Things sure looked different in the ‘90s.
Billy Ray Cyrus wouldn’t stop crooning about his “achy, breaky heart”, Hypercolour T-shirts were a wardrobe must-have, and Will Smith was still an up-and-coming Fresh Prince.
And if you were in Airlie Beach in the ‘90s, chances are you would have been wearing neon shorts and carving up the dance floor at Magnums. But the recent $22 million redevelopment of the Airlie Beach main street means the town is looking fresher than a Kardashian post-Botox.
Airlie Beach has long been seen a backpackers nirvana, and rightly so, but with trendy new cafes that will satisfy any caffeine addiction, upmarket serviced apartments with sweeping views, restaurants worth flying to, and the chance to jump on a yacht and sail around 74 island wonders, it’s obvious the town has had more than a celebrity nip and tuck.
A new competition promises to take revellers of the past on a trip down memory lane and is offering the chance for one lucky winner and three mates to ‘flash-forward’ for a Whitsundays getaway.
Check out these retro-fabulous ‘then and now’ photos of the Whitsundays and see how far it’s come.