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  • DOUBLE DIGITS: Jetskis cruise into tenth celebrations

    LIKE any of the adrenaline-pumping tours, the journey for Whitsunday Jetski Tours has been far from smooth. However, despite the cyclone, monsoonal weather and now coronavirus, the team has weathered the storm and today celebrated its 10th birthday. Whitsunday Jetski Tours owners Steve and Toni Ward were overjoyed to reach … Read more

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  • Everything you need to know about Airlie Beach Race Week

    DESPITE wet weather, boats will set sail today for the first day of racing for Airlie Beach Race Week 2020. While other sailing regattas have been cancelled, the team at Whitsunday Sailing Club has forged on with an exciting program for sailors and spectators alike. With 70 boats and about … Read more

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  • Premier indicates support for Whitsunday tourism attraction

    THE Premier has dodged an MP’s call for a commitment to green-light a major Whitsunday tourism attraction by July 30 but she has expressed support for the project. Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan asked Annastacia Palaszczuk whether she would commit to grant all necessary approvals to facilitate the development of the … Read more

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  • Organisers pull pin on Airlie’s signature music festival

    A MASSIVE event on Whitsunday musicians’ calendars has been officially cancelled following months of uncertainty because of coronavirus. It was announced this morning that the 2020 instalment of the Airlie Beach Festival of Music would not go ahead. A statement on the Airlie Beach Festival of Music website says the “team are … Read more

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  • IN PICTURES: Sailing Club unveils new look restaurant

    AIRLIE Beach may be jokingly known to some as a drinking town with a sailing problem and now the Whitsunday Sailing Club has given the town’s two loves a fresh place to join together. The club’s restaurant was forced to close its doors months ago because of coronavirus restrictions. However, … Read more

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  • More flights as airport secures two more routes

    MORE flights are set to land in the Whitsundays from next week with airlines reporting flights into the region are close to reaching full capacity. Jetstar will recommence return flights from Sydney from July 11, flying three times a week. Virgin Australia also began flying into the region again last … Read more

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  • From the Reef: A tale of two whale types

    Contributed by Brent Chatterton. Whales (crustaceans) are divided up into two main groups: those with teeth and those without. Whales without teeth feed by filtering water containing food through curtains called ‘baleen’ up to 300 individual flattened plates, which hang from the roof of the whale’s mouth in the fashion … Read more

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  • New limits ‘change the game completely’ for operators

    A PASSIONATE call to allow more passengers on boat tours has finally been answered, with tourism operators saying the move has “changed the game completely”. The Queensland Tourism Industry Council announced last week that up to 50 passengers would now be allowed to travel on tours across the state. Tourism … Read more

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  • Costo’s Collinsville power station promise questioned

    AN AMBITIOUS plan to inject $400 million into an energy project at Collinsville has been called out by Member for Burdekin Dale Last. On Monday NQ First Party leader Jason Costigan announced the plan to inject $400 million into a new Collinsville power station, as part of his $1 billion … Read more

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  • So much has changed: Longtime local shares Airlie memories

    ERIC Bottle is a man who could tell you a few stories about Airlie Beach, having arrived in 1981 and gone on to run successful businesses and serve for decades on the committees of service organisations and sporting clubs, as well as the Airlie Beach Chamber of Commerce. “So many … Read more

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