Tay Tay’s here to play on Hamo
SECURITY has been tight on Hamilton Island this week, with superstar Taylor Swift reportedly arriving on her private jet on Tuesday morning.
Arriving via ferry at 7am on Wednesday, Whitsunday Times and Whitsunday Coast Guardian journalist Rory Sheavils was stopped on the docks by general manager corporate services Gavin Herholdt and a PR representative who ordered him to return to the mainland.
"It's a private island and we reserve the right to grant access to ensure the privacy of our guests," Mr Herholdt said.
Back on the ferry, Brendan Ryan, who had been working on neighbouring Dent Island, said he had been staying on Hamilton since Monday.
"Nah, I only heard about it on the news," he said when asked if he had seen the elusive celebrity.
He did have some insight into the pop singer's movements however.
"I was talking to one of the head guys organising (her party)," he said. "It's supposed to be on Friday."
Residents of the island were even more tight-lipped, currently under a "privacy agreement".
"I haven't seen her but I couldn't tell you if I had," one said.
Swift appears to be keeping a low profile, with a number of guests reporting they hadn't seen her or her entourage during their stay - although the UK press has published images of "Tay Tay" and her entourage on Whitehaven Beach and relaxing on a balcony at qualia.
The star is rumoured to be staying in the same suite at the luxury resort formerly occupied by Oprah Winfrey, who is also in the country and could make an appearance at Swift's 26th birthday bash this week.
Other A-list celebrities rumoured to be flying in are the birthday girl's boyfriend, DJ Calvin Harris, musicians Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, actress Selena Gomez and fashion models Karli Kloss and Gigi Hadid.
Other Hamilton Island employees on the return ferry refused to speak due to the media blackout.