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#1 Mooples

Posted 20 September 2019 - 07:42 AM

We will be going on a family holiday next year. A few families with kids all under 5. At this stage the choices are Hamilton Island or Palm Cove. Which would you recommend and why? We are looking for a nice balance of relaxation but also enough to do to keep the kids entertained. Will be for a week. Thanks.

#2 avocado toast

Posted 20 September 2019 - 07:56 AM

Hamilton island have a daycare centre you can book kids into! Haven’t been there though

Palm cove is very small but lovely and close to reef activities

#3 MarciaB

Posted 20 September 2019 - 08:20 AM

I think I would pick Hamilton for that age.

Our last holiday was to Palm Cove - but with teenagers so we did an outer reef trip, white water rafting, and quite a big walk in the Daintree.

When kids were little on Hamilton, they really were very content with the resort pool, the Golf Cart was always entertaining and they absolutely loved the little zoo (we went every day).

So I would pick Hamilton Is for little kids.

#4 MarciaB

Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:22 AM

Forgot to say that the other good thing about Hamilton for little ones is that the plane lands right there.

You get off the plane, grab your luggage and buggy and are at your accommodation in 5 minutes.

Palm Cove - slightly longer flight, then you have to get from Cairns to Palm Cove (about a 30 minute drive - either hire a car or use a shuttle).

Both places are beautiful and my favourite parts of Queensland, but Hamilton Island is so easy with little kids - I would pick there.

#5 facetious-beast

Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:29 AM

I would choose Hamilton Island as well. We've been to both Palm Cove and Hamilton Island with the kids in the past 2 years and Hamilton wins hands down. There is a wide range of activities, enough dining choices to keep everyone happy and the kids just love the novelty of jumping in the buggies to get around.

I recommend the 3-in-1 trip to Whitehaven beach and we did a jetski tour round the island whilst the kids were in kids club. Book a babysitter for the night and enjoy a kids-free dinner!

#6 Dadto2

Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:38 AM

I was in Palm Cove last year.  Water was murky the whole time and lots of jellyfish. I was there for business, it was OKish probably not somewhere I'd opt to go on holiday. Pretty expensive as well.

#7 SMforshort

Posted 20 September 2019 - 10:51 AM

I have been to Hamilton Island with young kids.  Haven't been to Palm Cove since I was a kid.

I loved in Hamilton Island that we were literally walking into our accommodation within 15 minutes of getting off the plane.  So great with little kids.

The pool we had access to, was not toddler friendly, with no shallow paddling area.  This was solved by buying some (very expensive) inflatable rings.  I suggest taking as many supplies with you as possible as shopping was very expensive.

#8 dreamweaver80

Posted 20 September 2019 - 02:25 PM

Hello!

We've just been to Hamilton Island last month with my little one (he was 18 months) We had a great time! Especially loved that we didn't have to rent a car or worry about transport at all, which then would have involved lugging a carseat around. Not to mention the extra expense. You can walk everywhere or hire a golf buggy. Depending on the accommodation you choose, you might get a buggy included. I recommend checking out Hamilton Island Holiday homes for accommodation (https://www.hamilton...dayhomes.com.au) We had a self-catered apartment which included all the free water activities (kayaks, catamarans, snorkels, paddleboards) plus free meals for kids under 12 at most of the island's restaurants.
The beach is nice and very calm (good for kiddos) and my son loved the wild kangaroos! We took the cruise to Whitehaven Beach which was stunning and there's lots of other tour options as well. The only downside was that the sea and all the pools were too cold for my son (and us!) but that was really our fault for going in August. Otherwise it was lovely.  

I've been to Palm Cove several years ago but only as a day trip from Port Douglas. I don't remember being too blown away by the place.

#9 lizzzard

Posted 20 September 2019 - 03:07 PM

Yep, another vote for Hamilton Island!

#10 2bundles

Posted 20 September 2019 - 03:10 PM

Hamilton Island. More to do. Lots of self contained Accom that comes with a golf cart!
Child care if you want some adult time.
Beach without stingers.

#11 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 20 September 2019 - 03:23 PM

View Post2bundles, on 20 September 2019 - 03:10 PM, said:

Hamilton Island. More to do. Lots of self contained Accom that comes with a golf cart!
Child care if you want some adult time.
Beach without stingers.

i’d vote for Hamilton too, it is a good holiday option.

on the stingers ....is it right they aren’t in the waters off the islands? i had always assumed that was the case, but i was looking at some water based activities on the hamilton island website (we are there for easter 2020 - cyclones permitting...) and quite often they would list as an inclusion “a stinger suit” so now i’m not so sure ....

#12 PrincessPeach

Posted 21 September 2019 - 09:21 PM

View PostLucrezia Borgia, on 20 September 2019 - 03:23 PM, said:



i’d vote for Hamilton too, it is a good holiday option.

on the stingers ....is it right they aren’t in the waters off the islands? i had always assumed that was the case, but i was looking at some water based activities on the hamilton island website (we are there for easter 2020 - cyclones permitting...) and quite often they would list as an inclusion “a stinger suit” so now i’m not so sure ....

It depends on the time of year, we were at whitehaven beach in October & it was ok to swim without a stinger suit as the water temp was still too cold for the irikangi, but summer its a no go.



#13 ~J_F~

Posted 21 September 2019 - 10:45 PM

Stinger season is generally Nov to May. The islands are included in that.

I would go to Hamilton also. Palm Cove is lovely but I don’t find the beaches on the northern Qld mainland that good really. Plus crocs!

#14 can'tstayaway

Posted 22 September 2019 - 02:34 PM

View Post~J_F~, on 21 September 2019 - 10:45 PM, said:

I would go to Hamilton also. Palm Cove is lovely but I don’t find the beaches on the northern Qld mainland that good really. Plus crocs!
Another vote for Hamilton Island.

Crocs!!!!  We were the idiot tourists on the beach at dusk. I have never run so fast in my life to get off the beach then we nearly stepped on a taipan *eek*!!!




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