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 20 July 2019
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 parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 July 2019
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp at Barker Park on Horseshoe Bay Road, Bowen. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 21 July 2019
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.

With or Without U2

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
27 July 2019
With or Without U2 LIVE at the Pub on Saturday July 27 at 7pm to 10pm. With or Without U2 is the ultimate tribute to the Irish rock band that has sold over 150 million albums worldwide and has sat at the top of the charts for over 3 decades – The one and only U2!

Great Barrier Reef Festival

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
1 – 4 August 2019
The Great Barrier 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.

KC's Gets Didgee With It

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
3 August 2019
The weekend everybody is excited for! Airlie comes alive, they celebrate living in reach to the Great Barrier Reef, plenty to do and see all weekend, a street parade down Airlie's main street right in front of KC's and what truly is an amazing weekend in paradise!

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.

Colorbond Steel Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival 2019

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
24 – 25 August 2019
The iconic Airlie Beach Triathlon Festival continues to grow with this year promising to be bigger and better than ever before. With an Enticer, a Sprint and Standard distance race options there is sure to be a race distance for everyone, from the seasoned professional to the first timer.

Queensland Endurance State Championships 2019

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
6 – 9 September 2019
The WRERA ride base at Eurl Creek, Bowen, allows for beautiful bush riding and is also the gateway to the Whitsunday's and the Great Barrier Reef. There is a camp kitchen, amenities and ample water points throughout the campsite.
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