TOURING AROUND HAMILTON ISLAND

 

Our first couple of days were rather spotty, filled with rain. As a big fan of Trip Advisor, I had planned using the tool and had a list of options. One of our first “rainy day” actions was to head up to Passage Peak, the highest point on the island. A 3KM hike in on and off again rain is very do-able when it is 27C out.

The view from the top.

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View of the hotel area.

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The vegetation goes from very lush to dry brown.

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We also went to Target Sports, which is a range. I grew up in Alberta shooting. My boys had never shot a gun. They did very well.

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And we stopped off at the Wildlife Park to see the koalas. I have never seen or touched a koala. We all took a turn holding “Elvis”. Their fur feels matted and wiry, and his “hug” very soft. Beautiful animal.

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As I mentioned it was raining. Here is how a Koala weathers out the rain.

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I found this fellow’s eyes piercing. He just stared right at me. I wonder what he was thinking?

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As the rain stopped, this fellow came out of his sleep.

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And a mother brought out her baby for a swing.

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The island does not have a weeks worth of activities but it was good for a few days. Luckily, the sun came out.

MY CAMERA BAG

 

As a friend said “There really is no perfect camera bag”. I now have a couple bags and thought I had found the “perfect” one in the spring. After a few trips, I have abandoned it again for my trusty Maxpedition.

I don’t know why, but even though the Maxpedition isn’t a camera bag (I put gear in sleeves or cases and then neatly stack it in the bag with a few hand towels in there for insurance padding), it works. It is comfortable even with a bigger load (5D, 18-70 lens, 70-200 lens, 2X III extender, extra battery, cards and bits and bobs) and as our trip up Passage Peak proved – nicely water proof.

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I bought it years ago while we were still in England from their US website and after a good hose-down, it still looks brand new. Military tough.

Plus on the trek up the hill (3K up, 3K down) I slipped my iPhone into the back and blasted Christmas tunes via Spotify the whole time. Hiking AND singing Christmas carols, in a on/off rain (but warm!).

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Great pack.