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Great Barrier Reef

With more than 100 ways to experience the Great Barrier Reef, Tropical North Queensland offers the ultimate personalised adventure on the world's largest and most spectacular coral reef system.

Swim with dwarf minke whales on the ribbon reefs off Port Douglas, snorkel with turtles at a sand cay, dive among colourful coral gardens on the outer reef or camp on a deserted island to watch the sun rise over the Great Barrier Reef.

Join a live-aboard dive boat for days and nights of underwater exploration, keep your hair dry on a helmet dive or zoom along on an underwater scooter. Go under your own steam paddling to a nearby island from the beautiful Cape Tribulation beach or board a helicopter for a breathtaking aerial view of the reef.

Enjoy the seclusion of a luxurious island resort in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef where you can leisurely explore a colourful underwater world, dine with the Coral Sea lapping your toes, discover marine birdlife or gaze at the ocean while you laze in a spa.

Tropical North Queensland is the closest destination to the Great Barrier Reef. Travel to a pontoon on the outer edge of the reef, dive straight from the back of the boat or swim out from an island to see some of the 1500 species of fish, 4000 species of molluscs and 400 types of coral that live in this diverse ecosystem.

Try an introductory dive to see the reef and its colourful marine life up close or learn to dive so you can complete multiple underwater adventures as a certified diver. The enormous variety of diving experiences includes plummeting Coral Sea wall dives, diving alongside giant potato cod, joining reef sharks at night or witnessing the annual coral spawn.

Diving, snorkelling, sailing, cruising and island hopping are all part of everyday life in Tropical North Queensland, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

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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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Free Entry
29 April 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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From AU$25 - 290
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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From AU$127.80 - 1000
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.
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From AU$549 - 849
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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From AU$125 - 175
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;

Whitsunday SUP Day

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From AU$30 - 220
13 May 2017
Whitsunday SUP and Yoga Day on Airlie Beach Foreshore. Come and Try Day: Beginners are welcome. Start with Beach Yoga warm (bring your own yoga mat or towel) then enjoy a beginner paddle techniques lesson and a guided leisure paddle (bring your own board or hire on the day).
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