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Whitsundays Tourism News

Monday, December 28, 2009

Long Island Resort, Whitsundays has once again secured its position as one of Queensland’s leading affordable getaway locations for families and couples when it won the Standard Accommodation category at the 2009 Whitsunday Tourism Awards last Friday night for the second year in a row.

Long Island Resort beat fellow quality contender Club Crocodile Resort, Airlie Beach to take out the reputable award. The Whitsunday Tourism Awards showcases and awards the regions best operators, businesses and individuals that go beyond excellence and strive towards great tourism products, fantastic customer service and accommodation.

General Manager of Long Island Resort Samantha Wood, said she was delighted with the award win and believes the resort’s position as the best value island holiday available in the Whitsundays has certainly been recognised by the judging panel this year.

“Winning this award for the second year in a row is a fantastic achievement and I’m extremely proud of my fantastic team who consistently deliver a fabulous Long Island experience to our guests” Ms Wood said.

Long Island Resort is the Whitsunday's natural island resort.  Surrounded by 2500 acres of unspoilt national park, it is the perfect place for families and couples to connect with nature.

This relaxed, modern resort features 160 hotel rooms in Happy Bay with a choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets including beachfront rooms, garden rooms and lodge rooms.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hamilton Island Yacht Club has opened its doors to visitors and members. Designed by renowned Australian architect, Walter Barda, alongside famed yachtsman, Iain Murray, it is already being dubbed the ‘Opera House of Queensland’. Its iconic architectural design is a result of Bob Oatley’s vision to create a building of world-class significance on the island that he has owned since 2003. 

Housed under a billowing sail-shaped copper roof, the venue promises to be a centre for lifestyle as well as yachting, with first-class dining and leisure facilities.

Open to the public and with sweeping views of the marina and Dent Passage, this restaurant hosts a menu featuring contemporary Australian cuisine created from fresh local ingredients and serves dinner, lunch and brunch.

The Bommie Bar at the end of the deck is open every day, providing light snacks and drinks and is an especially magical spot from which to view the famous Whitsunday sunsets.

The building also houses extensive conference, function and wedding facilities. 

The Yacht Club was ceremonially opened by Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, during Audi Hamilton Race Week in August. This occasion also marked the opening of the Hamilton Island Golf Club on neighboring Dent Island. This 18-hole championship course is the only course on its own island in Australia and is already proving popular with guests.

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