Whitsundays Blog


Whitsundays Geared Up For Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

17th August 2017

This week the Whitsundays celebrates the Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing from 10 - 17 August 2017. Offering six days and seven nights of racing and free live entertainment, the Whitsundays Sailing Club is the perfect spot to view all the action, colour and spectacle of sailing. There is free live music every night, food stalls and some special events including a long late lunch on the lawn and a festival fun run.

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Whitsundays Sailing The Cruisiest Holiday

26th July 2017

The Whitsundays are known for their magnificent beauty and access to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, but what could possibly be better than sailing around them? If you fancy waking up to guaranteed water views than a bareboating charter on the sparkling sapphire waters of the idyllic Queensland islands is the perfect way to switch off and unwind. You can choose to skipper your own yacht or let someone else do the work for you so you can appreciate the sand, sea and serenity.

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You Can Buy Your Own Whitsunday Island

12th July 2017

You can now buy your own tropical island in the Whitsundays. Well, that is if you have a spare $495,000 just lying around. Still, for those living in major cities that’s not much more than the cost of a small 2 bedroom apartment. Sydneysiders, Melbournians and Brisbanites we’re looking at you. Let’s face it, $495K for a whole island is a bargain, especially when you consider that it was originally priced to sell at $850,000. According to the agent tasked with selling the island, the price has been slashed for a ‘quick sale’.

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Whitsundays Has Monopoly on Queensland Tourism

21st June 2017

The Whitsundays have long been recognised as one of Australia’s most iconic destinations but now the holiday hot spot has achieved a new milestone – receiving a spot on the board of Australian Monopoly. Beating other popular spots such as Tropical North Queensland and the Gold Coast, the Whitsundays have been immortalised in an Aussie version of the family favourite board game following a public vote.

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Overseas Destinations on Notice as Whitsundays Recover

10th May 2017

A month since Cyclone Debbie caused widespread damage in the Whitsundays, tourism operators have put rival resort islands around the world on notice, telling holidaymakers to grab their beach towels and leave their passports at home.

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Welcome Back Whitsundays

19th April 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie hit Tropical North Queensland hard and unfortunately the Whitsundays were not spared from her destructive force. Some islands were hit worse than others, with some having to close down while others were able to continue operating almost immediately. Following a concerted clean-up effort, the Whitsundays are looking forward to welcoming back guests now and into the future. The sun is still shining, the water is still beautiful and you will still enjoy a wonderful Whitsundays holiday.

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Whitsunday Islands Weather Cyclone Debbie

5th April 2017

Less than a week after Cyclone Debbie wreaked havoc across north-eastern Queensland, tour boats have returned to the water in the Whitsundays Islands. Although resorts on Hamilton Island and Daydream Island bore the brunt of the cyclone’s fury, tour operator Asher Telford said that most boats survived and that it was an exciting day in the Whitsundays as many businesses returned to normal.

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Sydney Housewives Head to Whitsundays

22nd March 2017

Airing on Arena on Foxtel at 8.30pm Sunday nights, the Real Housewives of Sydney have been causing quite a stir and none moreso than in episode four of the new series which saw the TV personalities head to the Whitsundays for diving, fishing and of course – drinking. In what has become a common theme of the reality TV format, the women headed to Airlie Beach for what was to be a relaxing break but saw confrontation come to the fore.

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Whitsundays Ushers In New Era of Tourism Investment

8th March 2017

In good news for tourists, Whitsunday residents and local businesses, the Whitsundays is about to receive a huge cash boost after the popular Queensland islands region was nominated to become part of the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Investment Attraction Strategy, a new national plan to drive tourism investment and infrastructure.

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Celebrity Birthday Celebrations in the Whitsundays

15th February 2017

Model and Instagram starlet Imogen Anthony and her notorious shock jock boyfriend Kyle Sandilands have celebrated the social media siren's 26th birthday in the Whitsundays. While not everyone can celebrate their special day dressing up as a mermaid or being gifted a gold Rolex, you can live it up and visit one of the most beautiful places on earth.

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The 5 Best Burgers In The Whitsundays

25th January 2017

The upcoming Australia Day public holiday is a chance for some time off work and falling on a Thursday this year, the Friday is looking very popular for chucking a sickie and extending your day off into an extra long weekend. With its warm sunny weather, crystal clear waters and sun-kissed beaches, Whitsunday holidays are looking to be one of the most popular ways to bugger off and celebrate Australia Day. Of course no one wants to do the cooking while on holidays and if you're looking to upgrade your burnt snag on bread to thick juicy Aussie angus beef grilled to perfect and served on a buttery soft brioche bun then look no further. We give you the 5 best burgers in the Whitsundays.

