Readers of Australian Traveller magazine have given BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday the ‘thumbs up’ as the best tourist park in Australia. Known affectionately as the “Frog Park’, this tropical oasis is located in Airlie Beach and is a well-known award-winning resort and almost a destination unto itself. The Whitsundays walked away with 4 awards with Queensland winning the most awards of any state.
The Readers’ Choice Awards are the only consumer awards for tourism in Australia. More than 1000 Australian Travellermagazine readers nominated their all-time favourite travel destinations and experiences throughout the country in a survey comprising twenty-two categories conducted by the magazine over the past four months. The bi-monthly magazine is the most authoritative, accessible and informative source for Australians committed to travelling and conducts the Reader’s Choice Awards on an annual basis.
Announced at a ‘who’s who’ of the travel industry night in Sydney on Tuesday 4 December, owner Greg McKinnon said, “It has been a fantastic year of recognition for us winning many awards including the Whitsunday and Queensland Tourism Awards. This Australia wide reader’s choice award really confirms from the end-user that we are delivering a wonderful product. We have continued to work hard to maintain our high standards and this award is recognition of that. We thank all our guests who made the effort to complete the survey. The awards also confirm the Whitsundays is really one of Australia’s best holiday destinations.”
The McKinnon’s believe the secret to their multi-award winning business includes providing superior customer service, maintaining a focus on the guest, paying attention to the little things and empowering their staff. The McKinnon family have owned the resort for over 19 years and they have received a total of 29 tourism-related awards in that time. The family remains totally committed and involved in the day to day management of the business.
Set amongst 10 hectares of landscaped gardens, Adventure Whitsunday offers guests the ultimate relaxed Australian family holiday. The resort includes Airlie Beach’s largest heated lagoon-style swimming pool, water slides, a full-size tennis court, an impressive 18-hole mini-golf course, outdoor movies, organized social events, modern amenities, free BBQs, camp kitchen, games and recreation room and wireless internet. Kids are kept busy outside with games and activities and making new friends while parents enjoy the friendly social atmosphere. Offering the only mainland resort Kid’s Club and a full-time Activities Co-ordinator, there’s a year-round Activity Program and special holiday workshops to ensure there is plenty to do for every age and visitor.
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday has capacity for over 700 guests and offers easy access to the Great Barrier Reef, Whitsunday Islands, a vast array of tours, fishing, boating and water based activities. For more information and bookings go to www.adventurewhitsunday.com.au. The Whitsundays is located half way between Brisbane and Cairns and include Airlie Beach and 74 islands right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The region enjoys a sub-tropical climate and is accessible by air, road, rail or sea. For more information go to www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au. The full list of award winners and runners up is published in the summer edition of Australian Traveller magazine, on sale Wednesday 5 December. They can also be found at www.australiantraveller.com. 5 December 2012