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Gig guide

Gig guide

Friday 21 June Magnums Bar: James Reyne - Crawl File Tour (from 7pm) The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm) Reef Gateway: Louisa Taylor (6pm – 9pm) Jubilee Tavern: Paul Berger (6pm – 9pm) Grand View Hotel: Tim Griffin (8pm – 12am) KC’s: Zed Charles (from 8pm) Saturday 22 June The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Blues Brothers Tribute (2pm – 5.30pm) The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm) Reef Gateway: David Flower: (6pm – 9pm) Grand View Hotel: Freddy Martin (8pm – 12am

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A Tree-riffic New Addition!

A Tree-riffic New Addition!

Balance has been restored to the Cannonvale Beach parklands with the arrival of a three-metre Fig Tree which replaces the old tree that was tragically poisoned some weeks prior. Investigations are still underway to discover the culprit who took it upon themselves to destroy the large tree that was a habitat for birdlife and a welcome source of shade for many decades. It was, however, a sense of renewal when the young tree was planted in a similar spot earlier this week. At just three-metres,

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State Of Origin Hot Dog Comp At Airlie Beach Hotel

State Of Origin Hot Dog Comp At Airlie Beach Hotel

Before the State of Origin kicks off, The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel hosted a hot dog eating competition, and it was a great success. $700 worth of prizes were given out, as well as free hot dogs for everyone! The Pub hosted both boy and girl heats, then the three fastest girls and the three fastest boys competed against each other, but the boys had a foot long hot dog to make it fair. The eventual winner was one of the guys who narrowly beat 2 girls (who came 2nd and third). For Origin 2, Wed

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Win A Car Next Weekend At The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

Win A Car Next Weekend At The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

The draw of the year is almost here! You have the chance to win a 2024 Toyota Corolla valued at $35,000 as part of the Airlie Beach Hotel $250,000 prize pool. To enter, just spend $25 in The Pub, The Bar, or any ABH Liquor & Tobacco merchants bottle shop. And be at The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel’s gaming room Wednesday & Thursday between 3pm & 7pm and Friday & Saturday between 4pm & 8pm with your members card inserted correctly for your chance to win. There are prize draws every 20 minutes inclu

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Whitsunday Event Guide 14 June

June 13, 2024

14 Airlie Beach Movie Night – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6pm
14 Umbilical Brothers ‘The Distraction’, at Proserpine Entertainment Centre from 8pm
15 Mini Roller Disco, PCYC from 10am
15 Barra and Boots Music Festival, Lake Proserpine, from 1pm
18 Sailability, Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am
20 Adults Social Skating, Rolldance Skate School, at Cannonvale State School Hall, from 5.30pm
21 A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 7.30pm
23 Whitsunday Lions Charity Golf Day, Whitsunday Green Golf Club, from 8.30am
29 Family Field Day, Les Stagg Oval, from 3pm
30 Dingo Beach Sunday Markets, Dingo Beach Community Hall grounds, from 8am

2 Sailability, Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am
5 Airlie Beach Movie Night – The Sapphires, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6pm
10 You Are a Doughnut, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 12pm and from 6pm
12 Airlie Beach Movie Night – Rio, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6pm
13 Suicide Prevention Fundraiser, Reef Gateway Hotel, from 5.30pm
16 The Sunshine Club, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 7.30pm
20 Tassal Group Airlie Beach Marathon Festival, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 1pm
21 Tassal Group Airlie Beach Marathon, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6am
28 Airlie Beach Triathlon, Airlie Beach Lagoon, from 5am
28 Dingo Beach Sunday Markets, Dingo Beach Community Hall grounds, from 8am

31 The Poems, Prayers & Promises of John Denver, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 1pm

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Gig guide

June 13, 2024

Friday 14 June
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm)
KC’S: Tash (from 8pm)
Reef Gateway: Dave Helgi (6pm – 9pm)
Jubilee Tavern: Rebelquin (6pm – 9pm)
Grand View Hotel: Mike Vaughan (8pm – 12am)

Saturday 15 June
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Grease Tribute (2pm – 5.30pm)
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm)
KC’s: Shaun Diver (from 8pm)
Reef Gateway: Sam McCann (6pm – 9pm)
Grand View Hotel: DJ Night (8pm – 12am)
Coral Sea Marina Resort: Live Music (from 1pm)

Sunday 16 June
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Two Strong Hearts Tribute (2pm – 5.30pm)
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Chris Booroff (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
KC’s: Paul Fergus (from 8pm)
Grand View Hotel: Rebelquin (4pm – 8pm)

Monday 17 June
KC’s: John Veloso (from 8pm)

Tuesday 18 June
KC’s: John Veloso (from 8pm)

Wednesday 19 June

KC’s: Ronnie Croker (from 8pm)

Thursday 20 June
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Chris Booroff (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
KC’s: Ronnie Croker (from 8pm)

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Prossie Prepares For Barra And Boots Festival

June 13, 2024

Huge weekend at Lake Proserpine Campgrounds tomorrow and Sunday as they host the first Barra and Boots Festival and Camping Event.
Event organisers RegFest have gathered some absolute legends of Australian Country Music to play a very intimate gig at Lake Proserpine with only 600 tickets available the event is close to a selling out.
Major new events like this added to the Whitsunday calendar are vital to attract visitors to our region. It is unique in that campers will be able to stroll out of their camping spot, grab a camp chair, fill their esky and watch the concert live from within campsite getting up close and personal with all the artists like Adam Brand, Sara Storer, Andrew Swift, Portia Clark and many more.
Last week I was in Brisbane advocating to the Queensland Government for funding for the next stage of the Lake Proserpine Masterplan.
Stage 1 of the Lake Proserpine Barramundi Fishing and Interactive Nature Recreational Precinct opened in 2020 and the project was delivered in partnership with the Qld Government with the aim of growing the mainland tourism experiences in the Whitsundays.
Lake Proserpine has been a jewel in the crown for our region in attracting fishing enthusiasts and caravaners as it is famous as the home of the 1 metre plus barramundi which can be fished all year round. Each year, the Lake is restocked with over 20,000 barramundi fingerlings.
Council is seeking collaborative funding from the State Government to help deliver the next stage of the Masterplan which includes adding alternative accommodation options to attract new domestic and international visitor markets who want to stay at the Lake but are constrained by only camping and caravan options.
The next stage will deliver 10 eco cabins equipped with an off-grid power system featuring a 10-kW solar array and battery setup for energy independence, a high-quality sustainable materials and minimising waste during the manufacturing process, resulting in low to no running costs.
Business cases developed by our Economic Development team show the project would drive an additional 4,380 annual visitor nights and $1.472M in annual tourism expenditure into the Whitsunday region economy.

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Blues Brothers Afternoon At The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

June 13, 2024

Relive the magic of the Blues Brothers with the Soul Men as they present the Blues Brothers Tribute Show at The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel.

This tribute act being based on the iconic film of the same name and stands out from the rest with great audience participation.

Jake in the show, performed by Greg Hill said “We're interactive, we’re choreographed. we are well rehearsed, and we also have a script that we use but we're also adlib as well.”

“How we differ from a lot of other tribute shows is in interactive stuff, and the showmanship that we provide in our show.

“We have a certain knack of getting the audience eating out the palm of our hands really quickly and interacting with us and having a really good time.”

Haven’t seen the film? That’s okay.

“You don’t need to necessarily see the film to enjoy the show,” said Greg.

“The music in the show is in our culture and has been in all the ads, tv shows, it’s in theme songs, it's immersed around our culture.

“I've played many gigs with young people that haven't known the Blues Brothers but have known all the music.

“For the fans of the movie, we reenact some scenes, we drop lines from the movie itself and as a nod and tribute back to the film itself.”

This show has been to Airlie Beach numerous times and Greg loves the crowd, people, atmosphere and can’t wait to come up again.

What: Blues Brothers Tribute
Where: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
When: Saturday 22 June & Sunday 23 June (2pm – 5.30pm)
Tickets: Don’t need them! But booking a table is recommended

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Meet Paul Fergus Performing At KC’s This Sunday

June 13, 2024

With his mother’s side of the family having 14 members and all being musical, Paul Fergus was involved in lots of family sing-a-longs and it sparked his passion for music.

At the age of 10, Paul received great feedback from friends and teachers for his work in school productions.

“It’s better than them throwing tomatoes at you,” joked Paul.

Then during early teenage years, Paul started to enjoy acting, he enjoyed being the class clown and thought pursuing acting would be a good way to turn it into something useful.

Studying Performing Arts at university, Paul jumped into the acting world, and has performed for The Australian Shakespeare Company for 10 years.

It wasn’t until this time last year, however, that Paul knuckled down on his solo music career, and discovered a new passion.

“I like that it’s up to you, it leaves nothing to chance and the clap at the end is all yours,” said Paul.

After performing in venues on Hamilton Island in February and Hayman Island, Paul arrived in Airlie in early April and has loved performing here since.

At KC’s Paul will be performing foot stomping covers of songs that we all know and love.

Favourite Song: How To Make Gravy by Paul Kelly
Last Song You Listened To:
Is This How You Feel by The Preatures
Favourite Song To Perform:
I Wan’na Be Like You from The Jungle Book
Least Favourite Song to Perform:
Wonderwall by Oasis

What: Paul Fergus
When: Sunday 16 from 8pm
Where: KC’s Bar & Grill

Paul Fergus, Photo supplied

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Illegally Blonde Drag Show At Reef Gateway Hotel

June 6, 2024

A spectacular Drag Show, which has been performed to sold-out crowds up and down the East Coast over the last three months, is now on its way to the Whitsundays and there are still a few tickets remaining.

Illegally Blonde has taken Brisbane by storm and the Whitsundays is the next on the list!

Performing in the Reef Gateway Hotel’s function room, you can expect a flamboyant drag show packed with glamour, charm,  hilarious games and a dance party.

Cheer on the blonde trio, Terry Daktyl, Kourtney Kace and Becky as they hit the stage in two drag show productions.

During the evening, you’ll be entertained from start to finish with the outrageous fashion, hilarious jokes and unforgettable performances.

Hear hit songs from your favourite artists, Cyndi Lauper, Sam Smith, Megan Thee Stallion, Kim Petras, Vengaboys and many more.

Organisers say that everyone is welcome regardless of gender or sexual orientation, the party is inclusive, accepting and a lot of fun!

Reef Gateway Hotel has hosted other drag events in the past, Drag Bingo and Drag Paint & Sip, both events have been sold out hits and so much fun – they promise this event will be no different.

So, gather your friends and get ready for a night filled with outrageous laughs and excitement.

This evening promises to be one of the most memorable experiences you've ever had, leaving a lasting impression on your memory for years to come.

This event is an 18+ event.

What: Illegally Blonde – Drag Show
Where: Reef Gateway Hotel
When: Friday 7 June, 6pm
Tickets: $45 and an 18+ event

Illegally Blonde trio, Photo supplied

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Witness ‘Two Strong Hearts’ hit the stage at The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel.

June 6, 2024

The iconic Australian powerhouses of Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham are joining together in a special tribute show, and this is something performer Anita Spring says she has always wanted to do.

Anita remembers how the chemistry the famous couple shared on stage was inspirational and their electric energy shone for all to admire.

‘Two Strong Hearts’ encapsulates this, with two strong performers.

Anita, has been performing her Olivia Newton-John tribute show for four and a half years, and says to be a successful tribute artist, “You aim to look and sound like them, and that’s what makes a good tribute.”

Alongside her is Jeff Fallon.

Jeff has 30 years’ experience performing as John Farnham and is coming out of retirement for this show!

This will be the first time Jeff has performed as the singing sensation in 10 years and it is something that cannot be missed.

Anita and Jeff have never worked together before, but Anita says their chemistry came naturally.

“Sometimes you meet someone you click with and it’s just like magic, that’s where chemistry comes from,” said Anita.

The two will play all the hits, plus songs from their tribute’s early stages of career, and of course some great duets.

To follow their journey up and down the country check out their Facebook page.

Anita is excited for the ‘Two Strong Hearts’ performance at Airlie Beach, but that’s not all.

On Saturday, the two combine again for a ‘Grease’ tribute, Anita performing as Sandy and Jeff as Danny.

They’ll perform all the hits from Grease, additionally they are adding songs from other cult favourites like Dirty Dancing, Top Gunn and many more.

Anita hopes Saturday’s ‘Grease’ tribute will give the crowd an inkling of what is to come in Sunday’s ‘Two Kind Hearts’ performance.

Dressing up, singing and dancing is encouraged at both shows, don’t miss out on this double header great tribute weekend at The Pub.

The iconic Australian powerhouses of Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham are joining together in a special tribute show, and this is something performer Anita Spring says she has always wanted to do.

Anita remembers how the chemistry the famous couple shared on stage was inspirational and their electric energy shone for all to admire.

‘Two Strong Hearts’ encapsulates this, with two strong performers.

Anita, has been performing her Olivia Newton-John tribute show for four and a half years, and says to be a successful tribute artist, “You aim to look and sound like them, and that’s what makes a good tribute.”

Alongside her is Jeff Fallon.

Jeff has 30 years’ experience performing as John Farnham and is coming out of retirement for this show!

This will be the first time Jeff has performed as the singing sensation in 10 years and it is something that cannot be missed.

Anita and Jeff have never worked together before, but Anita says their chemistry came naturally.

“Sometimes you meet someone you click with and it’s just like magic, that’s where chemistry comes from,” said Anita.

The two will play all the hits, plus songs from their tribute’s early stages of career, and of course some great duets.

To follow their journey up and down the country check out their Facebook page.

Anita is excited for the ‘Two Strong Hearts’ performance at Airlie Beach, but that’s not all.

On Saturday, the two combine again for a ‘Grease’ tribute, Anita performing as Sandy and Jeff as Danny.

They’ll perform all the hits from Grease, additionally they are adding songs from other cult favourites like Dirty Dancing, Top Gunn and many more.

Anita hopes Saturday’s ‘Grease’ tribute will give the crowd an inkling of what is to come in Sunday’s ‘Two Kind Hearts’ performance.

Dressing up, singing and dancing is encouraged at both shows, don’t miss out on this double header great tribute weekend at The Pub.

WHAT: Grease Tribute
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 15 June, 2pm – 5.30pm
TICKETS: No tickets needed, but booking a table is recommended to avoid disappointment

WHAT: Two Strong Hearts (Olivia Newton-John and John Farnham Tribute)
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Sunday 16 June, 2pm – 5.30pm
TICKETS: No tickets needed, but booking a table is recommended to avoid disappointment

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St Mary’s Family Fun Day

June 6, 2024

More than one thousand people attended the bi-annual St Mary’s Catholic School Family Fun Day in Bowen last month, and with over 400 ride passes sold, it was clear that the children had a lot of fun!

One of the organisers, Angela Gonzalez, said they were thrilled with the event’s success.

“We were all very stoked with the turn out!” she said.

“Thank you to all the sponsors and all our volunteers who made the event happen.”

There was plenty to do on the day, including fairground rides, face painting, playdoh fun, Whitsunday Wildlife experiences and sand art.

Angela said they are still counting all the money raised, but are anticipating it may reach $10K, all of which will be put back into the school’s P&C.

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The Airlie Beach Hotel Offers Sex And Chocolate!

May 30, 2024

The Brisbane based band, Sex and Chocolate, are coming back to Airlie Beach.

Offering something new every time they visit, this highly-acclaimed band promises this time will be no different as they perform two separate sets from the bar-top stage at this popular venue.

The first set will include their well-known and much-loved Motown work and the second set will include well known pop songs and overall great vibes!

Both sets will of course feature the groups fine-tuned choreography.

Sex and Chocolate perform hits from the Temptations, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder, The Spinners, Earth Wind and Fire, Barry White, Billy Ocean, Prince, Shaggy, Bruno Mars and many more.

It’s an amazing two-hour spectacle featuring four sensational award-winning singers who will have you dancing all day long.

They’ve been a trusted band – and brand - for more than 20 years, entertaining at more celebrity and high-profile events than you can count.

Sex and Chocolate’s resume includes a string of well-known celebrity weddings and special events, including the Indy 500, HRH Gala, the Mayoress Charity Ball for Ruth Tate, plus Rugby League and Union star’s weddings - Brent Tate, Petero Civoniceva, and Daniel Herbert.
A personal favourite for the famous quartet was with the great Aussie favourite Paul Hogan, where Sex and Chocolate performed at his Crocodile Dundee after party.
They’re expert entertainers that connect with an audience like only the very best can.
Their show and professionalism is next level, and it’ll have you dancing all day long.

WHAT: Motown || Millenia
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 8 June 2pm – 5.30pm & Sunday 9 June 2pm – 5.30pm
TICKETS: Don’t need them, but booking a table is recommended to avoid

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Cheers To 20 Years Class Of 2004 Reunion

May 30, 2024

Calling graduates of 2004 at Proserpine State High School and loved ones, it’s almost time for the 20-year reunion.

On Saturday 22 June at 2pm catch up with old classmates and enjoy the great setting at Northerlies Beach Bar & Grill.

Sit back, mingle with old friends, and enjoy the live music plus an all-day menu at the Beach Bar.
Whether you graduated Proserpine State High School in 2004 or left a little bit earlier – you are welcome, partners and kids are welcome too.

It will be a great chance to catch up and have a good time.
RSVP before June 1 and for further details or to RSVP contact Kathleen via kathleen.s.price@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/pshs2004

WHEN: Saturday 22 June 2024
WHERE: Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill
TIME: 2pm
RSVP: Before June 1

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Celebrate The Power Of Poetry At The Whitsundays Writers Festival

May 30, 2024

Anticipation grows as the Whitsundays Writers Festival prepares to unveil its Heart Awards Poetry Prize, celebrating the vibrant soul of poetry within the literary community.

Submissions are open until May 31st, offering poets the chance to contest for the esteemed Heart Award Poetry Prize, accompanied by a significant cash prize.

Poetry enthusiasts at the Festival are also encouraged to showcase their lyrical prowess at a special ‘karaoke style’ event on Friday 6 September, where attendees can step up to the mic and share their verses in an intimate and supportive atmosphere.

Poetry stands as an inclusive avenue for artistic expression, welcoming both seasoned poets and aspiring wordsmiths to participate in this celebration of verse and voice.

“We are delighted to provide a platform for poets to share their work and connect with fellow lovers of language,” says Festival President, Karen Jacobsen.

“The Heart Awards’ Poetry Prize and our Friday poetry event embody the spirit of creativity and community that defines the Whitsundays Writers Festival.”

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this vibrant literary event! Submit your poetry for the Heart Awards by May 31st and mark your calendars for the special poetry event to be held from 5:30pm Friday 6 September during the Whitsundays Writers Festival.

Also closing on Friday 31 May are submissions for the Heart Awards’ Short Story (adult and under 18 divisions) and Early Bird Festival tickets.

About the Festival: The Whitsundays Writers Festival is a premier literary event dedicated to fostering creativity, dialogue, and appreciation for the written word. Bringing together acclaimed authors, aspiring writers, and avid readers, the festival celebrates the diverse tapestry of storytelling while showcasing the natural beauty of the Whitsundays region.

The festival, spanning three days from Friday, September 6, to Sunday, September 8, 2024, will also feature the prestigious Whitsundays Literary Heart Awards to provide well-deserved recognition and financial rewards to talented writers for best unpublished manuscript, short story, poetry, and book design.

WHAT: Whitsunday Writers Festival
WHEN: September 6-8
TICKETS: whitsundayswriters.com


In the heart of the Whitsundays, where poets’ dreams take flight,
The Writers Festival calls, under the starry night.
Announcing the Heart Awards, where poetry reigns supreme,
Submit your verses by May’s end, fulfill your poet’s dream.

A prize awaits the chosen one, a treasure rich and grand,
For words that dance like fireflies, across the golden sand.
But wait, there’s more! A special night, a poetry soiree,
Where open mics and whispered rhymes, steal the show away.

Come one, come all, to share your heart, your soul, your verse,
In the embrace of kindred spirits, let your words disperse.
For in the Whitsundays’ gentle breeze, where dreams take to the air,
The poets gather, hand in hand, a symphony of flair.

So mark your calendars, dear friends, and heed the poet’s call,
To the Whitsundays Writers Festival, where inspiration thralls.
Submit your poems, join the fray, let your spirit free,
For in the heart of poetry, lies the essence of eternity.

