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Grandchester

The tiny hamlet of Grandchester is located 20 minutes from Ipswich and 45 minutes from Brisbane. The pride of Grandchester is the Grandchester Railway Station, built in 1865 and the terminus for the first railway line built in Queensland.

Before the construction of the railway line, Grandchester was little more than a whistle-stop for travellers, and was known as Bigge's Camp. Queensland's Governor at the time, felt that a place at the centre of such a significant historical event deserved a more dignified name, and so renamed the site Grandchester.

Visitors can experience the days of the steam engine at Grandchester's Model Steam Railway (open the first Sunday of each month from 10am to 2pm) by riding scale models of steam (and diesel) locomotives.

Not far from the railway station, the historic buildings of an old homestead have been restored and converted into Spicers Hidden Vale, a luxury rural retreat.

The nearby villages of Walloon and Rosewood are of equal historical significance with heritage buildings lining the streets and charming aspects making them well worth a look.

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Ipswich Rd
Grandchester, Ipswich Area
Queensland
Australia

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10 August 2017
Airlie Beach Race Week, is renowned amongst sailors Australia wide as a vibrant, exciting, fun and well run event. It is now the largest keelboat regatta staged on Queensland's mainland coast, last year attracting an equal size fleet to the 2015 Sydney to Hobart (108 vessels).

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

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25 March 2017
The Airlie Beach Saturday Markets are located on the foreshore of Airlie Beach, every Saturday morning. Complete with local produce, art, craft and all locally made souvenirs, it is a great place to spend some time, have a coffee or purchase a unique gift.

Whitsunday Writers Festival

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1 September 2017
The Whitsunday Writers Festival is a weekend event featuring talks from authors. There will be creative writing workshops, and Friday evening is a free opening party. Guests can mix and mingle with the authors on an intimate basis.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music

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9 November 2017
Located at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music is set in the most beautiful tropical waterfront location in Australia. Geared to an over 30s audience, escape for an entertaining weekend of quality live music and glorious days under the sun.

Whitsunday Reef Festival

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3 August 2017
The Whitsunday Reef Festival celebrates the reef and what it means to live in the Whitsundays, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. The region's favourite festival is a delicious combination of family fun, all-night celebrations, local food and fashion and some of the biggest street parties in the north.

Airlie Beach Festival Of Music

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10 November 2017
Airlie Beach Festival Of Music runs over three days and is located at the Airlie Beach Whitsunday Sailing Club with many side shows at local venues around Airlie Beach. The whole town comes alive with 74 Bands in 18 venues over three days.

Chocolate Week

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1 April 2017
The ultimate sweet fix for the school holidays. Got a soft centre for a really unique family holiday? Then they've got the sweetest fix of all. BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort's famous 'Kids in the Kitchen' presents Chocolate Week, choc-a-block full of wicked indulgence and great gooey all-you-can-eat fun for kids.
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25 September 2017
Spring Break Whitsundays is a five day, four night party offered to students up the east coast of Australia. Experience the best the Whitsundays has to offer during the day and at night, you will party like you've never partied!

Run The Great Whitsunday Trail

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24 September 2017
Run The Great Whitsunday Trail takes you on a 28.7 kilometre adventure through the beautiful rainforest of the Conway National Park, starting at Brandy Creek and finishing at the Airlie Beach Lagoon. It is a demanding course with many steep uphill sections and uneven ground.

Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival

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3 September 2017
Triathlon event with junior races, beginner (shorter distance) and established athlete elements, all with team options, a support swim event and an accompanying community/event fair. The triathlon itself involves a swim in the azure waters of a sheltered bay just meters from the vibrant heart of the Great Barrier Reef;
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