Re­tirees drawn back af­ter 15 years

Central and North Burnett Times - - TRAVEL -

‘‘ It’s just the at­mos­phere. You just have to walk down the main street of Air­lie, ev­ery­one is so friendly.

ON A hu­mid late af­ter­noon Jill Pi­t­illo and her hus­band Nick were en­joy­ing a quiet din­ner at the fa­mous Mantra Club Croc ho­tel. They had driven down to the Whit­sun­days from Ravenswood, an old gold min­ing town be­tween Townsville and Charters Tow­ers. The re­tirees had last vis­ited the re­sort 15 years ago and were drawn back to the hol­i­day town of Air­lie Beach be­cause of the laid-back at­mos­phere.

Sit­u­ated in the heart of the Great Bar­rier Reef, its azure seas are dot­ted with an ar­ray of na­tional park is­lands, coral cays, fring­ing coral reefs and stun­ning beaches.

The blue colour of the water in the Whit­sun­days is caused by fine par­ti­cles of sus­pended siliceous sed­i­ment re­flect­ing light.

Mrs Pi­t­illo said for those into water ac­tiv­i­ties the Whit­sun­days was “mag­i­cal”.

“You’ve got your div­ing, sail­ing boats, ev­ery­thing. It’s re­laxed, laid-back and beau­ti­ful if you go to the is­lands. It has a lot to of­fer.”

She said Day­dream and Hamil­ton Is­lands were spec­tac­u­lar.

Her tip for se­niors vis­it­ing the Whit­sun­days was to try ev­ery­thing.

Luxury re­sorts, ho­tels, mo­tels, car­a­van parks and back­pack­ers ac­com­mo­da­tion cater to all bud­gets. Day spas, rain­for­est walks, sail­ing trips, swim­ming, snorkelling, re­lax­ing or ex­plor­ing – the range of ac­tiv­i­ties is end­less.

“Have two or three days on Hamil­ton or Hay­man Is­lands,’ Mrs Pi­t­illo said.

“Spend some time on the main­land and on the is­lands, and you can re­ally re­lax.

“It’s just the at­mos­phere, the weather is beau­ti­ful. You just have to walk down the main street of Air­lie, ev­ery­one is so friendly.”

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