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24 May Event Guide

May 23, 2024

24 Proserpine State School Community Fete, Proserpine State School, from 5pm
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm)
Reef Gateway: Rebelquin (6pm – 9pm)
Jubilee Tavern: Jan Arns (6pm – 9pm)
Grand View Hotel: Jonesy n The Coffee Man (8pm – 12am)
KC’s: Josiah (from 8pm)

25 Mini Roller Disco, PCYC from 10am
CQ Rescue Charity Golf Day, Proserpine Golf Club, from 9am
St Mary’s Bowen Family Fun Day, Bowen, from 2pm
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Get Rhythm Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute (2pm –   5.30pm)
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Andy Mammers (7pm – 10pm)
Reef Gateway: Paul Berger (6pm – 9pm)
Grand View Hotel: Shaun Diver (8pm – 12am)
KC’s: Chris Booroff (from 8pm)

26 Dingo Beach Sunday Markets, Dingo Beach Community Hall grounds, from 8am
Jazz Event, Colonial Palms, from 3pm
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Get Rhythm Johnny Cash & June Carter Tribute (2pm–   5.30pm)
The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Lloyd Saunders (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
Grand View Hotel: Shaun Diver (4pm – 8pm)
Colonial Palms: Nick Di Gregorio & Ash De Neef (from 3pm)
KC’s: Josiah (from 8pm)

27 Flag Raising Ceremony, Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 9.30am
KC’s: Sam McCann (from 8pm)
KC’s: Erin Reus (from 8pm)

The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Chris Booroff (6.30pm – 9.30pm)
KC’s: Ferg (from 8pm)

31 Reconciliation Week – Bowen Twilight Markets, Hansen Park, Horseshoe Bay Road from 4pm
National Reconciliation Week Welcome to Countrry, Smpking Ceremony, Traditional Dance, Songs and Workshops, Twilight Markets & Airlie Beach Movie Night – The Last Daughter, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 5pm


1 Mini Roller Disco, PCYC from 10am
2 Whitsunday Cup Race Day, Ben Bolt Park Bowen, from 11am
4 Sailability, Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am
2 Queensland Day, Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 10am
8 Wearable Art Workshop, Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am
8 Mini Roller Disco, PCYC from 10am
8 Dreams – Fleetwood Mac & Stevie Nicks Show, at Proserpine Entertainment Centre from 7.30pm
9 Dingo Beach Whitfunday, Dingo Beach
9 Wearable Art Workshop, Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am
13 Morning Melodies - Some Enchanted Evening - The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre from 11am
14 Airlie Beach Movie Night – Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6pm
14 Umbilical Brothers ‘The Distraction’, at Proserpine Entertainment Centre from 8pm
15 Mini Roller Disco, PCYC from 10am
15 Barra and Boots Music Festival, Lake Proserpine, from 1pm
18 Sailability, Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am
20 Adults Social Skating, Rolldance Skate School, at Cannonvale State School Hall, from 5.30pm
21 A Taste of Ireland - The Irish Music & Dance Sensation, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 7.30pm
30 Dingo Beach Sunday Markets, Dingo Beach Community Hall grounds, from 8am

2 Sailability, Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am
5 Airlie Beach Movie Night – The Sapphires, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6pm
10 You Are a Doughnut, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 12pm and from 6pm
12 Airlie Beach Movie Night – Rio, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6pm
16 The Sunshine Club, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 7.30pm
20 Tassal Group Airlie Beach Marathon Festival, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 1pm
21 Tassal Group Airlie Beach Marathon, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 6am
28 Airlie Beach Triathlon, Airlie Beach Lagoon, from 5am
28 Dingo Beach Sunday Markets, Dingo Beach Community Hall grounds, from 8am

31 The Poems, Prayers & Promises of John Denver, at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre, from 1pm

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Bowen’s Own Marcus Corowa

May 23, 2024

One of the country’s up and coming Opera stars, Marcus Corowa, is a Bowen boy who  spent most of his childhood in the region and is now hitting the big stage and performing in Queensland’s biggest opera productions.

But how did he get there?

Marcus grew up around music, going to the local church with his family and playing a lot of instruments.

With this passion for music at a young age, Marcus decided he wanted a career in singing and song writing.

To make this dream come true he moved to Sydney with those intentions, but other opportunities came his way.

Marcus started branching out and performing in musicals and operas, which required him to act, dance and perform.

With a new skillset and now fully immersed within the arts industry, Marcus has been performing in some of Queensland’s biggest opera productions with Opera Queensland.

Three years ago, he performed in Opera Queensland’s most successful production, ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’, which toured regional Queensland and celebrated Opera and Country music.

Earlier this year he was involved in a fun production named ‘Do We Need Another Hero’ which came to Proserpine as part of its regional tour.

The show was filled with a variety of genres and in essence left audiences wondering what it means to be a human being in this world.

In August of this year, Marcus will be performing in another Opera Queensland production called ‘Straight from the Strait’.

This production will be the first Torres Strait Islander musical in Australia, and it pays homage to the Torres Strait Islander men and women that ventured far from their homes in pursuit of employment on the mainland.

Marcus Corowa, Photo Supplied

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Double Aussie Rock Feature At The Pub

May 23, 2024

Calling all Aussie rock fans to The Pub at The Airlie Beach Hotel!

Midnight Oil and Cold Chisel tribute acts are hitting the stage and bringing with them, the iconic songs everyone loves.

You’ll hear hits like Khe Sanh, When the War is Over, Cheap Wine, Flame Trees, You Got Nothing I Want and Choir Girl from Cold Chisel.

And from Midnight Oil you’ll be belting out the hits of Power and the Passion, US Forces, Dreamworld, King of the Mountain, Forgotten Years, Beds are Burning, Blue Sky Mine and many more.

Cold Chisel tribute act main singer Andy Lutze has been performing this Cold Chisel act for 24 years.

Throughout the years he has perfected the act and pushes his voice to the limit just like the real Jimmy Barnes.

Initially, he planned to do the show for just a few years but when it became a huge hit, he decided to continue.

Drawing inspiration from the real band, Andy combined the show with a Midnight Oil tribute and together created this masterful double feature.

The real Midnight Oil used to be an opening act for Cold Chisel in the 80’s, so these two tributes thought nothing would be better than combining their tribute acts.

The two perform one after another and play hit after hit.

Both acts deliver what you expect!

Amazing songs and tracks that are great to sing along to.

Midnight Oil front man, Alexander Hell said ‘If you only get to see two shows this year, make sure it’s this one, twice!”

And if that doesn’t sell the show to you, I don’t know what will.

WHAT: Midnight Oil Tribute Act & ‘Gold Chisel’ (Cold Chisel) Tribute Act
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 1 June & Sunday 2 June (2pm – 5.30pm)
TICKETS: You don’t need any! But booking a table is recommended

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Josiah At KC’s This Friday And Sunday

May 23, 2024

Māori man Josiah has always loved music.

Music is a big part in the Māori culture and growing up around that, Josiah developed an interest at an early age.

Despite having his first gig at 16, Josiah never imagined music would be his full-time career, but fast forward to today, and it is.

It’s been seven years since Josiah became a full-time musician and he has never looked back.

He has been hitting stages around Airlie Beach and displaying his talent.

Josiah said he primarily plays reggae, Motown and soul but also joked that when he plays pop and singalong anthems, he does it to entertain the girls.

For the past three months Josiah has had Casey Donnellan as his manager and he says he’s extremely thankful for her care and support.

Although Josiah’s career is in music, he likes to keep busy during the day, and he does the occasional day job, heading out the water or looking after accommodation.

WHAT: Josiah live on stage
WHEN: From 8pm on Saturday 24th May & Sunday 26th June
WHERE: KC’s Bar & Grill

Josiah performing on stage

Photos supplied

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Whitsundays Regional Council Champions Local Arts Scene

May 23, 2024

Whitsunday Regional Council is showing support for the local arts scene by sponsoring the main prize at the upcoming Great Barrier Reef Festival Art Exhibition.

They have contributed $3000 to the prize pool, affirming their commitment to fostering local artistic talent.

Mayor Collins expressed Council’s dedication to promoting a thriving arts culture in the Whitsunday region.

“It’s important we support opportunities for artists to showcase their creations and connect with local audiences,” he said.

"It not only benefits our local artists but contributes to the cultural experiences available for our community."

The organisers from Creative Connections Whitsunday Inc have welcomed Council's sponsorship, which contributed to raising the total prize money to over $8000.

Glenda Brown, Exhibition Coordinator, emphasised that art prizes play a crucial role in providing artists with exposure and opportunities for artwork sales, and a unique cultural event for locals and visitors.

To add to the event's prestige, the winning artwork will be added to the Council's curated collection.

Panellists Sandy Guy and Bonney Bombach, along with a Council member, will help with the preselection process.

Deadline for entry is 30 June 30 2024 and all artists are invited to enter. 

The exhibition is due to be held at the Whitsunday Sailing Club from August 1-5, 2024. The event will display a variety of 2D and 3D artworks and photographs, and attendees can participate in the 'People's Choice' Award by voting for their favourite artwork.

WHAT: Great Barrier Reef Festival Art Exhibition
WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club
WHEN: 1-5 August

Last year’s theme was Whales and this year artists are invited to explore ‘Above and Below’ works. Photo supplied

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Australian Rock Legend Performing In Airlie Beach

May 23, 2024

James Reyne from Australian Crawl is coming to town!

With him he brings his amazing band and they’ll be performing all of the classic Australian Crawl hits, that’ll have you belting out the lyrics.

From Reckless to The Boys Light up, Hammerhead and Fall of Rome – there are too many iconic tunes to list here – you’ll have to go and see the performance instead!

James and his band have been performing this tour since January of this year and so far, every show has been sold out and has rocked out.

He’s extremely eager to get to the Whitsundays and says the small rural towns do not lack in support.

James said he feeds off the crowd to enhance his performance and take it to the next level.

“It’s a two-way thing, the psychology of show business is someone on stage, pushing energy out, and energy’s coming back,” he added.

Performing for such a long time, James said he is only improving with time, and during his career he has learned valuable information about show business, song writing and personal relations.

“Being in a band it means you get to experience things that people would normally experience but you get to experience them in a really intense few years,” he said.

“You get all these life experiences, and you have to learn these life lessons quite quickly and intently about human nature and how people are, how people relate to you, how you relate to them and the world.”

It’s not just life lessons James has learned throughout his career; he understands the muse and what to do if he encounters a blank with his song writing.

“I recognise that it’s not a hard time, it’s natural part of life,” James said.

“It’s the natural ebb and flow of creative consciousness and when you do that, you serve the music, you're calling it earlier, you sit down, and you work at your craft, you start working and you start thinking.

“You start tinkering with an idea you might have had three weeks ago or an idea you might have had yesterday or two lines you might have written down six months ago and things start to happen.

“I learned to not worry about that [getting a blank in songwriting], let it slide and the so-called muse will revisit you.”

James is bringing all his expertise and experience to Magnums Hotel in Airlie Beach this June, for one night with this incredible music legend.

Alongside all the Australian Crawl hits, you can expect to hear all the song you know and love for 90 minutes of rock and roll classics.

WHAT: James Reyne from Australian Crawl
WHERE: Magnums Hotel
WHEN: June 21

James Reyne is coming to Airlie Beach next month
A record cover of James Reyne’s Hammerhead released in 1987

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Huge Opportunity For Young Talent

May 23, 2024

The North Queensland Battle Of The Young Bands and Young Whitsundays Got Talent are two very special events which invite our region’s youth to showcase their musical abilities, giving them an opportunity to play live in front of big crowds.

If you’re in a local band or a solo musician this is your chance!

First-up is North Queensland Battle Of The Young Bands competition and the winner receives $1000 in prize money and a gig at Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill.

Open for young people of all ages, there are three age categories, 5-12, 13-17 and 18-21, anyone can enter!

Every registered band will perform two songs in a heat and winners of each heat will perform another song in the Grand Final.

Additionally, the event will be live streamed on Facebook, and appear on Whitsundays Got Talent’s YouTube page.

To enter, your band must have three or more band members.

This event is brought to you by Whitsundays Got Talent which is a not-for-profit local organisation that is passionate about helping young people unleash their musical abilities.

The organisation is currently looking for sponsorship so, if you are a local business or individual, and would like to support this community group, then please reach out.

WHAT: North Queensland Battle Of The Young Bands
WHERE: Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill
WHEN: Sunday 16 June, 12.30pm

WHAT: Young Whitsundays Got Talent
WHERE: Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill
WHEN: Sunday 13 October 1pm

REGISTER: info@whitsundaysgottalent.com

Gleezus won Young Battle Of The Bands last year. Photo credit: Whitsunday Life Newspaper

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Annual Under Eights Day Celebrations At St Catherine's Catholic College

May 27, 2024

St Catherine's Catholic College celebrated its annual Under Eights Day last Friday, bringing together over 200 students from kindergarten to Year 2, students from St Mary's Catholic School travelled from Bowen to also enjoy the day’s fun activities.

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Family Fun Day At St Marys

May 27, 2024

St Mary’s Catholic School in Bowen is hosting its Family Fun Day this weekend and the whole community are invited to come along to what is expected to be an entertaining day out.

There will be free wildlife encounters with Wildlife Whitsundays, and a variety of carnival rides for all ages including a chair-o-plane, inflatable obstacle course, climbing wall, super slide, mini-Jeeps and a Disney-themed jumping castle.

Several local organisations will also be present on the day, providing different types of entertainment and activities for all to enjoy.

With Emergency Service vehicles on display, a children's cake decorating competition and a Pony Poo competition – there will be plenty to do!

In addition, there will be a wide variety of stalls serving delicious food.

School Principal, Mrs Alicia Ninnes, said the school's Parents and Friends Association have been working tirelessly for the last few months to prepare for the biannual event.

"The Family Fun Day is going to be a fantastic opportunity to open our doors to the wider community, and to showcase the hard work and dedication of our parents, staff and students,” she expressed.

“It's going to be a lot of fun, with so many rides, stalls and entertainment on offer, and we are looking forward to welcoming everyone on Saturday!"

WHAT: St Mary’s Family Fun Day
WHERE: St Mary’s Catholic School, Bowen
WHEN: Saturday 25th May – 2pm-6pm

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Event Guide 17 May

May 16, 2024

Friday17thof May

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Back to the 70’s & 80’s Band (7pm –10pm)

ReefGateway: Sam McCann (6pm – 9pm)

JubileeTavern: Erin (6pm – 9pm)

GrandView Hotel: Paul Berger (8pm – 12am)

KC’s:Shaun Diver (from 8pm)

Saturday18thof May

MiniRoller Disco, PCYC from 10am

RossWilson & the Peaceniks at the Proserpine Entertainment Centrefrom 7.30pm

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Back to the 70’s & 80’s Band (2pm –5.30pm)

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: London Calling (7pm – 10pm)

ReefGateway: Kieran McCarthy (6pm – 9pm)

GrandView Hotel: RnB Night (8pm – 12am)

KC’s:Sar-rha (from 8pm)

Sunday19thof May

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: London Calling (2pm – 5.30pm)

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Lloyd Saunders (6.30pm – 9.30pm)

GrandView Hotel: Scotty Wilson (4pm – 8pm)

KC’s:Shaun Diver (from 8pm)

Monday20thof May

KC’s:Scott Wilson (from 8pm)

Tuesday21stof May

Sailability,Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am

KC’s:Scott Wilson (from 8pm)

Wednesday22ndof May

KC’s:Tim Conlon (from 8pm)

Thursday23rdof May

KC’s:Tim Conlon (from 8pm)

Saturday25thof May

MiniRoller Disco, PCYC from 10am

CQRescue Charity Golf Day, Proserpine Golf Club, from 9am

StMary’s Bowen Family Fun Day, Location TBA, from 2pm

Sunday26thof May

JazzEvent, Colonial Palms, from 3pm

Friday31stof May  

ReconciliationWeek – Bowen Twilight Markets, Hansen Park, Horseshoe Bay Road from4pm

NationalReconciliation Week Twilight Markets & Airlie Beach Movie Night –The Last Daughter, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 5pm

Friday17thof May

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Back to the 70’s & 80’s Band (7pm –10pm)

ReefGateway: Sam McCann (6pm – 9pm)

JubileeTavern: Erin (6pm – 9pm)

GrandView Hotel: Paul Berger (8pm – 12am)

KC’s:Shaun Diver (from 8pm)

Saturday18thof May

MiniRoller Disco, PCYC from 10am

RossWilson & the Peaceniks at the Proserpine Entertainment Centrefrom 7.30pm

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Back to the 70’s & 80’s Band (2pm –5.30pm)

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: London Calling (7pm – 10pm)

ReefGateway: Kieran McCarthy (6pm – 9pm)

GrandView Hotel: RnB Night (8pm – 12am)

KC’s:Sar-rha (from 8pm)

Sunday19thof May

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: London Calling (2pm – 5.30pm)

ThePub, Airlie Beach Hotel: Lloyd Saunders (6.30pm – 9.30pm)

GrandView Hotel: Scotty Wilson (4pm – 8pm)

KC’s:Shaun Diver (from 8pm)

Monday20thof May

KC’s:Scott Wilson (from 8pm)

Tuesday21stof May

Sailability,Whitsunday Sailing Club, from 9am

KC’s:Scott Wilson (from 8pm)

Wednesday22ndof May

KC’s:Tim Conlon (from 8pm)

Thursday23rdof May

KC’s:Tim Conlon (from 8pm)

Saturday25thof May

MiniRoller Disco, PCYC from 10am

CQRescue Charity Golf Day, Proserpine Golf Club, from 9am

StMary’s Bowen Family Fun Day, Location TBA, from 2pm

Sunday26thof May

JazzEvent, Colonial Palms, from 3pm

Friday31stof May  

ReconciliationWeek – Bowen Twilight Markets, Hansen Park, Horseshoe Bay Road from4pm

NationalReconciliation Week Twilight Markets & Airlie Beach Movie Night –The Last Daughter, Airlie Beach Foreshore, from 5pm

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Wolf Creek Actor Hosts Showing In Bowen

May 16, 2024

The last thing Ben De Luca from Bowen Summergarden Cinema expected was a phone call from an Australian film icon, but that’s exactly what happened.

Wolf Creek star, John Jarratt, phoned Ben, and asked him if he could host a Meet and Greet, preview his new film, and host a Q&A at Ben’s famous little cinema in Bowen.

John Jarratt loves independent cinemas, he says they sell Australian productions with more gusto than the big cinema chains.

Being a country boy himself, John knows how exciting it can be for people to meet “the Wolf Creek guy”.

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business, Leanne Abernethy said having actor and director John Jarratt visit the town was very exciting.
“A lot of locals and visitors went to the meet and greet at Bowen Summergarden Cinema to meet John and he also called in at the Big Mango to say hello to the team,” Leanne said.

John wrote, produced, directed, and starred in his new film ‘What About Sal’ and he is hosting meet and greets, Q&A’s and showings in cinemas all over Australia.

‘What About Sal’ follows the story of a man with down syndrome who is losing his mother and then has to find his father.

This film has a wonderful message and John Jarratt said people with down syndrome can be much more intelligent than us.

“The main message of the film is that down syndrome people are important and they’re wonderful contributors to our societies,” he said.

“They’re emotionally more intelligent than we’ll ever be and they are capable of unconditional love, they’re quite extraordinary people.”

The film has a great cast, in the main role is Gerard Odwyer, who won Best Actor in the past.

John has heard nothing but praise about the film and says people stick around after the showings.

“No one has come up to me and said they don't like it, everyone loves it and we can't get rid of people after the show and that's always a good sign!” he added.

John tells audiences to bring tissues to their viewing but he also said there’s funny moments too.

John wants you to see this film, for your own viewing pleasure and to support Australian cinema.

“We’ve got the best actors in the world, some of the best directors but at the moment they’re not getting a fair go because there’s so many big Hollywood blockbusters flooding the market,” John said.

Ben De Luca, John Jarratt and Former Whitsunday Mayor, Julie Hall. Photo supplied

John Jarratt starred as the serial killer in the movie Wolf Creek. Photo supplied

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Best of Queensland Experience  

May 16, 2024

Queensland's tourism industry is celebrating!

91 operators within The Whitsundays have been recognised as Best of Queensland Experiences (BOQEs) for their dedication to bringing the Queensland story to life and consistently delivering an exceptional customer experience, ensuring visitors to the region have unforgettable experiences. 

