WEL­COME BACK, WHITSUNDAYS

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The re­birth of Day­dream Is­land af­ter Cy­clone Deb­bie’s dam­age will kick­start the Whitsundays re­newal early next year. The Great Bar­rier Reef re­sort is be­ing re­de­vel­oped to the tune of $100 mil­lion, to fea­ture 277 re­fur­bished modern rooms and suites, five new restaurants and bars, reimag­ined pool area, adults-only area and kids’ club. But the re­open­ing hasn’t been with­out some mis­chief; a fake Face­book page, now shut down, has been ad­ver­tis­ing a fake open­ing date, at­tempt­ing to scam fol­low­ers’ pri­vate de­tails. Hay­man Is­land is also set to re-open un­der an In­terCon­ti­nen­tal flag next year.

Aus­tralians have shown plenty of sup­port for the Whitsundays af­ter Deb­bie hit early last year, with do­mes­tic vis­i­tors to­talling 551,000 up un­til the end of June, a 7.1 per cent an­nual in­crease on the pre­vi­ous year.

CHOICE HEAD­PHONES

A year’s worth of How I Pack col­umns has shown us here at Escape that a good pro­por­tion of trav­ellers won’t

DAY­DREAM IS­LAND

fly with­out their noise-can­celling head­phones. And some new stats from the Qan­tas Fre­quent Flyer Re­wards Store show that when it comes to us­ing points, head­phones are what peo­ple are buy­ing.

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