The region's newest sunset tour launched last week. Picture: Laura Thomas
The region's newest sunset tour launched last week. Picture: Laura Thomas

Sneak peek of the region’s newest sunset tour

THE region’s newest sunset tour officially launched last week giving visitors a taste of an exclusive Whitsunday island with a cocktail in hand.

The new ZigZag Whitsunday tour leaves from Coral Sea Marina and picks up speed as it jets guests in a 1200 horsepower boat along the coastline past Shute Harbour.

After just half an hour, guests arrive at Palm Bay Resort on Long Island where they are welcomed by clear seas, white sand and a signature cocktail (or two).

Staff serve up cocktails to guests and dinner will soon be available for order and ready on arrival to the island. Picture: Laura Thomas
Staff serve up cocktails to guests and dinner will soon be available for order and ready on arrival to the island. Picture: Laura Thomas

Palm Bay Resort general manager Caroline Murray said she had been trying to team up with ZigZag to launch a sunset cruise for several years.

“I just think that Airlie Beach is missing something to do after dark,” she said.

“It’s different from any other tour.”

Guests can make the most of the oceanfront lounges to watch the sunset or park up on the sand.

The tour gives visitors a taste of Palm Bay Resort on Long Island. Picture: Laura Thomas
The tour gives visitors a taste of Palm Bay Resort on Long Island. Picture: Laura Thomas

For the first few weeks, light snacks will be provided on the cruise but by the end of the month guests will be able to pre-order dinner from the resort and it will be ready on arrival.

Running from Friday to Monday, the sunset cruise fits 35 guests which makes the island experience all the more exclusive.

Guests can kick back and enjoy the sunset from the oceanfront bar. Picture: Laura Thomas
Guests can kick back and enjoy the sunset from the oceanfront bar. Picture: Laura Thomas

Ms Murray said guests coming to the island on the ZigZag tour could get a taste of a stay on the island with hopes they would return.

The impacts of border closures and coronavirus provided a welcome nudge in getting the tour off the ground.

“You have to think differently about how you’re going to run your business right now,” Ms Murray said.

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“If it’s not bums in beds then let’s get people here to experience an island.

“Now’s as good a time as any.”

All bookings can be made on the ZigZag website and the tour costs $59 for adults and $49 for children.

More information on the ZigZag sunset cruise can be found here.