An incredible tourism attraction is about to be developed in the heart of the Whitsundays. Developers have taken an interest in the paradise that is Funnel Bay, a secluded getaway near Airlie Beach. Plans for a six-star hotel have been in the works for the past 12 months but now, with approval from Whitsunday Regional Council, construction can begin.
Well Smart Funnel Bay Development Pty Ltd will build a hotel with 140 accommodation units, indoor children’s play area and pavilion, outdoor theatre, refreshment premises, cafe, restaurant and professional office.
Although the development has council approval, it is subject to 112 conditions relating to building height, design and appearance, provision of services, car parking and environmental management.
A spokeswoman for the council said the development application was approved because it complied with the relevant provisions of the planning scheme, with the exception of building height.
“The proposal exceeded the acceptable height limit by between one and two stories, and council was satisfied that the design would blend in well with the natural backdrop.”
Funnel Bay resort will also create employment opportunities in the area, with more than 150 construction jobs that will be on offer and another 100 jobs once the hotel opens. There will also be a new restaurant and function areas for weddings and events. It’s just a short drive from the main street of Airlie but it’s away from the hustle and bustle. Construction on the hotel will likely begin before the end of the year.