Mag­nums back in style

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

AF­TER what has been de­scribed as an “ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­fort”, Mag­nums back­pack­ers in Air­lie Beach has re­opened its doors.

Owner El­iz­a­beth Hack­ett said staff had been work­ing 10-12 hour shifts, with even pay­roll staff and con­trac­tors con­tin­u­ing to clean up as the first guests checked in.

The venue re­opened the ma­jor­ity of its rooms on Mon­day.

“Of the 360 beds we opened 300, (but) 60 beds still have se­ri­ous flood dam­age and won’t be open­ing for a cou­ple of months,” Ms Hack­ett said.

“Eighty per cent of (beds) have been taken as we speak, but we are get­ting walk-offs con­stantly so we hope to fill that up lead­ing into Easter.

“We have dorm prices at $26 per night and pri­vate twin and dou­bles for $58 per room per per­son and live avail­abil­ity on the web­site.”

She thanked Tourism Whit­sun­days’ Craig Turner and State Tourism Min­is­ter Kate Jones for their sup­port.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

THUMBS UP: Tourists are lin­ing up to stay at Mag­nums af­ter they of­fered 300 beds.

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