New venue takes shape

Free­dom Shores is ‘unique’

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Louise Shan­non

FREE­DOM Shores, which has been un­der con­struc­tion for about two years and is still a build­ing site with no pub­lic ac­cess, is cre­at­ing ex­cite­ment in the Whit­sun­days, as new pic­tures were posted to so­cial me­dia last week show­ing the de­signer build­ings, world-class scenery, and a sub­tle nau­ti­cal theme.

Hulls from old ships will form part of the ac­com­mo­da­tion and the bar in the unique new re­sort de­vel­op­ment due to open later this year.

Visi­tors and guests will also be able to take in the stun­ning sea­side set­ting from a view­ing deck atop the hull of the Shangri-La, Gen­eral Dou­glas MacArthur’s ves­sel from the Sec­ond World War.

The re­sort’s restau­rant and bar, Norther­lies Beach Bar and Grill, will also be open to the pub­lic later in the year and will pro­vide a free seven-day shut­tle bus ser­vice.

The bar is set on the wa­ter at Wood­wark, pro­vid­ing pub­lic ac­cess to the wa­ter’s edge and a place for fam­i­lies and friends to en­joy the view while din­ing.

Free­dom Shores Gen­eral Man­ager Ken Meighan, who has de­signed and over­seen the con­struc­tion process, said the de­vel­op­ment was now in its fi­nal stages of con­struc­tion.

“We have been work­ing at cre­at­ing a des­ti­na­tion where lo­cals and tourists can come and en­joy great food and wine with the largest se­lec­tion of on tap craft beers in north­ern Queens­land, while re­lax­ing in a se­cluded beach at­mos­phere,” he said.

Plans for the re­sort, lo­cated on the out­skirts of Air­lie Beach at the end of Pringle Road, had taken into ac­count the coastal lo­ca­tion by us­ing lo­cal nat­u­ral tim­bers and boat ma­te­ri­als as part of the con­struc­tion process, he said.

Mr Meighan said lo­cal trades­peo­ple and sup­pli­ers had been em­ployed for their “amaz­ing crafts­man­ship”.

“From orig­i­nal con­cep­tion to com­ple­tion, the de­vel­op­ment has evolved and grown. As a re­sult this has be­come some­thing that is truly unique and spec­tac­u­lar,” he said.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

MAIN­LAND GEM: Gen­eral man­ager at Free­dom Shores, Ken Meighan, on the bal­cony of the Norther­lies Beach Bar and Grill build­ing in Wood­wark.

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