News

Resort to re-open

PARADISE: Paradise bay Eco resort on Long Island is set to re-open in March, following a multi-million dollar makeover by new owners Barry and Julie Pickering.
PARADISE: Paradise bay Eco resort on Long Island is set to re-open in March, following a multi-million dollar makeover by new owners Barry and Julie Pickering.

PARADISE Bay Eco Resort on Long Island is set to re-open by the start of March after a multi-million dollar revamp by new owners Barry and Julie Pickering.

The award-winning resort went into administration in December 2011 but continued trading until March 2012. It came to the attention of the Pickerings when the former Darwin residents decided to pay it a visit.

"It was run down [almost] to the point of no return, but it had really good bones," Mr Pickering said.

In a romantic gesture, Mr Pickering bought the resort as a birthday present for his wife, who turns 50 on February 17 this year.

Since April last year, the couple have devoted their time, money and energy to renovating the resort and restoring it to its former glory.

Improvements include a new day spa and pool, completely renovated staff quarters, new laundry, landscaping and pathways. "And we've bought Hobie cats, paddle boards and kayaks - stuff for people to come here and enjoy," Mr Pickering said.

As the name suggests, Paradise Bay is a unique, 10-cabin absolute beachfront eco resort, which Mr Pickering says is "fully sustainable".

"We catch our own water, we create our own power. The only thing we bring onto the island is a little bit of gas for the stoves," he said.

Mr Pickering says the other element that the secluded resort has going for it is "peace and quiet - and lots of it".

Now that Paradise Bay is almost ready to resume its place on the region's tourism stage, Mr Pickering says he hopes it will provide a welcome shot in the arm for the previously ailing industry.

"We love the Whitsundays and it's a very special place. When we arrived, the tourism industry was pretty battered and bruised but we've spent 12 months renovating and I can see lots of positive things on the horizon," he said.

Bookings for the resort are now being taken at www.paradisebay.com.au.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Upgrade to prevent letter theft

The E from the Welcome to Airlie Beach sign was  stolen.

Police have arrested the man caught with Airlie's missing 'E'

Fantastic Beasts a whimsical hit

PERFECTLY CRAFTED: Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in a scene from the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Fantastic Beasts hits the Proserpine Entertainment Centre this week

Whitsunday resorts make global top 10

RELAX: Qualia Resort came in 9th place in a list of The World's Most Drop-Dead Gorgeous Bathrooms.

The Whitsundays has two of the best bathroooms in the world

Local Partners

Fantastic Beasts a whimsical hit

THERE'S a phrase those with wizarding powers use regularly in this mightily impressive new JK Rowling adaptation.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

'I need to do what I can': 65km walk for cancer patient

Karlee Robinson is walking from Caloundra to Noosa for her cousin Aaron Parker, who has terminal brain cancer.

What do you do when someone you love has terminal brain cancer?

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Fantastic Beasts a whimsical hit

PERFECTLY CRAFTED: Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston in a scene from the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

Fantastic Beasts hits the Proserpine Entertainment Centre this week

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Island adventure has many twists

FRIENDSHIP: Mak and Robinson Crusoe

REVIVING an old school classic film can be quite a risky endeavour.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Iconic strip offers irresistible sights

HOME: Ray White Real Estate agent Steve Marks welcomes people to check out the best view in the Whitsundays.

Secure an ocean-side block from just $295,000

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!