The program, launched in 2018, is the first of its kind in Australia and aims to elevate Queensland as the top holiday destination by identifying and recognising tourism products that consistently exceed expectations.

Over 2,000 experiences across the state have earned this title. 

Developed with industry partners, the program uses independent criteria to assess operators.

These include positive customer reviews, secure online bookings, active social media presence and industry accreditation.

To be recognised, businesses must achieve a high score across these categories.

Earning a BOQE status allows operators to display an official stamp, making it easier for travellers to identify these top-rated experiences. 

"A BOQE certification empowers our Whitsundays' operators," says Rick Hamilton, CEO of Tourism Whitsundays. "It equips them to deliver exceptional experiences, making every visitor feel like a VIP." 

Contributed with thanks to CEO of Tourism Whitsundays, Rick Hamilton

Rick Hamilton, CEO Tourism Whitsundays, Photo supplied

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Be Part Of Something Great At The Great Barrier Reef Festival

May 16, 2024

The 2024 theme for the Cruise Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Festival has been announced and people across the region are already getting excited about the Above and Below theme that is set to highlight our beautiful region once again.

This month, Cruise Whitsundays also confirmed their naming rights sponsorship for the event once again, their involvement bringing some exciting environmentally focused boat tours which will become one of the feature events during the festival.

Renowned for being one of the most family-friendly community events of the year, the award-winning Great Barrier Reef Festival has been a cornerstone of the annual events calendar for almost 25 years.

Highlights include the Coral Sea Marina Lantern Parade which sees the boardwalk come alive with beautifully decorated lanterns and the Airlie Beach Rotary Club Street Parade where businesses and community groups decorate their own floats.

There is also the Recyclable Regatta, Magic Mile, Family Fun Day and a crowd favourite – the Sebel Whitsundays Fireworks on the Foreshore where thousands of people gather on the beach to watch the night sky fill with colour.

As the evenings unfold, the main-stage heats up with both local talent and a top-secret headlining act who is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

The beach-side pop-up bar is always buzzing, and families can enjoy the Side Show Alley and Carnival Rides throughout the evenings.

This year, the environmental theme runs throughout, both within events that incorporate recycled materials, but also through different educational opportunities that inspire and inform.

As part of the initiative, attendees have the opportunity to enjoy a Reef Experience with Master Reef Guides, an immersive day on the Great Barrier Reef learning and listening from the undisputed masters of the Reef.

In addition, the Above and Below Art Exhibition will be hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club this year and also the Immerse Arts Installation will be a focal point to the festival heart, with the stunning lighting animations and artworks at Fairy Tree Park.

This year there will be some new additions to the festival line-up, these include a special Cocktails on the Point event at the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the Whitsunday Life Newspaper Window Dressing Competition where main street business stand to win $1000 worth of advertising for the best dressed shop front.

There is so much going on at the Great Barrier Reef Festival again this year – what are you getting involved with?

WHAT: Great Barrier Reef Festival
WHERE: Airlie Beach
WHEN: 1-4 August

Want To Volunteer?
The Great Barrier Reef Festival is now looking for community minded volunteers who would like to get involved with anything from manning a stall, selling raffle tickets, event planning, selling merchandise and much more. Contribute as little or as much as you like, prior or during the event – the choice is yours and any help makes a HUGE difference! To find out more attend the Meet and Greet volunteer gathering at Boaty’s at 5pm on Tuesday 21st May or simply call 0418 155 542.

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Wearable Arts Is Back!

May 16, 2024

Avid fashionistas from across the region are busy creating fabulous designs ahead of the 2024 Wilmar Sugar and Renewables Wearable Arts Parade which is due to take place in August as one of the central events hosted by the Great Barrier Reef Festival.

To ignite further creative flair, there will be a special workshop at Whitsunday Sailing Club next month.

This will be an opportunity for participants to learn from some of the best artists of this kind in the region.

Hosted by Creative Connections Whitsunday, the hands-on workshops will be led by the visionary talents of Christina Papadimitriou and Bernadette Russell from Wearable Art Creatives.  

These inspiring artists will offer first-hand knowledge of the craft and attendees will learn how to create a masterpiece during the session.

A popular event, which is a regular stable at the Great Barrier Reef Festival, Wearable Arts has captured the passion of the community, so much so that St Catherine’s Catholic College have added it into their curriculum for Year 9 and 10 students.

Teacher, Skye Carroll, commented that the students have been having a lot of fun with their creations.

"I have both classes hyped up for competing in the Wearable Art for the Great Barrier Reef Festival,” she expressed.

“Many of them are already showing competitive streaks – I can't wait to see their final products as they emerge!" 

Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Festival, Margie Murphy, said the event is promising to be a mesmerising display of imaginative designs that blur the lines between fashion and art.  

“We are thrilled to bring the Wearable Art Parade and Competition back to Airlie Beach for another year of creativity and inspiration!” she said.

The event will kick-off with the Wearable Arts Parade on Saturday 3rd August and will culminate in the competition where guest judges will evaluate the entries and select winners across various categories.

These categories include Best Individual Design, Best Team Design, Great Barrier Reef Festival Theme design and Best Accessories.  

With fierce competition and extraordinary talent on display, anticipation runs high as participants vie for recognition and accolades.

If you wish to participate in the workshop you can register at creativeconnectionswhitsunday.com, tickets are $40 per person.

Alternatively, you can make your own creation independently. Simply create a fashion item from recycled materials in order to be eligible and register your fabulous masterpiece at greatbarrierreeffestival.com.au.

WHAT: Wearable Art Workshops
WHERE: Whitsunday Sailing Club
WHEN: Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th June  
TICKETS: creativeconnectionswhitsunday.com

Some fabulous creations

Imogen, Hannah, Lilly-Anna, Ayrton from St Catherine’s Catholic College. Photo supplied

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White On Whitehaven – You’re Invited!

May 16, 2024

The bucket-list item on many a locals’ list, the annual St. Bebida White on Whitehaven by Fish D’vine Catering is the only long lunch of its kind open to the public on Whitehaven Beach.

This extravagant, decadent and opulent affair invites guests to indulge in a full day on Whitehaven Beach, where you are whisked away to a paradise, that is just a short distance from your home.

Starting your day aboard an air-conditioned ferry, the party begins as soon as you join the sea of stunning white outfits that form the dress-code for the day.

The vibrant chatter on the scenic ferry ride over to Whitsunday Island soon abates when the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach appear on the horizon.

Guests walk from the boat directly onto the beach and are immediately greeted by a glass of chilled French Champagne and the bluesy beats of the nationally acclaimed six-piece band, The Natural Culture.

The long white tables stretch out along the delicate sands and everyone is invited to sit and enjoy the views while feasting on freshly shucked oysters and sashimi.

The event is proudly created by Fish D’vine Co-Owner, Kev Collins, who is the mastermind behind the delicious menu and a passionate advocate for promoting fresh local produce.  

Highlighting the freshest local seafood, fine cuts of grass-fed meats, topped with divine sauces and salads, guests are able to watch as the food is cooked on the BBQ and interact with Kev and his team of chefs.

Kev said he is thrilled to host the ultimate Queensland luncheon experience again and urged people to secure their tickets as they are already selling fast. 
“We're expecting the 2024 White on Whitehaven Long Lunch to be another huge success, drawing in over 700 guests from across the country to enjoy three days of beautiful Whitsundays spring weather,” he expressed.

“St. Bebida’s White on Whitehaven is already generating excitement, with many guests rebooking for this year. Don't miss out – Saturday is already 75% booked.”

Proudly sponsoring the event is St. Bebida, showcasing their exciting new range of products, including Sparkling Rosé, Flamenco Sangria, and ‘Chello’ Limoncello Spritz, adding a refreshing twist to the event.  

Matt McLean, Director at St. Bebida said he is thrilled to partner with the event this year.

"We are absolutely delighted to be part of the White on Whitehaven event this year, and ecstatic to have acquired the naming rights along with it too. This event perfectly aligns with our brand, and we can't wait to be serving everyone fresh from the taps for the three days," he shared. 
“It’s been a big first year of business for us at St. Bebida with constant growth and reach spanning across the country, and this is just the icing on the cake for us.” 

Tourism Whitsundays Chief Executive Officer, Rick Hamilton believes this year’s White on Whitehaven Long Lunch by Fish D’vine will be another great success for Fish D’vine and The Whitsundays. 
“The White on Whitehaven Long Lunch by Fish D’vine is a highly anticipated event, drawing visitors year after year from Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne to experience its charm,” he said.

WHAT: White On Whitehaven
WHERE: Whitehaven Beach
WHEN: 6-8 September  
TICKETS: whiteonwhitehaven.com.au

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Get Rhythm At The Pub! With Johnny Cash and June Carter

May 16, 2024

Don’t miss your chance to relive the magic and love between country’s most famous couple with The Johnny Cash & June Carter Show.

In ‘Get Rhythm’ witness real-life husband and wife duo Mark Caligiuri and Johanne Caligiuri mimic famous on-stage couple Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Alongside Mark and Johanne are Mark’s sons, Chris and Lucas, and Mark’s cousin Adam Prozzo – making this incredible show an authentic family affair.

At young ages, both Mark and Johanne loved classic music, Johanne grew up listening to 50’s rock and roll and Mark grew up singing along with the rockstar Elvis.

It wasn’t until they saw Walk The Line in 2006 that Johanne decided to create a Johnny Cash and June Carter show, and with Mark loving the music also, he was all for it, and they have now been performing the show together since 2007.

Like many, the COVID-19 lockdown paused their performances, but they used this time to develop the show making it even bigger and better.

During lockdown Johanne said her stepsons reached out to her and Mark.

“They said, I know you guys are working on this show, can we be involved in it too,” said Johanne.

“So, it actually came from them reaching out to us after noticing what we were doing behind the scenes.

“And I always say to the boys, this is very special, don't forget this time with your dad because in years from now you will look back and it is very unique.”

Get Rhythm is usually a theatre act, but Mark and Johanne are looking forward to their visit to The Pub.

They performed last year and said the staff were exceptional and they can’t wait to perform again.

“At Airlie Beach Hotel it is a bit more laid back and we love feeding off the audience. So, if the audience are wild, we're going to be wild with them,” said Johanne.

“We can guarantee that people will have a good time, it's going to be so much fun!

“And if you want to sing along, you can do that too!”

WHAT: Get Rhythm
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 25 May & Sunday 26 May
TICKETS: You don’t need any! But booking a table is recommended

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Bill Chambers Beer Garden At Reef Gateway

May 16, 2024

Bringing almost 30 years of on-stage experience to the Whitsundays, the highly acclaimed Bill Chambers is performing at the Reef Gateway’s wonderful beer garden in less than a month’s time.

Known also for his famous daughter, Casey Chambers, Bill Chambers has been surrounded by music in his family his entire life.

Growing up, his father was an amateur folk singer and songwriter, and his mother would sing in harmony with him. Bill thought it was normal for everyone to have music around them.

Naturally this sparked Bill’s inspiration in music and at seven years old, he knew he wanted to be a musician when he grew up.

With such a musical family, it was inevitable that he would start taking music seriously, and he has travelled all over the world including the UK, Norway, Sweden, Africa, USA and all over Australia.

Touring for almost 25 years, Bill said he has gained lots of experience and been provided with song inspiration along the way too.

Bill’s journey to Airlie Beach and the Reef Gateway starts when he performs alongside his daughter at the Red Hot Summer Tour in Noosa and Cairns.

He performs alongside her at every gig, and he joked that “She hasn’t fired me yet!”

After Cairns and Noosa, Bill begins his drive home, pulling into the Reef Gateway along the way.

With him, he brings his guitars, two dogs and two ducks – and they have become quite the conversation starter at caravan parks.

He says, his wife rescued them about a year ago and they just never left.

Most importantly, Bill brings his 16-year-old Boy, Tyler.

Whilst young, Tyler has grown up around music, and Bill said he is already quite a guitar player.

At the Reef Gateway you can expect music from all kinds of genres, including, folk, country, blues and rock.

Bill loves performing and telling people the crazy stories about his travels.

“You live a life like everyone else, but when you share those stories with everyone there, that’s what’s special,” Bill shared.

WHAT: Bill Chambers
WHEN: Saturday 1 June, from 5pm
WHERE: Reef Gateway

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Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

May 16, 2024

The world’s largest motorcycling charity event arrives in Bowen this weekend!

This year marks the third year the event will take place in Bowen, with dapper gentlemen from Bowen, Whitsundays and Burdekin all taking part in the event on Sunday 19 May.

At this year’s ride, money raised will be donated to prostate cancer research and men’s mental health programs by the official charity partner, Movember.

The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride is a global event and this year it is expected that 90,000 riders in over 900 cities across 105 countries will take part all raising awareness for the valuable causes.

All motorcyclists are welcome to attend the event in Bowen and encouraged to join the ride on everything from scooters to choppers and anything in-between.

For details of the Bowen ride, register on the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride website at   https://www.gentlemansride.com/

WHAT: The Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride
WHERE: Bowen
WHEN: Sunday, 19 May

Photo supplied

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Preloved Night Market

May 16, 2024

Clear out your closet and get ready to bring in some treasured goodies and preloved items for the inaugural Zero Waste Solutions Preloved Night Market which is due to be held this evening.

A host of stalls awaits and attendees are welcome to browse for some preloved clothing gold.

Over the years Preloved Markets have increasingly become a great way for people to find new items of clothing while simultaneously getting more closet space.

On the night coffee and snacks will be available to purchase, as well as art packs and live music to entertain.

WHAT: Zero Waste Solutions Preloved Night Market
WHEN: Friday 17th May 6pm – 8pm
WHERE: 3 Little Birds Espresso

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Open Air Movie?

May 10, 2024

Are you looking for a way to spend a Friday evening outside with the family?

The Airlie Beach Movie Screen has regular showings with many of your family favourite movies.

The screen is located on the Airlie Beach Foreshore and the whole community is welcome to come down with their picnic blankets to enjoy an open-air movie under the stars.

The film viewings start at 6pm, are entirely free and are held every second Friday of the month.

Friday 31 May
The Last Daughter

As part of National Reconciliation Week the next showing is of The Last Daughter (2022). The Last Daughter is a documentary feature film which follows Brenda Matthews on a journey to unearth the truth about her past, and to reconcile the two sides of her family.

Friday 14 June
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Start the Harry Potter journey. Watch Harry start from his orphan beginnings and embark on his adventure into the wizarding world.

Friday 5 July
The Sapphires

Set in 1968’s Australia and starring Australia’s very own superstar Jessica Mauboy, this film tells the true story of four sisters that are discovered by a talent scout. The sisters journey takes them to Vietnam to sing in front of American soldiers.

Showings are weather dependant and might be rearranged if weather is poor.

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London Calling! The Pub’s Birthday Celebrations

May 9, 2024

Did you think ‘Back to the 70’s & 80’s Band’ was the only Pub Birthday celebrations?

Well, you thought wrong.

In addition to the light-hearted fun, you will enjoy with the ‘Back to the 70’s & 80’s Band’, you will also be amazed by the internationally touring tribute act ‘London Calling’ who are also coming to celebrate The Pub’s birthday in style.

Starring three internationally touring tribute performers ‘London Calling’ is the highest quality tribute act and it promises to be a once in a lifetime experience.

You will witness three talented performers pay tribute to English rock legends, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Rod Stewart.

Freddie Mercury from Queen is performed by Fernando Castro and he is the first tribute act to headline on the Las Vegas strip. It is also said that he has a fantastic voice, on par with the real Freddie Mercury, but you have to hear it to believe it!

Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin is performed by Michael Anderson, his long hair and epic stage presence providing audiences with an uncanny replication of the real Robert Plant.

Rod Stewart is performed by Rob Caudill, he has spent 15 years performing in Las Vegas and all his life he has been told he looks and sounds exactly like Rod Stewart. So, when Joe Walsh from ‘The Eagles’ suggested to him that he should pursue a career in being a tribute artist, he did and has never looked back.

Rob Caudill says it’s as close to the real thing as you can get.

“It’s a very interesting concept to me, Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury and Rod Stewart,” Rob said.

“And I mean, the only problem is there's so many hits, you can't really cut them off!

“It's a great show and I'm really proud to be in it.”

WHAT: London Calling
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 18 May (7pm – 10pm) & Sunday 19 May (2pm – 5.30pm)
TICKETS: Not Needed! But booking a table is recommended.

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Cruisin’ Through The Whitsundays

May 10, 2024

Calling all car enthusiasts!

Whitsunday Cruisin’ Car Club is hosting their annual Show & Shine event at the Coral Sea Marina later this month and everyone is invited.

Soak up the glorious views over the marina while simultaneously taking a stroll through the dozens of parked up classic vehicles.

From muscle cars to custom vehicles, motorcycles, hot rods and classic cars, there is something for every petrol-head to enjoy.

There will also be food vendors, coffee vans and ice cream available as food options.

If you aren’t a die-hard petrol head, the many stalls may interest you instead and there are activities for kids too.

Adult tickets cost $15 and children under 17 are free!

To enter your own vehicle in the Show & Shine, go to Whitsunday Cruisin’ Car Club’s website and complete the registration information.

This year the Whitsunday Cruisin’ Car Club Show & Shine event is supporting the Cancer Council Queensland and Jure Portelli Racing.

WHAT: Show & Shine
WHERE: Coral Sea Marina & Resort
WHEN: Saturday 25 May (8am – 2pm)
TICKETS: Children under 17 are free, Adults $15

Show & Shine at Coral Sea Marina & Resort. Photo supplied.

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Festival Bookshop For Whitsundays Writers Festival 

May 9, 2024

The Whitsundays Writers Festival, which is due to take place in September this year, has just announced that for the first time in its history, there will be a dedicated Festival Bookshop as part of the landmark event.

Already offering an innovative new festival format with events such as the Book Club High Tea, The Whitsundays Literary Heart Awards, Love Letter To Queensland and Karaoke Poetry, the event is set to be a game-changer in the local event space.

Part of this inspiring vision is to engage with local authors and aspiring writers, with the official bookshop offering everyone a platform to engage and leverage their profile.

Selecting Beach Book Boutique as its official Festival Bookshop, the Whitsundays Writers Festival is thrilled to announce a partnership with passionate book-lover and owner if the store, Belinda Harris.

“We are looking forward to having a great weekend with the Festival, meeting like-minded people and some amazing authors – including our local writers!”

Established in September 2015, Airlie Beach’s iconic independent bookstore overlooks the expansive lagoon. It offers new releases and second-hand books in-store and online, including their unique book exchange for new and high-quality recycled books. 

Beach Book Boutique will be selling select titles of both Festival speakers and local authors, and will host meet and greet sessions and book signings during the Festival.

A smaller bookshop will also be on-site at Festival venues.

(L-R) Belinda Harris & Beach Book Boutique, Airlie Beach. Photo supplied

Are you a local writer with a published book? 

If so, you will be able to sell your titles through the official Festival Bookshop. 
Local writers who purchase a 3-day ticket can then pay an additional $100 (plus GST) to become a Featured Local Author and receive a number of exclusive benefits, including a national platform to promote their books and the opportunity to be selected as a showcase author at the Festival’s closing event – the Local Author Long Lunch. Contact the Festival to learn more.

WHAT: Whitsundays Writers Festival
WHEN: 6-8 September
TICKETS: Early Bird Weekend Passes on sale now

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70’s & 80’s Band Return For The Pub’s 56th Birthday

May 2, 2024

Returning to The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel after last year’s birthday success, is ‘Back To The 70’s & 80’s Band’ who took the crowd by storm and brought good cheer to all who attended.

This year The Pub is celebrating its 56th birthday and they’re hoping to replicate last year’s success, inviting the whole community to come along and celebrate once again.

It’s the second time at The Pub for highly-acclaimed ‘Back To The 70’s & 80’s Band’, and founder, performer and front man Alexander Hell said he is excited to bring the show back after it being so well received last year.

With a guitarist, a drummer and three performers, the band members change costumes over 20 times replicating a variety of different legendary musicians from yesteryear.

Audiences can expect parody acts from the iconic eras, lots of laughs and first-class entertainment.

The show is described as a comedy cabaret where audiences are given a vibrant and exciting rendition of some of their favourite songs, combined with fast-paced humour and flamboyant theatrical displays.

People are taken back to the 70’s and 80’s and treated to tunes from artists they love like ABBA, The Proclaimers, Tina Turner, Village People, Brian Ferry, Queen, Meatloaf, and some great disco tracks.

