The day starts bright and early as we catch the 8am boat ride to the island. Seeing the boat arrive to the dock I know we have made an excellent decision – it’s not just a boat, its a yacht. It takes 50 minutes of cruising through the Whitsundays before we arrive at Hayman Island. Upon disembarking, we are greeted by friendly resort staff who take us on a small tour of the resort and then over to staff services to get our paperwork, ID and uniforms sorted. After that we have the rest of the day to ourselves to check out the island.
The staff complex is great, with 20 accommodation blocks, a large diner, bar, gym, pool, activity center and more, there is nothing you could want to do that isn’t available. All our meals our buffet style with tons of choices of what to eat – the staff warn of the Hayman Hips that many people acquire after too many weeks of the buffet meals, so I will have to keep it in moderation. There is an event on every night, from team sports, to bingo night at the bar, so there is always something to keep you busy. Best of all, we get great deals on all of the resort activities, like day trips to other islands, motorized water sports, snorkeling and scuba diving.
I feel like I am in paradise here, no cooking, or doing dishes, tons of outdoor activities and lots of people to hang out with. In our interview, they talk to us a lot about coping with the isolation on the island, but in a way I felt a lot more isolated in Surfers Paradise, not having a job or meeting any people. The work may not be great since I am in housekeeping, but at the end of the day, I now live on Hayman Island – not a bad place to come home to. If you are backpacking, or thinking of backpacking around Australia, I would definitely recommend this as a great work choice. No commuting to work, no worrying about finding an apartment, great meals every day, and an easy way to meet new people on your trip. Its only day one, but so far its two thumbs up to Hayman Island.