Anyone that’s been following our page for a while will know that BJ loves any sort of motor activities. In planning our trip to Hamilton Island I spied ATV tours and immediately put that on the list of must-do activities knowing he’d love it. As soon as BJ saw the vehicles he was raring to go. The ATV tour was our first activity on Hamilton Island and it was a great way to get our bearings and appreciate the size of the island. Hamilton Island is a National Park with only 30% of the island developed.
We arrived at the ATV Tour shed and met our tour guides Jordan and Jason. They impressed us with their can-do attitude. Nothing was a problem to them, including strapping BJ’s wheelchair into the back of the lead ATV.
We watched a video on safety and how to operate the ATVs then it was time to do a round on the confidence course before we headed off on the tour. BJ wasn’t keen on wearing the hair net, helmet and goggles but cooperated when he realised it wasn’t negotiable.
We were the only ones on the tour that day so we just had four vehicles, the boys (Hubby and BJ in one), the girls (AJ and I) and a vehicle leading us and one following us to ensure everyone’s safety.
After the confidence course trial, I felt at home in the ATV and happily kept pace with Jordan who was leading the tour.
During the tour, there are three stops to enjoy the views at the various look-outs. I had anticipated that BJ would stay in the vehicle but Jason and Jordan happily lifted the wheelchair out of the lead ATV at each stop to make sure he didn’t miss out.
We met people along the way who were doing the walks to the lookouts and judging by their out of breath conversations, we definitely took the easy route with the ATVs.
Along the way the guys shared information about Hamilton Island’s development, the surrounding islands and happily included and chatted to AJ when she asked about a certain pop singer who may have stayed at Qualia when on tour in Australia.
BJ had a smile from ear to ear for the whole trip. He absolutely loved every minute and the only consolation when it was over was that he got to swap the ATV for a golf buggy for the rest of the day.
The ATV tour on Hamilton Island is definitely an activity for the whole family. It allowed us to see areas of the island we wouldn’t have been able to access without the ATV. You do need to be able to transfer from a wheelchair to the ATV. If transferring throughout the tour is too difficult you can remain in the vehicle. You would still have a view at one of the lookouts and at the beach stop, Coral Cove.
Some age restrictions apply so please check the Hamilton Island website here for details.
Our ATV Tour was provided by Hamilton Island for the purposes of sharing the details with our audience. We had so much fun on this tour it’s an absolute pleasure to share.