Our family is heading to Australia in December (3 kids - 9,12,14). We had planned 5 days in Sydney, 5 days in Hamilton Island, and 7 days on the Sunshine Coast. But I am worried that the trip to Hamilton is a mistake.
We were envisioning a wonderful snorkeling destination, but after reading about the weather and stingers, I'm not sure it's worth the expense and time. I know Hamilton is wonderful other times of year , but is it a prime destination in December? I'm wondering if we should instead just take a snorkeling excursion from Bundaberg or surrounds. Any suggestions? We don't want to set ourselves up for 5 hot humid (possibly rainy) days where we can't dive in to the sea without a stinger suit. My friends in Florida say don't visit in summer, it is the same for Hamilton Island?
We want to have a variety of experiences in Australia and hoped to see part of the GBR, but balancing the needs of kids (safety, seasickness, ease of excursion, comfort ) and expense has left me scratching my head. Heron Island sounded good but it is very expensive - and stingers might be an issue there too. One or two days of snorkeling (even a snorkeling overnight excursion) sounds good, but 5 days at a place where we can't dive into the sea sounds questionable.
Bottom line is that ii costs US$1000 to get us to Hamilton & back, so I want to make sure it's worth it. Should I be spending that money on a great excursion instead? Good news is that my itinerary is open. We have airpasses - which are flexible, and I've not committed to hotels. SO PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR ADVICE ON THE BEST 12 DAYS IN QUEENSLAND. THANKS!!!!!