Why Does this Whitsunday Terraces Web Site Exist?

This Whitsunday Terraces web site exists primarily to provide individual Body Corporate owners of Lots with photographs within the Whitsunday Terraces Resort. In particular, this site highlights issues relating to their own Lots, and to the common property, that may need to be attended to by Whitsunday Terraces Resort Management or the Body Corporate committee.

It is not an official site of the Whitsunday Terraces Resort Management, who are probably horrified that it exists. See their official Whitsunday Terraces Resort accommodation booking web site to arrange to stay at beautiful Airlie Beach.

This web site is not a publication of the Whitsunday Terraces Body Corporate committee. Body Corporate committees do not do web sites. The Body Corporate committee are unpaid Lot owners who volunteer to serve on the committee. Some of the Body Corporate committee members may make use of photographs found here, to direct Resort Management attention to areas needing improvement.

This Whitsunday Terraces photographic site is provided by an individual Lot owner at Whitsunday Terraces at Airlie Beach. Most of the commentary is taken from my online diary, since I noted various events when they occurred.

This is not a travel site. It is not an accommodation site. It exists purely as a repository of comments and photographs of problems and resolution of items of interest to fellow owners of Whitsunday Terraces Lots.

Booking Accommodation at Whitsunday Terraces

This web site is intended for Body Corporate owners of apartments in Whitsunday Terraces, not for potential guests. Make room bookings for accommodation at Whitsunday Terraces Resort, Airlie Beach, overlooking the Coral Sea, at the Resort Manager's web site.

Who Writes About Whitsunday Terraces?

The writer owns a Lot at Whitsunday Terraces, and has lived there on and off since 1998. He maintains regular contact with several other resident owners. He takes photographs whenever he is staying at the Whitsunday Terraces. These photographs form the basis of the information on this web site.

The writer started this web site because he was horrified about the needless decline of the iconic Whitsunday Terraces resort from around 2009.

A change of Resort Management in late 2011 has lead to rapid improvements in the resort, with more improvements coming in 2012 and 2013. However the downturn in tourism means there is still a battle to keep the Whitsunday Terraces up to the sort of standard the wonderful view and location deserves.

What is Whitsunday Terraces Resort?

Whitsunday Terraces on Golden Orchid Drive, one block above the main street, was the first large resort to take advantage of the magnificent ocean views from the hillside surrounding Airlie Beach. Whitsunday Terraces still has probably the best compromise position between close to town (same block), great north facing ocean views from almost every room, not being too far to walk up a steep hill, and not having other large structures on the hillside below it to spoil the ocean view.

Whitsunday Terraces started as a privately developed resort hotel in the 1980's. However after some years, the owners decided to sell off most of the twin key units to individual owners. A handful of owners live in their units. Most owners rent out their units either to tourists on day visits, or in the case of units that have not been renovated recently, as longer term accommodation for local workers.

The quality of the interior of each unit is mostly determined by when it was last renovated by the owner, and by how well it has been maintained. Neither Resort Management nor the Body Corporate committee control that renovation decision. So if booking, remember there may be better (or worse) rooms available. This is a very common situation in tourist resorts in Queensland. Only in brand new resorts is every room of identical standard.

Why So Few Photographs?

While the writer has several thousand photographs taken within the Whitsunday Terraces, there are technical issues with ensuring that smaller photographs put on web sites include correct Exif information relating to the dates the original was taken.

The originals are large, several megabyte each. This makes them too large for casual web downloads. I do not want to put too many photos up until I can also ensure that the correct date information is available for each reduced size photograph. The smaller photographs will (eventually) link with the originals, so that the date information can be confirmed by anyone who views them.

In short, when I write a proper photo album creator, all the photographs will be available, in full original size, if required.

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Whitsunday Terraces resort is to the left, on the hillside above the main street.