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One&Only Whitsundays


All eyes were on the Whitsundays today as Qantas returned direct flights between Sydney and Great Barrier Reef Airport, making it easier for Sydneysiders to head to the Whitsundays.

Qantas will operate three flights per week on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday during peak season (July and September through to January) and bi-weekly services on Wednesdays and Sunday during off peak season.

The new route will be a welcome boost for the Whitsundays’ 74 tropical islands, including renowned Hamilton Island and the One&Only Hayman Island which opened yesterday.

The One&Only Resort has undergone an $80 million redevelopment in a bid to “redefine luxury” in Australia. The private island now boasts new accommodation and redesigned spaces for its visitors.


A new pool wing and restaurants have been constructed, however the total number of suites at the resort has been reduced from 209 to 160. The suites range from $735 per night for a one bedroom apartment to $10,000 per night for the Three Bedroom Owners Penthouse.

The design, interiors and landscape architecture are the result of collaboration between Kerzner International and DBI Design.

The opening of the One&Only Resort coincided with the return of direct Qantas flights from Sydney to the Whitsunday Islands, signaling renewed confidence in the state’s tourism industry, opening the skies to more than 10,000 additional visitors a year.

Ahead of the launch, visited the Whitsundays and our tips for the perfect mini-break are revealed here. For information on One&Only Resort, contact

Image credit: SMH

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