Magnetic / Hamilton Island Dream Tour

Above Photos: ©Andrew Peacock/

Leechy and Deano’s Hamilton Island & Magnetic Island Dream Tour 2018

Location: Hamilton Island & Magnetic Island, North QLD

Dates: Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th July 2018

Experience a magnificent week of ocean paddling in Northern Queensland. The tour will commence with 4 nights on beautiful Hamilton Island followed by 2 nights at Magnetic Island including the Around Magnetic Loop Race.

Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, among Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.

Magnetic Island offers quiet, secluded beaches, rugged nature, abundant wildlife and is situated just off the coast from thriving Townsville.

The tour will include the Around Magnetic Loop Race which is part of the North Queensland Ocean Paddle Series and gives paddlers the opportunity to race individually or in a multi-person team relay format. There are five legs that vary from four to ten kilometres. The race enables paddlers and spectators the ability to see the Island from a different perspective to the average island visitor. (Information on the 2018 race will be updated soon).

Photo credit: ©Andrew Peacock/


For those travelling from interstate and need to arrange flights you will need to fly into Hamilton Island on or before Monday 23rd July and fly out of Townsville Airport on or after Sunday 29th July. We will arrange the transport between Hamilton Island and Magnetic Island. Please note flights are not included and you are responsible for booking these. 

Monday 23rd July 

  • Arrive Hamilton Island
  • Afternoon familiarisation paddle at Hamilton Island
  • Accommodation Hamilton Island

Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th, Thursday 26th July

  • Training Camp on and around Hamilton Island
  • Accommodation Hamilton Island

Friday 27th July

  • Morning transfer to Townsville 
  • Ferry or paddle to Magnetic Island
  • Accommodation on Magnetic Island

Saturday 28th July

  • Race ‘Around Magnetic Loop’  – Team relay or individual 37km (5 legs). More info available soon.
  • Accommodation on Magnetic Island

Sunday 29th July

  • Trip concludes. Ferry to Townsville
  • Fly out of Townsville (if flying)


The Trip

A group of ocean paddling enthusiasts get the chance to experience North Queensland in a way that only a few will ever get the chance to do.

Everyday will feature new paddling adventures. When on Hamilton Island, on most days,  we will barge out to a new location and learn the art of downwind paddling in an exotic location.

Most of the year in this region the South East Trade winds blow creating big rideable chop. Coupled with the huge tide movements you will experience something very different to normal ocean conditions.

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When on Magnetic Island you can test your self in the Around Magnetic Loop Race and put into practice what you have learnt that week.

While not on the water your coaches will take you through a demanding physical program to making sure you get the most out of each session. You can do as much or as little as you like, you will not be called SOFT if you back off.

When outside of your comfort zone you will kick back and enjoy what Magnetic and Hamilton Island is renowned for.

This is one of the few trips where both you and your partner will be completely satisfied. Non paddling partners / friends are welcome to join you on the trip.

The trip includes:

  • An amazing week of paddling on and around Hamilton & Magnetic Islands.
  • Expertise downwind, technical and training advice/coaching.
  • Barge and transport to paddling locations.
  • Transport of your own craft to Magnetic and Hamilton Island and return to Sydney. The trailer can pick up skis on the way from Sydney to Hamilton Island if you live north of Sydney. (You can also hire a ski if required).
  • An experience with two of the most experienced ocean athletes in the country, Guy Leech and Dean Gardiner.

Your Coaches

Guy Leech – Was Leechy the first real ironman in Australia? Well he did win the inaugural Coolangatta Gold and a couple more after that. He has won the Molokai Race and a bunch of other stuff

Once Leechy has set his mind to something he makes sure that he achieves that goal. He is as determined as they come and makes the people around him just as determined to reach their goals.

Dean Gardiner – Dean is considered to have a more laid-back approach to sport. In fact to just about everything in life.

While very competitive Dean approaches events with a casual manner but makes the most out of the prevailing conditions. Dean grew up on the sea and worked as a fisherman on various vessels throughout the North West of Australia. His knowledge of the ocean is second to none and invaluable for this journey.


  • The total cost of the Magnetic/Hammo Dream Tour is made up of a ‘Trip Cost’, ‘Accommodation Costs’ and ‘Ski Hire Cost’ if required.
  • The total cost will vary on your accommodation preference and if you are sharing with a partner or friends.
  • Please review the Booking Form for full details. Please note that accommodation preference may be subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Non-paddling partners/family are welcome to come along and share accommodation with you. Please let us know at the time of booking.
  • If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodation costs with another participant please contact us to arrange. 


  • Please complete the Booking Form which can be downloaded and completed electronically or by hand.
  • Please return the booking form via email to
  • A $500 non -refundable deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place on the trip. 
  • The full balance will be due 8 weeks prior to the commencement of trip. 

More Information

For further information regarding the trip details please contact Oceanpaddler: 

  • Oceanpaddler Shop Email: Ph: 02 8065 0385
  • Dean Gardiner  Email: Ph: 0427 171 403  


Not everyone can live out their dreams, but you can!

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Watch the highlights from the 2015 and 2014 Hamo Dream Tours.


Hamo 2015 Promo from Charles Stewart on Vimeo.