Two great Australians are being brought together to recreate a stunning garden landscape which, for so long, has provided an incredible backdrop to one of the top tourist playgrounds of the world.
Hayman, Australia's idyllic nature island destination in the Great Barrier Reef, has engaged award-winning landscape designer, horticulturalist, and personality, Jamie Durie, to rejuvenate and refresh the beautiful garden surrounds of the acclaimed resort.
Jamie will be drawing on his unconditional passion for the outdoors and a deep connection with nature and its many qualities, to guide him in recreating the breathtaking and tranquil Hayman garden landscape setting which was severely impacted by recent Tropical Cyclones Anthony and Yasi and forced the temporary closure of the resort until the end of July 2011.
Joining Jamie and his award-winning design studio, Durie Design, in this significant rebirth of the gardens, is an excited group of Hayman team members who have chosen to remain on the island throughout the period of closure and are eager to assist with this project.
Among the many pleasures of staying on Hayman over many years has been the natural landscape and garden surrounds. This masterpiece of 14 hectares of resort gardens is home to an amazing diversity of fascinating and colourful characters.
The birdlife is vast and guests have most likely caught sight of White Cockatoos, Kookaburras, Stone Curlews, Pheasant Coucals, Herons and Egrets amongst the many varieties, while, from May to December each year, butterflies have traditionally formed a kaleidoscope of colour and vibrancy feasting on nectar of the Eucalyptus Trees. A truly spectacular sight is the resort's Butterfly Trail, where these exquisite creatures gather to flutter in their thousands in spectacular glory.
Graceful swans and ducks continue to reside in the peaceful lagoons and ponds which meander throughout the gardens and Proserpine Rock Wallabies occupy the bush surrounds. A colony of the wallabies has populated the island over a number of years since Queensland Parks and Wildlife deemed Hayman to be the most suitable Australian location for establishing a new and thriving colony of these shy animals with the ongoing program hailed a great success.
Jamie said he was "proud to be involved with one of Australia's most prestigious and iconic resorts".
"Over the years I have visited Hayman many times and have always been in awe of its natural beauty. Designing for Hayman certainly won't feel like work for me. It will be an honour, privilege and pleasure to design for Hayman. And with the support of the owners, management team and staff on the island, my team at Durie Design and I are committed to not just rejuvenating the existing gardens, but offering six new exciting outdoor destinations for the guests to enjoy in Hayman's classic, sophisticated, yet under-stated style."
The rectification works currently being undertaken on Hayman encompass the gardens and key guest and accommodation areas, activity facilities and essential infrastructure.
Hayman will re-open on 1 August 2011.