What's on in Whitsunday

What to do in Whitsunday

Thanks to its laidback lifestyle and tropical climate, the Whitsunday coast is a travel hotspot all year round – but if you're not sure when to go, our guide to the region's annual events can help. From markets and music festivals to cultural celebrations and sport, there's something on in the Whitsundays no matter the season.

Whitsunday reef festival

The most anticipated annual event of the year, the Whitsunday Reef Festival celebrates the unique lifestyle of the region with four days of family fun. Taking place in August, you can look forward to everything from carnival rides and performances to food stalls and fireworks, all against the scenic backdrop of the Airlie Beach foreshore.

Airlie beach festival of music

Welcoming musicians from around the world, this three-day festival takes place at the Whitsunday Sailing Club on the edge of the Coral Sea. Featuring live music, food and drink, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music is an inside look into Far North Queensland's up-and-coming music scene.

Airlie beach race week

One of the largest racing regattas in Australia, this seven-day sailing event sees participants from around the world flock to the Whitsunday Coast. And with entertainment and activities on every night, there's just much to see once the sun goes down.

Bowen offshore superboats

If you're after a dose of adrenaline on your holiday, Bowen Offshore Superboats might just be the ticket. Watch from land as skippers reach speeds of over 200 kilometres per hour or take part in one of the adrenaline pumping activities on site, from helicopter rides to skydiving.

Airlie beach market

Taking place every Saturday, this weekly market specialises in the spoils of the tropics, from fresh fruits and vegetables to artisan breads and spreads. Add to that live entertainment, food stalls and prime waterfront location and you've got a winning way to kick off your holiday in the Whitsundays.

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