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 29 August 2020
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 29 August 2020
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.

Airlie Beach parkrun

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 29 August 2020
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.

Whitsundays Arts Festival

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
3 – 4 October 2020
The inaugural Whitsundays Arts Festival 3-5 October on the Airlie Beach Foreshore is a grand celebration of our creative community and inspiring environment. A line-up of musicians, many local along with some from interstate, will take the stage on Saturday 3 October at 4 until 10pm, Sunday from 10am to 9pm and Monday from 10am to 1pm.

Australian Superyacht Rendezvous 2020 - Great Barrier Reef Edition

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
15 – 18 October 2020
Recognised internationally as the South Pacific’s leading superyacht event, the Australian Superyacht Rendezvous – which has been staged on the Gold Coast since its inception in 2017 will make an exciting move to the Great Barrier Reef with invitation-only events staged across the three days for attending international superyacht industry heavyweights, superyacht owners and buyers, captains, international brokers, tourism and industry professionals plus media.

Australian Superyacht Rendezvous - Great Barrier Reef edition

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
16 – 18 October 2020
As Australia continues to strengthen its position as a global superyacht hotspot, organisers have this week announced the fourth annual Australian Superyacht Rendezvous – will be hosted in the Whitsundays by Coral Sea Marina Resort from 16th to 18th October 2020.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Hamilton Island Ocean Swim

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$100 - 100
21 November 2020
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.

Hamilton Island Triathlon & Ocean Swim

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$30 - 120
21 – 22 November 2020
Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland’s 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island provides an idyllic backdrop for the Hamilton Island Triathlon. The undulating landscape of Hamilton Island’s interior, of which 70 per cent is preserved, and surrounding turquoise waters offer the perfect setting for the event’s competitive 750 metre swim in Catseye Bay, a 20 kilometre cycle around the southern part of Hamilton Island encompassing the airport runway and a 5 kilometre run around the marina and resort sides of Hamilton Island.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Hamilton Island Triathlon

Hamilton Island, Whitsunday Area
From AU$120 - 120
22 November 2020
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.

Big4 Whitsundays Tropical Eco Fishing Competition

Flametree, Whitsunday Area
From AU$15.00 - 15.00
1 – 3 May 2021
Book your stay at their resort for the Long Weekend in May 2021 and enter their Fishing Competition for your chance to win Cash and Prizes to the value of AUD5000. Men, Women and Children categories available.
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