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Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival

The Whitsundays will come alive with festivities and fun when the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race arrives, in January 2018 for the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival.

Airlie Beach will host the twelve identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts, their skippers and their international crew and supporters as the final stop of the Australian leg of the race. Following the iconic Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race in January, and incorporating a stop-over for the internationally renowned and spectacular Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, the carnival will be a weeklong celebration of vibrant regional events and activities showcasing the beauty of the Whitsundays.

Set in the idyllic location of the Whitsunday Islands within the heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival will feature signature events such as a long lunch on the iconic Whitehaven Beach, a rodeo on the coastal beaches of Bowen and a large scale community welcome event. This will be Queensland’s pre-eminent National and Global sailing festival highlighting the 

stunning natural landscapes of the Whitsundays.

A full schedule of the ticketing information and how you can be a part of the week-long celebration will be coming soon.

A wide range of Whitsundays accommodation and tours are available for booking over the Carnival and can be selected from the options below.

For now here are some event dates to get your plans underway

Community Welcome Event 

Airlie Beach Foreshore, Friday 19th January 2018, 4pm - 8pm

A FREE community party to welcome the Clipper Race Crew to celebrate their arrival in the Whitsundays. There will be markets stalls, live music, children's rides and much much more. So bring your family along and stroll through the markets and enjoy meeting the crew of the Round the World Clipper Yachts.

White on Whitehaven Lunch

Whitehaven Beach, Saturday 20th January 2018

You will board the boat that will take to on a relaxing cruise to Whitehaven Beach. On arrival, you will be greeted with a glass of champagne and canapes as you make your way to the beautiful setting of the long table. The menu will consist of local seafood along with an array of Bbq meats, salads and tantalising desserts. A bar will available offering a range of beers, wines and cocktails that will mesmerise your taste buds.

Progressive Lunch

Various locations, Sunday 21st January 2018

A wonderful yacht cruise for a progressive lunch where you will visit a number of locations along the Whitsundays coastline. You will indulge in delectable food and wine as a part of the Whitsundays experience. You will dine on the best of what the region has to offer in seafood and fresh regional produce. 

Rodeo by the Reef

Bowen, Saturday 27th January 2018 

Rodeo by the Reef is to provide a family atmosphere, entertainment and Rodeo action. The event will include Bull Riding, Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing and Junior event. There will also be live music, mechanical bull, Australasian BBQ Competition and children's activities. This is an event for the whole family to enjoy 

You can view the Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival media kit here. 

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