What's a holiday without taking a few trinkets back home as a momento? Particularly if home is in a cold climate and you want the warmth of a tropical holiday to carry you through until the next warm climate getaway. Or perhaps you're after a slinky summer dress for a special dinner or looking for a special gift for a loved one. Here's a few places where you'll find something uniquely Whitsundays.
Airlie Beach Markets
Each Saturday morning the foreshore between the Whitsunday Sailing Club and the Lagoon transforms into a buzzing outdoor market beneath the coconut palms. Pick up trinkets and souvenirs from local artists, relax with a neck and shoulder massage or grab a coffee. Pick up some fresh tropical fruit, find a spot on the grass and indulge in a little discreet people watching.
Colour Me Crazy, Proserpine
Brazenly bohemian, Colour Me Crazy is a wildly kaleidoscopic clash of colourful jewels, gifts and homewares. Ditch the sensible browns and beiges in favour of rainbow-hued cheeky caftans, sassy scarves and precocious pots. Not for shrinking violets.
Paya Boutique, Airlie Beach
A gorgeous 'feel good' lifestyle store, PAYA is a little like a curated collection of styles, ideas, origins and attitudes blended together in a beguiling boutique. Women's fashion and homewares are collated in an intriguing mix of handsome classics, eclectic treasures alongside the odd stylish surprise.
Divalicious, Airlie Beach
The brainchild of fashionable ex lawyer Sarah Homburg, Divalicous creates custom designed fascinators and headdresses. The boudoir-like store epitomises a feminine, glamorous style with a sex-kitten pinup rock-chick edge. Self-styled head candy for the suave and swanky, look no further than Divalicious if you're intent standing out in a crowd.
Moochas, Airlie Beach
Elegant and stylish with a conspicuous absence of resort wear, Moochas is the first choice for local ladies looking to spark up their wardrobe. From party dresses and big heels to smooth and slinky evening wear with accessories to match, Moochas is like an ever-reliable friend you can trust.
Court & Spark, Airlie Beach
An eclectic clothing and homewares boutique created by fashionista sisters who have pooled their love of fashion and creativity, Court & Spark caters to the young set with an occaisional nod to the classics.
Art Whitsunday Gallery, Airlie Beach
The creative outlet for around 80 Whitsunday artists, the gallery hosts work from painters, sculptures, printmakers, photographers and textile artists amongst others. Opening night to their annual exhibition is an eagerly anticipated 'kick your heels up' shindig with a prominent arts personality adding a touch of glamour.
Hamilton Island Art Gallery
Unleash your inner artist and be inspired by the tropics at Hamilton Island's art classes held at the gallery. Classes are conducted by the resident artist-in-house. Alternatively if you don't possess a creative gene, purchase artworks from a global collection of world-renowned artists. Pick up one-off pieces of jewellery featuring crystals, Venetian glass, pearls and gemstones.
Salt Swimwear, Hamilton Island
Looking for a sassy cover-up to throw over your bikini? Perhaps a pair of slinky sandals or a silky summer scarf to team with your LBD? You'll probably find something stylish and tropical to suit the occasion at SALT.
Hayman Island Boutique
While we're talking resort wear, One&Only Hayman Island has the goods if you've forgotten to pack something. Or perhaps you're looking for a designer piece perfectly suited to the tropics. Camilla, Seafolly, Scotch & Soda and Calvin Klein are all well represented in Hayman's elegant boutique.