays most
popular dive and snorkelling locations,
the famous Blue Pearl Bay. Blue Pearl Bay
is not the easiest place to anchor. There
are five reef protection buoys located off
the fringing reefs which you must anchor
outside of to reduce damage to the reef.
At the northern end of Blue Pearl Bay you
will find Dolphin Point which is considered
one of the best dive locations in the Whitsundays.
Blue Pearl Bay is also accessible from the
resort via walking trail or the Resorts
own water taxi. When sailing around to Blue
Pearl Bay, do not attempt to pass between
Hayman and Arkhurst Islands but navigate
around the South Western side of Arkhurst.
on the southern side of Hayman Island, between
Hayman and Hook Islands, can be difficult
as there are many hazards to negotiate.
Recently though, many beacons and lights
have been installed, helping to make the
|Long Island is a national park which offers some
good walking trails with scenic views over
The Narrows (the passage between Long Island
and the mainland) and also seaward towards
Whitsunday Island. Long Island is home to
two resorts, Club Crocodile Long Island Resort
at Happy Bay and Peppers Palm Bay Resort which,
not surprisingly, is located at Palm Bay.
Crocodile, formally known as Happy Bay Resort,
is a great "value for money" option
for resort accommodation in the Whitsundays.
It particularly suits families with good
day care options and suitable room types.
If you pay for a mooring at Club Crocodile
you will have access to many of the activities
as well. There are two swimming pools, tennis
courts, barbeques and nightly entertainment.
Happy Bay itself has some good snorkelling
and diving straight off the beach but keep
the reefs in mind if you are anchoring as
there are a few isolated bommies that may
including a nurse, a dive shop, a restaurant
and a laundry are available to guests. You
can radio ahead on VHF channel 16/09 to
get a mooring and expect to pay $55.00 for
your first night and $35.00 per night thereafter.
Also, keep in mind that the jetty at Happy
Bay is for use only by the resort. Permission
may be granted to load or unload passengers
only by the watersports manager who is contactable
Palm Bay is very welcoming to bareboat guests
and is an ideal stop off point.
Set on the secluded beach of Palm Bay, house
guests can enjoy the pure serenity that
only this resort can offer. Private bungalows
nestled amongst the palms are television
and radio free so that you can immerse yourself
in the sounds and atmosphere of this truly
unique resort. Bookings are essential for
a mooring as there are only six available
and they are very popular.
Access is only permitted
prior to 1500 hours. The cost of a mooring
at Peppers Palm Bay is $120.00 + $25.00
per person (regardless of age) and you are
also required to dine at the exquisite resort
restaurant which is $60.00 per guest (again
regardless of age and not including beverages).
two main features of Long Island to watch
for when sailing is The Narrows and East
Rock. The Narrows is a passage between Long
Island and the mainland, which bottleneck
currents up to five knots so keep this in
mind especially if approaching from the
South. East Rock is on the eastern side
of Long Island near Pelican Island and has
no beach access year round. East Rock is
a significant bird site with a six knot
speed limit within 200 metres and a Boat-free
zone within 200 metres between the 1st of
October and the 31st of December.
MOLLE ISLAND RESORT
Molle Island is a National Park Area covering
some 405 hectares. A visit to this beautiful island
should be not just to enjoy the resort facilities
but to take advantage of some of the finest
walking trails that the Whitsundays can offer,
over sixteen kilometres of them in fact.
The South Molle Island Resort itself
includes a nicely set swimming pool, spa
area, bar, restaurant and a nine hole golf
course. While the rooms are of an older
style they are comfortable and well priced.
One of the Islands
greatest assets is the white sandy beaches
and pale blue waters. Not to mention the
golf course, bush walks and relaxed atmosphere.
To get access to
the Resort facilities, including the golf
course, a $22.00 per night fee is payable
at reception and there is usually no need
to book. To radio ahead, you will be able
to contact South Molle Island Resort on
VHF channel 16/74.
is located centrally in Bauer Bay. The northerly
facing bay is not, however, one of the better
anchorages in the Whitsundays as common
southerly conditions funnel in around Spion
Kop, Lamond Hill and The Horn. As the wind
becomes easterly the waters become more
rolly. It is a safe anchorage, however,
and can be useful if bad weather catches
you off guard.