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 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.

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. 

If you consider yourself an all-rounder, take the challenge at the Hamilton Island Triathlon - or head to the world's best beach for a competitive ocean swim in Whitehaven's crystal clear waters. 

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Bowen parkrun

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 December 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.

Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 December 2019
The Lions Airlie Beach Community 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.

Saturday Sessions with live music at The Garden Bar Bistro

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 December 2019
Come on down to The Garden Bar Bistro every Saturday to enjoy their Saturday Sessions with live music from Total Entertainment! Enjoy the views, share the specials, and soak up the Whitsundays winter sunshine!

Airlie Beach Parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 14 December 2019
Volunteer, walk, jog or run five kilometres every Saturday. Register on line once, print your bar code, then turn up and take part wherever you want, whenever you want.

Bowen Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 15 December 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.

Sunday Sessions at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 15 December 2019
Sundays just got a whole lot better at "The Pub!" Free live entertainment for the whole family from 2pm to 6pm. December: 1 - Out of Our trio 8 - Sweet Alibis 15 - The Fox 22 - Left Of Centre 29 - Mango Junction Grab your mates and stretch out your weekends by booking a table for lunch or dinner.

Summer Solstice Family Evening with Sun Salute at Northerlies

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
20 December 2019
It's back! The end of the year family friendly event to celebrate Christmas breakup, summer solstice and all good things Whitsundays. Come and join them from 5pm to 10.30pm with fun for the whole family.

Christmas Lunch at Airlie Beach Hotel

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$59.00 - 119.00
25 December 2019
Eat, drink and be merry on Christmas Day with those you love! The Pub is open for Lunch with their ‘all you can eat’ traditional Christmas buffet including seafood. The Buffet will feature the freshest hot and cold seafood, selection of meats, summer salads and Christmas desserts.

New Years Eve Seafood Buffet at "The Pub"

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$0.00 - 129
31 December 2019
Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style at Airlie Beach Hotel’s ‘THE PUB!’ Enjoy an impressive all-you-can-eat Seafood Buffet which includes a selection of seafood, smoked and barbecue meats, salads and dessert.

Northerlies NYE 2020 Glitterati Parti

Woodwark, Whitsunday Area
From AU$75 - 150
31 December 2019 – 1 January 2020
Northerlies New Year's Eve 2020. Glitterati Parti 18 plus. Guys and gals- nothing screams New Year's Eve in the Whitsunday's like glitter, beachfront views and Kieren McCarthy! And they've got all three!
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