Airlie Beach's famous lagoon offers safe swimming facilities all year round.
Airlie Beach's famous lagoon offers safe swimming facilities all year round.

Whitsundays ranks nationally for school holidays

THE Whitsundays has ranked in the top 10 nationally as a favourite regional destination for the July school holidays.

The results of the Wotif.com survey place the Whitsundays 8th on the list alongside a host of other North Queensland destinations, with Cairns taking the top spot.

With winter being the prime time to visit the region, Wotif.com found more than a third of Aussies (35%) were escaping the colder climates down south and having a second summer holiday, while one in 10 (11%) said they would embrace the chilly weather with a snowy getaway.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Craig Turner said while 8th place was great result, he wanted to see the Whitsundays claim the top spot.

"I think its fantastic that we're in the top 10, however we're striving to be in the top five (and even) number one," he said.

"Our destination has so much to offer. We'd like to continue to see growth in the market."

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday marketing manager Tanya Cran said she thought it was great news.

"The June/July holidays are always popular with us," she said.

"We're averaging 82% which is fantastic. Obviously the weather helps this time of year

"Its good to be recognised nationally at that level."

TOP TEN

1. Cairns & Cairns Northern Beaches

2. Surfers Paradise

3. Townsville

4. Noosa

5. Broadbeach

6. Port Douglas

7. Maroochydore/Mooloolaba

8. Whitsundays

9. Snowy Mountains

10. Newcastle

 

What's on in the Whitsundays over the school holidays

  • Cannonvale State School will host Sensory Circus workshops from July 6-8. The activities are being put on in association with the Whitsunday Film Musical and Theatrical Society and are broken up into different age groups from 2-17. Entry fees range from $65 to $170. For more information visit www.wfmts.com.au.
Karyn Smith and Marguerite Peach of Sensory Circus Tribe performing.
Karyn Smith and Marguerite Peach of Sensory Circus Tribe performing. Darryn Smith
  • BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort will host Grandparent's Week from June 29-July 6. There will be a range of activities throughout the week including scavenger hunts, horse-riding lessons, discover scuba-diving classes, daily craft-making activities and sporting competitions. For more information go to www.adventurewhitsunday.com.au/gpweek or phone 1300 640 587.
  • The Proserpine Junior Rugby League club are hosting a family day on Saturday, July 9, from 10am at the Proserpine Junior Sporting Complex. The day will include a host of exhibition games and from 5pm there will be a jumping castle, mechanical bull, spit roast dinner and live entertainment. Cost to attend is a gold coin donation.
FOOTY FANS: Members of the Proserpine Junior Rugby League visited the North Queensland Cowboys stadium last week.
FOOTY FANS: Members of the Proserpine Junior Rugby League visited the North Queensland Cowboys stadium last week.
  • Local libraries are offering free activities for all youngsters these school holidays. From Monday, June 27 to Friday, July 8, libraries in Bowen, Cannonvale, Collinsville and Proserpine are sure to wear out even the most energetic kids. Activities include Star Wars and Angry Birds paper craft, sand art, mixed media painting sessions, photography and Ozobot workshops, just to name a few. For more information contact the libraries direct.
  • Bullarama will return on July 2, from 5.30pm, at the Reef Gateway Hotel. Join in the fun and raise money for suicide awareness, have a rollicking good time and even ride a bull - the Proserpine Rodeo Association Bullarama is the ideal night out for the whole family. With more than $3000 worth of prize money on the line, audiences are assured of some extreme bull riding action. So get ready to help buck the blues and see some of the best bulls around as they try to get the better of our region's riders.

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