Stage 1 of the Whitsunday Coast Airport terminal expansion project was recently completed in mid 2019 by Paynters. With record passenger numbers and six years of positive growth being experienced at the Whitsunday Coast Airport, the terminal expansion project is a vital step towards realising the long-term vision of the airport.
There are a total of five stages of the rolling masterplan for development of the airport complex for the long term future. Each of the five stages complements the previous so nothing is being built and then removed.
Key features of the terminal expansion included:
Whitsunday Regional Council would like to thank the Queensland State Government for funding the $15 million terminal expansion project. Without their valuable support, this project would not have been possible.
The winner of the Indigenous Art Competition at the Whitsunday Coast Airport terminal was local artist Nicky Bidju-Pryor, whose family are custodians of the land where the airport is located.
Nicky painted a bright, colourful mural to welcome all visitors on the outside wall of the terminal near the entry. The design is called ‘Gubulla Munda Dreaming’ and features local marine life, the beach and the Gubulla Munda (Giant Carpet Snake) who is the traditional protective spirit for the Juru Clan of the Birru Gubba Nation.
The artwork is a distinguishing feature at the entrance to the building, which welcomes thousands of international and domestic tourists who visit the Whitsunday Islands and the mainland every year.