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Whitsunday Reef Festival

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 5 August 2016 

The vibrant town of Airlie Beach will light up in August for the 16th annual Reef Festival as it celebrates 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.

The spectacular Fireworks on the Foreshore kick off the festival complete with carnival rides, food stalls and night markets lining Airlie's beautiful foreshore. Airlie's Main Street is closed to traffic for the weekend to host two massive street parties featuring live entertainment, a vintage car show and reef themed parade.

Other events include reef art installations, Comedy Gala, Frocktails fashion show, family fun day, beach races, helicopter joy rides and cocktails at the "Pop-up" Beach Bar making Reef Festival a perfect time to enjoy the gorgeous Whitsunday winter.

Event Dates

This event occurs annually:
5 August 2016
5 August 2016
6 August 2016
6 August 2016
7 August 2016
7 August 2016
8 August 2016
8 August 2016
9 August 2016
9 August 2016
10 August 2016
10 August 2016
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14 August 2016

Facilities

  • Bar

Other Information

Accessibility:

Accessible facilities available. Please contact operator for specific details.

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

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Whitsunday On The Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$120 - 180
Whitsunday On The Beach is located in the heart of Airlie Beach with private access to the beautiful Airlie Beach Lagoon. On site parking is available. The rooms are studio style apartments with various bedding arrangements, sleeping for two to five people. Units are self contained and you can walk to all restaurants and clubs to enjoy the Airlie nightlife.

BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort and Caravan Park

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$25 - 215
BIG4 Airlie Cove Resort and Caravan Park is a tranquil 28 acre tropical haven, offering a range of tourist park accommodation in a natural environment. The park is conveniently located two kilometres through Airlie Beach and it's setting along Lucas Creek next to the Conway National Park is home to an array of Australian wildlife. Both comfortable and affordable, Airlie Cove has a range of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation including deluxe Bali Villas, two bedroom family cabins, one and two bedroom cabins, ensuite cabins, park cabins, ensuite sites, powered or unpowered sites and campgrounds. The park is home to a large free form swimming pool and brand new water park, new jumping pillow and Pirate playground facility, laundry, amenities block, television room and internet facilities. With a plethora of local knowledge, the friendly reception staff can help with all your tour bookings.

Airlie Beach Magnums Backpackers

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$22 - 192
Magnums is a tropical oasis in the middle of Airlie Beach. Relax in their beautiful settings or take the short stroll to the famous Airlie Beach Lagoon, Abel Point Marina or Port of Airlie. Magnums is an "over 18 years only" budget holiday retreat in the heart of the beautiful Whitsundays. Magnums is within walking distance of all the fantastic restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and shopping precinct in Airlie Beach. Their affordable accommodation styles include dormitory rooms, cabins and private rooms which are surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. Their rooms have air-conditioning and ceiling fans for your comfort. Professionally cleaned linen is provided and rooms are cleaned daily by their friendly in-house housekeeping team. Magnums' facilities include two fully equipped shared kitchens, undercover eating area, tropical outdoor eating area, recreation room with free internet, 51 inch plasma television and DVD player, free DVD hire, games (your perfect Whitsundays entertainment room), coin operated washing machines in their laundry, free security deposit service and a free WiFi area, all for your convenience. Magnums also has an on-site tour desk offering all day and overnight sailing tours in the Whitsundays and beyond.

Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$45 - 150
Kipara Tropical Rainforest Retreat is located on an immense property and surrounded by lush tropical rainforest. They offer a wide range of facilities that caters superbly to both the overnight traveller and the short term resident. Kipara is two kilometres away from Airlie Beach, conveniently located less than one kilometre from the Whitsunday PCYC and Sports Park, 500 metres from the local bowls club, 300 metres from grocery and liquor stores and only steps away from public transport. The park comprises more than 75 private rooms, dispersed in separate accommodation buildings. They also have 13 Self Contained Cabins/Villas, some with private verandas, located close to the pool and barbecue areas. Located on site for guests convenience are three fully equipped camp kitchens, a cosy pool and sundeck, a large function room that groups of all numbers can utilise, guest laundry facilities, internet cafe, wireless internet access and free Tour Bookings available to plan and organise any and all excursions to the magnificent Whitsunday Islands!

Island Gateway Holiday Park

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$30 - 205
At the Island Gateway Holiday Park in Airlie Beach Whitsundays, Australia, you'll discover the wide range of accommodation styles and award winning modern facilities. From camp sites and camp-o-tels, to Deluxe Spa, and Tropical Villas, you will find the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing the beautiful Whitsundays and Airlie Beach, or relax in the Resort sized pool and spa. The Island Gateway provide much more than a caravan park. It is a total escape from the hustle and bustle with top facilities available for you including a wide range of accommodation styles, video games area, pool table, children's playground, barbecue facilities and much more. With cruise and tour bookings available from their reception, you can plan your entire Airlie Beach - Whitsunday holiday in beautiful resort-style surroundings. Island Gateway Holiday Park are the closest caravan park to Airlie Beach, located only 1.2 kilometres past the main street.

