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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

Clipper Race Welcome Party, Airlie Beach Foreshore, Friday 19th January 2018, 4pm - 8pm

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

Progressive Cruise 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

Please contact Tourism Whitsundays on (07) 4948 5900 for more information


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.



 Clipper Race Arrival
Abell Point Marina


 Clipper Race Welcome Party 
 Airlie Beach Foreshore


 White on Whitehaven Long

 Whitehaven Beach


 Progressive Cruise Lunch
 Various locations


 Rodeo by the Reef


 Barbecue by the Reef


 Parade of Sails Clipper
 Race Departure
Abell Point Marina




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