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  • New Zealand To Ban Foreigners From Buying Homes

    Wellington: Foreigners face a ban on buying homes in New Zealand after a spending splurge by millionaires seeking doomsday bolt-holes crowded out local buyers and pushed up property prices. Home purchases by tycoons such as tech billionaire Peter Thiel, the PayPal founder, and Matt Lauer, the former NBC host who lost … Read more

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  • Airlie Beach Race Week Starts At A Cracking Pace

    What a way to start Whitsunday Sailing Club’s 30th Airlie Beach Race Week – a mass two-line downwind start with billowing spinnakers sailing towards Double Cone Island in a light breeze – and a little sports boat, aptly named ‘Heat’ leading the fleet. Geoff Williams cranked up Luke Ratcliff’s Viper … Read more

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  • 40 jobs as luxury tourism operator expands in Whitsundays

    A QUEENSLAND owned luxury charter tourism company has signed an exclusive contract with Hayman Island run company InterContinental. Ocean Dynamics, which has operated within the Whitsundays for a number of years, has been contracted to provide dive and motorised water sport services to the island. A statement released by Ocean … Read more

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  • Tourism boost as Hayman Island set to re-open next year

    IT’S GOOD news for Whitsunday tourism as Hayman Island’s opening is on the cards two years on from being devastated by Cyclone Debbie, with a new look and a new name. The 166-room luxury resort with be reborn as “Hayman Island, by InterContinental” following a landmark long-term management deal between … Read more

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  • WRF ROAD AND CAR PARK CLOSURE INFORMATION

    Central Airlie Beach lagoon car park will be closed on Thurs 2nd until 6pm Sunday 5thAugust Main Street Airlie Beach will be closed between XBase and the bottom roundabout between 6:00am and 7:00pm Sat August 4thfor car show, street parade and running event. Please use loop road detour Further closures … Read more

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  • Reef festival a week away

    Although there was an early hurdle to jump during the planning of this year’s Whitsunday Reef Festival, the annual four-day event is set to ignite the town in just a week’s time. The festival is run by a dedicated committee of volunteers who meet regularly to put all the aspects … Read more

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  • HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK 2018 – BEYOND 200

    A rush of entries over just a few days has seen the fleet for Hamilton Island Race Week 2018 surge past 200 and towards record territory. The number of entries now exceeds last year’s fleet of 202, which was the second-largest in the 35-year history of the great regatta. And, … Read more

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  • LNP To Fund The Greening Of The Whitsundays

    Two Whitsunday organisations will receive funding of between $30,000 and $50,000 to undertake work to improve the natural environment under the Liberal National Government’s National Landcare Program. Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen announced the successful grant recipients under the $5 million Environment Small Grants component of Phase Two of … Read more

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  • Airlie Beach Race Week On Track For All-Time Record Entries

    Just over two weeks out from the Close of Entries, the 30th anniversary Airlie Beach Race Week is heading for the record books with more entries received to-date than ever before and edging closer to the all-time record of 133 in 2016. To be hosted by Whitsunday Sailing Club (WSC) and … Read more

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  • Extra Virgin Flights Add 54,000 New Seats

    Strong advocacy by Whitsunday Regional Council’s Mayor and CEO has produced a positive result with Virgin Australia today announcing three extra flights a week. Mayor Andrew Willcox and CEO Barry Omundson recently joined with Whitsunday Coast Airport general manager Brian Joiner to initiate rounds of talks with all airlines to … Read more

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