Seabreeze Tourist Park

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$29 - 175
Seabreeze Tourist Park is ideally located; it is the closest Park to Airlie Beach Town Centre and directly opposite the Cannonvale Beach. A leisurely stroll along the Bicentennial Walkway (along the water) and you are in the heart of Airlie Beach, passing shops and restaurants on the way. They have 13 acres of shaded grass and slab sites, both with and without power and plenty of room to pitch your tent in the camping area. Brand new amenities building is a quality inclusion to the park. Seabreeze Tourist Park is locally owned and run with the owners on site 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is pet friendly, and the closest tourist park on arrival to Airlie Beach. It offers free wi-fi and a huge unpowered camp area with a fully equipped camp kitchen . They also offer fully self contained accommodation that is very affordable. The friendly informative staff know the area. There is an abundance of wildlife in the park all year round. Seabreeze Tourist Park has an extensive tour booking service and get the best standbys, and they are always doing the best deals on accommodation and tours all year round.

at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
  • Deals
From AU$250 - 500
at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat sets new standards of luxury adult only boutique accommodation in the Whitsundays. Adjoining Airlie Beach and nestled on Pioneer bay which features pristine turquoise waters surrounded by breathtaking rainforest, guests can expect a high level of privacy coupled with exceptional unobtrusive personalised service. The luxury retreat comprises a collection of one bedroom suites and exclusive penthouse, with views over Port of Airlie and the Coral Sea. The luxury suites feature contemporary inspired interior furnishings that exude style and tropical ambience, natural timber louvres, spacious balcony with corner spa, gourmet galley kitchen and pebbled ensuite bathrooms. The penthouse features a four posted bed draped with silks, the master bathroom featuring a double person rain shower, generous powder room complete with private balcony overlooking lush rainforest, a gourmet kitchen, black marble bar complete with wine fridge and stainless steel fixtures. Externally the penthouse enjoys an expansive balcony complete with six person Jacuzzi. Exuding luxury, romance and tropical ambience, at Waterfront Whitsunday Retreat offers the travel connoisseur a perfect blend of relaxation, intimacy and personalised service for an unparalleled adult only retreat experience.

Coral Sea Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$265 - 390
Positioned on the absolute ocean front and just a short stroll via seaside boardwalk to the enchanting Airlie Beach village; with its relaxed atmosphere and collection of eclectic shops and cafes; lies the Coral Sea Resort, your Airlie Beach accommodation. A stroll in the opposite direction crossing a separate boardwalk with the sea below is Abell Point Marina, your direct access to the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Coral Sea Resort features a variety of hotel rooms including deluxe suites and one, two and three bedroom apartments, penthouses and beach houses. All Airlie Beach accommodation is serviced daily. Coral Sea Resort offers an enticing array of facilities including, an award winning oceanfront restaurant, private dining seaside gazebo, cocktail lounge, fitness room, disabled and lift access, massage facilities, private jetty, water sports, 25 metre pool, wedding chapel, 200 seat function room, resort shop and tour desk.

Toscana Village Resort

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
  • Deals
From AU$180 - 350
Looking for good value accommodation in the heart of Airlie Beach, Whitsundays? Ideally situated 200 metres above the heart of Airlie Beach, Toscana Village Resort is a Tuscan styled retreat catering mainly to families and couples who prefer a quieter atmosphere. It offers elegantly appointed villas with unsurpassed views north over the turquoise waters of the Whitsunday passages to Hayman Island and beyond. Toscana Village Resort is ideally situated with shops, restaurants, nightclubs, and the beach all within a few minutes walk. The resort has four swimming pools, including turbo and children's pool with waterfall features, barbecue area, and tour desk with bookings at reception. At the end of a day's cruising and fun filled adventure around the Whitsunday islands, relax on your balcony with a refreshing wine from the in-house selection and gaze out over the twinkling lights of the pretty village of Airlie Beach and on to the boats at anchor in the deep blue waters of the Whitsundays.

at Beach Court Holiday Villas

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$200 - 350
Located in Cannonvale and close-by to Airlie Beach in the beautiful Whitsundays, at Beach Court Holiday Villas is the ideal place to enjoy your weekend stopover, family holiday or relaxing getaway. at Beach Court Holiday Villas offers two and three Bedroom fully self-contained extra-large holiday villas, plus their incredible top floor three bedroom fully self-contained Penthouses. All villas feature free wi-fi, free parking, are fully air-conditioned and boast a fully equipped kitchen, in villa laundry facilities, large open plan living and dining, flat screen televisions with Foxtel movie/sports channels, DVD players and large furnished balconies overlooking lush tropical gardens. at Beach Court Holiday Villas features a lovely lagoon style swimming pool, adjoining the pool is a sun terrace and entertaining deck, an undercover guest barbecue facility. at Beach Court Holiday Villas are in walking distance, just 200 metres to Whitsunday Shopping Centre with a large modern supermarket for your supplies, the Villas are also conveniently located just 200 metres to Cannonvale Beach and seafront. A short stroll from Cannonvale Beach you will find the Botanical Gardens, further along the seaside boardwalk from the Botanical Gardens you will find the charming resort village of Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays.
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