A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.
A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.

Airlie resort ready to make comeback after decade hiatus

AN AIRLIE Beach icon could soon be making a return after a decade hiatus - but this time with a fresh new look and feel.

Whitsunday Regional Council last week approved a development application for a 54 bungalow tourist park and food and drink outlet on Pandanus Dr, Cannonvale.

The material change of use application and development application was initially made to council in November, which included a detailed plan for what will be known as Reefo’s Resort.

The proposed development would be located on the site of the original Reefo’s Backpackers Resort, behind Bunnings Cannonvale, which once comprised more than 300 beds and 80 cabins, as well as resort facilities such as a swimming pool and a licence bar and bistro before it was demolished in 2010.

A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.
A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.

Today, concrete pathways are the only on-site evidence of the previous development.

Details within the application outline the new tourist park as a “modern and well-designed development” which would include 54 bungalows – 13 one-bedrooms, 38 two-bedrooms and three three-bedroom.

According to the documents, the proposed development will be of a “light, tropical design that seeks to merge with the built character of the Whitsundays” and would not detract from or decentralise facilities in the Main Street of Airlie Beach.

Among other outdoor recreational facilities, such as a swimming pool and outdoor kids play area, the tourist park will house a food and drink outlet, located within a three-storey communal building.

A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.
A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.

The communal building’s ground floor would be used for maintenance, housekeeping, parking spaces and a bin store and washdown room.

The building’s first floor would consist of a shared communal space including a gym and indoor kids activity area, with the top floor consisting of a restaurant.

The initial submission to council states the restaurant will offer “family and quiet dining experience” and calls it a “family tavern”.

The restaurant will be open to residents, however the developers said they expected it to be predominantly used by patrons of the tourist park.

A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.
A development application for Reefo's Resort in Cannonvale has been approved by Whitsunday Regional Council.

The submitted application also separated the lot at 6 Pandanus Drive into two separate lots.

Vision Surveys - who are managing the application on behalf of the developer - were contacted for comment but had not responded by time of publication.

It is unknown when the developer may potentially start construction.


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