Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

IT was pleas­ing to re­port last week that White­haven Beach had again been named the best beach in Australia and the South Pa­cific in the 2015 TripAd­vi­sor awards.

The other good news from TripAd­vi­sor was that Air­lie Beach was named in the top des­ti­na­tions in Australia.

The top three were Syd­ney, Mel­bourne and Bris­bane.

The next was Port Dou­glas, fol­lowed by Ho­bart, Cess­nock, Air­lie Beach and then By­ron Bay, Can­berra and Dar­win.

It is in­ter­est­ing to note that Port Dou­glas was the only other re­gional Queens­land des­ti­na­tion be­sides Air­lie to make the list.

It is also in­ter­est­ing to note that Cess­nock in the Hunter Val­ley in NSW also made the list. There is no doubt that Cess­nock’s at­trac­tions in­clude the winer­ies and the bands and other events that are held at those winer­ies.

It is great to see that Air­lie in its own right made the top ten list.

It is events like Air­lie Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and Air­lie Beach race Week that help Air­lie Beach to be­come known as a des­ti­na­tion in its own right.

Tonight, the mu­sic fes­ti­val will get na­tional ex­po­sure through “Blokesworld" on Chan­nel ONE.

The fes­ti­val may be eight months away but if it can start to gain mo­men­tum now and tick­ets start to sell early, this will en­sure it is a suc­cess this year.

Leanne Aber­nethy

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