Qualia Resort Hamilton Island, Australia
Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef
Located on the northern tip of Hamilton Island, in the Whitsundays, Qualia is one of Queensland’s most serene and beautiful escapes. The idyllic resort has had no-expense-spared, and all 30 acres of immaculately landscaped grounds exude elegance. It is perfectly located to enjoy the stunning Whitsunday Islands and also to explore the the Great Barrier Reef. For anglers the opportunities are seemingly endless with world class inshore, offshore and shallow reef fishing locations.
High-end Tropical Luxury
Qualia relaxes the mind and spoils the senses with its 60 exquisitely appointed pavilions that are nestled in perfect harmony with the Island’s unique location. Set among the eucalyptus trees, both the ‘Leeward’ and ‘Windward’ Pavilions have been handcrafted from timber and stone and have a distinctive style with interiors inspired by local nature. All pavilions have an outdoor deck with ocean views, some with private plunge pools and you have your own electric buggy in which to explore the island at your leisure. Qualia’s Beach House is a private fully equipped villa with full size swimming pool and guest house, perfect for larger parties or those wanting the ultimate in pampered privacy.
The two restaurants within Qualia provide fresh and innovative menus – the Long Pavilion offers fine dining with modern Australian cuisine in an elegant setting. Pebble Beach is located on the pebble shores of the Coral Sea and offers relaxed lunches with aromatic flavours of the South Pacific region. Both restaurants focus on local and national produce wherever possible and the emphasis is on healthy organic, simple and delicious dishes.
For a truly memorable experience one should step inside the onsite spa, which offers an extensive range of treatments designed to capture the essence of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. The six treatment rooms are designed to catch the sea breezes and take in the views of the Whitsundays.
As well as exploring the island in your personal buggy, explorations by sea can include use of the complimentary paddleboards, kayaks, hobie cats and snorkelling gear or you can take a cruise to enjoy diving, fishing, island hopping, beach picnics and idyllic sunsets over the Whitsundays.
Endless fishing opportunities
Due to Hamilton Island’s unique location anglers have a huge variety of fishing options, whether looking for a half-day charter or for multiple days on the water. Conventional tackle is the norm in this part of the world, but those looking to try with the fly will also get close to some amazing fish too.
Inshore options allow anglers to explore some of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. These islands offer spectacular scenery, stunning white sand, and most importantly plenty of fish to target. It is not unusual to find big GTs, large schools of queenfish and tuna activity. In the shallower water it is possible to sight cast to indo-pacific permit, solo bonefish and more. The island creeks also offer the possibility of locating barramundi.
The offshore fishery offers anglers the chance to target the largest pelagic species including giant black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, and sailfish. There will also be shots at big tuna, giant trevally and may other open water species. The boats are well set up for conventional anglers but fly anglers can also have shots.
The Great Barrier Reef offers a stunning fishing experiences and the colourful coral reef provides life to a huge swathe of ocean. The shallow water offers numerous reef species from emperors, coral trout and tusk fish. It is also possible to find various trevally species, smaller tuna, bumphead parrotfish and napolean wrasse hunting the clear waters.
For day trip anglers, the required boat sizes to reach many of the fishing areas does limit the fly fishing potential but it is possible. Conventional methods will offer the most in terms of species variety and location.
Luxurious Seclusion with Resort Benefits
Whilst Qualia offers luxurious seclusion, its location on Hamilton Island means that guests should they wish to venture out on the island can enjoy the island resort facilities.
The tastefully designed Hamilton Island has more of a coastal village feel about it. There are a number of restaurants, cafés and bars to enjoy a range of flavours. The island also has a range of shops, a golf course, wildlife centre, numerous hiking routes and a number of water-based activities that can be enjoyed.