After a fantastic weekend it was time for shenanigans, time for frivolity, time to relax so bags packed it was off to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays. After a short flight, which has nothing to report on, flight was good, but lots of cloud as we came in so we only got glimpses of the beautiful reef, we stepped out in to the tropical Queensland heat, Janet’s first response was “ooh it’s hot!” We got our bags and hopped on the bus. Now all the while the newly weds where around, they had booked their honeymoon without consultation only to find they were on the same flight as us and at the same hotel, so other than telling the crew on the flight to congratulate them we tried to be very discrete parents.
We were all staying at the Reef View Hotel which sits on the edge of Catseye Beach, we had booked a garden view room for the four of us, the newly weds have a pool view, the biggest difference is while the description of their room is accurate, they can see the pool, our room did not have a garden view. Serious we overlooked the entrance of the hotel and the buggy park! We wasn’t going to let it get in our way, we thought we would crack open a cold beer and enjoy, only to find warm beer in the fridge, the fridge just not working properly. At that point it was on, Mr Revthreads went down to report the fridge, and we were told a maintanence person would arrive shortly to fix it, after a while we gave up on the said maintenance man and went to the bar, I went via reception. Yes I reported the fridge but I also reported the inaccurate description of our view and our disappointment with what we thought was a good hotel. They apologized and gave us a drink voucher, and again offered to ensure the fridge was seen to while we were out and then offered us another entrance view room but on the 4th floor so we would at least see over the trees and maybe have a glimpse of the beach. So we happily accepted and went out for the evening.
We walked along Catseye Beach at the waters edge, the warm ocean lapping at out feet, and the views breathtaking. People just filled the water, old and young just having fun. We wandered up to the Marina and admired the boats that bobbed about and we booked ourselves a trip to Whitehaven, so we get to sail there on a very good looking catamaran. We popped into the Mariners Tavern only to bump into the newly weds and hear their frustrations. Our beautiful new son had paid a significant amount for a romantic set up and bottle of Moët for his new bride, the Moët was warm and the romantic set up looked like the cleaner had dropped some petals as they left, plastic petals at that, he did complain and was offered a fruit platter. This could all be laughable but this place is fairly expensive! Anyhoo, we had dinner, it was a tavern so food basic and reasonably priced, not a bad spot at all and the views where breathtaking from the upstairs balcony. We all partook in a few drinks, the newly weds took off on their buggy while we stayed to play trivia, yep we rocked and rolled! Not much more to say about that other than we came 2nd, out of about 10 teams, we were just a little bit smug and chuffed. We won a 24 hour buggy hire, the newly weds said that it’s fun, I’m not too sure and wondering whether at our age it is a bit too close to a mobility scooter and a big reminder that the beige bus is around the corner? Well we’ll see how all the hills go today after our sailing trip.
As we walked back, not too sure of the way, it seemed we were the only ones out and about at times. The streets were quiet, the hills had remained steep, I was so sure we only had downhill on the way home, my poor sense of direction had obviously kicked in, I completely forgot there were two hills, one up and one down. We arrived back and the fridge was still broken, good job we had grabbed a bottle of red, still nothing cold, just a tray of water where there should be ice and warm beverages. So to the duty manager it was, who seemed very helpful and unhappy with our experience also, but time will tell because the supervisor earlier made promises to get things fixed and still no joy.
Anyway, we all went to bed, we’d had overall a great day, we’ve all slept well and today head off to Whitehaven, togs and snorkeling gear in hand.