More room for backpackers
BASE Airlie Beach Resort opened its doors last Thursday.
The new resort was previously known as Whitsunday Wanderers and is located next door to the Down Under Bar.
About $400,000 has been spent on Stage One of the hostel project which includes six refurbished lodges, a new commercial kitchen and revamped swimming pool, reception area and backpackers lounge.
Base Airlie Beach Resort general manager Nathan Fleming said he was excited about the project.
“I'm looking forward to driving more backpackers through the town,” he said.
Stage one is now about one month off completion according to Mr Fleming – this includes refurbishing three more lodges.
He said that there were also 20 powered campervan sites allocated for backpackers, with more to come.
“That's one thing the locals will be happy about,” he said.
Stage two, which includes six new lodges is set to be completed by October.
Base is an Australian and New Zealand company that concentrates on the backpacker market and has eight hostels in New Zealand and now has six in Australia.
Base also owns the Down Under Bar in the main street of Airlie Beach which previously operated as Moroccos.