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School Group Accommodation for School Excursions

Book your 2015 school excursion now and receive these great bonus offers

It’s coming up to the end of the school year so we understand that you might not have the time to plan next year’s excursion just yet, however BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort would like to make it easy for you! Book now before Friday 5 December 2014 and we will hold your cabins or sites for 2015, then deal with all the paperwork next year!

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Gala Opening of The Palm House

Saturday night, 30 August 2014, saw the Gala Opening of The Palm House with 110 elegantly attired guests enjoying the evening hosted by the McKinnon family. A wide cross-section of people from the community were invited and many local suppliers came together to deliver a top-quality Whitsunday event.

People were greeted by uniformed staff on arrival at the entrance to BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort and directed through the colourfully lit tropical garden and The Palm Pavilion to The Palm House. Beautifully adorned floral garden nymphs combining costume and body paint from Melbourne based Event Theatre International performed to complement the magical garden theme, created by The Event Company, while local high school student and pianist Isabelle Silberling entertained guests.

The Palm House, function and even venue in the Whitsundays

The MC was local real estate agent Mr Paul Skinner and the Mayor, Jennifer Whitney, officially opened the new function venue by cutting a red ribbon. Mr Danial Rochford from WMDL spoke along with Mr Greg McKinnon who provided interesting historical facts about the development of the resort. Mrs Jan McKinnon, the matriarch of the family, gave an impromptu speech congratulating her children on taking the park to another level. Other VIPs included Councillor Jan Clifford, Kari Hunter the acting CEO from BIG4 Head Office in Melbourne and Kayleen Allen from Tourism Gems who wrote the original submission for the TIRF Grant funding. The three course meal was provided by Catering Whitsunday. Greg McKinnon said “there was a great atmosphere with so many locals coming together to enjoy good company and good food and celebrate the hard work and huge contribution from so many businesses that goes into developing the Whitsunday’s tourism business.”

If you would like to have a look at the new venue for yourself it is open to the public from 2-5 September 2014,  from 2-5pm so you can see the flexibility of the facility and how it can cater for a variety of functions including parties, meetings or weddings.

Contact The Palm House on 07 4948 5444 or

The Palm House, Airlie Beach's newest function, event and wedding venue

Winner of 3 nights in a deluxe studio at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Quarterly Draw winner for July announced

Congratulations to Brett M from Mackay, Queensland who is the July quarterly subscriber draw winner! 

The next prize will be drawn on 31 October 2014 and the lucky winner will enjoy 3 nights at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in a Deluxe Studio. If you don’t already receive our regular newsletters, you can subscribe using the form just on the right of this post! You could be the next lucky winner!

Magic garden seated dinner

New meeting venue opens in Airlie Beach

Taking bookings now!

The newest meeting, event and wedding venue in Airlie Beach, The Palm House, officially opened in August 2014. With one large or three smaller function spaces, The Palm House can cater for an intimate wedding reception, a large themed dinner dance with 170 sit-down or a conference and cocktail party for up to 250 guests.

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Our function room, ‘The Palm House’, is almost finished!

Welcome to The Palm House. Our exciting new function and event venue is almost complete! Perfect for conferences, business events, parties, weddings, school groups and more, The Palm House can seat up to 250 guests theatre-style.

We had a professional photo shoot recently to showcase the new venue in three different styles. Party style, wedding style and gala dinner style, with our signature ‘Magic Garden’ theme.

Check out the blog post on The Palm House website to see the rest of the photos!

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Quarterly Draw winner for January announced

Congratulations to Denelle R from Booval, Queensland who is our latest quarterly subscriber draw winner!

The next prize will be drawn on 30 April 2014 and the lucky winner will enjoy 3 nights at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in a Deluxe Studio. If you don’t already receive our regular newsletters, you can subscribe using the form just on the right of this post! You could be the next lucky winner!

Tiger mums relax at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

As Tigerair starts flights direct from Sydney to the Whitsunday Coast from Tuesday, April 1 2014, all Tiger mums can relax the discipline a bit and start planning a low cost, autumn break at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach.

Combined with the start of the April school holidays, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is also holding Grandparents Week from Monday, April 7 to Friday April 11, 2014 allowing the extended family to enjoy a holiday together and some wonderful activities in tropical paradise.

With school out for first term and 10 hectares of resort to roam each day, kids are kept busy from sunrise to sunset. Kite making/flying, photo trails, beading and scavenger hunts set the tone for the kids while adults can enjoy poolside massages, tennis, mini-golf, bingo and movie nights. Other special events during the week include “Battle of the Granny & Gramps”, park olympics, family portraits and roast dinner night.

Resort owner Naomi McKinnon said, “our aim is to give the whole family a wonderful, memorable holiday. There is no doubt that one of the most common comments we get from parents is that “the kids were kept so busy and happy, that was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had!”

To find out more about the new Tigerair flights, easy access options to the region and what’s on during the school holidays go to, and

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Quarterly draw winner announced

Congratulations to “Melissa R”, who is the prizewinner of our quarterly newsletter subscriber draw! The next prize will be drawn on 31 January 14 and the lucky winner will enjoy 3 nights at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in a Deluxe Studio. If you don’t already receive our regular newsletters, visit our home page and subscribe! You could be the next lucky winner!

Camp and Care - BIG4

Everyone’s favourite Camp and Care weekend

Pack your swag and esky and head down to BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach for everyone’s favourite camping weekend from 15-17 November. Friday night is only $20 per camp site for the family and the weekend includes heaps of fantastic activities with exclusive late check out on Sunday for Camp and Care guests.

