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After a long day (or a couple of days) on the boat, nothing is quite as good as a ‘knock-off’ as you unwind from your trip and scroll through your camera. Where better to regroup than right on the water's edge at The Garden Bar Bistro, freshly re-booted at Abell Point Marina?

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Airlie Beach Hotel recently closed its Mangrove Jack’s Cafe/Bar in lieu of opening up a more modern Pub as part of the hotel. Located on the Airlie Esplanade, The Pub serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks along with a full bar.

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Daydream Island is reopening in April 2019. The island has been undergoing renovations since March 2017 when it was damaged by Cyclone Debbie - the worst cyclone in recent memory to hit the Whitsundays. At the time of the cyclone, Daydream Island's management was planning a major renovation to take place in the future, but brought those renovations forward in light of the cyclone damages. Since then, they have been revamping and redoing the majority of the islands infrastructure. 

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An annual sailing event for spectators and crews, will see classic Maxi Yachts come to life for the ultimate 'Bucket List' experience.

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The 2018 Adventure Tourism Awards ceremony was held on the Gold Coast 14 November 2018, where tourism officials from all over Australia and New Zealand were awarded for their hard work and effort in the adventure tourism industry. 

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An agreement between InterContinental Hotels Group and Mulpha Australia Limited has landed Hayman Island with a new name, new management and a new opening date. In July of 2018 it was announced that Hayman Island will now be managed by InterContinental Hotels Group and will be moving forward with renovations. It will now be known as Hayman Island, by InterContinental and will undergo $100 million in renovations before reopening as the newly branded hotel. The renovations are expected to showcase the world-class facilities, rooms and suites and get Hayman Island looking better than ever. Mulpha Australia limited will also be building a collection of homes on the island which will be available for purchase.

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Each year the Whitsunday Regional Council, together with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the local fire brigades, conducts planned burns and fire hazard reduction activities in public areas such as the Whitsunday Islands National Parks. Although sometimes controversial, planned burns are a vital tool for maintaining this delicate balance and safety for the region. We've outlined how you can find out about planned burns in the Whitsunday region. 

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The Whitsundays will be getting a new foreshore in the upcoming months. Construction is to begin in mid 2018 where the aim is to improve and upgrade the foreshore between the Sailing Club and the Lagoon along the main street of Airlie Beach. The foreshore is well known for beach-goers, sunbathers and swimmers who hang out at the main beach in Airlie Beach and enjoy the waves and sand. It has BBQ areas, a playground and plenty of space for hanging out and relaxing.

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The Airlie Beach Lagoon is a staple in the tourist town, located on the Whitsunday Coast. After a recent closure due to damages sustained during a cyclone in March 2017, the much-loved lagoon is now open again, and better than ever.

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Sunrise came to Airlie Beach in hopes of sharing one message with the rest of Australia: that the Whitsundays are open and ready for business.

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