There’s always something new and improved in the Whitsundays, with plenty happening in recent times.
Not all conferences in the Whitsundays have to be of the five-star variety. BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort on the mainland, for example, will soon launch a brand new multi-purpose conference and meeting venue after receiving a grant through the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF).
The recent approval of the $250,000 grant will enable the award-winning resort to enhance its current accommodation and meeting room and build a new facility with multiple spaces for functions, kids’ activities, guest programs and conferences catering for between 30 and 100 guests.
Coming on top of winning the Queensland and Australian Tourism Awards for best “Tourist and Caravan Park”, the McKinnon family is thrilled to be given this opportunity to develop their facility and improve the Airlie Beach accommodation options and contribute to the overall growth of the tourism industry in the Whitsunday region.
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday currently caters for families, school groups and relaxed business meetings and the new facility, which is to be completed by December 2013, will improve the offering and increase capacity.
Airlie town upgrade
The $20 million upgrade of the Airlie Beach town centre is now starting to take shape and visitors to the region can start to see what the finished product will look like.
Underground works are almost complete and the above ground beautification works are moving along very quickly.
Visitors to Airlie Beach in the past have known the town as a backpacker haven, however in recent years four and five star apartment developments and a rising number of quality restaurants have seen the town grow up significantly. The major Port of Airlie development at the eastern end of town offers brand new apartments and a restaurant and shopping precinct.
The upgrade to the town centre will reinvigorate the town which is the major hub of the Whitsundays region.
New cruise option
A new full day cruise to Whitehaven Beach was launched by Cruise Whitsundays in April, offering a new option for travellers who want to experience both the southern and northern ends of the beach.
Guests are now able to indulge in six full hours at Whitehaven, experiencing the natural beauty of Whitehaven Beach; from the northern end exploring spectacular Hill Inlet, to the southern end, swimming and sunbathing. Up until now there were no other tours offering guests the chance to experience the full length of the beach in one trip.
The new tour offers guests a leisurely cruise along the full 7km length of Whitehaven Beach and across Hill Inlet to a landing point where a guided walk follows the path and history of the Whitsunday traditional owners, the Ngaro people, and leads exploring guests to the spectacular lookout.
When sea conditions permit, the tour is extended to include nearby Esk Island where guests can snorkel the coral gardens.
Visit www.cruisewhitsundays.com to learn more.
Hayman in the spotlight
Recognised the world over for its beauty, Hayman has done it again, earlier this year being one of a handful of destinations used for the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013 shoot.
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit featured an exclusive photo shoot on Hayman, showcasing the powder white beaches, lush tropical rainforests, and azure waters of the island destination.
A member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Hayman is one of Australia’s premier luxury nature-resort destinations, located on the northernmost point of the Whitsunday Islands in the Great Barrier Reef. Set on 726 acres, the resort offers guests an unparalleled experience of tranquility and natural beauty in its 210 stylish accommodation suites situated throughout the property.
With four restaurants, Hayman Spa and fitness facilities, picturesque meeting and special event areas, and 24-hour butler and concierge service, leisure and luxury are offered in many forms throughout the island.