You can shop and eat at the new terminal
THERE are two good reasons to check in early at the new Cruise Whitsundays maritime terminal - a brand new retail store and a new cafe.
'Ocean Image' is the latest venture for Adelyn Retail owner Lyn Gregson whose new store at the Port of Airlie terminal will be her seventh in the Whitsundays.
Ms Gregson said the store, with opening hours to suit all departures and arrivals, would sell "exactly what you need when you're having a day out on the water".
"It'll be hats, thongs, towels, sunnies, underwater cameras, bags and a selection of Airlie Beach Heart of the Reef products," she said.
"If you've forgotten anything, we'll have it here for you."
Ms Gregson said she jumped at the chance to be the first and only retailer at the terminal "because we believe this gateway opportunity will provide our visitors with the option to further explore our very broad retail offering within the Whitsundays".
Likewise, co-owner of Denman Cellars, Ben Hayman, said starting the terminal's new licensed Denmans Cafe would perfectly compliment his existing business.
"We thought it would be a really good opportunity just because there's so many people coming in and out of here - it's good exposure for both this and our current beer cafe at Port of Airlie," he said.
Denmans Cafe will be open from 6am-6pm, seven days a week, serving homemade, easy-to-eat food, freshly prepared on site.
Mr Hayman said there would be tasty treats such as pies, wraps, sandwiches, Paninis and sweets, all with "a Denmans flare".
"And there will be really good coffee," he said, promising to serve Lonsdale Street Roasters coffee beans, all the way from Canberra.
Last but not least, Mr Hayman invited locals to come and check out the cafe's outdoor timber deck, where customers can enjoy a brew or a bite to eat with the ultimate water view.
"Not only do we want to serve the guests of Cruise Whitsundays, but we'd like the town to come down too.
We can seat 160 people so anyone can come down for lunch and everyone's welcome," he said.