Guests often comment that they love the adventure of getting to Hayman; as an island the only way to reach us is by helicopter or our luxury boat (unless you have your own, that is!). This has taught us that our guests embody an adventurous spirit akin to ours, and in response we are delighted to announce the launch of ‘Adventure Hayman’.
Adventure Hayman is a designated activities and tour desk where guests can gather to hear about all there is to see and do on Hayman. They will have face to face contact with our Adventure team who have all the knowledge and experience of the area to help guests make the right choice for their unique barrier reef holiday. Everything from our amazing reef experiences by boat and air to nature activities such as wallaby spotting and garden tours will be explained. Welcome drinks and introductions are conducted every afternoon from 5 – 6pm.
With Spring less than one month away, it won’t be long until Hayman’s eternal sunshine begins to spread to other parts of the country. And so, for the benefit of our guests who have been hiding in their winter woollens for the past couple of months we have created a month of fitness and leisure on the island.
3 Tips to Get the Most out of August on Hayman
1. Get moving
As we all know, the quickest way to produce endorphins and lift your mood is by activating your body.
During this month of action and activity, we invite guests to get moving with everything from yoga to fishing and island walks to squash. Our personal trainer is currently hosting complimentary group fitness classes and personal training sessions can also be booked. Offering only the best, we also have a tennis professional hosting tennis clinics or private sessions on one of our all-weather artificial grass courts and championship Plexicushion Court.
2. Get Healthy
Understanding that you only get out what you put in, Hayman Gourmet is available to tailor healthy meals to suit guests’ requirements. We want you feeling as good on the inside as you look on the outside, so talk to our culinary team about dining options that are nutritious as well as delicious.
3. Get Creative
Whilst humans are creatures of habit, implementing a change in your routine is a proven exercise in strengthening your creative muscle. With Hayman Gourmet it’s not just what’s on your plate that is tailored – guests can also choose where they enjoy their meals, as Hayman has private dining platforms scattered through the rainforest groves as well as on the Hayman beach front. We encourage everyone to enjoy a meal away from the tables and chairs – it may inspire creativity within you, which is an important aptitude for anyone from business managers to party planners.
The Great Barrier Reef documentary may have ended but the real thing is waiting for you off our shores. Take a look at some of our amazing reef photos, then come and see it for yourself!
Hayman’s new bushwalking trails are home to a very special species of Eucalyptus tree.
“It’s a hybrid of two different types of Eucalyptus tree,” Landscaping Manager Doug Van Wyk Smith explains.
The Poplar Eucalyptus and Forest Red Gum cross-pollinated to create an entirely different species.
“Cross pollination is uncommon among trees, but it’s particularly uncommon with Eucalyptus trees,” says Doug, “it’s a million to one really”.
“Cross pollinating is just like breeding; the offspring takes on characteristics from both ancestors.”
The biggest difference in the tree is in the leaves. The leaves on the Poplar Eucalypt are long and thin while the Red Gum leaves are shorter and quite round. The result in this case is a long, round leaf that looks completely different to the others.
There’s still a lot to be discovered about these trees, but there are early indications that it’s far more resistant to high winds than the Poplar or Red Gum.
“Who knows, we might have some kind of ‘super tree’ on our hands”, says Doug with a smile.
Hayman has the largest population of these trees anywhere in the world, but what are they called?
“At the moment the tree is referred to as ‘Hybrid Eucalyptus Platyphylla (Poplar) and Eucalyptus Tereticornis (Forest Red Gum)’, but I think ‘Hayman Eucalyptus’ is a bit catchier. Don’t you?”
Landscaping Manager Doug Van Wyk Smith takes us for a stroll along Hayman’s new bushwalking track where we get to know the island’s resident flying foxes.
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