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Business as usual for Palm Bay Resort

By Mark Beale

WHILE the Whitsundays’ Breakfree Long Island resort has announced it will be cloing at the end of the month, it is business as usual for its nearest neighbour, the Palm Bay Resort.

Palm Bay Resort general manager Helen Scott said the resort was only 1.3kms away and was still open and accepting bookings.

“Travellers looking for a unique island experience will love the tranquil and natural setting that the resort offers as one of the few island resorts in the archipelago that is the Whitsundays,” she said.

When the Breakfree Long Island Resort closes at the end of January, Cruise Whitsundays’ ferry services to the island will also cease but Ms Scott said this was something that would be overcome.

“Guests will still be able to get to Palm Bay by a variety of methods,” she said.

“Guests can still arrive by water taxi, seaplane or helicopter [and] Palm Bay is in the process of purchasing their own vessel [which] will service Shute Harbour, enabling guests to take a direct transfer to Palm Bay beach.”

Palm Bay offers a unique self-catering model where guests can bring their own food.

The resort has 23 Balinese-style rooms including two suites and two houses.

It features a pool and main lodge where guests can prepare meals in a well-equipped kitchen facing the pool.

It is also available for private groups including weddings and special occasion celebrations, plus health and yoga retreats.

Now the only accommodation on the north west facing side of Long Island, the views and sheltered aspect mean mostly calm waters and spectacular sunsets.

Whitsundays Marketing and Development Limited (WMDL) executive director Jeff Aquilina, described the resort as a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

“And I am delighted to see that the resort is operating as usual,” he said.

“It is a unique experience and the resort is certainly a firm favourite with many travellers that visit the Whitsundays.”

All enquiries can be directed to the resort on 0477 770 133 or

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