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The Whitsundays will come alive with festivities and fun when the Worlds Most Wondrous Sailing event 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 Rolex 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 2 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.

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

  • Community Welcome Event, Airlie Beach Foreshore, Friday 19th January 2018, 4pm - 8pm


  • White on Whitehaven Long Lunch, Whitehaven Beach, Saturday 20th January 2018


  • Progressive Lunch, Various locations, Sunday 21st January 2018


  • Rodeo by the Reef, Bowen, Saturday 27th January 2018 


  • Public Open Clipper Race Yacht Days, Abell Point Marina, 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 26th & 27th January 2018


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



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