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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Pool Competition at The Gateway

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Weekly from 19 February 2019
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.

Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 February 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.

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 February 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 Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 February 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.

Airlie Beach March 2019 - Ideal Bride Wedding Expo

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$1 - 2
17 March 2019
Ideal Bride will be hosting this must do event back at the beautiful The Palm House – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort. With free parking for plenty of bride and grooms-to-be and catering for all their wonderful local Airlie Beach and Surrounding Area Wedding professionals this looks set to be a winner!

Whitsundays Festival of Motoring

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
3 – 5 May 2019
The Whitsundays Festival of Motoring is a multi-day extravagant event to be hosted for the first time ever amidst the beauty of the iconic locations across the Whitsunday Region. From fascinating relics of the past to mesmerising classics, the Whitsundays Festival of Motoring will be a diverse family friendly event with a range of activities attracting visitors across the globe.

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.

Bowen Offshore Superboats

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
19 – 21 July 2019
In 2019, for the sixth consecutive year, Bowen will host a round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships. After the success of the previous years, the local community is very excited that the boats are back!

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.
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