Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area

Treasured as one of the world's most beautiful destination getaways, the Whitsunday Islands are famous for their pure-white silica sand, secluded reefs and beaches, diverse wildlife and crystal-clear waters.

Explore an underwater world of vibrant colour, snorkelling and diving with manta rays, fish and turtles in the fringing coral reefs of this Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Witness the awe-inspiring acrobatic displays of majestic humpback whales visiting the Whitsundays every year between May and September to birth their calves.

Walk along the swirling, pure-white sands of world-famous Whitehaven Beach and see graceful migratory waders and seabirds visit the islands to feed and roost.

Hike through enchanted forests of towering native hoop pines on the headlands and hillsides to spectacular views. Keep your eyes peeled for unadorned rock-wallabies foraging about the forest for food.

Visit Hook Island's Nara Inlet and explore the ancient rock art and middens of Australia's earliest recorded Indigenous groups—the Ngaro People—who were seen by Captain James Cook during his exploration of the Whitsunday Passage.

Stay overnight and wake to the sound of waves breaking on the shore, camping at one of many secluded island camp sites.

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Whitsunday Islands
Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Queensland
Australia

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Biloela Markets in the Park (at the Bowlo)

Biloela, Banana Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 17 March 2018
Normally held on the third Saturday of the month, the Biloela Markets line the grounds of the Biloela Bowls Club on Gladstone Road. This is where you’ll find those unexpected gems, the funky hand tooled or crafted specialties, homemade treats, jams and sauces, candles and scents, organic fruit and veg.

Moura Muddy Water Classic - Fishing Competition

Moura, Banana Area
31 March – 1 April 2018
Upwards of 400 contenders turn up for the Moura Muddy Water Classic each year. Held at Apex Park on the beautiful Dawson River, hopeful contenders begin to pour in on Friday to get their nominations in.

Thangool Races 2018

Thangool, Banana Area
Quarterly from 14 April 2018
Thangool is the home of country horse racing within the Banana region. The large course and spacious green lawns give an ambience of calm, a contrast to the cut and thrust of colour, suspense and excitement among the spectators, and the jockeys and horses as they stride down the straight towards the winner’s post.

Eighth Queensland Heritage Rally

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$0.00 - 60.00
20 – 22 July 2018
Close your eyes and take in the sounds around you . . . hear the sounds of engines whirring, the clatter of horses hooves, the hammering of tools as metal is shaped and formed, the commands from a master as he works his dogs and the movement of old wheels in motion.

Theodore Bulls 'n' Barrels Bonanza

Theodore, Banana Area
22 September 2018
Theodore’s 2018 Xtreme 1 Servo Bulls ‘n’ Barrels Bonanza is back bigger and better than ever! For a district that prizes its horses for work and recreation, rodeos are just a normal part of the life.

Eighteenth Annual Old Wheels In Motion Rally

Biloela, Banana Area
From AU$0 - 25
20 – 21 July 2019
Biloela, the "Land of the White Cockatoo", will be abuzz with the sound of engines whirring, the clatter of horses hooves, the puffs of steam and smoke, as people from all over come to congregate and celebrate the nation's glorious past and the pioneering spirit of Australian's as the Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club Inc.
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