You’ll be laughing at all the references from the good to the bad, that came from the iconic era, from the leg warmers, spandex, fingerless gloves and of course that now legendary hair style.

“It’s all about the F word – fun!” Alexander shared.

The band pay homage to some of the biggest stars over the decades, they pay tribute to them with dress-ups and tongue-in-cheek humour.

Alexander reminisces on the eras, saying he recalls the flair and the way mirror balls changed the way music was made.

“It’s iconic and it’s been lost these days.”

All ages are welcome, it’s time to show the younger crowd that there’s more to music than high-tech beats – it’s all about the rhythm.

Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance at The Pub.

WHAT: Back To The 70’s & 80’s plus surprise special guests
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Friday 17 May from 7pm (Official Pub Birthday) and again Saturday 18 May from 2pm
TICKETS: No Cost! But booking a table is recommended

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ABBA-Beautiful Mother’s Day

April 24, 2024

This Mother’s Day get down to The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel for a fun, high energy ABBA performance.

It doesn’t take long for everyone to get up and dancing at this one.

This tightly knit tribute band has been around for a while, the current members have been together for four years now and their closeness comes across on stage, mirroring the real ABBA’s intimacy.

The Australian ABBA tribute show are no strangers to the Whitsunday crowd, they are regulars at the Airlie Beach Hotel, sometimes performing three times a year, and the crowd here keep drawing them back.

SOS The Australian ABBA tribute show will be playing at the Airlie Beach Hotel on Mother’s Day.

With Mother’s Day food specials and a free bottle of Rose with every table booking, there is guaranteed fun, dancing, and good vibes - so what’s stopping you?

Band Manager Sam Bennett was asked what he would like to say to all the mums ahead of the performance and he said, quite simply, ‘Thank You For The Music’.

He thanks the parents of his generation because he believes his generation’s love for ABBA comes from their parents playing ABBA to them.

Sam says he loves seeing crowds of all ages at the shows, from people that have seen the real ABBA perform live to the younger generations who have heard of ABBA from the film Mamma Mia and from Tik Tok.

The band love seeing the crowd loving ABBA just as much as they do.

For a great atmosphere and a fantastic afternoon head to the Airlie Beach Hotel this Mother’s Day.

WHAT: SOS: The Australian ABBA Tribute Show
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday May 11 & Sunday May 12 (Mother’s Day), 2pm – 5.30pm
TICKETS: No Tickets Needed, But Every Pre-Booked Table on Sunday Gets a Bottle Of Rose For Mother’s Day

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Comedy Roadshow Comes To Town

April 24, 2024

The hilarious Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is coming to the Whitsundays.

Performing at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre (PEC) next Saturday, you can witness a line-up of some beloved comedians.

Hosted by Marcel Blanch-de Wilt, and special guests Nikki Britton, Justin Hamilton, Bonnie Tangey and Patrick Golamco, you can expect to laugh until your sides hurt.

The combination of different performers ensures there’s enjoyment to be had by all.

In this nationwide comedy festival, the hilarious show guarantees audiences nationwide will hear jokes that have you shaking in your seat.

Don’t miss out on this one-time performance.

Tickets are on sale now, $35 for students, $40 for concession and PEC members, and $45 for adults.

What: Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow
Where: Proserpine Entertainment Centre
When: Thursday 2 May, 7.30pm

Photo supplied

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Pop Opera Asks: Do We Need Another Hero?

April 24, 2024

New opera ‘Do We Need Another Hero?’ is coming to the Whitsundays this weekend.

Described as a joyful celebration of songs about bravery and heroism, there will be  songs by popular artists like The Beatles, David Bowie, John Farnham and more, intertwined with opera classics like the famous Beethoven.

The music will have you dancing in your seat with its pop to opera and country to classical mashups.

In the performance audiences will be delighted and then be encouraged to question and reflect on the idea that anyone and everyone can be a hero, if only for a day.

The musical showcases some of Queensland’s finest talent, including Bowen born Marcus Corowa.

Marcus is an exceptional performer and will capture audiences with his soulful voice and charming stage presence.

‘Do We Need Another Hero?’ is a performance that cannot be missed for any opera or live music enthusiast.

WHAT: Do We Need Another Hero?
WHERE: Proserpine Entertainment Centre
WHEN: Saturday 27 April, 6pm – 7.50pm

Photo supplied

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Blues, Folk & Country Music Kickstart Your Weekend With Matty Angell

April 24, 2024

Performing this Friday and Sunday at the Jubilee Tavern please welcome Matt Angell.

Originally from the Pilbara region in Western Australia, he can’t stay away from the Whitsundays and had been visiting the region since 2001 before finally deciding to settle down here.

Throughout his adult life, he has earned a living through his music.
“Music is my art, my expression and my dreams... without all three, life is pretty pointless,” he said.

Matty has always loved music, but originally he only wanted to be a guitar player, he had no desire to sing.

“But I was always writing songs from the very beginning. So, then I thought I'd better start singing to give them a life!”

A regular at the Airlie Beach Music Festival, Matty has performed at the event six times.

This year, he will also be entertaining the crowds at the ‘Winter Moon Festival’ for the first time and said he is looking forward to playing some tracks there.

Matty describes his music as a mixture of blues, folk and county spiced with a little bit of rock now and then, his up-beat rhythm and feel-good vibe is the perfect way to kickstart your weekend.

He added “I have a new song being released online on the 3rd of May, as part of a collection of lost and forgotten tracks from the past that span my entire musical career.”

“They'll be rolled into a full album later in the year and then everything will make sense...stay tuned.”

WHAT: Matt Angell
WHERE: Jubilee Tavern
WHEN: Friday 26 April (6pm - 9pm) & Sunday 28 April (3pm - 6pm)

Photos supplied

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Opening Night Local Students Shine On Stage

April 19, 2024

Proserpine State High School’s production of ‘Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’ opened to hundreds of enthusiastic attendees on Thursday evening.

This entirely student-led production was held at the school’s $11 million multi-purpose Performing Arts Centre and will continue to run on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening.

Almost 100 students from years 7 to 12 took part in the production, taking the lead in everything from performing on stage to behind-the-scenes directing, producing, designing, technical and playing the music. 

If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, make sure you head down to the school this weekend to see local students perform in this humorous and light-hearted production.

The dress rehearsal of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat performed by students at the Proserpine State High School. Photo credit: Daniel Heggie

Student Lead Production A Huge Success

It’s been a fantastic opportunity for the students of Proserpine State High School to gain experience in running every element of their own play.

This is the first time a school production has been entirely student run and Co-Creator Mia Vloedmans expressed how this allowed them to have greater flexibility.

“Being student run it pretty much just gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted with it,” said Mia.

“We had a student point of view for it, so that was really good as well.”

Executive Producer Jacob Williams explained that the production is run by the student led Seagrass Theatre and Music Company and he hopes juniors will continue it when himself and other seniors leave the school.
Before the opening night, choir member Maddie Davies said “I’m probably most excited for the actual play, because we'll be able to perform it and I think it's turning out really good so far.”

“I'm just excited for everyone to see it!” she exclaimed.

The Seagrass Theatre Company raised a significant amount of money through sponsorships and parent donations.

This has allowed the students to produce a production of high quality and industry standard.

The production has also enabled the students to gain experience behind-the-scenes, playing in the orchestra, working in lighting or on the high industry standard sound boards.

Head of Promotions and Producer, Allegra Bradley said there are still tickets available and she would love you to see what they’ve been working on. Don’t miss it!

WHAT: Joseph And The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
WHERE: Proserpine State High School
WHEN: Friday 19 April 7.30pm, Saturday 20 April 1.00pm & 7.30pm
TICKETS: $30, Concessions $24

‘Joseph’ singing on stage with other cast members
Orchestra playing music for the production
Student using the industry level sound deck
Students performing on stage

Photo credit: Daniel Heggie

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New Food Truck For Hire Events & Festivals

April 18, 2024

Whisper Events & Catering have an exciting new food trailer which they have launched into the Whitsundays’ vibrant event market.

The beautifully renovated food trailer has been given an impressive new paint job and fitted with a full commercial sized kitchen.

The trailer’s debut voyage at the Country Music Festival was a huge success, serving delicious steaks, burgers and other tantalising delights to the hungry music enthusiasts.

This modern, fully equipped food trailer can easily cater for thousands of people and is incredibly versatile with many different functions available.

‘Dry Hire’ is when a client hires and has the opportunity to use this weapon, Restaurants can hire out the entire trailer and use it whilst undergoing renovations, to continue serving their menu to hungry customers.

The fleet of food trucks and trailers, large generators and cool rooms can cater for thousands of hungry revellers and attend any event, any size.

This allows Whisper Events & Catering to offer their full service, whereby they bring their menu to your function, event, or festival and their expert team can successfully serve mouth-watering meals of any cuisine.

All food trucks/trailers & cool rooms - the works are now available for hire, simply contact events@whisperginbar.com

Sponsored by Ram Industrial – www.ramindustrial.com.au

Cater your event or festival with this impressive new Food Trailer. Photo supplied

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Suzi Quatro’s Guitarist Nat Allison And Band Performing In Whitsundays

April 18, 2024

Since birth, all Nat Allison has wanted to do is perform.

Growing up in the 80’s only amplified this, she would see all the 80’s rock stars with their long hair and incredible guitar solos, wanting to be up on stage right alongside them.

This inspiring era has now culminated in her own show called ‘Rock Chick’ which she brings to The Pub later this month.

But it has been a long and exciting career that has led Nat to this point.

At the age of 12, Nat’s father realised she was taking music seriously and moved the family to Melbourne so she could be surrounded by better teachers.

Then at the young age of 13, when Nat took on her first role as lead singer in Melbourne, the rest of the band were over 30!

When she was 18, Nat worked with Australian songwriter and producer, Mike Chapman.

A few years down the line Mike was writing songs for Suzi Quatro and asked if Nat would like to go to London to play on Suzi’s record.

“He loved my guitar playing and he knew that it would be what he needed to achieve with the up-and-coming album,” said Nat.

From here, Nat and Suzi built a relationship and stayed in contact after the album was recorded.

Years later Suzi was in touch with Nat regarding an upcoming festival in Australia and, as she decided not to bring her band with her from London, she asked if Nat could put a band together.

Since then, Suzi has used that same band for all of her Australian shows and they have performed in Japan and Canada too.

As a performer Nat said she has grown and learned a lot from the experience.

“It's just been a great learning experience for me too. Because obviously, like I have all throughout my career, you're constantly learning through observation, as well as your own personal practice. It's been wonderful in that sense,” Nat explained.

“She's just such a fantastic performer, she puts together a really great show and the crowds just absolutely love her.”

Learning from the best and now performing like the best, Nat Allison and her band are bringing their exceptional talent to The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel.

Nat and her band are set to bring the audience the sensational ‘Rock Chick’ show, getting the crowd pumping with a range of classics spanning four different decades.

From Katy Perry to Tina Turner this four-piece band will blow your socks off!

This will be the band’s first time in the Whitsundays and they are looking forward to getting some sunshine and meeting the people in this great region.

WHAT: ‘Rock Chick’ featuring Nat Allison
WHEN: May 4 & 5, 2.30pm - 5.30pm
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
TICKETS: None needed, But it’s recommended to book a table

Photos supplied

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RebelQuin Playing Soon At The Jubes

April 18, 2024

Every Friday night at 6pm the Jubilee Tavern comes alive with the sweet tunes from a local and talented musician.

On Friday 10 May, The Jubes welcomes RebelQuin to the stage.

Originally from Melbourne, RebelQuin moved to the area 12 years ago.

From a young age she knew she wanted a career in music.

“I have studied music, it has stayed with me, I have always felt passionate about music, and I have never travelled without an instrument, but never felt confident till my 30's to make it a full-time career,” she said.

RebelQuin has performed numerous gigs at the Airlie Beach Music Festival, as well as in venues up and down the east coast of Australia. 

She captivates her audiences with her unique blend of blues and indie rock.

Her pure love for music is contagious and she says “music connects us all together and is always there for us through the highs and lows.”

“If I am going through a rough time, there is always a song that makes me feel and I know if that singer or songwriter can get through this, so can I, it reminds us we belong and that we are not alone at all.”

“This is also what I love about performing, if I can connect to just one person and make them not feel alone, I have done my job.”

Aside from performing RebelQuin is also working on an EP titled ‘Outta My Mind’ and it’s coming soon.

WHAT: RebelQuin
WHERE: Jubilee Tavern
WHEN: Friday 10 May

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Unlocking The Doors At The Airlie Beach Hotel

April 18, 2024

Don’t miss a mesmerising afternoon with The Doors tribute act this weekend at The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel.

Unlocking The Doors are a tribute band who are considered one of the most authentic and entertaining Australian tribute shows.

Through the bands heartfelt performances, the lead singer wants you to see how intoxicating and brilliant The Doors were on stage.

Unlocking The Doors set out to capture the shamanistic presence of Jim Morrison, the hypnotic bass lines and swirling keys of Ray Manzarek, Robbie Krieger’s legato blues inspired guitar modality and John Densmore eclectic fusion of Jazz, Rock and Latin drum beats for the ultimate Doors experience.

Lead guitarist Mick Mulhearn said he is looking forward to coming up here and performing.

He said, “It’s like a nice semi working holiday, we might even try get on the water while we’re there.”

Mick also added that he appreciates the crowd that comes to see the band perform, he knows some people travel from Mackay and he gives them his gratitude.

It’s been over 50 years since The Doors released their first album and they are still popular, influential and relevant, their classic tracks will live on forever.

WHAT: Unlocking The Doors
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 April, 2pm – 5.30pm
TICKETS: It’s Free!! But booking a table is recommended

Unlocking The Doors on Stage. Photos supplied

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Shania Twain Tribute Show Comes To The Pub

April 11, 2024

Get ready for another weekend of fantastic live music, loud and free at The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel.

With the dynamic and engaging Australian Shania Twain Show you’ll be belting out lyrics like never before.

This incredible tribute band is fronted by lead singer, Ally Friendship, who said she has been performing from the age of 14 with her sister and always knew she wanted a career in music.

She has always loved music and chased that feeling her entire life.

Despite admiring Shania’s songs and being told she looked and sounded like the megastar, at first Ally never thought of performing her songs for a living.

That all changed when in early 2020 she was approached and asked to perform in a one-off Shania Twain tribute show.

With the show’s organiser having no intention of continuing it, Ally and her band took the opportunity and decided to start performing Shania Twain hits regularly.

‘We could see something really good, and thought someone should continue it,’ said Ally.

Their first show was a sell-out, and they have been riding the wave of success ever since.

The Australian Shania Twain Show has been performing for almost 5 years and has recently reinvigorated the show to launch a new era with this powerhouse singer at the helm.

The band are seeing success from their hard work and are now travelling all around Australia.

They have performing at a range of high-profile events including Country On The Green, the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Great Western Hotel in Rockhampton.

The Airlie Beach Hotel are next on their list and Ally said they are excited about bringing their Australia-wide show to the Whitsundays.

This will be the first time that Ally and her band have been to the region and they are looking forward to soaking up some tropical charm.

Ally in particular said she is excited to meet the Whitsunday locals and create a party atmosphere for all to enjoy.

‘We always like to have a chat after our show and see what the people thought of it!”

Fav Song: ‘You Know I’m No Good’ by Amy Winehouse
Least Fav Song: ‘Horses’ by Darry Braithwaite
Fav To Perform:
‘No One Needs To Know’ by Shania Twain or ‘ From This Moment On’ by Shania Twain
Last song you listened to: ‘Back To Black’ by Amy Winehouse

WHAT: The Australian Shania Twain Show
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 13 April and Sunday 14 April, 2pm-5.30pm
TICKETS: No Tickets Needed, but booking a table is recommended

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Jazz At The Palms

April 11, 2024

The latest sensation which is adding an exciting sweet note to the local music scene is the fortnightly Jazz afternoons taking place on alternate Sundays on the deck at The Palms Restaurant and Bar.

Located at the Colonial Palms Motor Inn, these unique and intimate afternoons have generated a growing following among locals and tourists alike who enjoy the depth and complexity of jazz music.

The story began when Colonial Palm Managers, Greg and Nettie, approached locally highly acclaimed jazz musician, Nick Di Gregorio.

Thrilled to be given a platform to bring a new community of jazz musicians together, Nick has since brought visiting jazz musicians from as far afield as Melbourne, Townsville and Mackay, to play at these local events.

Having first picked up a guitar when he was 10, Nick’s talent was soon recognised and by the age of 15 he was studying at the Victorian College of Performing Arts.

After this, he attended the Western Australia Academy for Performing Arts where he specialised in jazz for three years.

Over the past 10 years Nick has played on cruise ships, gigged in London for five years and been the point person for Hamilton Island live music acts.

He has been a full-time musician since the age of 15 and luckily for the Whitsundays he is setting a life up here with his English partner and their six month old son.

You will find Nick performing at The Palms every other Sunday alongside a different visiting musician.

This Sunday he will be on guitar and vocals while special guest Clare Whitecombe will be on piano.

Come along this Sunday afternoon and enjoy a relaxing experience to the backdrop of stunning sea views from the deck, chilled drinks and delicious tapas.

WHAT: Afternoon of live jazz on the deck
WHERE: The Palms, Colonial Palms Motor Inn
WHEN: Sunday 14th April, from 3pm

Nick Di Gregorio hosts Live Jazz On The Deck at The Palms. Photo supplied

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Thursday Trivia At Reef Gateway

April 11, 2024

Every Thursday at the Reef Gateway bring the crew together and join Thursday Trivia.

With prizes to be won, laughs to be had, and fun guaranteed, it’s the perfect way to enjoy your Thursday night.

Want some dinner? The Reef Gateway’s Thursday food special has you covered.

Devour one of the Reef Gateway’s delicious pizzas plus a drink for just $20.

Or enjoy anything else from their menu, from pub classics to crispy pork belly.

Thursday Trivia is held at the pub’s Bistro, booking a table is recommended and registration starts at 6:00pm for the trivia to start at 6:30pm.

What: Thursday Trivia
Where: Reef Gateway Hotel
When: Every Thursday, 6:30pm

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Pop Meets Opera At The PEC

April 11, 2024

A group of talented musicians are bringing their unique flavour of music to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre later this month with their ‘Do We Need Another Hero’ show.

A joyful celebration of songs about bravery and heroism, the show features a variety of music genres from pop to opera, country to classical.

This live musical tribute will encompass chart-topping anthems and unique mashups that will have you dancing in your seat.

Timeless hits about bravery and heroism from artists like The Beatles, David Bowie, John Farnham and more, intertwine with opera classics from composers like Beethoven and Bizet to provide the soundtrack for our story as we search for what it means to be a hero.

Exploring the musical archives, the audience will discover that not all heroes wear capes.

From the creative minds behind Are You Lonesome Tonight and Lady Sings the Maroons, this new musical showcases Queensland’s finest talent including Marcus Corowa, Luke Volker, Jason Barry-Smith, Ruby Clark and Shikara Ringdahl.

Sing along with these artists as they take songs you know and love and weave them into a story for the whole family.

Do We Need Another Hero? believes that each person possesses a unique superpower, and grand acts of courage need not always make headlines.

This show will delight and encourage you to reflect on the idea that everyone can be a hero, if only for a day.

WHAT: Do We Need Another Hero? 
WHERE: Proserpine Entertainment Centre
WHEN: Saturday 27th April from 6pm
TICKETS: proserpineentertainmentcentre.com.au

‘Do We Need Another Hero’ performers. Photo supplied

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The Crime Is Mine A Parisian Comedy-Drama

April 4, 2024

In collaboration with Sugar City Art Deco and Modernism Society, Film Arts Mackay have something very special underway for April. A production that will have you giggling and gasping in their next comedy-drama film, The Crime Is Mine.

Diving into the depths of Paris in the 1930s, Madeleine, a pretty, young, penniless and talentless actress, is accused of murdering a famous producer. With the help of her best friend Pauline, who is a young unemployed lawyer, she is acquitted on the grounds of self-defence. A new life of fame and success begins…until the truth comes out.

This masterpiece, directed by Francois Ozon, will roll from 7.30pm Friday, April 12 and will play for 1 hour and 42 minutes, this film is rated M for viewer discretion. There will be prizes for the best 30s themed dress, so dress to impress! Please book tickets online at www.trybooking.com/CPTTA in advance.

