Just came home from our Hamilton Island holiday and want to go back already! A big thanks to Clare and Louise at Travelonline for being so helpful, returning my calls promptly and answering all my questions. I always ask a billion questions before going away and they were very accommodating and knowledgable about the area, answering all my queries happily.
As the Whitsunday Apartments were heavily booked at the time we were planning to go, I was booked to stay in a Deluxe Sea View room for the first night then in a Sea View for the nights after. But when we arrived, we got upgraded for free to stay in the Deluxe Sea View for the whole stay which was fantastic! The view from the room on the 11th floor looking out on the islands was out of this world. Hamilton Island is expensive and we did save a lot of money by being in an apartment and making our own meals. The local IGA was only a couple dollars more for things than the mainland and if you looked for specials some things were even cheaper than usual. When we did dine out the restaurants were all great, food was top quality wherever we went. We also booked 2 tours through travelonline to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach/Hill Inlet. These tours were cheaper to book than through Cruise Whitsundays directly and I definitely recommend anyone travelling to Hamilton Island with kids to do these tours. Value was great, crew onboard were so friendly and amazing. My child is 4 years old and did great on the boat. The operators provide activities and books for the kids to read and the 2 hour trip to GBR goes by quite fast. If planning to go to Whitehaven Beach, definitely go to Hill Inlet. It's only a 20min jet boat ride from Whitehaven and a 10min hike to the lookout, the view at the top was to die for. Just like in all the marketing photos. Then swimming at the beach below in the most crystal clear aqua water was something I will now dream about for days until we get to go back! This is the second time I've booked a holiday through Travelonline and I look forward to booking my next one through them again soon!