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.


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 June 2018
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.

Kevin Bloody Wilson At The Gateway

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
From AU$60 - 60
20 June 2018
Both Barrels Music and Westside Talent present Kevin Bloody Wilson In ‘The Almost Awesome Tour’. The Kevin Bloody Wilson Show is not just a concert performance, for most, it’s a full on event and an opportunity to tick from your bucket-list a chance to see Australia’s most unique International comedy legend.

Active Women's Weekend

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
22 – 25 June 2018
Returning in June 2018, the Active Women’s Weekend on Hamilton Island is set to be a fun and inspirational weekend for all generations. This year’s event will be centred around the theme of ‘Bravery’ and feature a variety of motivated speakers who will share their own experiences during major life events.

Airlie Beach Foreshore Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 June 2018
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.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Great Whitehaven Beach Run

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$95 - 95
24 June 2018
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 Markets

Bowen, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 24 June 2018
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.

Timomatic and Justice Crew's Solo plus DOD Crew

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
6 July 2018
Get Ready Whitsundays! TIMOMATIC and JUSTICE CREW's Solo is coming to town ! Multi-platinum selling artist Timomatic will be bringing his high-energy shows across the east coast of Australia, as part of he’s “DO WHAT YOU WANT TOUR” Part 2 in July 2018.

Airlie Beach Running Festival 2018

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$10 - 165
21 – 22 July 2018
The Airlie Beach Running Festival is held annually in one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. It is the Whitsunday’s premier running event and the largest onshore mass participation event in the region.

Whitsunday Reef Festival

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
2 – 5 August 2018
The Whitsunday Reef Festival celebrates the reef and what it means to live in Airlie Beach, the heart of the Great Barrier 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.

Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
9 – 16 August 2018
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.
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