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You don’t need to holiday on a tropical island to get the full Whitsundays experience. The Airlie Beach mainland should definitely also be on your bucket list.

When you think of the Whitsundays, you automatically think of the glorious tropical islands and that amazing Great Barrier Reef. But don’t discount the adjacent mainland for an equally-as-memorable Whitsundays experience.

Airlie Beach might be the mainland gateway to the Whitsunday islands but it is a coveted holiday destination in its own right. With easy access via the Whitsunday Coast Airport (near Proserpine) or even by road for those keen to drive (it’s a do-able 12-hour drive from Brisbane), Airlie Beach offers all holiday types – from romantic couples retreats to family-friendly fun. And you will still get that island feel from Airlie Beach with its stunning aqua-green water, yachts and other luxury watercraft traversing the local coastline and a lush green tropical vista.

One of the newest and most luxe players in mainland accommodation is Mirage Whitsundays. Located adjacent to Abel Point Marina at Cannonvale, just outside the Airlie Beach CBD, it’s a premium, five-star slice of Whitsunday paradise. Mirage Whitsundays spokesperson Ben Clifford says the resort’s serene waterfront location is the first thing that greets guests.

“We also provide luxurious contemporary living and ensure that you won’t want for anything in our self-contained and opulent five-star rooms,” Ben says. “These spacious north-facing apartments are flooded with natural light and framed by breathtaking views. This is indeed refined and luxurious apartment living.”

`Ben says Mirage Whitsundays offers 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom villas with individual plunge pools as well as 4-bedroom penthouses for those holiday-makers wanting to go all out. The penthouses come complete with their own private 10-metre lap pools.

“The villas are nothing but an indulgent and luxurious pleasure to soak into,” Ben says. “And the penthouses are simply the very best in luxury living.”

In the pipeline for this resort is also a three-storey restaurant, a day spa and gymnasium, all set for unveiling in January 2017. As a holiday home base, Mirage Whitsundays is the perfect location to comb the boutiques and myriad of restaurants and bars that Airlie Beach has to offer, as well as the popular Airlie Beach lagoon and more.

Visit www.miragewhitsundays.com.au

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