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Old 03-22-2013, 02:03 PM   #12706
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It's no wonder Aussie resorts and motels are always winging about people not holidaying locally. Am in the process of working out accom etc on Hamilton Island for a work related conference and the resorts have you over a barrel. Nearly $600 for breakfast alone for 7 days for 2 adults and 2 kids. that's just farkin breaky, hope someone is actually feeding it to me for that also, guessing it will be another $600-800 for basic lunches, and then that again for dinner each night, that's on top of just under $3k for accom and slug another $1200 for airfares, fark me.
My whole family went on a Sth Pacific cruise 4 years ago and inc everything we spent on board and on the islands etc was less than $3000. and we ate like kings morning noon and night.
No doubt about it, Hamilton Island is an expensive place to holiday, especially with kids adding to the bill......but it's a special place and a great gateway to the Whitsundays.

We holiday up there with friends regularly as they have a substantial boat moored there. We are able to cut costs by having Dan Murphys deliver a booze order for us, we order food for on the boat from Coles at either Airlie Beach or Cannonvale which is delivered to the boat, specialist seafood and meats can also be ordered like that and delivered to the marina for us.

There is a bakery, fish and chip shop, Marina Cafe (great cheap lunches and rocky road smoothies).

The restaurants and yacht club are expensive, Qualia is far too dear, and the people at the general store should be locked up . I cannot bring myself to pay $80 for a carton of Coronas at the bottle shop either.

I've just booked a trip with air fares from Adl to Bris for $135 each/each way, and $56 each/each way Bris to HI for a family holiday in July which includes hiring a big cat for a few nights and then a luxury house on the west side and then a week out on the mate's boat - all for what I would call reasonable money, for what should be a fantastic time with the family.

If you go there and pay through the nose for everything then it's going to get out of hand fairly quickly - it's just that sort of place. And I don't reckon you get value out of the place just by flying in and out and staying on the island. I think it should be part of a holiday, but not all of it.....otherwise it's far too expensive.

I've also been there for 10 days (last year) and it's rained every day...good luck..
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Old 03-22-2013, 04:37 PM   #12707
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No doubt about it, Hamilton Island is an expensive place to holiday, especially with kids adding to the bill......but it's a special place and a great gateway to the Whitsundays.

We holiday up there with friends regularly as they have a substantial boat moored there. We are able to cut costs by having Dan Murphys deliver a booze order for us, we order food for on the boat from Coles at either Airlie Beach or Cannonvale which is delivered to the boat, specialist seafood and meats can also be ordered like that and delivered to the marina for us.

There is a bakery, fish and chip shop, Marina Cafe (great cheap lunches and rocky road smoothies).

The restaurants and yacht club are expensive, Qualia is far too dear, and the people at the general store should be locked up . I cannot bring myself to pay $80 for a carton of Coronas at the bottle shop either.

I've just booked a trip with air fares from Adl to Bris for $135 each/each way, and $56 each/each way Bris to HI for a family holiday in July which includes hiring a big cat for a few nights and then a luxury house on the west side and then a week out on the mate's boat - all for what I would call reasonable money, for what should be a fantastic time with the family.

If you go there and pay through the nose for everything then it's going to get out of hand fairly quickly - it's just that sort of place. And I don't reckon you get value out of the place just by flying in and out and staying on the island. I think it should be part of a holiday, but not all of it.....otherwise it's far too expensive.

I've also been there for 10 days (last year) and it's rained every day...good luck..
shit thats cheap airfares from bris, cheapest I can get is $110 ea way, thanks for all the info, when in july are you going, We'll be there for the first week, staying at HI reef view Motel resort for conference but will also get out to the reef and do a few tours.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:34 PM   #12708
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I get jetstar and Qantas alerts for cheap flights and booked them on thursday. Arrive 15th and back to Adl on 29th after a couple of nights in Brisbane enroute. Good cheap tour is over to Dent Island on the ferry, lunch and tour island golf course in buggies. Have fun.
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Old 03-22-2013, 05:51 PM   #12709
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:05 PM   #12710
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Old 03-22-2013, 06:13 PM   #12711
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:07 PM   #12712
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:38 AM   #12714
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ive been thinking of late how many forums ive been banned from or not welcome at,

i'm not very knowledgeable at anything, so i have nothing useful for anybody to actually learn from me.

think i probably should shut up and become a lurker on the 2 or 3 forums im not banned from..
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Old 03-23-2013, 12:46 AM   #12715
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i'm not very knowledgeable at anything, so i have nothing useful for anybody to actually learn from me.

think i probably should shut up and become a lurker on the 2 or 3 forums im not banned from..
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:07 AM   #12716
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ive been thinking of late how many forums ive been banned from or not welcome at,

You've been very welcome down at Jo Momma, I can vouch for that.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:16 AM   #12717
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:04 AM   #12718
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I get jetstar and Qantas alerts for cheap flights and booked them on thursday. Arrive 15th and back to Adl on 29th after a couple of nights in Brisbane enroute. Good cheap tour is over to Dent Island on the ferry, lunch and tour island golf course in buggies. Have fun.
Hey mate, whats the go with land based fishing on HI, anything worth while, my youngest lad is just fishing mad and is trying to work out ways to pack his fishing gear. not really interested in hiring a tinny, but if it's worthwhile we might. any decent fishing off the beach or jetties etc or is it restricted with the marine park laws.
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