"Incredibly fresh, elegant, and extraordinary." - ESPINOF
"A joyous comedy with the air of vaudeville that flows like a spring from the hand of its cast." - EL PAIS
"A Smart and intelligent comedy about the show business in the 30s in Paris." – CINEMATISMO

Don’t miss this highly anticipated film, The Crime Is Mine! Book tickets online in advance to secure your spot for April 12

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Four Days Of Aussie Rock ANZAC Day Festival At The Pub

April 4, 2024

The ANZAC Day Australian Rock Tribute Festival at The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel, promises to be a captivating homage to four legendary Australian bands - INXS, Cold Chisel, the Divinyls and AC/DC.

Featuring local favourite, Dellacoma Rio who will be channelling the spirit of INXS, Adam Spizzo who is from the High Voltage Show, Richard Champion who sings with Filthy Animals and is an ex-AFL football legend, and Tara Graham from Captain Thunderbolt Band and the All About Gwen Tribute. 

With this all-star cast of performers this is a rock-tacular weekend to put in your calendar and it’s all live, loud and totally free at your favourite local.

In an exclusive interview, we caught up with the Australian INXS show’s lead singer Dellacoma Rio, who will be front and centre as he embodies the essence of INXS's Michael Hutchence.

Dell also fronts his own band called Dellacoma Rio, and he will be bringing the Festival of Rock to a close on the Sunday by performing his original music, with some of his favourite covers sure to be included.

The rest of his band are flying up from Melbourne for the event and to celebrate what is expected to be an incredible weekend of rock.

Dell's journey into music was deeply rooted in his upbringing, with a familial passion for singing. Despite initially exploring acting during his time in the US, he ultimately gravitated towards performing and singing.

It wasn't until his mid-twenties that Dell decided to pursue music professionally.

Dell said, “it’s something that’s just always been in my blood”.

“The band was born out of a belief and an inner knowing that I wasn’t done playing music yet.”

For Dell, paying homage to INXS comes as a natural progression, encouraged by audiences, both in the industry as well as regular punters over the years who would often point out a resemblance between him and Michael Hutchence.

Dell says it can be challenging from the standpoint that “everyone has a preconceived notion of who the legendary performer Michael was”, however, Dell says he finds freedom in helping people unlock memories through this music, or from when they were watching the original band back in the day.

“It’s about paying tribute to the music and the legacy that he left behind for audiences to enjoy,” he remarked.

The tribute shows often have audiences in tears as they reconnect with the timeless melodies of INXS. Through the immersive experience of live performances, Dell and his band transport listeners back in time, capturing the essence of the original band's heyday.

Dell is looking forward to showcasing the INXS Tribute Show alongside other legendary tribute acts over the four-day festival.

Get ready for an action-packed event which includes four days of entertainment, beginning with the ANZAC Day Australia Rock Tribute Festival, followed by Cold Chisel and ACDC on the Friday, and then INXS and the Divinyls on Saturday and culminating with the Dellacoma Rio show on the Sunday.


WHAT: Australia Rock Tribute Festival
WHEN: ANZAC Day Thursday 25th April – 12 Noon till 6pm

WHAT: Cold Chisel vs AC/DC
WHEN: Friday 26th April, 2PM – 5.30PM

WHEN: Saturday 27th April 2pm-5.30pm

WHAT: Dellacoma
WHEN:  Sunday 28th April, 2pm–5.30pm

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The Australian Eagles Show

March 28, 2024

At the Airlie Beach Hotel, next weekend, get transported back to the 70’s with The Australian Eagles Show.

Usually playing in front of sold-out theatres, the Airlie Beach Hotel is extremely lucky to have this rocking act perform live from its bar-top stage.

Everyone in town is invited to come on down and enjoy this unforgettable show for free!

The group have travelled Australia-wide and are often called the country’s most authentic Eagles experience.

As part of their ‘Life in the Fast Lane’ tour, Airlie Beach Hotel is thrilled to host them and are excited for patrons to ‘Take It Easy’.

Whether that’s sitting back with a wine, beer or a ‘Tequila Sunrise’.

It’s a classic for Eagles fans of any age and it can’t be missed.

Founding member, Shayne Browne is on lead vocals and guitar, the heart of the band that leads us into belting out the lyrics with him.

Michael Thompson is beside the founder and on vocals and guitar. He knows just when to belt out, and when to mellow the tune away.

Next up is Paul Kerin, on guitar and vocals as well, he dominates with beats, and they hit just right.

Beside him is Colin Grimley, on drums and vocals. Keeping the boys in check and on beat, Colin is sure to be a hidden gem in the music.

Jason Chandler brings the rhythmic beats of the bass guitar, the steady streams of music that take the audience to new places.

With authentic reproductions, and intimate performances, you will be transported to a jampacked Eagles show in the 70s, with the swaying soft rock music just washing over you.

At the free two-hour show you’ll hear some classic Eagles hits from, ‘Take It Easy’, to ‘One Of These Nights’, to the much loved and widely know ‘Hotel California’.

What: The Australian Eagles Show

Where: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

When: Saturday 6 & Sunday 7 April, 2pm-5:30pm

Tickets: Completely free, but reserving a table is recommended

Photos supplied

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School Holidays At The PEC

March 28, 2024

Inspector Sun and the Curse of the Black Widow
Spider Inspector Sun boards what seems to be normal plane for a much-needed vacation, but when a millionaire receives a threat for his life, Sun is back in action. Trapped in a web of lies, Sun must find the offender before it’s too late.

Running Time: 88 minutes
Price: $10-$12.50

Peter Rabbit 2
In an Easter Sunday special screening catch Peter Rabbit in his second big screen adventure. Peter now has a family, but he can’t help falling back into his mischievous ways. Peter adventures out of the garden and finds himself in a world where mischief is appreciated, but when his family risk everything to come looking for him, he must decide what type of rabbit he wants to be.

Running Time: 93 minutes
Price: $5

Kung Fu Panda 4
It’s been eight years since we last saw Po the Dragon Warrior on our screens. In that time, he has defeated legendary villains and saved countless civilians. In this adventure, Po is set to become the new spiritual leader of the Valley of Peace but can he do it before he chooses his Dragon Warrior successor?

Running Time: TBC
Price: $10-$12.50

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A Tee-Rific End To School Holidays

March 28, 2024

Close off your school holidays in style with a special child friendly Come and Try Golf Day which is open to all families across the region.

This event is the first time Cannonvale State School P&C and Whitsunday Green have come together to create a special day of this type, and P&C President, Sabrina Mitchell, says she is hoping it could become annual.

All proceeds from the event are directed straight back into Cannonvale State School and will be used to purchase E reader pens.

These clever devises help children with dyslexia or other learning difficulties understand what they have written, as the pen speaks the written words out loud.

Any additional money raised will be given to the school sports department and used to buy new equipment for all the children to enjoy.

During the day, families and other groups are welcome to sign-up to the Ambrose Competition in order to be in the running for some terrific prizes.

There will also be trophies and prizes for participants placed in first, second or third place.

KC’s Bar and Grill are a major sponsor of the event and will be on-site with food and drink throughout the day.

There will also be live entertainment over lunch.

A range of raffle prizes are there to be won, with some lucky winners receiving meat trays by Master Butchers and speciality platters from Fishi Seafood.

For those not playing golf, there is free face painting throughout the day, and the bar is also open for food and drinks.

If you wish to become an event sponsor please contact Sabrina through the school.

What: Come & Try Golf Fun Day
Where: Whitsunday Green Club
When: Sunday 14 April

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Easter Family Bingo At The Reef Gateway

March 28, 2024

Families from across the region are invited to the Reef Gateway Hotel in Cannonvale this Easter Monday for a fun and interactive night of bingo where everyone, whether they be big or small, will have the chance to get involved.

Airlie Beach Bingo Whitsundays and Cannonvale State School P&C welcome you to this special Easter Family Bingo event, with a grand prize of $500, this is a bingo night that cannot be missed.

There will also be a mega raffle on the evening.

For the past 11 years Airlie Beach Bingo Whitsundays has been hosting fun evenings like this, so you know you’ll be in good hands and are guaranteed some fantastic family fun.

Organiser Sabrina Mitchell expressed that this is an event for the entire family and said that there may even be an appearance by the Easter Bunny who will be leaving gifts.

“I’m sure the Easter Bunny will leave presents and choccies,” she said.

The Reef Gateway is also home to two playgrounds which are the perfect way for kids to expend their energy.

They can head to the indoor soft play centre or outside to the fully enclosed play park, both are located safely within the complex and close to the bistro area.

At this special event, families are encouraged to get in the Easter spirit and dress up for the evening.

There will also be an Easter Bonnet competition.

What: Easter Family Bingo

Where: Reef Gateway Hotel

When: Monday 1 April

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Discover The X Factor With Andrew Wishart

March 21, 2024

This Easter long weekend, head to Airlie Beach Hotel to catch some X Factor action with Andrew Wishart, star of the 2011 series.

Against the odds and as the crowd favourite, Andrew made it to the Grand Final of X-Factor Australia; to be placed runner-up in the series, missing out on winning by 1 per cent of the national vote.

Before his X Factor success Andrew worked as a sales manager for 30 years but that all changed when his children made him audition for X Factor Australia.

Despite being away from his family throughout X Factor he thoroughly enjoyed it, he added that it was pretty cool making it that far and being on national television, watched by an audience of millions.

Andrew beat more than 30,000 hopefuls to be Runner Up on the show and has since used his fame to continue the success.

Since X Factor, Andrew has started doing music full time and has been performing gigs and shows Australia wide and even playing internationally.

He has performed with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Michael Bolton, George Benson, Stevie Nicks, Delta Goodrem, Darryl Braithwaite, Adam Thompson, Glenn Shorrock, Ross Wilson, Brian Cadd, and many more

He loves performing, and although he doesn’t have a favourite song as such, he said anything with “good messages and good vocals, something people to sing along to.”

Armed with little more than his acoustic guitar and his powerfully unique voice, Andrew possesses a resonance in his performances that transcends generations.

Andrew has visited the Whitsundays before and is looking forward to coming back, he loves the blue waters and weather.

When Andrew isn’t performing, he loves to read in his spare time.

Last Song you listened to - We Close Our Eyes by Go West

‘Cracking song’

Favourite to perform - Dakota by Stereophonics

Favourite song - Collingwood Football song

Least favourite song - Carlton Football song

What: Andrew Wishart

When: Thursday 28 March 6.30pm – 9.30p

Friday 29 March 7pm – 10pm

Saturday 30 March 6pm – 8pm

Sunday 31 March 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Where: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

Tickets: Absolutely free but It’s Recommended To Reserve A Table!

Photos Supplied

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Line-Up Of Literary Luminaries

March 21, 2024

The line-up for the 2024 Whitsundays Writers Festival continues to generate excitement with the addition of three highly-acclaimed authors.

The Whitsundays Writers Festival proudly expands its schedule of literary luminaries with the addition of three authors: Karina Kilmore, Melissa Ashley, and Jack Roney.

President Karen Jacobsen expressed her delight and excitement.

"We have built a substantial list of authors this year as we are focused on writing excellence," Karen commented.

"This Festival will be a joy for readers, writers, and thinkers."

Karina Kilmore, Chair of the Australian Crime Writers Association, brings a wealth of experience from her background in finance journalism and extensive literary contributions. Her crime fiction debut, Where the Truth Lies, has garnered critical acclaim and nominations for various awards, showcasing her prowess as a storyteller.

Award winning Queenslander, Dr Melissa Ashley, is known for her multifaceted talents as a writer, poet, and academic. She enriches the Festival line-up with her poetic sensibilities and historical insights. Her novel The Birdman's Wife, inspired by the life of Elizabeth Gould, reflects Melissa’s dedication to meticulous research and literary craftsmanship.

Queenslander Jack Roney, drawing from his remarkable 33-year career in law enforcement, infuses his crime fiction with unparalleled authenticity and gripping realism. As a former police officer turned full-time author, Jack’s novels offer readers an immersive experience into the gritty world of crime and investigation.

WHAT: Whitsundays Writers Festival

WHEN: Friday, September 6, to Sunday, September 8, 2024

SUBSCRIBE: whitsundayswriters.com

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Comedy Legend Ross Noble Performs In Prossie

March 21, 2024

Highly hilarious and extremely popular English comedian Ross Noble is coming to the Proserpine Entertainment Centre this August.

Marking his 21st solo stand up tour, Noble is launching a bunch of fresh comedy with the ‘Jibber Jabber Jamboree’.

Audiences can expect Noble to display his expertise in improv and audience participation, guaranteed to get the audiences laughing in hysterics.

Noble’s Jibber Jabber Jamboree is taking him all around Australia, from Alice Springs, to Wollongong, Mackay, and Proserpine.

Throughout his career Noble has been nominated for and won awards and he has also become the biggest selling act at Edinburgh and Melbourne comedy festivals.  

Noble’s career fame came from his television appearances, in particular interviews, and his appearances on celebrity quiz shows.

In 2007 he was voted the 10th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups.

Also in 2007, Noble toured around Australia on his motorbike, travelling more than 26,000 kilometres and filming it on the way. The show was later aired in 2009.

Noble has also ventured from comedy and has starred in films and plays.

In 2012, he made his film debut in the comedy horror movie ‘Stitches’, where he starred as Stitches, the killer clown.

In 2015 he made his musical theatre debut in The Producers and in 2018 was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for his performance in Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein musical in the West End.

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Someday Never Comes But Not With Ramble Tamble Delivering Creedence Revival

March 14, 2024

Melbourne’s own Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band is checking into Airlie Beach for a mammoth weekend of non-stop Creedence, which will leave us cross tie walking.

Ramble Tamble was born in 1989, from a need to celebrate the unforgettable beats of Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Still led by the three who started the band, Ramble Tamble encompasses the values that fuelled Creedence Clearwater Revival during their hay day.

Known for their impeccable stage presence, unbelievable recreation of the original sound and spot-on attention to detail, no Creedence fan will be disappointed with the calibre of this show.

With all band members having professionally toured international stages, this is sure to be a rock show like no other.

“Creedence undoubtedly changed the landscape of rock and roll forever in both the late sixties and early seventies,” Ramble Tamble front man Brendan Meyers explained.

“And cemented themselves into a commercial zenith whose legacy remains to this very day.”

Following this unbelievable legacy, Ramble Tamble invites audiences to just close your eyes and let the near prefect recreation of the classics wash over you on this weekend of non-stop rock tunes.

“It's a Creedence tribute that no die-hard Creedence fan would be disappointed with,” Brendan explained.

Sunday will be a special show, depicting and performing Creedence Clearwater Revival’s hottest album, Cosmo’s Factory, the band’s fifth studio album, with six of the 11 tracks charting in the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Ramble Tamble will also be sure to throw in key tracks from artists and bands that influenced these rockers, with their The Creedence Influence set list.

This commonly sold-out show will check into Airlie Beach for one powerful weekend, as part of their national tour across Australia.

WHAT: Australian Creedence Show with Ramble Tamble
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday March 23 and Sunday March 24, from 2pm to 5.30pm
TICKETS: Absolutely Free! But Best To Reserve A Table

Photos supplied

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Easter Fun At Your Local!

March 14, 2024

The Easter Bunny is about to come hopping through our region with both children and chocolate-loving adults excited for his arrival.

To celebrate the Easter weekend, two of our favourite family-friendly locals are putting on special events which are sure to entertain the kids while giving the parents time to relax with a nice cool bevvy.

Reef Gateway Hotel has created a special event – the Easter Family Fun Weekend which is due to take place on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March.

There will be free face-painting on Saturday from 11.30am and live music from 6pm that evening.

On Sunday kids eat free from 12pm, terms and conditions apply.

All-day dining is available throughout the weekend but please note: the venue will be closed on Easter Friday.

Bring the family to The Reef for a weekend of eating, face-painting and live music!

Meanwhile at the Jubilee Tavern there is more fun to be had over the Easter long weekend.

Face-painting will take place on Sunday from 12pm-3pm and the kids colouring competition will be drawn at 3pm.

The venue will be closed on good Friday but will re-open Saturday and Sunday for all day dining with kids eat free for Sunday lunch (terms and conditions apply).

Ellie Goulding, Senior Operations Manager Mackay and Whitsundays said she is really excited about Easter and is looking forward to seeing the community come along to enjoy the free activities at both venues.

WHAT: Easter Long Weekend

WHERE: Jubilee Tavern
WHEN: 30-31 March

WHAT: Easter Fun Weekend

WHERE: Reef Gateway Hotel

WHEN: 30-31 March

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Highway To Hell With Thunderstruck

February 29, 2024

Do you want to feel the electricity?

Do you want to feel the power?

Do you want a heart-stopping, head-banging performance?

Then make sure you go to see Thunderstruck, an AC/DC tribute band, at the Airlie Beach Hotel.

With a collective history spanning over 30 years, this AC/DC tribute show is bringing big beats and bigger energy for the metal heads of the Airlie Beach coast.

Often branded as one of the most authentic and accurate recreations of the iconic rockers, Thunderstruck is not a performance to miss!

We’ve got BJ Vernal as lead vocalist. With seamless beats and melodic tunes, BJ is often credited to accurately recreate the music of Brian Johnson and Bon Scott.

With melodic beats and even better tunes, close your eyes and you’ll swear you’ve heard the real deal.

Standing next to him is Shaun ‘Webby’ Webb, the Angus Young of the band, with the lead guitar, and the prowess of the seasoned performer, despite his youthful age.

Sharing at the stage with these two are Dave Ross on bass, Nick Hunt on drums and Mark ‘Cloudy’ Colautti on rhythm guitar, a crew which ensures great sound and even better heavy beats.

“It’s a long way to Melbourne if you wanna rock ‘n’ roll but it helps if it’s with Thunderstruck,” Mark Evans, formerly of AC/DC

WHAT: Thunderstuck: AC/DC Tribute
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 March, from 2pm to 5.30pm
TICKETS: Absolutely Free! But it’s best to book a table!

Photos supplied

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Drag Queen Bingo With Miss Lady Saint Diva

February 29, 2024

Miss Lady Saint Diva is back, and she’s bringing her unforgettable charm for another round of Drag Queen Bingo.

And she doesn’t stop there, bringing along a special guest with her to ensure that the evening is full of non-stop laughter and excitement.

Tickets include entry, unmissable drag performances, raffle (with a selection of amazing prizes on offer) and, of course, the bingo.

Prepare for an evening of non-stop laughter, jaw-dropping drag performances and an amazing selection of prizes that will leave every bingo-er a winner.

WHAT: Drag Queen Bingo
WHERE: Reef Gateway Hotel
WHEN: Saturday, April 6 from 6pm
TICKETS: $35 available through https://bit.ly/49OqcVB

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Musically Fundraise For A Good Cause

February 22, 2024

Are you ready for a fun and engaging night out?

Then the Collinsville-Scottville Kindy have the perfect event for you!

Raising funds for their kindy program, you can party it up for a good cause, with musical bingo the main entertainment.

Adults only, you can be sure this will be a hoot, with tickets including the choice of a beer or wine on arrival, nibbles, and a music bingo card.

But the fun doesn’t stop there, with raffles and a lucky door prize sure to bring more laughs to the room.

Double your chances at a win and purchase more music bingo cards for only $10 a piece, and come home a winner.

Tickets are only available through pre-purchase, so contact the Collinsville-Scottville Kindy on 4785 5425 today to purchase your tickets and book your winning table.

WHAT: Adults Only Music Bingo
WHERE: Collinsville FootyClub
WHEN: Friday, March 8, from 6pm

TICKETS: $30,sold through the Collinsville-Scottville Kindy, call 4785 5425

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Sunset Energy With ADF 1RAR Band

February 22, 2024

The Australian Army’s 1RAR Band is heading to Bowen, as part of their Southern Community Engagement Tour, for a special one-night concert.

The 1st Battalion Royal Australian Regime, the 1RAR Band has been instrumental in encouraging community engagement with the Australian Army, through the positive and uplifting tunes of their music.

“We’re a 22-piece full time band, performing for the community with modern and atmospheric beats,” explained Band Sergeant Major, James Duquemin.

Based in Townsville, this Southern Tour has the band travelling as far south as Mackay, Yeppoon, and Clermont, with the Sunset Vibes concert.

“Sunset Vibes is an electrifying evening that blends modern beats with Aussie classics, courtesy of the sensational 1RAR Band,” James explained.

“This isn't your average concert – it's a music experience that transcends generations. Whether you're belting out the lyrics to your favourite tracks or dancing the evening away with friends, the 1RAR Band's talent will have you hooked from the first note.