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Whirlwind Whitsundays: Australia's Own Stunning Tropical Paradise

11th January 2017

Leave your passport at home and forget about an uncomfortable long-haul flight, there's a spectacular tropical paradise right here in Australia. You don't need to save up your annual leave in order to visit. In fact, although the alluring islands of the Whitsundays have been a siren's song luring visitors to stay for weeks at a time, you can experience the sheer beauty and wonderment of the Whitsundays with just a long weekend.

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Christmas Comes Early For Sydney Visitors To Whitsundays

21st December 2016

Christmas has come early for Sydneysiders planning on heading north to the spectacular Whitsunday Islands in 2017. Celebrating new direct flights from Sydney to the Whitsundays with a mega-sale, Jetstar offered one-way airfares for a bargain $59. Launching in 2017, the airline will offer direct flights to paradise from Sydney to the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. The introduction of the new flights to the Whitsunday Coast will not only help to drive popularity in the already popular region but will also give the local economy a multi-million dollar boost.

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Reef Still Alive & Beautiful

9th November 2016

Having been snorkelling and diving the Whitsundays for over 20 years, GM of operations for Cruise Whitsundays Gary Kilby is baffled by international media reporting the demise of the Great Barrier Reef. Having been up close and personal with the reefs over the Whitsundays, Kilby says Hardy Reef is in the best condition he's seen in over two decades.

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Home Is Where The Honeymoon Is

19th October 2016

It seems more and more couples are choosing to ditch the overseas holidays for a honeymoon at home. In particular, Queensland couples are increasingly opting to honeymoon in their own backyard rather than travel abroad. That's not the only honeymoon trend to hit the Sunshine State, it seems 'buddymoons' are on the rise as well. Growing in popularity, couples are booking out large hotels for a 'buddymoon', to spend time with their friends and family after the big day.

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Whitsundays Named World's Second Most Instagrammable Destination

28th September 2016

The UK edition of famous fashion magazine Cosmopolitan has named Australia's Whitsundays the world's second most Instagrammable holiday destination. Falling just behind Mykonos in Greece, the magazine published an online article that listed the world's most Instagrammable destinations in which the Whitsundays was showcased at number 2.

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Sail Hello to the Whitsundays

14th September 2016

The Whitsunday Islands are a temptation too hard to resist. Soft white sand beaches are begging to be explored while the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park waits just below the surface, with secrets ready to be snorkelled. A charter catamaran tugs eagerly on her mooring lines, as if ready to set sail at any moment. The vessel is here waiting for you, the perfect way to discover the beauty and tranquillity of the Whitsundays.

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Whitsundays Celebrate Star Studded Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

31st August 2016

From Saturday 20 August, Aussie A-listers flocked to Hamilton Island for fun, food, fashion and of course sailing for the annual Audi Hamilton Island Race Week. The general population of about 4800 residents and visitors swells to over 5600 when race week comes to town, with 48 flights from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne ferry in sailors, their family and friends as well as punters who are here for the atmosphere.

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Chinese Snap Up Whitsunday Island for $25m

17th August 2016

South Molle Island has been sold to China Capital Investment Group for roughly $25 million. The new owners also own Daydream Island, expanding their share in the Whitsundays at the heart of Great Barrier Reef tourism.

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Whitsundays a Snorkelling Paradise

29th July 2016

Just like the famous clownfish and blue tang of the Disney Pixar films Finding Nemo and Finding Dory, the Whitsundays section of the Great Barrier Reef remains unaffected by recent coral bleaching events. In fact, according to reef tour operators, the reef here is 'super healthy'.

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Whitsundays Ranks in Top 10 for School Holidays

13th July 2016

A recent travel survey has ranked the Whitsundays among the top 10 of the most popular regional holiday destinations in Australia for the July school holidays. The results of the survey placed the Whitsundays in eighth place on the list, alongside a number of other North Queensland holiday destinations including Port Douglas and Cairns, who took out the top spot.

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Airlie Beach to Receive First Five Star Resort

22nd June 2016

The Whitsundays is excited to announce that come November, the popular holiday destination will have its first full service five star resort on the mainland. A serious upgrade is currently underway at the famous Mirage Whitsundays resort which will see it receive construction of a new fine dining restaurant and health centre and a new five star rating.

