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Kynuna

Kynuna was established in the 1860s and in its early days boasted three hotels. It was a staging post for Cobb and Co Coaches. Today Kynuna has just one hotel, the famous Blue Heeler Hotel.

Kynuna is most famous for its links with Banjo Paterson and the 'Waltzing Matilda' poem. Folklore has it that Bob MacPherson (owner of Dagworth Station) told Banjo the story of the suicide of Samuel Hoffmeister beside the Combo Waterhole, 13 kilometres upstream of the Diamantina River, in September 1894. Hoffmeister had reportedly been one of the striking shearers involved in the burning down of the Dagworth Woolshed. This story, together with other stories which Paterson had heard, inspired him to write 'Waltzing Matilda', at Dagworth. Christina MacPherson, Paterson's then fiancee, adapted a popular Scottish tune 'Craiglea' to become the original music for 'Waltzing Matilda'.

Combo Waterhole, situated a few kilometres south of Kynuna, is reportedly the site of the famous billabong in Australia's national folk song. A 2.5 kilometre round trip takes you on a walk along cobbled paths to this waterhole, situated on the Diamantina River. Here you can enjoy a bush picnic or walk through the dry channels of the Diamantina to the famous waterhole, crossing historic stone-pitched overshots built by Chinese labourers more than a century ago.

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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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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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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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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;

Whitsunday SUP Day

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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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