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Our Amazing Events

The Whitsundays events calendar is brimming with activities for all ages. From marathons and triathlons, to yacht races and music festivals, the Whitsundays landscape truly comes alive as our events are staged throughout the year.

One of the biggest events of the year on the Whitsunday social calendar is the annual Airlie Beach Festival of Music, in November, when the mainland hosts thousands of music fans. The annual festival attracts top acts from around the world to play in the central ‘big top’ marquee right on the waterfront, next to the Whitsunday Sailing Club. Musicians also play at many bars and restaurants around the town to create a lively and vibrant atmosphere throughout the weekend.

Winter in the Whitsundays, meanwhile, is a sports lover’s paradise, as there is a whole raft of exciting sporting events on offer. First up is the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft, in June, on the banks of the Bowen River, with plenty of adrenalin-fuelled action and family-friendly activities. This is followed by Airlie Beach Race Week, in August, one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the Australian yachting calendar, drawing hundreds of competitors, their families and friends to the region.

As a lead-in to Race Week, the Great Barrier Reef Festival celebrates living in the heart of the reef and brings together fashion, food and plenty of family fun, with games and competitions for the kids, a classic car display, parties, live music and the ‘famous’ Saturday afternoon street parade.

Winter is also a great time for athletic events in the Whitsundays, with the mild winter weather attracting athletes from the cooler southern states for a “race-cation” in the tropics.

In June, the Great Whitehaven Beach Run is a memorable experience on the pristine sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach and a unique, fun event for the whole family looking for a fitness challenge.

In July, the annual Airlie Beach Running Festival takes place on the mainland, the Whitsundays’ premier running event and the largest onshore mass participation event in the region, including the Heart of the Reef Marathon (42.2km) and the free Turtle Club 1km Family Fun Walk.

And as spring starts to spread its warmth throughout the Whitsundays, the Airlie Beach Triathlon takes place, in September. Established in 1999, the event continues to evolve and has become an ‘event weekend’ in the Whitsundays.

Also in spring, Airlie Beach becomes energised when thousands of university students arrive for their annual ‘Spring Break’ in the tropical seaside town, keen to take advantage of this aquatic playground and make the most of all the fun activities there are on offer.

And last but not least, both the community and holidaymakers come together on Australia Day every January for the Great Australian Bites – an afternoon of Australia Day celebrations, tasty food and live performances in Fairy Tree Park, on the Airlie Beach foreshore. Relax to the sounds of local musicians while chefs from local restaurants serve up culinary delights, showcase tasting plates and give cooking demonstrations.

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