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International Flights to Whitsundays Delayed

8th June 2016

Customs and immigration requirements have delayed what were to be the first international flights into the Whitsundays. Despite previous estimates that flights would begin arriving this year, delays in the entry requirements as well as architectural plans have set the project back. Flights are now rescheduled to begin arriving between August and September 2017.

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Family who travelled world in boat settle in Whitsundays

25th May 2016

When you've travelled the world and seen the sights on almost every foreign shore, deciding to finally settle down and make your home in the Whitsundays is a pretty bold testament to the region's beauty and charm.

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Airlie Beach Running Festival Races Into The Whitsundays

20th April 2016

This year marks the 4th year of the annual Cruise Whitsundays Airlie Beach Running Festival which will be held Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July 2016. Staged in one of Australia's most popular holiday destinations, the festival is the Whitsunday's premier running event and the region's largest mass participation event.

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Whitsundays Resorts up for Sale

30th March 2016

Fancy your own Great Barrier Reef island resort? All you need is a spare $20 million and one could be yours. In fact, two Queensland resorts are up for sale in the Whitsundays, and with the region experiencing a resurge in tourism, there's never been a better time to buy.

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Whitsundays Booming: National Retailers Flock to Region

16th March 2016

The Whitsundays has positioned itself as an area of growth and it appears that national brands agree, with a number of national retailers investing in the region. Indicating confidence in the region, local real estate is seeing a number of national retailers recently leasing properties in and around Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays.

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Whitehaven Beach Best Beach in Australia & Pacific

24th February 2016

The Whitsundays' famous Whitehaven Beach has once again received the honour of 'Best Beach in Australia' in the TripAdvisor 2016 Traveller's Choice Awards. Not only voted the best beach in Australia, Whitehaven Beach was also awarded 'Best Beach in the South Pacific' despite facing some tough competition.

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Hayman High In The List For 2016 Local Travel Picks

3rd February 2016

Ranked number 2 in the top 10 list of local travel destinations for Aussies in 2016, Hayman Island is among Australia's top trending destinations, with flight bookings up 46 per cent compared to last year. After the introduction of services from Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef Airport as well as an $80 million upgrade, One&Only Hayman Island is now one of the most exclusive island resorts in Australia.

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Whitsundays Resolution: Visitors to Spike Over New Year Period

13th January 2016

Promising yourself you'd make the time to visit the breathtaking Whitsundays? Just never seem to get around to it? Just like your diet, you'll start planning it 'tomorrow'? Well tomorrow never comes, and the time to visit the Whitsundays is now with visitors set to spike over New Year's and the Chinese New Year period.

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Whitsundays Set To Operate International Flights

8th December 2015

Exciting news out of the Whitsunday Regional Council this week as councillors unanimously voted in favour of beginning international charter flights to and from the Whitsundays in 2016. Pitched by specialist air charter firm AVMIN, the first international destination to connect the Whitsundays to the rest of the world will be New Zealand. Asia was also acknowledged as a growing market that will be targeted shortly after.

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Taylor Swift to Play Intimate Gig in the Whitsundays

6th November 2015

This week saw popular hit radio station Nova announce some exciting news for Australian fans of Taylor Swift. In conjunction with Qantas, the popstar heavyweight is set to perform an exclusive and intimate gig on beautiful Hamilton Island as part of their Red Room concert series. Promising to be the biggest in the series so far, this once-in-a-lifetime experience offers an unforgettable night with one of the world's biggest stars and has sent Australian fans of Taylor Swift into overdrive.

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Stay Active on Hamilton Island

11th September 2015

A holiday on Hamilton Island conjures up visions of lazy days in the sun, leisure time spent relaxing on soft white sand and working on your tan as gentle waves lap at the shore. While this is a pretty accurate picture of many visitors like to spend their time at this tropical island paradise, there's much more to see, do and experience on Hamilton Island.

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Aviation Enthusiasts Flock to Airlie Beach

10th September 2015

Although four years have passed since Airlie Beach last hosted its air show, it appears the organisers have been wisely using their time to make this year's event the biggest and best yet. Held over the weekend of September 26 and 27, Airlie Beach accommodation is gearing up for the influx of aviation enthusiasts set to take over the town at the end of the month.

