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Taroom

The tell-tale sign that you’ve arrived in Taroom is the Steel Wings windmill at the northern entry to town. Manufactured around the turn of the 20th Century, the windmill is a rare commodity, being only one of two known windmills of its type still in working order.

The landmark says a lot about the town. Taroom is steeped in early European history and built on primary industries – first sheep, now cattle and grain.

The region opened up to settlers in the 1840s with the northern exploits of early explorer Ludwig Leichhardt. The good doctor took a liking to the place while camped by the Dawson River, carving his initials and year date – LL 1844 – into the bark of a coolabah tree. The initials long since gone – in somewhat controversial circumstances – the tree still stands pride of place in the main street, which is as it happens, the Leichhardt Highway.

A pleasant walk up the hill takes you to Gilbert’s Lookout, named after Leichhardt’s companion who met a violent end here.

Across town in Yaldwyn Street, Leichhardt Park is the site of Leichhardt’s memorial. The park is dedicated to the region’s native flora with weeping bottle brush, flaxleaf paperbark, lemon scented gum, swamp mahogany and bloodwood found throughout the grounds. The exception is a single Aleppo Pine, seeded from Lone Pine on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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Yaldwyn Street
Taroom, Banana Area
Queensland
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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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