Camp and Care with BIG4 is a charity event which brings lots of local families and friends together in a true community atmosphere whilst supporting a worthwhile local cause. This year money raised will go towards a portable hoist for the special education unit at the Proserpine State School. With a full park and heaps of atmosphere, there will be hundreds of families enjoying outdoor games and fun competitions, poolside massages, outdoor movies, a mini golf tournament and the pizza and Wii Just Dance outdoor disco on Saturday night.

The BIG4 Activity Co-ordinators keep the kids busy all weekend with a massive “What’s On” schedule starting with a scavenger hunt on Friday and running non-stop until the last outdoor movie on Sunday night. Owner Naomi McKinnon says, “this is one of our favourite weekends of the year as so many local people love to get their friends together and come down to the resort to enjoy themselves whilst at the same time assisting in raising funds for a local cause. Last year we started the Wii Let’s Dance outdoor disco and it was a wonderful night under the stars and fun for all ages.”

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is set in 26 acres of beautiful tropical gardens and has masses of facilities including a lagoon-style swimming pool, water slides, outdoor cinema, giant jumping pillow, pedal karts, full-size tennis court, mini-golf, adventure playground, basketball, volleyball, badminton, bocce and table tennis. Places are filling fast so bookings are essential. To reserve your powered camping site for the Camp and Care with BIG4 weekend 15-17 November call 1300 640 587

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Christmas in July in the Whitsundays

Christmas holidays all wrapped up!

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has the Christmas holidays all wrapped up for you this year with heaps of free entertainment and fun workshops for the kids, providing plenty of time for parents to get a healthy break as well. From the first week of the December school holidays through to the end of January you will always find something happening at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort.

The ever popular Santa’s Workshops return from 16 – 20 December providing a chance for kids to make hand-made gifts the old fashioned way. With Mrs Claus and her helpers, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the range of tasty treats and creative gifts your kids will bring home each day. With this pre-Christmas entertainment running daily from 9am – 3pm, parents will have time to peacefully enjoy the interesting range of shops in Airlie Beach and Proserpine. The resort has even put together a map with suggestions for some of the unique local stores to visit.

From Christmas Eve to New Year’s Eve the resort is buzzing with kids enjoying the daily activities program, parents relaxing with new found friends and a family style atmosphere that will put everyone in a holiday mood. Christmas carols by the pool, outdoor movies, NYE family disco, pancake breakfasts, Kids Club and a range of daily activities will ensure everyone makes the most of this special time of year.

And then a very special workshop for kids who love to dance runs 6-10 January and will be held by well-known Australian dancer Sally Hare. Sally, who toured Australia in the musical ‘Fame’ and also competed in the TV show ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ will have the kids stomping, romping, moving and grooving all week long. Morning and afternoon sessions will be held with varying age groups running throughout the week and classes will be fun and interactive. These workshops are free of charge to house guests.

Resort owner Naomi McKinnon says, “our January holiday workshops are hugely popular and we have many guests who come back every year just because their kids love these activities. Even for those kids who don’t like organised classes, there are still heaps of things to do around the resort and friends to play with. We really try to ensure there is plenty of choice for everyone.”

For parents tearing their hair out by the end of the holidays, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort also does the special “Kids Driving You Nuts” package which runs from 13 – 23 January with kids staying free, heaps of free inclusions and a massive fun-filled daily activity schedule.

If you want happy kids, plenty of activities, outdoor movies, pool parties, organised entertainment and lots more, then BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort in Airlie Beach is the ideal Whitsunday holiday location for you. It is a vibrant, family orientated resort set in 10 tropical hectares where you will make holiday memories to last a lifetime. There’s no other Whitsunday accommodation which offers so much value for families. For more information call 1300 640 587.

New Development for Whitsunday meeting market

Event venues Whitsundays

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort welcomed the member for Dawson, George Christensen MP, to break ground on their ground breaking new Whitsunday conference and meeting venue. It could also have been called a naming ceremony with the new meeting facility christened “The Palm House”.

Jointly funded by BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort and a $250,000 federal grant from the Tourism Industry Regional Development Fund (TIRF), owner Greg McKinnon said, “we are thrilled to be starting the hands-on process of building the facility after all the applications and paperwork are now completed. We believe we have come up with a beautiful design which will work for many different groups and The Palm House will be a real asset to the Whitsundays meeting market. We appreciate the support of the Federal Government grant to help the Whitsundays area grow and prosper.”

The design incorporates a number of rooms to allow for small multi-use groups or larger gatherings of up to 100 guests. With an established reputation for their beautiful landscaped gardens, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort will create another oasis of tropical gardens and water features around The Palm House. The first few bookings for The Palm House have already been taken for mid 2014.

The Palm House will enhance the current resort accommodation and function facilities and offer a new and better designed meeting space for Airlie Beach. BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort already has years of experience in creating exciting events for their guests and The Palm House will make the experience even more enjoyable. Owner Naomi McKinnon says, “this is such an exciting development for our business and also for the Whitsunday business and tourism markets. We pride ourselves on our exciting school holiday programs, workshops and well organised activities and we already have steady bookings from visiting school groups and large family gatherings so The Palm House will enable us to have greater flexibility and provide a quality venue for all types of group events and meetings being held in the Whitsundays.”

The award-winning resort offers self-catering Airlie Beach accommodation and an extensive range of quality facilities and services, gorgeous cabins and friendly, helpful staff. Set amongst 26 acres of lush tropical gardens the resort caters for a variety of budgets and tastes with a wide range of Whitsunday accommodation options from camping and caravanning sites to designer decorated Luxury Three Bedroom Condos. On top of the everyday activities there are organised pool-side parties, outdoor movies, family trivia nights and plenty of socialising for everyone. It is a vibrant, family orientated resort which captures the essence of the relaxed Queensland lifestyle.

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort has capacity for over 700 guests and offers easy access to the Whitsunday islands and Great Barrier Reef, a vast array of tours, fishing, boating and water based activities.