PREPARATION: Sharon McNally (left) and Matthew Gray (right) with David Colfelt and his wife, Carolyn Colfelt.
PREPARATION: Sharon McNally (left) and Matthew Gray (right) with David Colfelt and his wife, Carolyn Colfelt.

The Whitsundays ‘bible’ is on the way

THERE'S no doubt David and Carolyn Colfelt know the Whitsundays like the back of their hands and what better place to showcase their knowledge than in the newest edition of 100 Magic Miles.

Mr and Mrs Colfelt were in the region for a week in June preparing for the book's eleventh edition and despite having to visit as part of the job, the couple made sure they took leisurely trips from time to time.

"I'm coming back in October to take the family out on a catamaran," Mr Colfelt said.

"(The Whitsundays) is one of my favourite places to go."

The book 100 Magic Miles explores all the wonders of the Whitsundays and is the perfect addition to any travellers bag as well as a guide locals can grab hold of.

Often referred to as 'the bible' in the Whitsundays, Mr Colfelt said there was a big responsibility to keep the book up to date.

"We come up and we go around to everybody who is involved in anything that we put into the book," he said.

"We visit charter companies, national parks, wildlife services, fisheries and anybody we know in the area in the tourism association and find out what's changed since the last edition."

It was in 1985 when the first edition of 100 Magic Miles was published and since then the book has only grown in its popularity.

Mr Colfelt has visited the region every 18 months and released updated editions around every two years.

"Every time I talk to the charter companies, they always have new suggestions," Mr Colfelt said. "But their inputs have become fewer and fewer each year which means we're getting it right."

The eleventh edition of 100 Magic Miles is set to hit shelves in early 2017.


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