Meet the Residents
Hamilton Island's enviable lifestyle is a major drawcard for most property owners who purchase here because of the ease of access to the Island from the mainland, the near-perfect weather and the fact that Hamilton Island is recognised as a safe haven in the Whitsundays. We shine a spotlight on a few of our residents to reveal why they decided to buy on the Island.
Having lived on the Island since he was 15 years old, Rohan Gull is now the managing director of Hamilton Island Weddings, which mainly caters to couples from various parts of Australia, and a smaller number from the UK, China and Europe.
Rohan's parents owned a few properties on the Island and he has moved four times in the 20 years that he's been here. His favourite home was the Spanish Villa, a spectacular residence overlooking the resort side of the Island and Catseye Bay. Next on his list would be Yacht Harbour Towers between the marina and resort side, and offering amazing views and an open plan. Rohan is now living back in the original family home up the Great Northern Freeway.
His family has bought and sold a number of investment properties over the years, most of which have seen excellent returns, and they continue to own a Coral Sea Apartment, which was recently renovated and used as staff accommodation. Rohan believes that owning a business on the Island makes you personally invested in its success and he feels that the Island has come into its own with the arrival of the Oatleys and the family's attention to and investment in Hamilton Island.
When asked why what he likes most about the Island and the lifestyle - runs, walks, out on a boat or having lunch at the Golf Club Clubhouse - is what makes the Island so unique.
A boatie, a businessman, a fisherman and a philanthropist, Peter has seen and done it all. He moved to the Island in the Christmas of 2006, having purchased a new apartment that had been built at The Edge. He had always had his eye on a slice of tropical paradise - he just didn't know when or where. After he travelled up the Queensland coast one year, he knew he had found it the moment he set eyes on Hamilton Island.
Peter still owns that property at The Edge but he also now owns two others - both four-bedroom Yacht Club Villas - as investments on Hamilton and he rents all three out in the holiday rental pool. The house he lives in is called Tradewinds and is set on top of One Tree Hill on an acre of land. Designed by local architect, Chris Beckingham, it faces west and looks out over the water, with sensational sunsets most evenings. The property has a half-hectare of tropical garden and a fantastic swimming pool.
Peter is active in the local community, having donated a 32-foot ocean-going racing yacht called Mentor to the Hamilton Island Yacht Club for the training of staff on the Island. He says there is too much going on here to get bored - he takes part in a twilight yacht race every week, he is a member of the Yacht Club, he recently took up golf at what he calls the most stunning course he has ever seen, and he regularly dines at Pebble Beach restaurant at qualia for its divine hot and cold seafood platters.
An engineer and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, John founded Globe Australia, the largest Australian privately owned manufacturer and distributor of non-crop fertilisers and pesticide, and Barmac Chemicals, a well-respected manufacturer and rural wholesaler of plant nutrients and pesticides, in the 1970s.
John was originally attracted to Hamilton Island for its position, waterways, proximity to the reef and on-island facilities. He first visited in late 1984 then again in 1990 and has been an Island regular ever since. Over the past three years, he has purchased two Yacht Harbour Towers full floor apartments and the iconic Round House. and has already completed a full renovation of one Yacht Harbour Tower apartment. He is currently renovating The Round House, where he and his family live when on the Island, and would not rule out further investments as and when the opportunity arises.
Designed by renowned architect Peter Conley in the 1980s and one of the most unique properties on the Island, the Round House previously underwent a $1 million renovation and has a fabulous wrap-around infinity pool with swim-in cave, tropical garden, an elevator and panoramic views of the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday Passage from every room. For John, it's the view and the ambiance of the house that he finds most spectacular, plus the wow-factor of the design of the building, which boasts a spectacular circular design incorporating four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
The people, the waterways and the challenges of building and renovation are the features that John enjoys most about life on the Island. He continues to invest because of the Oatley family's dedication to the Island, including their ongoing investment and upgrades, plus their determination and ability to achieve the best results from whatever they turn their attention to. He believes this ensures stability and the future security of the Island.
Denis built his first house on Hamilton Island almost eight years ago, known as Woodlands, which was eventually completed in 2005. It was a steel, timber and plaster construction that, when sold some five years later, still looked as good as new.
Denis went on to build a second house of the Island, the Woodshed property. It is a stunning three-bedroom property with huge and high recycled timber ceilings, plenty of exposed steel and substantial plaster and timber surfaces. Offering exceptional panoramic views, it has an outlook to die for.
A keen advocate of the Island, Denis has been responsible for bringing a number of high-end property owners to Hamilton Island, including the current owners of the Solis and Azure properties.
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