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Royals Cruise into Whitsundays

24th June 2015

This month marks the first visit of Royal Caribbean ship Legend of the Seas to the Whitsundays. Docking at the Cruise Whitsundays Port of Airlie, the occasion was celebrated by an acceptance of plaques and the exchange of keys in a special ceremony welcoming the cruise ship to the Whitsundays. Attended by Cruise Whitsundays staff, Whitsunday Regional Council representatives and the boat's crew, the ceremony recognised the economic contributions the cruise ship will make to the Whitsundays.

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Whitsunday Sailors Sprinting Off Beach

19th March 2015

Last weekend saw magnificent conditions for the third round of the Off Beach Sprint Series hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Setting their sights firmly on the titles, the Green Fleet A Junior and Off Beach Senior categories enjoyed 15 knot winds and glorious conditions which marked week 3 of the 5 week event.

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Celebrate Valentine's Day With Your One & Only on Hayman Island

10th February 2015

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, you might be scrabbling to come up with a gift idea. Roses and chocolates just aren't going to cut it this year. And what is a romantic gift for a guy anyway? Something tells us he's not going to be keen for flowers. But what could be more perfect than a relaxing, romantic getaway to the sundrenched Whitsundays? Spend this Valentine's Day in the beautiful, intimate surrounds of Hayman Island's 5 star resort and really reconnect with each other.

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Fly High in the Whitsundays

21st January 2015

The Whitsundays are a stunning group of islands in Tropical North Queensland that draw thousands of visitors each year. Home to the spectacular Great Barrier Reef as well as a number of other incredible natural attractions, this unique holiday destination stretches for an area of approximately 300 square kilometres. For the ultimate way to see the most of the Whitsundays, scenic flights offer a spectacular birds eye view of the reef and island chains below.

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Hamilton Island A Home Away From Home

22nd October 2014

One of the most popular of the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island is a favourite holiday destination particularly with families. Staying on Hamilton Island is like your home away from home. Well, your dream home away from home perhaps, but thanks to convenient and affordable accommodation options, your stay on Hamilton Island can also offer all the comforts of home.

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Whitsundays are the Whole Package

17th September 2014

With 74 islands making up the Whitsundays, you could be forgiven for feeling a little overwhelmed when it comes to booking a holiday in this little slice of heaven. But fear not, for there are plenty of ways to make things easier for yourself, the main one of which is of course Whitsunday holiday packages.

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Yachties Unite

9th July 2014

Hamilton Island's famous Race Week is just around the corner and as Australia's largest offshore keelboat regatta, it's sure to attraction thousands of spectators and yachties for a week of fun and fierce competition. One of Australia's most popular yachting events, Hamilton Island Race Week is a firm fixture on the sailing calendar both in Australia and internationally and will hit the Whitsundays from 16 to 23 August.

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Weather the weather in the Whitsundays

16th May 2014

As winter descends on the southern hemisphere, much of Australia is feeling the freeze as the cooler weather takes hold, particularly in the southern states. With expendable income just as frozen as the morning dew, holiday makers are searching for an affordable way to combat the lowering temperatures with sunny days, warmer climes and blue skies. Setting their sights on domestic holidays rather than more expensive overseas destinations, travellers are looking forward to warmer escapes with prices as low as the temperatures back home.

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Whitsunday Crocodile Safari

21st March 2014

The Whitsundays are a popular holiday destination renowned for their relaxed, tropical island atmosphere and proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. However, not every Whitsundays holiday is all coral and beaches, there are actually a number of other unique experiences you can enjoy while visiting this magical part of North Queensland.

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Whitsundays Starry Night

17th February 2014

The Whitsundays are known for their wonderful beachfront dining options and beautiful views of the stars, however earlier this month it was stars of a different kind that were being spotted in Airlie Beach. Causing quite a stir with the locals and visiting tourists, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were spotted heading out for dinner in Airlie Beach, shaking hands and welcoming photos with the crowd of fans they'd attracted.

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Yachties Delight

6th January 2014

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a quintessential part of the Australian summer calendar. Ifit's got your blood pumping and your heart yearning to take to the open waters you needn't be rich and own a yacht or have to wait another year to see those mighty boats set sail. Just head to the Whitsundays.

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Daydreaming of a Whitehaven Christmas?

20th December 2013

Christmas in Australia is always hot so it's the perfect time to hit up the beach and relax, but often we allow ourselves to get so caught up in the festivities that the holidays aren't particularly relaxing at all.

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