Retirees drawn back after 15 years
‘‘ 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.”