“Bring your crew, set up the perfect picnic, and let the good times roll on at The Bowen Sound Shell.

This is your chance to immerse yourself in the quintessential beachside atmosphere while enjoying top-notch live music that's as cool as the ocean breeze.”

Manager of Bowen Tourism and Business, Leanne Abernethy said it was very exciting to have the 1RAR band coming to Bowen.

“This will be a great family event for locals and visitors, and everyone is looking forward to it.”

WHAT: Sunset Vibes
WHERE: Bowen Sound Shell
WHEN: Thursday, February 29, from 6.30pm
TICKETS: Absolutely free!

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Acclaimed Aussie Crime Writer Set To Attend Local Writers Festival

February 23, 2024

The revitalised Whitsundays Writers Festival is gaining momentum, with the recent announcement that acclaimed Australian crime writer Garry Disher will join the lineup of prestigious speakers at the highly anticipated event due to be held this September.

Garry Disher, author of the novels ‘Hell To Pay’ and ‘The Divine Wind’, is also a three-time winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel.

He is known for his captivating characters and engaging narratives and is eager to meet with fellow writers and readers at the 2024 Whitsunday Writers Festival.

Garry’s presence at the festival promises to be a highlight, as he shares insights into his award-winning career and engages with writers and readers alike.

Festival President Karen Jacobsen is thrilled to have the likes of Garry on the lineup.

"Fostering an exceptional roster of speakers for our regional writers festival is a testament to the literary richness of our nation,” she explained.

“We are honoured to have Australia's leading writers, including Garry Disher, grace our event.

"With over 50 novels to his name and a plethora of international and national accolades, Garry's presence adds a dynamic dimension to our festival."

"Stay tuned for ticketing details, set to be announced soon after the full program launch. Early bird enthusiasts are encouraged to register on our website to secure exclusive discounts."

This latest announcement means that Garry Disher joins forces with the 2023 Miles Franklin Award winner, Shankari Chandran, in spearheading this year’s Whitsundays Writers Festival. The festival is dedicated to showcasing the finest literary talents in regional Queensland at beautiful Airlie Beach.

After a seven-year hiatus, the festival's return marks a momentous occasion, promising an immersive celebration of literature, culture, and creativity. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Whitsundays, this event is poised to elevate the region's cultural landscape to new heights.

For further information and to subscribe for festival news and special offers visit: whitsundayswriters.com

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Whitsunday Wonders Artist Exhibit For Great Barrier Reef Festival

February 23, 2024

The Great Barrier Reef Art Exhibit has been confirmed to return in 2024, taking centre stage at the refurbished Whitsunday Sailing Club.

Scheduled for the first week of August, the exhibition will showcase a curated selection of over 70 artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and photographs, chosen by a panel of judges.

The special guest judge, Lauren Turton the Curator of Artspace Mackay, will have the honour of selecting the winning artworks, at the Opening Night on August 1.

Margie Murphy, Chairperson of the Great Barrier Reef Festival, expressed her delight at the addition of the Exhibition to the Festival. 

“The 2023 exhibition was a fantastic addition to the festival program, enhancing the artistic dimension of the event and attracting new visitors, and we can’t wait to see the new entries this year!” Ms Murphy said.

Following on from the theme of 2023’s exhibition, the theme of ‘Whitsunday Wonders: Above and Below the Surface’ has artists exploring the dual realms of the region.

Numerous art prizes await, notably the inaugural 'Cathy Knezevic Local Artist Award’, generously supported by the Whitsundays Arts Festival. 

“This prestigious recognition honours Cathy's foundational role in establishing the Whitsundays Arts Festival and her substantial contributions to the local arts community," commented Jess Begun, President of WAF. 

More awards are set to be announced, and with entries open from April 1, artists are encouraged to pick up their tools and get started.

Guests visiting the 2023 exhibition. Photo supplied

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Meet Ämi Head Chef Of Reef Gateway Hotel

February 23, 2024

For Ämi Andrews, falling into a fabulous career in the kitchen was a no brainer, a move that she made with calculated decision and passion, always valuing the art of cooking and enjoying the vibrant cuisine-fuelled environment.

Having called Airlie Beach home for over four years now, Ämi initially ventured to Australia from London close to 10 years ago, travelling up the east coast before settling for a short period of time.

“When I left the UK, I knew being a chef would be great, because I can cook anywhere, and everywhere is always looking for more chefs,” Ämi explained.

Having worked in a myriad of establishments over the course of her travels, the Reef Gateway has allowed Ami’s artistic traits to flair, with her stepping into the Head Chef role soon after joining the team.

“I was initially the Sous Chef, but I was promoted quickly,” she said.

With a team of 10 chefs in her kitchen, Ämi is quick to make the team transition into a tight-knit family.

With a menu that she is proud of, Ämi loves getting behind the grill, searing up a gorgeous fillet of steak or a piece of salmon.

“We have these beautiful, marbled scotch fillets, and our salmon is served with smooth butter sauce with this crispy skin,” Ämi explained.

Come on down to the Reef Gateway and experience some of the best family-friendly dining in the Whitsundays.

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Throw In A Line At The Barra Bash

February 23, 2024

The barramundi fishing competition of the year is back, with the organisers Whitsunday Game Fish Club excited to take to the lake.

Based at Camp Kanga, the weekend starts with a briefing and registration at Camp Kanga on Friday March 22, from 7pm, for those wishing to get in on the action.

Nomination for the Barra Bash is free and prizes will be presented at the conclusion of the weekend, from 1pm, with photo on a brag mat, including the date, of the longest Barra.  Anglers can fish the lake, any time after the Briefing from a boat or the lake shoreline until noon on Sunday, 24 March. 

As well as chasing monster Barra, there will be a social tennis ball games of cricket on Saturday afternoon and tales told around the campfire with a marsh mellow or two at night.

For more details and accommodation bookings at Camp Kanga, call Bob Spees on 0417 115 855 to be part of this fun weekend.

WHAT: Barra Bash
WHERE: Lake Proserpine
WHEN: Friday to Sunday, March 22 to 24

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Classic Cars Take Centre Stage At Annual Car Show And Shine

February 23, 2024

With a backdrop of the Coral Sea, on the lush grass of the Coral Sea Marina, the annual Whitsunday Cruisin Car Club Show and Shine is back for another year.

The event welcomes a diverse range of classic and unique cars and bikes, with everyone invited to get their vehicle in on the fun.

“We hope to have more local entrants and as always welcome those car and bike enthusiasts displaying their own pride and joy,” Club Secretary Kerri Southee explained.

“Cars and bikes of all ages, makes and models are welcome and encouraged to join in.”

The Club is also excited with the return of the Kids Show and Shine and wish to encourage all youngsters to get involved.

“So kids, start getting your favourite car, scooter or bike ready and go in the event with the chance to win some amazing prizes,” said Kerri.

The event will also include the Rocker Cover Racing, fantastic cars on display, and various food and drink vendors available all day.

“All this is possible thanks to the amazing team and Coral Sea Marina and Resort, without whom we could not have this family fun day event for the whole community and our local sponsors,” Kerri explained.

With more details to be announced, car enthusiast better start polishing their pride and joy!

WHAT: Whitsunday Cruisin Car Club: Car Show and Shine
WHERE: Coral Sea Marina Gardens, Shingley Beach Drive
WHEN: Saturday, May 25

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Sugar Bush Shindig Coming Soon

February 23, 2024

Back by popular demand, the ‘Sugar Bush Shindig’, brought to you by the organisers of the Cut Out Party, is counting down the days to its next annual event which is due to be held at the Proserpine Showgrounds next month.

A celebration of our vibrant sugar industry, the family-friendly community party is a time to honour the history of our region, thank the hard-working teams that keep the industry going and also bring everyone together.

This year all proceeds will go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Queensland Section, and the popular charity auction will once again go a long way to boosting fundraising efforts.

“This service is vital to a regional community such as ours and many people have been touched by their services over the years,” said Amanda Hadlow from the Cut Out Party Committee.

Items to be auctioned on the night include a signed Cowboys jersey (donated by Filby's motors, Proserpine), A firepit (built by Strathdickie engineering), a cattle rail (donated by Infrabuild, Mackay), some Crocodile Safari family passes, a family photo shoot with Sue Considine, a socket set and LED head torch (donated by Canegrowers) and various accommodation around the Whitsundays.

The Sugar Bush Shindig is a family event and everyone is invited to come along and celebrate what makes the industry and region special. 

During the event, the RFDS have also arranged for their flight simulator to be present and attendees will get the opportunity to give it a go.

Last year this event raised $38,000 which was donated to the RACQ CQ Rescue Service and organisers are hopeful to reach a similar target once again.

Tickets include a BBQ dinner, drinks and entertainment.

They are now on sale from Whitsunday Tickets, with adults $80 and children aged 6-17 $15 and under 6 are free.

WHAT: Sugar Bush Shindig

WHERE: Proserpine Showgrounds

WHEN: Saturday 9th March from 5pm

TICKETS: Whitsunday Tickets

Caption: Last year’s Cut Out Party was a huge success, and the Sugar Brush Shindig is anticipated to be the same again this year. Photo supplied

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Discover the Art of Publishing a Children's Book

February 23, 2024

Avid writers and aspiring children’s authors from across the region are invited to Bowen Library tomorrow where they will experience an opportunity to connect with other like-minded people and learn about the ever-growing publishing industry for children’s books.

Whitsunday Creative Writers and Illustrators (WCBWI) group will host a free event, taking place at 9:30 am, on the 24th of February, titled "Publishing Houses vs. Self-Publishing.”

WCBWI President, Dr Sofia Fortunato, a local writer and illustrator of environmental children's books, will highlight the significance of understanding the nuances between traditional publishing and self-publishing in today's literary world.

“I will emphasise the rigorous process involved in traditional publishing, from manuscript submission to editorial, refinement, illustration process and eventual distribution, underscoring the invaluable role of publishing houses in shaping literary works,” said Sofia Fortunato.

Drawing inspiration from her journey, Dr. Fortunato will also illuminate the landscape for self-publishing, as well as highlight the empowering journey, from controlling the publication timeline to retaining higher royalty rates as she showcases how to maintain creative control over every aspect of the book’s production.

“Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange perspectives, and there will be an open discussion about the advantages and challenges inherent in both traditional and self-publishing routes," Dr Fortunato said.

Topics will range from editorial support and marketing strategies to royalty structures and distribution channels, offering aspiring authors invaluable insights into making informed decisions about their publishing journeys.

All material will be provided for the sessions and bookings are essential. For more information please contact the Bowen Library on 4761 3670.

WHAT: Publishing Houses vs. Self-Publishing Workshop

WHERE: Bowen Library

WHEN: Saturday 24th February, 9.30am

Caption: WCBWI 2023 Proserpine meeting

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Get Creative With The Coral Sea Academy

February 22, 2024

Coral Sea Academy offers an extensive range of events, aimed at locals and visitors alike, discussing topics that are meaningful to the Whitsundays, and to inspire the community to do more.

The Coral Sea Academy focuses on providing interactive events to consciously connect people to not only boating, but the environment and themselves, leaving them feeling inspired and empowered.

Embark on a journey that inspires you to become a part of something bigger, to make the change and be the change.

The following activities present to you that opportunity;


WEDNESDAY 21 FEB | 9am - 12pm
Unleash your inner creativity. Capture moments of joy from your day. Using the materials provided you will be able to create a colourful picture of the things that make you smile.


SUNDAY 3 MARCH | 8.30 - 10.30am
Family friendly event starting at Coral Sea Marina. Spend the morning collecting any litter you can find on land or sea. All litter will be sorted and the data will be collected for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative.


FRIDAY 8 MARCH | 2 - 3.30pm
Join us on International Women's Day for a celebration of the resilience of women. Hosted by Author and Resilience Coach Natalie Stockdale, this empowering session provides tools to navigate life's challenges. 


WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH | 9am - 12pm
If you can’t make the first art class… come along to this one!

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Bourbon Infused Confidence With KC’s Bar and Grill

February 15, 2024

Introducing KC’s Bourbon Bar, exclusive and enigmatic and perfect for the locals and visitors. With a slight restructure to keep locals on their toes, this imaginative Bourbon Bar will take front and centre stage of KC’s Bar and Grill restaurant, in the encompassing warmth of the main dining room.

The only bourbon bar in the Whitsundays, KC’s is taking Airlie Beach by storm, adding a layer of rich and aromatic flavours to the KC’s menu.

And the grand opening will be a sight to behold, with the team of KC’s ready to mark the night with the scent of bourbon.

Troy Fuller, Head Chef of KC’s Bar and Grill, has a specially curated menu for opening night, utilising the secret ingredient of bourbon in every aspect he can.

“We’ve tried to incorporate bourbon into our cooking as much as possible,” he explained.

“We’ve got a starter of slow cooked bourbon brisket, with a choice of chimichurri.

“For mains, we have two options. One is a 12-hour bourbon marinated rib fillet, with chip and salad and potatoes and vegetables,” Troy said.

“The second option is bourbon glazed pork ribs, with crispy apple slaw and chips.”

Satisfying your taste buds is easy at KC’s, with Troy carefully concocting the best blend of bourbon delicacies, of the sweetness of a cool bourbon steak, and the smooth finish of a bourbon on the rocks.

With 80 carefully hand selected bourbon varieties gathered from across the globe, the team of KC’s Bar and Grill are ensuring an oaky, beautifully charred flavour for locals and visitors alike to tantalise their tastebuds.

And don’t miss the cocktail specials that are setting the night alight, with rich flavours and perfectly paired with the exquisite menu, all specially crafted by special guest, cocktail connoisseur Blair Frew.

“We will have a great mix of the classic bourbon cocktails on the menu,” he explained.

“Plus a few signature originals that I have worked on just for KC’s.

“And don’t miss our fun modern twists on some old school classic cocktails, which are sure to entice everyone.”

This official opening is not to be missed.

WHAT: Official Opening: KC’s New Bourbon Bar
WHERE: KC’s Bar and Grill
WHEN: Wednesday February 21

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New Music For Local Youth

February 15, 2024

Up-and-coming musician Tiffany Grace has returned from renowned Tamworth Country Music Festival Country Music Academy, extending and progressing her own skills as a solo musician, songwriting and performing.

Having launched onto the stage in recent years, Tiffany has seen great success, from winning the Young Whitsunday’s Got Talent in 2022, to performing alongside other musicians at the 2023 Whitsunday Songwriter’s Festival and being a headliner for the Airlie Beach Festival of Music.

Tiffany’s acceptance at the Country Music Academy held in Tamworth in January is a testament to her hard work and dedication to her craft.

“It was absolutely amazing,” Tiffany explained.

Staying in Tamworth for the 14-day Academy, Tiffany lived every aspect of country music life, completing workshops, practicing her playing, and collaborating on her songwriting.

“We even had a songwriting workshop with Casey Chambers,” Tiffany explained.

“We were having so much fun that the time just flew by.”

“I found it so great to spend time with other musicians, where we could all relate to each other and help each other,” she explained.

“Our passions are all so similar, so now we are all connected, and we can always ring one another up and get a hand.”

Tiffany believes that attending the Academy in 2024 was perfectly timed with her skill and technical development, with her coming home with newfound confidence and energy that is translating to exciting new music and projects.

Having recently released her fifth single, entitled ‘Never Really Mine’, Tiffany continues to reflect on youth, of unrequited love, and her music is reminiscent of a longing love.

“I always have big plans for 2024 and looking forward to releasing new music and sharing my music.

“The Academy has allowed me to expand my skill set, and my music is going off in a bit of a different direction, a few mixed styles.”

Listen to Tiffany’s newest track ‘Never Really Mine’ and her other music at https://www.tiffanygracemusic.com.au/

1. Tiffany Grace on stage with other Academy participants

2 and 3. Tiffany Grace’s solo career setting new sites in 2024. Photos supplied

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Celebrate World Margarita Day!

February 15, 2024

This is an explosive mix that tastes so sweet with the delectable flavours of a margarita, and The Mad Mariachi Band which are sure to bring the heat!

Created in the heart of tropical Queensland, and intensely packed with the flair and beats of traditional Mexican Mariachi music, this show offers more than a dash of contemporary rhythms.

From the creative imagination of Nelson Mansilla, The Mad Mariachi Band is best described as a “spaghetti-western Mexican music”.

“We’re non-traditional,” Nelson explained.

“We have a mixture of Mexican feel with eclectic beats.”

Traditionally a 16-person band, The Mad Mariachi Band tilts Mexican music on its head, introducing a trumpet, violin and guitar which explode the beats and get the crowd moving.

“Once we’re on stage, we read the audience and make up the show from there,” Nelson explained.

“On the spot, we decide what energy the audience is giving, if they want more traditional Mexican music, but we can also perform popular contemporary music with Mexican twists.”

Sure to be a hit in Airlie Beach, with our beachy relaxed energy, The Mad Mariachi Band are bringing their best for World Margarita Day, with surprises galore up their sleeve.

“Airlie Beach, get ready!”

Visit the Airlie Beach Hotel on Thursday, and get your FREE Sombrero, El Jimador Sunglasses and Mexican Moustaches!

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Thursday, February 22, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm

WHAT: The Mad Mariachi Band
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Friday, February 23, from 7pm to 10pm

Soul Divas, Belt Out The Beats!

With a career spanning numerous years and various unbelievable professional opportunities, including being lead vocals on Dancing With the Stars, and being a guest judge on Channel 7’s All Together Now, Sarah C is a powerhouse of prowess.

With an incredible range, Sarah C is a performer not to miss, and she is bringing her brand new performance, Soul Divas, to the Airlie Beach Hotel stage.

Brand new for Airlie Beach, Soul Divas sees Sarah C take on some of the greatest voices of this century, from Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Amy Winehouse, Adele and so many more.

With a soulful voice and powerful stage presence, Sarah C and her Soul Divas production is not the show to miss.

WHAT: Soul Divas
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday, February 24 and Sunday, February 25, 2pm to 5.30pm

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Get Slimed! A Fun-Filled Family Event From Proserpine YouthSpace

February 9, 2024

The old school field was put to good use last weekend when families from across the region attended the second annual Slime Fest, held by Proserpine YouthSpace to raise money for children’s activities, programs, and future events.

Over 75 excited children registered on the day, embarking on a slime-fuelled obstacle course where buckets of bright coloured ooze were fair-game for slime-filled cannons shooting plumes of spray at anyone on the field.

Local children of all ages enjoyed having fun with no-one escaping the slime! Photo credit: Rachael Smith

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Celebrating International Women’s Day With Zonta

February 9, 2024

The Zonta Club of the Whitsundays is welcoming the community to their 2024 International Women’s Day Luncheon, to celebrate the women of the world, and the amazing influence and contribution they make to their individual communities.

With an array of notable guest speakers, a glass of bubbles on arrival, and a three course lunch, the Zonta Club of the Whitsundays will also host an exciting auction and raffle, with the likes of water adventures, a helicopter ride, and island stays on the cards for attendees.

One guest speaker is the likes of influential Dame Carol Kidu AO.

Dame Carol is an Australian-born Papua New Guinean politician, whose political career began in 1997 before she retired in July 2012.

During her time in parliament, Dame Carol was the driving force behind various important reforms in Papua New Guinea, including the repeal of the colonial Child Welfare Act, changes to the Criminal Code on rape and sexual assault, and bringing in new legislation on child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation.

In 2023, Dame Carol was recognised for her work with an Order of Australia, and in 2005, she was made a Dame by the Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

With much more planned for the event, it is best to purchase tickets before they sell out!

WHAT: International Women’s Day Luncheon, by Zonta Club of the Whitsundays
WHERE: Coral Sea Marina Resort
WHEN: Sunday, March 10

TICKETS: $95 available through whitsundaytickets.com.au

The Zonta Whitsunday Ladies enjoying 2023 International Women’s Day. Photo supplied

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Going Radio Ga Ga With Queen Rocks

February 9, 2024

This will be a weekend of rock, a weekend of beats, and a weekend where the show must go on, there is no doubt about that.

Get ready to rock, with the Queen Rocks tribute show checking into the Airlie Beach Hotel for one weekend of two massive rock shows!

With intricate beats and accurate costuming, plus a dash of suspended disbelief, be transported to the heyday of Queen, hear the unforgettable tracks of Freddie Mercury, and rock out the only way you can.

