February 12, 2014


Australia’s Whitsunday region in Far North Queensland has always been synonymous with holidays and relaxing in the sun, a favourite Aussie pastime. Mention great weather, plenty of beautiful tourquoise blue water for swimming, snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing and fishing, the Whitsundays offers it all.

IMG_0441The region offers most of the priorities that holidaymakers have on their wish list for a perfect vacation such as fabulous beaches, a large selection of accommodation ranging from luxury to camping, restaurants serving virtually every style of cuisine in every price bracket along with wines, plus casual cafes and coffee shops, as well as trendy clothing boutiques selling high fashion to beachwear.

From April this year getting to the Airlie Beach region will be even easier with Tigerair to commence services between Sydney and the Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine. While Tigerair is withdrawing its services between Mackay and Sydney due to a shift in consumer demand, the airline is boosting its services between Mackay and Melbourne. The three weekly return services will provide more than 1,000 additional visitor seats a week and should boost tourism to the area. Although Sydney and Melbourne are important holiday markets for the Whitsundays, the region is also very popular with international visitors, from the well heeled to the backpacker and everyone in between.

The region has been given a boost with the fresh new look and feel of Airlie Beach plus new developments on the Whitsunday Islands, which have renewed traveller interest.

nGiTvpcMNdmCDDmHQqFXEfVvxDzxpG-3SE-aVKxSw_4,ooD-_vuTUDKFGHkxG9eqUXQuun6VmmfAQCGpccFZKuI,ihBoa6TEkaYQEF0vOYPe6E34BRmy_bqWjgtHpNmvza4,ndawNqE-KVZe8d_yE0H3HciOmHYrzewIOE4hlpVpB1sAirlie Beach is now looking new and vibrant since the completion of the $20 million town centre upgrade.  This has given a new contemporary feel and cosmopolitan atmosphere to the main street of Airlie Beach. Businesses are also embracing the new look with more and more restaurants, cafes and retailers spilling out onto the street, introducing al fresco dining options and creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

Sailing the Whitsunday’s tourquoise waters is a favourite pastime for both residents and visitors alike. The large marina at Airlie Beach is home to boats of all sizes, offering a variety of leisure options for those wanting to experience the beauty of not only the islands but the Great Barrier Reef as well.

Cruise ships have also discovered Airlie Beach and its surrounding areas, with this popular destination appearing on many itineraries. Passengers visiting for the day can experience a number of historical or food-based tours or spend the day meandering around the main street of Airlie Beach, visit the lagoon or purchase some souvenirs at the markets which pop up every time a cruise ship is in port.

The Whitsundays are accessible by air from Whitsunday Coast Airport, a thirty minute drive from Proserpine to Airlie Beach. Direct flights are available to Sydney and Brisbane. The Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island offers direct flights to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.

Contact the Whitsunday Region Information Centre on (07) 4945 3967 or go to http://www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au

Sandra Tiltman