Success shines on Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival 2010

Mon 25 Oct 2010

A winter of unseasonable bad weather and economic concerns blew away Friday just past as Whitsunday Reef Festival got under way.

Celebrating 10 years in 2010, the festival had come of age with the efforts of a dedicated committee with the support of Airlie Beach and Whitsunday businesses/

Across the “long weekend” of events, the attendance numbers at every event were at a peak. Sell out ticketed events include the Barrier Reef TAFE Palmers Restaurant luncheon, Airlie Day Spa Comedy Gala at Waterline and the Fashion TV Frocktails at Deja Vu, Waters Edge Resort.

Elsewhere the glorious array of free events included massive fireworks, street parade, free movies, raft regatta, sand scuplting, family fun day, free live music from great local and regional talent, boat display,  lantern parade, writing competition.

With final attendance figures yet to be calculated its clear that over 10,000 people attended reef festival events making for a record performance to match the efforts of volunteers and sponsors. Surveys across the weekend reinforced the events importance in drawing visitors to the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach. Regional towns represented in the results were peppered with the likes of Mackay, Condon, Home Hill, Ayr, Andergrove, Glenlee and Townsville, while visitors already visiting the area from further afield included Tasmania, the UK, Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia. Thank you to all the contributing sponsors, businesses, volunteers and the fabulous committee that brought to Airlie our biggest success of 2010.

Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Porters Whitsunday
Telstra Whitsunday
Beach Music
Whitsunday Regional Council
Rotary Club of Airlie Beach
Video Ezy Cannonvale
Ocean Hotels, Long Island
Airlie Beach Hotel
Airlie Day Spa
Tony Gangemi
Waters Edge
Waterfront Whitsunday retreat
Marina Shores
Blue Horizons
Mantaray/ ReefJet
Airlie Beach Day and Night Chemist
Meridean Marinas - Port of Airlie
Deja Vu
Barrier Reef Institute Tafe
Ocean Rafting
Hogs Breath
Archers Body Corp
Portside Whitsunday
Whitsunday On the Beach
Jan Jarratt
Jan Clifford
Toscana Village Resort
Happy High Herbs
Airlie Retravision
Whitsunday Dance Connection
Mango House
Tropix Photography
Beach Worx
Colour Me Crazy
The Stand Boutique
Whitsunday Private Yacht Charters
Charter Yacht Australia
Cumberland Charter Yachts
Whitsunday Escape
Queensland Yacht Charters

Zest Design
Graphic House
Whitsunday Times
Shift Miner Magazine
Hot FM/ Sea FM
Whitsunday Shopping Centre
Tropical Signs
Top Up Promotions
Coates Hire
Advanced National Services
North Queensland Institute of Training
Master Butchers Whitsunday
Whitsunday Sailing Club
Cold Rock
Hayman Island
Peppers Coral Coast
Whitsunday Crocodile Safari
Flight Centre
Cruise Whitsundays
Ono’s Reef Gateway
Mama Africas
Air Whitsunday
Cannonvale Primary School
St Catherine’s School
Proserpine Primary School
Whitsunday Christian College
Hayman Island State School
Whitsunday Lions Club
Whitsunday Party Hire
James Krista
DJ Phat Tunes
Whitsunday Police
Beach Plaza
Wax Pot & Tanning Studios
Loll Doll Makeup
House of Hair
Adelyn Retail Consultancy
Donut King
Fun to Bead
Beauty Salon of Katharina Reinbott
Puzzles Australia
Whitsunday Catchment Landcare
Eco Kids Reef Guardian
Eco Barge Services
Fauna Rescue Whitsundays
Paul Skinner
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
Order of Underwater Coral Heroes
Reef Guardian Council
Whitsunday Catchment Landcare
Whitsunday Fire Department
Whitsunday Local Advisory Committee
Writers of the Whitsundays (WOW)
Fish D’vine
News Xpress Whitsundays
Whitsunday Transit
Whitsunday Food Service

Beach Music thanks Griz, Ben, Brian, James, Dan, Tyme and Tyga

Thank you also:
Blair McDonough
The Twine
Dom Turner and Ian Collard
Alice McDermott and Joel Woods
Pete Beck
Keiren McCarthy
Peace and Plenty
Ad Fab  
Whitsunday Garden World
The Mat Man
Coral Sea Resort
McGreggor Amusements
Peter Leggett
Whitsunday Baptist Church
Christina Unterwurzacher

Greg McKinnon Big 4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort
Jeff Aquilina At Hotel Group
Margie Murphy Tim Murphy Builders
Ian Stone Bookkeep IT
Danielle Seymour Tourism Whitsundays
Amie Mckay Summit Apartments
Justin Heitman Blue Turtle Digital
John Naylor
Jim Sherrington The Little Red Book
Simone Benoit Fun and Fancy Faces
Ellen & Bek Kerr Team Kerr, Ray White Whitsunday
Clace McKinstry MOE OPD
Steve Dench Hutchinson Builders
Steve McDonald Beach Music
Pam Pole
Bronwyn SmithPalmers Restuarant