“We started as just a group of mates wanting to play our favourite Queen songs,” Jason Hess, the group’s ‘Freddie’, explained.

“We loved the music and wanted to pay our respects, and from there, it just grew into the tribute show it is now.”

Bringing on accurate costuming and the unforgettable energy, Queen Rocks embodies everything that Queen represents.

“We use the same equipment, and wear the same costumes,” Jason said.

“We enjoy honouring their legacy and pay our respects the best way we can. We have dedicated much of ourselves to this show, in order to produce the best show imaginable.”

The music will be alive, with two hours of non-stop classics, the audience should be prepared to be out of their chairs, moving to the beats and swaying with the energy.

Now, what is Jason’s favourite track to belt out on this show?

“I love playing ‘Somebody to Love’. The beats and rhythm are so joyous and excited, but the lyrics, when you really listen to it, are so sad and sombre,” Jason explained.

“We love letting the music go and getting the crowd in on the chorus. It’s great for audience participation.”

And what is Queen Rock’s go-to track to get the crowd going?

“’Bohemian Rhapsody’, hands down, gets the crowd going like no other. We’ll play a few strings, hint to the song a little, and instantly everyone knows what’s about to happen. It’s great to get the audience up and singing, belting out the lyrics and dancing to the music.”

“’Bohemian Rhapsody’ is great to capture the excitement of the room, so put your dancing shoes on, and get involved!”

WHAT: Queen Rocks: The Definitive Tribute
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18, from 2pm to 5.30pm
Free! But it’s recommended to book a table!

Photo supplied

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Experience THE WET

February 8, 2024

Brought to life by the likes of Harley Mann, a Wakka Wakka man of Queensland, THE WET speaks to traditional North Queensland, of connection, and of being one small cog in a much bigger wheel of life.

Produced and performed by Circa Cairns, THE WET is led by First Nations People, and is made of an ensemble showcasing the heart and soul of Cairns, speaking to the country of Far North Queensland, of the tales of the landscape and the legacy of yarns with community and country.

Telling of ancient stories of the wet tropics, audiences will be shown artistic displays of human prowess, of unforgettable and dynamic acrobatic skills, rooting the audience in the connection of country and of being from North Queensland.

As the shows tag line depicts:
You don’t know Far North Queensland if you haven’t experienced THE WET.

WHERE: The Proserpine Entertainment Centre
WHEN: Thursday, February 29, From 8pm
TICKETS: proserpineentertainmentcentre.com.au

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Eclectic Beats And Tropical Connection Bustamento Comes To Airlie Beach

February 1, 2024

International rhythms and global beats flow through this dynamic musical journey, with fantastical connections and otherworldly notes, as the Airlie Beach Hotel hosts the world-class prowess of Nicky Bomba’s Bustamento

This six-piece Cadillac of a show is the brain child of none other than Nicky Bomba, known for his eclectic beats spanning genres of artists like Jon Butler Trio and Melbourne Ska Orchestra, and embodying the energy of Caribbean and reggae.

Celebrating life, the joyousness of living, and full of fun, Bustamento speaks to the uplifting connection between music and your soul.

“This music is a beautiful thing,” Nicky explained.

“And this music is right at home in Airlie Beach. This is the perfect setting for our Bustamento beats.”

Forcing you out of your seat, Nicky and Bustamento will have you bopping with the beats, matching the vibes and energy of the music, setting souls alive with the ambiance, unity and expression of your self in the backdrop of tropical beats and Caribbean life.

WHAT: Nicky Bomba’s ‘Bustamento’: The Intrepid Adventure Tour
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday February 10, from 2pm to 5.30pm
TICKETS: Absolutely Free! But table bookings are recommended!

WHAT: Nicky Bomba’s One Love Bob Marley Tribute
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Sunday, February 11, from 2pm to 5.30pm
TICKETS: Absolutely Free! But table bookings are recommended!

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Dive Under The Sea With The Burdekin Singers And Theatre Company

January 24, 2024

The Whitsundays are invited to head north this February for the latest cultural instalment from the Burdekin Theatre which is showcasing a magical story of finding true love.

Hans Christian Andersen’s classic animated film, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, has been transformed into a beautiful musical that the Whitsunday region is invited to enjoy under the talents of The Burdekin Singers and Theatre Company.

The tale begins in a magical deep-sea kingdom where a young mermaid, Ariel, dreams of leaving her ocean home to live in the world above. With the help of her comedic companions, Flounder, Scuttle, and of course Sebastian, her journey becomes a heart-warming quest to find true love as a mermaid in a world full of humans.

With this lovable production live in the Burdekin Theatre from next week, the Burdekin Singers and Theatre Company along with volunteers, community support, and sponsors, have been working tirelessly to polish off what is set to be one of their best shows yet with audiences set to be blown away.

The magical approach the Burdekin Singers and Theatre Company have taken to the direction of The Little Mermaid will prove to be celebrated from their opening night on Friday, February 2.

This production would not be possible without the broader community’s support, and the Burdekin Singers and Theatre Company wishes to express their immense gratitude to every member of the audience.

WHAT: The Little Mermaid Musical

WHERE: Burdekin Theatre

WHEN: 2-4 and 9-11 February

TICKETS: burdekintheatre.com.au

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A Million Reasons To Raise Your Glass Pink VS Gaga

January 24, 2024

It is the match of the century, with the likes of Rock Queen Pink going up against Pop Goddess Lady Gaga, a heated battle set to ignite the music world on fire!

In one corner, we have Pink, with countless top 10 singles, this rock vixen has sold out more tours and broken countless records for attracting larger audiences than ever before.

We’ll be yelling ‘So What’ with the energy, ‘Just Give Me A Reason’ and we’ll be jumping to the beat of the hits.

The audience is guaranteed to be high energy with amazing beats, because ‘All I Know So Far’ is that Pink will ‘Get The Party Started’.

In the opposing corner, we have the iconic Lady Gaga. Known for her unstoppable music prowess and record breaking, chart-topping singles, Lady Gaga will be putting on her ‘Poker Face’, giving the audience ‘Bad Romance’ and showing us we’re just ‘Born This Way’ to party.

‘The Edge of Glory’ will be a tightrope during these two massive two and a half hour shows, set to keep audiences rocking out at the match of the century, two iconic legends of music making Airlie Beach sing the weekend away!

The Pink Vs Lady Ga Ga Tribute act boasts a history that encompasses some of the best Aussie events, including the Gympie Muster, closing the Tumbafest Festival, being main act for the Mount Isa Camel Race - the calibre of this show is unstoppable.

Travelling world-wide and entertaining audiences in every corner of the globe, this tribute is like none other – with two of the most influential female artists of all time, the show is packed with two and a half hours of pure entertainment, costume changes, and two stunning performers ―’Raise Your Glass’, it’s time to ‘Marry the Night Away!’ at The Pub.

WHAT: Pink VS Gaga
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Saturday February 3 and Sunday February 4, from 2pm to 5.30pm
TICKETS: Completely Free! But it’s recommended to book a table

Photos supplied

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The Perfect Australia Day Plan

January 18, 2024

KC’s Bar and Grill are back with their great line-up of entertainment for Australia Day celebrations.

Crab Races return, with Smally, The crab man Bob and Thomo, taking his hand at the microphone and ready to get the big bucks for these crabby creatures. And the excitement doesn’t stop there, with KC’s Bar and Grill pledging 50 per cent of the winnings from the crab races to be donated to our local Tiny Homes Project. This project fundraises tirelessly to construct tiny homes for homeless women in the Whitsundays over the age of 55.

Celebrations continue inside and outside KC’s, with the newly renovated courtyard out the back of KC’s with it’s new pop-up can bar – only open for Australia Day.

“We are excited to kick off a thong throwing competition with cash prizes, and even more excited to have Shaun Diver playing for us throughout the day” explained Smally, owner and operator of KC’s Bar and Grill.

“And don’t miss the pie eating competition! Best pies in town, proudly bought from Airlie Pies!”

With this and so much more, including a colouring in competition perfect to keep the kids entertained!

Check out KC’s Bar and Grill this Australia Day.

Doors Open At 11.30am, with Live Music till Midnight

WHAT: Rock On Australia Day
WHERE: KC’s Bar and Grill, Airlie Beach Main Stret
WHEN: Friday, January 26, from 11.30am

Caption: Thomo, Smally and The Crab Man Bob, gearing up for an Australia Day like no other. Photo supplied

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Aussie Party The Airlie Way

January 18, 2024

No need for Australia Day plans, with the Airlie Beach Hotel booking one of the best parties to celebrate this long weekend.

From 12pm

From midday, get the party started with the Aussie Rock Chicks, featuring none other than Tara Graham and the Captain Thunderbolt Band.

New to the scene, this band bring big beats and even better energy, with all the attitude of the Aussie rock legends that they embody.

Featuring the very best of the Aussie rock, all the legends will be covered, from Sia’s ‘Cheap Thrills’ and Veronica’s ‘4ever’ and ‘Untouched’, to Tones & I’s ‘Dance Monkey’, no beat will be missed.

Will you be dancing to Natalia Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’ or jumping for Bachelor Girls’ ‘Buses and Trains’?

You can be rest assured that this will be non-stop rock chaos for three unforgettable hours.

From 3pm

Taking over the celebrations from 3pm, three absolute powerhouses of rock legendary, The Angels, Midnight Oil, and The Divinyls, will be gracing the Airlie Beach Hotel stage.

Energy is the bread and butter of these three.

All three perfectly articulated in this amazing and powerful show, where every single classic from these legends will not be missed.

“It’s fully costumed, high energy,” explained drummer Jim Cowling.

“To represent all the amazing characters that embody these acts.”

The show starts with Midnight Oil, with Jim the character of the enigmatic Rob Hurst, and Peter Garret being played by the band’s very own Peter.

“When I was 17, I saw Rob Hurst playing and wanted to play like that, so it took me no time to get into character, and Peter was the same. He was quick to pick up Peter Garret’s dance and his political rants,” Jim explained.

Next up is the Divinyls, with Emily becoming vocal powerhouse Chrissy Amphlett, with all the best tracks.

The finale of the show is The Angels, with Doc Neeson and Rick Brewster making a legendary comeback.

“Our Peter plays Rick Brewster and it’s amazing. Rick has these dark sunnies, and doesn’t move at all in the show. He’s like a statue and its always great to see people trying to get him to smile and move through the show,” Jim said.

“We have so many characters, that often people go ‘Where’d that other drummer go?’ and it’s all the same people!”

Now, what can Airlie Beach expect?

“We play the shows that everyone knows. This is a high energy, hard Aussie rock show. And we finish the show off right, with Chrissy Amphlett coming on stage with the Angels, and send off the night with ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, and of course the great audience participation with that.”

WHAT: Australia Day Party 2024, featuring Angels, Oils & Divinyls plus Aussie Rock Chicks
WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel
WHEN: Friday, January 26, from 12pm

Tickets: Absolutely free! But it’s recommended to reserve a table

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Remember The Nostalgia With The Australian Beach Boys

January 11, 2024

Lay back and get ready for an afternoon of relaxation like none before, with the cool tunes of the Beach Boys waving over you.

With cruising vocals and that perfect classic 60s feel, The Beach Boys have never gone out of style, only reimagined with all time fans, with the Australian Beach Boys Tribute paying homage to the nostalgia of our time.

A brainchild of performer Will Siska, the Australian Beach Boys Tribute is a loving recreation of the nostalgic legends that are the Beach Boys.

“We chose to go with the Beach Boys because they have these great harmonies and vocals that just transcend, and have the nostalgic energy that we craved,” explained Will.

Having been touring Australia with their Australian Beach Boys Tribute for over seven years, the team know how to get the crowd going, with amazing vocals, and authentic recreations of the energy and costuming.

Will acts as one of the lead vocalists and on rhythm guitar.

With him is Greg, with lead vocals, Gerry as vocalist and the band's drummers, Michael as vocalist and lead guitar and Ian on bass guitar.

The crew also enlist the powerful presence and vocals of Anita, who is backing vocals and feature vocalist.

“Anita highlights many of the songs, and she’s amazing in her own right,” Will explained.

Altogether, this crew ensures the perfect energy for a performance like no other.

“This is more than just a tribute show,” Will explained.

“We have meticulously recreated the Beach Boys song, look, instruments, and stage presence.”

And now, what is Will’s favourite track that the band performs?

“Hands down ‘Don’t Worry Baby' is my favourite,” he explained.

“That song has always resonated with me. It has this beautiful feel, beautiful harmonies, and beautiful vocals.

“However, Under the Boardwalk and Kokomo are massive crowd favourites. They just put this energy into the audience that is amazing.”

Now, what can Airlie Beach expect?

“Expect the best of the best,” Will laughed.

“This show will be high energy, with amazing harmonies, great costumes, and even better vocals. And don’t miss that nostalgic feel!”

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New Years Eve Across The Whitsundays

December 21, 2023

As the region counts down to 2024, get ready for a celebration like no other.

Here’s the line up of celebratory fireworks occurring across the region.

Airlie Beach

WHERE: Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: 8.30pm

WHERE: Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: 12am


WHERE: Bowen Foreshore

WHEN: 8.30pm


WHERE: Collinsville Showground

WHEN: 9pm

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Motown Magic

December 21, 2023

The space between Christmas and New Years Eve just got sweeter, with Dancing in the Shadows of Motown checking in to the Airlie Beach Hotel for two days of unbelievable music, non-stop dancing, and an all round good time.

Cruise through this break with some of the absolute best hits imaginable, who each faithfully and accurately recreating the beats, vocals, and impact of some of the greatest musicians around, including Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Fontella Bass, The Jackson Five, and Junior Walker, plus so much more.

This nine-piece production leaves no note left behind, headlining across the world, and selling out shows everywhere in between.

Selling out shows across the world, including the massive Sydney Opera House, this is not a show to miss. Airlie is lucky to get a show of this calibre free of charge.

Classy, confident, and poised does not begin to describe the energy and attitude that is Dancing in the Shadows of Motown, who tirelessly endeavour to ensure their performance leaves the audience just wanting more.

Now, who is on the line up?

The likes of Franchesca Appolis, Kimi Tupaea and Annie Ameida are just a handful of the powerhouse vocals that call Motown their tracks.

With them is Matt Roberts, Jason Bruer, Greg Carger, Christopher Soulos, Wesley Harder and Andy Brynes with the instrumental and backing vocals.

All of which create a performance like no other, on a stage that is set to blow Airlie Beach apart.

Where will you be in the crowd?

WHAT: Dancing in the Shadows of Motown

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Wednesday December 27 and Thursday December 28, from 2pm to 5.30pm

TICKETS: Absolutely free, but bookings essential!

Dancing in the Shadows of Motown knows how to bring the energy

With every Motown classic under their belt, this band knows how to make you dance

Tying us over from Christmas to New Years Eve

This is not the party to miss

Dancing in the Shadows of Motown graces the Airlie Beach Hotel stage once again. Photos supplied

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Movie Special Extravaganza

December 21, 2023

First up is cult classic Chicken Run.

Following the chaotic lives of a flock of chickens in Yorkshire, England, Chicken Run tells the tale of the adventurous Rocky. Rocky crash lands into the flock, and helps the chicken plot and then escape their enclosure, and live the rest of their lives in freedom.

The second of the double is Night at the Museum.

This live action film follows Larry, as he signs on for a new job with the Museum of Natural History, as the night guardsman. However, on his first night on shift, Larry discovers something amazing, that every single exhibit in the museum comes to life when the sunsets.

Things only get more confusing for Larry, when he discovers a plot to destroy the museum and the inhabitants inside.

This won’t be the only fun on the night, with an abundance of yummy food trucks, ensuring the very best for guests dinner, feel free to bring along a picnic blanket and cuddle up for a good night at the cinema.

WHAT: Double Movie Special

WHERE: Airlie Beach Foreshore

WHEN: Friday, January 12, from 5pm

Check out the first Whitsunday Regional Council double movie night special for 2024, with massive blockbusters on the line up.

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Award Winning Weddings With Aquava Boutique Catering

December 14, 2023

Confidently carving out a sterling reputation in the Whitsunday wedding industry for the past decade, this year was the first time Aquava Boutique Catering embarked on an awards journey, and they started right at the top!

The highly regarded wedding caterers brought home the Gold Award in the Independent Wedding Caterers category at the Australian Bridal Industry Association (ABIA) Awards which were held in Brisbane earlier this month.

The winners are measured by reviews and ratings from over 30,000 newlyweds each year and are determined by a combination of excellence in four factors: quality of product, quality of service, attitude of staff and overall value.

Aquava Boutique Catering is owned and operated by local couple, Sophie and Todd Jordan who pride themselves on their unwavering commitment to providing high-quality culinary experiences.

“Winning the award was an incredible moment for the entire team,” said Sophie and Todd.

“The sheer joy and pride were evident, marking a significant acknowledgment of our collective efforts, dedication, and passion.

“This recognition serves as a motivational boost, reinforcing our commitment to excellence and fuelling our enthusiasm for future endeavours.”

Embracing innovation and staying ahead of culinary trends, Aquava has become a sought-after and well-respected caterer, offering a range of services for almost any celebration, from weddings through to large scale events and intimate dining experiences.

With memorable menus, meticulous attention to detail, and personalised service Sophie says every element is guided by a collaborative effort that unites the strengths and passions of their highly skilled team.

“The dedication and collaboration within our team are pivotal,” they explained.

“Each team member contributes their unique talents to ensure a cohesive and quality catering service.

“We deeply appreciate the collective effort that makes our service possible.

“Our ongoing pursuit of excellence is guided by a humble acknowledgment of our strengths and areas for growth.

“We appreciate the recognition and remain committed to delivering exceptional catering experiences.”

“Our team is a close-knit group, and each member plays a vital role in our success.

“While it's challenging to single out one individual, we would like to express gratitude to every team member for their unwavering dedication, hard work, and commitment to excellence.”

Bringing the award home for both the business and broader Whitsunday Wedding Industry, the couple say they love working alongside so many other skilled industry professionals.

“The shared commitment to creating magical moments for couples is what makes the local Whitsunday wedding community so special,” shared Sophie and Todd.

“We look forward to continued collaboration, learning, and collectively raising the bar for the beautiful weddings we contribute to.”

“We would like to express our deep appreciation to our couples and clients for entrusting us with their special moments. Your feedback and support have been instrumental in shaping our services.

“Keep an eye out for upcoming updates as we strive to grow, innovate, and contribute to the dynamic events industry.”

Sophie and Todd Jordan from Aquava Boutique Catering. Photo credit: R Jean Photography

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A Divine Experience With Divine Weddings Whitsundays

December 14, 2023

Thrilled to be recognised as a Finalist in two categories at the ABIA Awards, Louise Sugrue from Divine Weddings Whitsundays, says it was a privilege to attend the industry awards held in Brisbane earlier this month.

Coming in seventh place out of 17 hopefuls in the Decorations and Styling category and fifth place out of 11 in the Independent Wedding Consultants category, Louise says she is pleased to rank so high among peers she admires.

“To get that positive feedback and score so high when going up against some of the bigger businesses is just amazing,” she shared.

“I really appreciate my clients scoring me so highly, I’m really happy with that.”

Scoring over 99 per cent in both categories, the Divine Weddings experience and standard of service is highly respected in the industry.

Specialising in boutique wedding planning packages, Divine Weddings primarily caters for elopements, intimate weddings, Whitehaven Beach ceremonies, cruise ships and on-day coordination.

Meanwhile the décor side of the business is versatile and unique, easily adapting to the couple’s chosen style, venue and size of ceremony or reception.

"We really like to incorporate fresh flowers into our styling," said Louise.

“We find them more pleasing to the eye, more natural and they and they have the most beautiful scent – we love working with the client’s chosen flowers and can match with the chosen theming.”

Whether you are looking for the perfect wedding day décor or would like to work with a professional and friendly wedding planner, Divine Weddings Whitsundays can help make your dreams come true for that special day.

Louise Sugrue from Divine Weddings Whitsundays with friend Donna Fornasiero at the ABIA Awards in Brisbane: Photo supplied

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It’s A Dancing Queen Sorta Weekend

December 14, 2023

You better ‘Take a Chance on Me’ because over these two shows, we’ll have our dancing shoes on and we’ll be dancing our way to Christmas, singing every hit from ABBA’s impressive catalogue along the way.

Coming to the Airlie Beach Hotel stage is none other than SOS, one of Australia’s best ABBA tribute artists.

