The Whitsundays | Events

The Whitsundays plays host to a raft of events throughout the year, from family-friendly celebrations to sporting events and music festivals.

Sailing Events

Spring is the Season of Sailing in the Whitsundays and it’s heralded by two great events on the Australian yachting calendar at the end of August – Airlie Beach Race Week and Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, both draw hundreds of competitors, their families and friends to the region. You can also come along and celebrate the Whitsunday Clipper Race Carnival in January.

Festivals

One of the biggest events of the year is the Whitsunday Reef Festival, in August, which celebrates living in the heart of the reef and brings together fashion, food and plenty of family fun, with games and competitions for the kids. Also be sure to check out the Bowen River Rodeo and Campdraft or the Airlie Beach Festival of Music, on the mainland.

Endurance Events

Test your endurance at the Hamilton Hilly Marathon, a perfect challenge for the whole family with a marathon for the fearless, a half marathon, a three by 7km relay and three different distance options for the kids. All on pristine white beaches beside crystal clear waters.

Or, come along to the annual Airlie Beach Running Festival take place, the Whitsunday’s premier running event and the largest onshore mass participation event in the region, including the Heart of the Reef Marathon (42.2km) and the free Turtle Club 1km Family Fun Walk.

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Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 8 December 2018
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.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 9 December 2018
Bowen Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 12pm at Hansen Park. Features over 50 stallholders showcasing fresh food cooked on site plus tea and coffee, fresh fruit and vegetables, local and Balinese clothing and artifacts, fishing gear, toys and kids stuff, plants and jewellery just to name a few.

Pool Competition at The Gateway

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Weekly from 11 December 2018
The pool competition is back in the public bar every Tuesday night from 7pm. Just AUD5 entry and the winner takes all! Plus runner up prizes. See Wayne for more details.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series – Stamford Financial Hilly Marathon

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$80 - 110
5 May 2019
Pristine white beaches. Crystal clear waters. A breathtaking mountainous interior. Hamilton Island is best known as a place to relax. But it is also the perfect place to push yourself in paradise. The Hamilton Island Endurance Series spans four endurance events from May through to November each year.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$95 - 95
23 June 2019
Pristine white beaches. Crystal clear waters. A breathtaking mountainous interior. Hamilton Island is best known as a place to relax. But it is also the perfect place to push yourself in paradise. The Hamilton Island Endurance series spans five endurance events from May through to November each year.

Whitsunday Reef Festival

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
1 – 4 August 2019
The Whitsunday Reef Festival celebrates the Great Barrier Reef and what it means to live in Airlie Beach, Whitsundays - the "Heart of the 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 parties in the north.

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
8 – 15 August 2019
The Whitsunday Sailing Club is located in Airlie Beach, gateway to the Central Region of Queensland‘s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. It is also the Gateway to the Whitsunday Islands and fast becoming known as one of the World’s premier sailing destinations.

Hamilton Island Race Week

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$275 - 275
17 August 2019
Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia's favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event's on-water and off-water carnival.

Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$130 - 999.00
8 – 9 November 2019
Headline artists will be announced in early 2019 and updated as details become available. Located in the town of Airlie Beach at the heart of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. With jaw-dropping views from the main tent almost surrounded by the Coral Sea, it’s a party in a tropical paradise.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Hamilton Island Triathlon

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$120 - 120
23 November 2019
Pristine white beaches. Crystal clear waters. A breathtaking mountainous interior. Hamilton Island is best known as a place to relax. But it is also the perfect place to push yourself in paradise. The Hamilton Island Endurance series spans four endurance events.
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