Doing the Whitsundays in style
THE independently organised 'Do the Whitsundays' campaign finished on a high this week with the second and final competition winners wrapping up their holiday in Airlie Beach.
Mornington Peninsula residents Mary and Travis Bedford and their two-and-a-half year-old son Max entered the competition through the 'Visit Vineyards' website and won the 'drive prize', comprising a mixture of accommodation and activities provided by local tourism operators.
During their 11-day stay, the Bedfords visited Cape Gloucester and the Proserpine Dam, took a Crocodile Safari on the Proserpine River, went sailing on Camira and flying in an Air Whitsunday seaplane. Added extras included souvenirs such as champagne flutes courtesy of Total Weddings, a Shane Batham print, a shopping spree at Beachworx and an oil painting of their favourite holiday photograph by Whitsunday artist Tara Lea.
This myriad of activities and components ensured the competition stayed true to the vision of its founders Philip Batty and James Davison, who simply wanted winners to 'Do the Whitsundays', experiencing what the region has to offer.
For the Bedford family this was certainly the case.
"It's a really fulfilling holiday. We've had a bit of everything - a combination of beach, rural, good food, good weather and the people are really friendly - people say 'hi' to you," Travis Bedford said.
Mary Bedford, who is a coeliac, said she was particularly impressed by the food and especially a dinner at the Cape Gloucester Eco Resort. "We're foodies. We go out to lots of wineries and restaurants on the Mornington Peninsula and this was just sensational," she said.
As a family, the Bedfords said they particularly enjoyed the BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday park and Airlie Beach lagoon.