Samuel Bennett acts as the ineffable Bjorn, and he brings charisma, class and pizzazz like no other.

In the role for coming on seven years, Sam knows exactly what to do and how to do it - when he is up on stage, he will be sure to get the crowd going.

“I have this deep dive passion for ABBA, and I’m thrilled to be in Airlie Beach once again, bringing the sounds of ABBA.”

“We really love coming up to Airlie Beach; it’s always a good time, with the holiday crowd on holiday time. It’s nice to have the beautiful weather and to be with people who just love the music.”

No expense is spared, with SOS bringing across each and every costume, attitude, and energy, ensuring that each and every single member of the crowd has the best time of their lives.

“You can’t have an ABBA show without the ABBA costumes!” Sam explained.

More than just a show, the performance is an experience like no other.

“Our Frida loves to jump off the stage and get involved with the crowd. She’ll roam around and pick on unsuspecting audience members. I remember a time in Airlie when she was singing verses to people, and everyone was having a great time.”

Now, what gets the crowd going?

According to Sam, it’s ‘Dancing Queen’.

“Dancing Queen’ always gets the crowd going. It’d be an absolute tragedy to do an ABBA show without ‘Dancing Queen’. There was a time we were in a mining town in Queensland, to a whole bunch of these big burly mining men, and we thought that the show would be a bust. But as soon as we started playing ‘Dancing Queen’, they started dancing like they were 17 again. It was great!”

But Sam’s favourite to perform are some of the more laid-back classics.

“I love ‘Waterloo’ and ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’, but all ABBA songs are absolute bangers. Everyone knows the words and everyone sings along.”

Sure to take on the 360-degree stage at the Airlie Beach Hotel, Sam and SOS are ready to rock us into the Christmas spirit and into our holiday breaks.

WHAT: SOS: The Australian ABBA Tribute Show

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Friday December 22, 7pm to 10pm and Saturday December 23 from 2pm to 5.30pm

TICKETS: Absolutely Free

An ABBA tribute like no other, SOS will have us wanting more

Be sure to put your dancing shoes on for this one

Rock us into the holiday period. Photos supplied

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A Sophisticated New Year Sunset Soiree At Whisper Gin Bar

December 14, 2023

Sip a celebratory cocktail and enjoy the last rays of sun for 2023, with an early evening New Years Eve Sunset Soiree at Whisper Restaurant and Gin Bar.

With perfectly picturesque Coral Sea views and unforgettable entertainment, this is an event you will cherish well into 2024.

Starting at 5pm, begin your New Years celebration early with free entry into Whisper Gin Bar and enjoy a range of free canapes and a complimentary glass of bubbles on arrival, speciality gin cocktail menu, and DJ Dan on the decks with the best tracks, creating the perfect party atmosphere for a sunset soiree.

With the courtesy bus ready to pick you up from home and prepped to drop you off in Airlie Beach for the 8pm family fireworks, you can also continue the celebrations at KC’s Bar and Grill with live music until 2am.

WHAT: Sunset Soiree

WHERE: Whisper Restaurant and Gin Bar

WHEN: Sunday December 31, from 5pm to 8pm

TICKETS: Free entry but to secure a seat, RSVP here www.whisperginbar.com

A Retro Party

With KC’s Bar And Grill

The party doesn’t stop at KC’s Bar and Grill, with celebrations kicking off from 11.30am for all New Years Eve early birds.

The unbelievable entertainment of Retro Joe and Phoebe Jacobs will keep the good vibes going with the unique blend of talent and energy they bring to the stage, blasting the bar with great live music well into the New Year.

What a way to welcome 2024, with a great tunes and unforgettable vocals.

With refreshing cocktails and an all-encompassing menu – including the best steaks in Airlie Beach - KC’s has your New Years Eve covered.

WHAT: Retro Party

WHERE: KC’s Bar and Grill

WHEN: Sunday December 31, from 11.30am to 2am

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Love Actually Cheese and Wine Extravaganza

December 14, 2023

Get ready to get in the Christmas spirit with the Proserpine Entertainment Centre putting on the perfect event for classic Christmas movie fans.

Love Actually has evolved to become the quintessential Christmas movie, with the PEC hosting their own wine and cheese night for the lovers of all things festive and charcuterie.

Embrace the warmth of this heart-warming Christmas classic that tells the eight romantic stories of Harry and Karen, Juliet, Jamie, Colin, Karl, Sam, and David, as they navigate coming of age, changing of relationships and the new year.

In this event of the year, attendees are welcome to gush about their favourite couples, cringe at the cringiest moments, hold their breath as couples share their first kiss together and sing along to their favourite songs.

Tickets cost $25 per person, and include table seating, a glass of mulled wine, or your choice of a glass of white, red, or sparkling, or juice or soft drink, plus an individual cheese platter.

WHAT: Love Actually – Wine and Cheese Night

WHERE: Proserpine Entertainment Centre, 14 Main Street Proserpine

WHEN: Wednesday December 20, from 5.30pm

TICKETS: https://proserpine.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/116400

Celebrate the festive season with this classic Christmas film. Image supplied

Tina Unleashed

Celebrate the enigmatic Tina Turner, the Queen of Rock and Roll, with her standout vocal, unforgettable charisma, and stunning performance at this one-of-a-kind experience.

Tina Unleashed stands as a testament to her legacy, of the unstoppable powerhouse that Tina Turner was.

And why not spend the show the Tina way, with VIP tickets, which include a bottle of red, white or sparkling wine, or a carafe of juice or soft drink, and a trio of dips, suitable for two people.

WHAT: Tina Unleashed

WHERE: Proserpine Entertainment Centre, 14 Main Street Proserpine

WHEN: Sunday December 17, from 7pm

TICKETS: https://proserpine.sales.ticketsearch.com/sales/salesevent/116330

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New Years Eve Carnivale

December 6, 2023

Kylie, JLo and Robbie Tributes

Send off the year that was 2023 with a party like no other, thanks to the Airlie Beach Hotel!

Party with some of the best tribute artists around and dance the year away.

So, who is on the line up?

Get Loud

8pm till 9pm

Jennifer Lopez Experience

Taking on the mammoth personality that is Jennifer Lopez is none other than Hannah Canon, former Australian Latin dance world representative, international singer and Latina powerhouse.

With the very first Australia JLo tribute act, this production is high energy, great attitude and even better dynamics.

Celebrating JLo in the best way possible, this is an absolutely authentic recreation that contains the very essence of all things vibrant Latin culture and the powerhouse that is Jennifer Lopez.

“Hannah is an amazing singer and an amazing dancer, this will be a show to see,” said Louie Lee Feltrin, the headliner of the night.

“I’ve been dying to work with her for years, and finally we were able to collaborate on this project. There has been nothing to this scale before and we are very excited!”

Hannah brings with her extensive Latin dancing skills and costuming, ensuring that the Carnivale night starts off right.

“And what a better way to start New Year celebrations than with the biggest party star, JLo?”

Get Lucky

9pm till 10pm

Kylie Minogue Showgirl Tribute

This tribute show performer is the hidden gem of Australian music, having spent over 20 years performing across the globe for the likes of the Prince of Dubai, the King and Queen of Malaysia, Birds of Tokyo and John Farnham.

On New Year’s Eve, J’aime Holland is gracing the Airlie Beach Hotel stage and bringing with her an act like no other.

Her unstoppable Kylie Minogue Showgirl performance is an adrenaline fuelled thrill, featuring the Minogue hits that everyone has come to love, her hottest tracks and everything in between.

No noughty hit will be missed either, perfect for the super fan or casual listener.

“J’aime ensures that the party continues and is in full force, with non-stop Kylie tracks!”

And with the stage absolutely full of mesmerising dancers, fantastic live musicians, and J’aime’s own dazzling costumes, she ensures an hour of non-stop power.

“People who don’t even go to the pub will stop by just cause it’s Kylie Minogue,” Louie said.

“We just want people to get out of their seats and party like no tomorrow, with J’aime bringing the best vocals and performance.”

From every hit and every note, Jaime will be sure to bring the energy, the adrenaline, and great music.

“Back-to-back we have two great performances by two fantastic singers. The Carnivale spirit will be alive and well with Hannah and J’aime.

Get Entertained

10pm till 12am

Robbie Williams Experience

Airlie Beach favourite, Louie Lee Feltrin returns to send us off to 2024.

Louie’s Robbie Williams experience is unlike anything else, and Louie works tirelessly to ensure that every single person in his audience is having the time of their lives.

With over 20 years’ experience articulately recreating the legendary Robbie Williams, Louie offers a performance like no other.

And this production, a creation of Louie’s own, is out of this world!

“We’ll go hard and sing big, cruising us into the New Year with a standout show! It’ll be a great way to close out 2023 and welcome 2024, with the sounds of Robbie Williams.”

With a big finale song planned, with Hannah, J’aime and the team up on stage with him, Louie will send off 2023 with the tracks of Robbie and the echoes of the Airlie Beach Foreshore fireworks in the background.

“We wanted to do our own fireworks, but Airlie Beach has beaten us to it, and I couldn’t think of a better send off!”

And the party continues into the New Year, with Louie and the Party Boyz, Hannah and J’aime all prepped and ready to get atop the Airlie Beach Hotel on January 1, and welcome the recovery party in style.

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A Wonka Kind Of Christmas

November 30, 2023

To celebrate the release of the brand-new adaptation of Roald Dahl’s famous book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, there will be special pre-movie activities at Proserpine Entertainment Centre.

On Thursday 14 December from 5pm, the Wonka Party will begin and families from around the region are invited.

This is your opportunity to not only be one of the first people in Australia to watch the new Wonka movie, it is also time to get together and enjoy a pre-Christmas party.

There will be roving entertainment, music, special treats and more!

Plus every movie ticket purchased goes into the draw to win an amazing Whitsunday Jetski Tour for two, and more exciting prizes!

After the Wonka Party, the screening of the movie will begin.

Based on the extraordinary character at the centre of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, "Wonka" tells the wondrous story of how the world's greatest inventor, magician and chocolate-maker became the beloved Willy Wonka we know today.

It also features well-known actor, Hugh Grant, who plays the hilarious and heartfelt Oompa-Loompa.

Discover how the chocolate factory was first created, find out where Willy Wonka got his inspiration from and delight in the magical world of delicious chocolate!

WHAT: The Wonka Party and Movie

WHERE: Proserpine Entertainment Centre

WHEN: Thursday, 14 December, from 5pm

TICKETS: proserpineentertainment.com.au

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Go Your Own Way With This Fleetwood Mac Tribute

November 30, 2023

The illustrious and enchanting Tusk, the Storybook Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, is coming to Airlie Beach, and they are bringing with them charm, character, and class.

Making the line up we have Penni Jones, as Stevie Nicks, who is hauntingly authentic and beautifully poignant, with near perfect renditions of the unforgettable tracks.

With her is Dalys Timpanaro as Christine, James Towers as Lindsay, Rob Brens as Mick Fleetwood and Grant Canterbury as John McVie, a powerful team that ensures this production is perfectly reminiscent of the original act.

“Collectively we share decades of experience from various cover bands in the 90s, 00s and now,” Penni explained.

“We have had tours of Australia and the world doing backing vocals for the country's greatest artists, cruise ship shows and European tours in various original acts.”

Tusk begun with Penni in 2015, wanting to create a more interactive show than the traditional tribute show.

Perfecting the performance to be accurate and beautiful, the audience can’t help but be transported back in time to when Fleetwood Mac shined.

Taking on the Airlie Beach Hotel, Tusk will be entertaining the patrons and creating a lively party atmosphere for a weekend of unstoppable music.

“The Airlie Beach Hotel is our favourite part of Airlie Beach, of course. What an amazing venue! Bringing the countries best shows to a place that has such a beautiful and warm vibe. Everyone is on Airlie Beach time and is always happy, welcoming, and relaxed,” Penni said.

The show is unforgettable and unstoppable, one of the best dance parties.

“When the band plays, it becomes a dance party, including a drum solo!” Penni said.

“We can't wait to get up there and share our show with the community and The Pub!

“I personally look forward to getting out in the crowd again and having a Fleetwood Mac dance floor like our last show.”

And what is Penni’s favourite track of Fleetwood Mac?

“Edge of 17 and The Chain, simply for their incredible intensity and high emotional content,” Penni said.

WHAT: Tusk: The Storybook Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

WHERE: The Pub, Airlie Beach Hotel

WHEN: Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, from 2pm to 5.30pm

TICKETS: Absolutely free

The unstoppable Tusk is coming to Airlie Beach Hotel

Penni Jones and her Tusk crew are unbelievable with their authentic production

This is a stunning performance and a dance party in one

Penni Jones is hauntingly accurate with her vocals

Tusk, the Storybook Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, a performance not to miss. Photos supplied

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Cuteness For A Cause

November 30, 2023

The Cannonvale Petstock is giving the gift of happiness and support this Christmas, vowing to raise $800,000 for the Petstock Foundation’s Christmas Project.

The project, beginning October 31 until December 24, will support seven children-focussed charities, with the Queensland specific charity being Smart Pups.

Smart Pups is an organisation dedicated with training and homing assistance dogs with children with a range of abilities, including autism, epilepsy, diabetes, blindness, and mobility conditions.

Helene Christensen, Corporate Specialist Fundraiser for Smart Pups, says, “The contributions to Smart Pups will be a lifeline for our puppy program, touching the hearts of countless families as we continue to train the next generation of medical assistance dogs. These devoted companions will bring hope and support to children with special needs, like those battling epilepsy, diabetes, mobility challenges, and autism.”

Petstock Foundation Strategic Manager, Jessica Curtis says, “This Christmas, the Petstock Foundation’s Christmas Project is empowering children through the unconditional love and magic of pets and animals. Thousands of children each year experience hardship, home instability, serious illness or disability through no fault of their own.”

To get involved, purchase a Christmas bauble from a Petstock store with 100 per cent of proceeds going towards Smart Pups.

Manager of the Cannonvale Petstock Location, Annmarie Beech said that “The community we have here is so generous, rounding up their purchases and donating to the cause. And it goes to such a good cause.”

Petstock Cannonvale will also be holding a Children’s Weekend in December, which will including activities such as colouring competition, live animals and staff embracing Christmas costumes.

WHAT: Children’s Weekend

WHERE: Cannonvale Petstock, Whitsunday Plaza

WHEN: Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10

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Dine For One, Dine For All

November 30, 2023

Affectionally known as the ‘Can’t Decide Platter’, Anchor Bar is ensuring that every member of your group discovers a little of everything to satisfy their taste buds.

Evolving from an observation by wait staff, where patrons were unable to decide between this and that on the fantastic and delicious menu, the ‘Can’t Decide Platter’ soon became a permanent part of the menu.

“The Can’t Decide Platter came about from having several favourite dishes on the menu, so often we would get ‘I can’t decide between this or that’ so we created a share board that covered as many of those local favourites as possible,” explained Leah McMillan, co-owner of Anchor Bar.

Designed to be heartier than the traditional Tapas style dining experience, the ‘Can’t Decide’ satisfies a big hunger with delicious plates.

Leah continued, “The Can’t Decide Platter was designed to not just be nibbles we wanted it to be hearty enough to feed at least four people as a main meal and remain a good deal for locals.”

So, what does Leah love about the platter?

“The Arancini is definitely a favourite with basil pesto and paprika aioli. The Southern Style Fried Chicken and house made pickles is one to return for; It’s a little bit addictive. And if you haven’t tried the loaded fries, you’re missing out!” Leah explained.

“I’m hooked on the Chicken Wings with the spicy plum sauce or hot sauce add a side of beef and bacon loaded fries topped with melted cheese tomato and onion salsa, aioli and smokey BBQ sauce and a schooner or three!”

And Leah and the Anchor team recommend always taking a look at the specials board, where the creative thinking of the chefs is always on display.

“They really do like to outshine each other with their specials which makes it great for us diners!”

Can’t decide what to have at Anchor Bar, don’t worry, they have you covered with the Can’t Decide platter! Photo supplied

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The Sweet Difference - The Sake Of Eastwoods

November 30, 2023

The calibre and uniqueness that is Japanese Sake is not lost on Kirsty and Jack Mason, owners and operators of Eastwoods Dining, one of the newest restaurants to grace the Airlie Beach Esplanade.

Japanese Sake is defined by its special process of rice fermentation. With the first rice-based drink dating back to the 5th Century BC, Sake was first recorded in written history in a 3rd Century historical Chinese document, and first domestically in the 8th Century.

However, the most historical evidence of Sake is recorded from the 8th Century, where only the privileged in Japanese society, primarily members of the Imperial Court and religious leaders were able to enjoy it.

It wasn’t util the 13th Century, where more commercial Sake brewers’ techniques were established, and general Japanese society began to consume Sake more regularly.

This incredibly deep history emanates through the menu at Eastwoods, offering a unique experience to guests.

“This is different,” Kirsty explained.

“This is cool, and we wanted to offer something different in the area.”

On their dedicated Sake menu, Eastwoods is offering three distinct varieties of Japanese wines.

The Sake, with three options vary from a light kiwifruit flavour to a sweet honeysuckle and musk, to red fruits, white chocolate, and jasmine rice flavours.

The second variety is Umeshu, which is described as a plum wine, and made from steeping ume plumes in liquor and sugar. Tending to be the sweeter variety, they are light, sweet, and tart.

The last variety is Shochu, which is earthy, refreshing and slightly sweet, distilled using rice, barley, sweet potatoes, buckwheat, or brown sugar, which makes for a unique and delectable flavour.

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Meet The Chef Troy Fuller Head Chef Of KC’s Bar And Grill

November 30, 2023

For close to two years, Troy Fuller has been at the helm of KC’s Bar and Grill, leading with a keen attitude and excellent service.

It was an easy decision for Troy to join the KC’s team, having been an avid fan of the Restaurant when he initially moved to the area, over eight years ago.

“This is actually my third time living in Airlie Beach,” Troy explained.

“But my favourite part has always been KC’s. It’s been my favourite bar since I first came to Airlie Beach.”

Specialising in chargrilled meats, from sirloin to Picanha, and even kangaroo loin and charred crocodile skewers, KC’s menu is a variety fest for the guest, unique and different.

Troy brings with him a love for cooking Greek food, which is evident in the decadent menu items of truffle and porcini arancini starter and the cous cous salad, with rich flavours and great taste.

“It’s simple, fresh and delicious,” Troy explained.

His favourite part of being with KC’s is the environment that they have established.

“The environment we have created in the kitchen is great. We all work hard and efficiently, so we actually get a work life balance,” he explained.

The next time you’re in Airlie Beach, make sure you taste the KC’s difference.

What’s your favourite dish to make?

Charred white cabbage, with sriracha aioli and crispy shallots.

What’s your favourite dish to eat?

Australian Game Platter at Kc’s Bar & Grill.

What’s the last thing you ate?

Big brekkie Buffet at Whisper Bar & Restaurant

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Traditional Handcrafted Taste: La Marina Restaurant

November 30, 2023

For La Marina Restaurant and Bar, the difference is in the flavour, steeped in tradition and handcrafted with classic and timeless techniques.

For La Marina, the difference is in Angelo Panuccio.

Since the early days of La Marina, Angelo has been instrumental in creating the beautiful and tasty Italian meals that satisfy the soul.

Father to Joe Panuccio, the owner and operator of La Marina, Angelo has been serving as key pasta and gnocchi creator and meatball connoisseur since the beginning.

“The best thing is that my dad is still here,” Joe explained.

“Yes, he’s still making the pasta by hand, and he’s still making his famous meatballs by hand.”

Using classic and traditional Italian techniques and recipes, which are tightly kept hidden by Angelo, you can trust that only the very best Italian is being served at La Marina.

“We started with the traditional cooking, going back to our roots. We still do things the old school way; nothing’s really changed. Everything is made from scratch, handmade with the very best locally sourced ingredients,” Joe explained.

Almost every day, Angelo handcrafts the pasta and gnocchi, and with a completely open kitchen, patrons can watch as the chefs use the beautifully handcrafted pasta in their dishes.

With an extensive menu, Joe recommends the meatballs, a dish with a secret recipe that leaves patrons wanting more, and any pasta dish with the fettuccine, as the flavours creates a divine experience for guests.

And watch out for Ange’s Weekly Specials, that will begin very soon, with traditional southern Italian dishes, created in Angelo’s homeland, which will entice and excite patrons.

Angelo Panuccio dedicatedly making his pasta fresh. Photo supplied

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