Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Airlie Beach is known as one of the World's premier sailing destinations and home to one of the largest yacht racing regattas staged off the Australian Coast - Airlie Beach Race Week and its onshore Festival of Sailing. Now in it's 27th year, Airlie Beach Race Week is a seven day event that attracts entrants from all over Australia and overseas.

Offshore the Regatta offers classes from IRC competitive racing through to cruising divisions attracting around 1,800 competitors, officials and volunteers. Onshore the Festival of Sailing, the Whitsunday Coasts' most significant public event, presents seven days and nights of high profile, social activities with attendances of over 5,000 in 2015.

In 2016 the onshore Social Program will be expanded to include three nights of big-name-act entertainers, wine tastings, a long late lunch on the lawn, a trailer sailer boat show, a dragon boat regatta and a festival fun run.

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Kynuna

Kynuna, McKinlay Area
Kynuna was established in the 1860s and in its early days boasted three hotels. It was a staging post for Cobb and Co Coaches. Today Kynuna has just one hotel, the famous Blue Heeler Hotel which was built in 1889.

Rungulla National Park

Gilberton, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Rungulla National Park, 116 kilometres south west of Forsayth in north western Queensland, boasts a wide range of sandstone formations, including outcrops of large sculpted caves and pagoda-like sandstone features.

Croydon

Croydon, Croydon Area
Croydon, situated in the heart of the Gulf Savannah country (Savannah Way), is a small town with a big history that started with the discovery of gold in 1885. Start at Croydon's True Blue Visitor Information Centre which houses significant collections of heritage items, information displays, an audio visual in its theatre and an internet service.

Forsayth

Forsayth, Etheridge Area
Sometimes history is more bizarre than fiction. Forsayth was once paved in gold - in a manner of speaking. Part of the Etheridge Goldfield, this area was known as 'Poor Man's Goldfield' as a prospector did not need expensive equipment to search for gold.

Eungella

Eungella, Mackay Area
An hour west of Mackay, in the rainforest-clad mountains lies Eungella National Park and the township of Eungella, at the head of the Pioneer Valley. Australia's longest, oldest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, ranging over 51,700 hectares, the park draws its name from an Aboriginal word meaning 'Land of the Clouds'.

Blackall

Blackall, Blackall-Tambo Area
Named after Sir Samuel Blackall, the second Governor of Queensland, Blackall is located on the Matilda Highway . The district was discovered in 1846 by explorer Major Thomas Mitchell and the township was gazetted in 1868;

Betoota

Diamantina Area
Betoota stands alone on a vast gibber plain, 170 kilometres east of Birdsville. While Betoota is mainly a ghost town, it comes alive twice a year for the annual Horse and Motorbike Gymkhana and the Betoota Races.
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