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Festival founder’s legacy lives on

Festival founder’s legacy lives on

When David Hutchen started the Whitsunday Reef Festival 19 years ago, little did he know it would one day come of age as the ‘Great Barrier Reef Festival’.

In fact, he didn’t know whether it would even survive its first year.

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Winter is Here!

Winter is Here!

After the long North Queensland summer comes the absolute pinnacle of living in the tropics! WINTER! Beautiful sunny mild days, slightly cooler nights. As winter rolls around every year and we listen to the news reports of freezing southern temps, we smugly enjoy PERFECT winter weather!

We’ve listed the best things to do in the glorious Whitsundays winter – especially for our freezing southern friends (smug wink face emoji)

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Walking the Whitsunday Islands

Walking the Whitsunday Islands

Recently I was lucky enough to be invited on a trip with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) to check out the conditions of some of the various Whitsunday islands walks they have and also to check the construction of the new Whitehaven / Hill Inlet viewing platform.

Breathtaking Views from Border Island

First, we headed to Border Island, the water was a wee bit choppy, but they say the worst day on the water is better than any day in the office! As we made our way to shore, I caught a glimpse of a path etched into the side of the island, like a faded but present scar. The walk is a quick climb, with so much to take in along the way. From the top you are treated to breathtaking views of the Whitsunday Islands. I was captivated, I can see many pausing for reflection and meditation. It was here at the summit I took stock of how lucky I am to call the Whitsundays home; this is my backyard.

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Top Wetsunday Activities

Top Wetsunday Activities

The Whitsundays, probably best known for sunny days and blue turquoise water. Though each year we the locals of the Whitsunday region hope for the monsoon rain - it’s helps to keep our beautiful tropical rainforests lush and thriving.

But what to do on these rainy days? The Whitsundays rainy days are so much more than ‘Netflix and Chill’ time:

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