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Regional Tourism Guide for Whitsunday
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Hamilton Island Endurance Series - Hamilton Island Triathlon
Date Sat 17th Nov 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 four endurance events. The Stamford Financial Hamilton Hilly Half Marathon, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, Hamilton Island Triathlon and Hamilton Island Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim will test athletes on every level.

Do them all or just do one. Race Hard. Recover Harder.

Take on the ultimate test of endurance in the ultimate location, with the Hamilton Island Triathlon. This rewarding event includes a 750 metre swim in Catseye Bay, a 20 kilometre ride around the island and airport runway, plus a five kilometre run through the marina and resort side.

Hamilton Island Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim
Date Sun 18th Nov 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 four endurance events. The Stamford Financial Hamilton Hilly Half Marathon, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, Hamilton Island Triathlon and Hamilton Island Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim will test athletes on every level.

Do them all or just do one. Race Hard. Recover Harder.

What better location for an ocean swim event than at one of Australia's most pristine and iconic beaches, Whitehaven Beach. The annual event includes a two kilometre and 750 metre meet, plus a fun 350 metre junior swim, and is a proud partner of the Great Australian Swim Series, founded by Ky Hurst.

Hamilton Island Endurance Series – Stamford Financial Hilly Marathon
Date Sun 5th May 2019
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 from May through to November each year. The Stamford Financial Hilly Marathon, Great Whitehaven Beach Run, Hamilton Island Triathlon, Junior Triathlon and splash'n Dash and Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim will test athletes on every level.

Do them all or just do one. Race Hard. Recover Harder.

The challenging 42 kilometre route takes participants along roads, fire trails and walking tracks through Hamilton Island's undulating interior.

There’s a race for everyone; the marathon for the fearless, a half marathon, a three by seven kilometre relay and three different distance options for the kids. This is a perfect challenge for the whole family.

Whitsunday Reef Festival
Date Thu 1st Aug 2019 to Sun 4th Aug 2019
The Whitsunday Reef Festival celebrates the Great Barrier Reef and what it means to live in Airlie Beach, Whitsundays - the "Heart of the 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.

The four-day celebration of the reef will feature the spectacular Fireworks on the Foreshore on Friday August 2 complete with live music and DJs, carnival rides, food stalls and night markets lining the beautiful Airlie Beach foreshore. Airlie's Main Street is closed to traffic on the Saturday to host Revvin' the Reef vintage car show, the reef themed Rotary Street Parade and the Whitsunday Magic Mile Run.

The Beach Music stage will be pumping the region’s top live music and entertainment on the foreshore throughout the weekend. Other events include reef art installations and education, Comedy Gala, Telstra Family Fun Day, Wilmar Sugar Wearable Art Parade, helicopter joy rides and cocktails at the "Pop-up" Beach Bar making Reef Festival a perfect time to enjoy the gorgeous Whitsunday winter.
Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing
Date Thu 8th Aug 2019 to Thu 15th Aug 2019
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.

Airlie Beach is also home to one of the largest yacht racing regattas in Australia, Airlie Beach Race Week and its onshore Festival of Sailing.

Hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club and now in its 31st 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 1450 competitors, officials and volunteers.

Onshore the Festival of Sailing, is the Whitsunday Coasts’ most significant public event, presenting seven days and nights of high profile, entertainment and social activities. In 2018 attendances peaked at close to 11000.

In 2019 the onshore Social Program will include free live entertainment food stalls, a festival fun run, a long lunch and beer and wine tastings.
Hamilton Island Race Week
Date Sat 17th Aug 2019 to Sat 24th Aug 2019
Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia's favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the convivial atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event's on-water and off-water carnival. Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island for Hamilton Island Race Week - Australia's largest offshore keelboat regatta.

Perfectly situated on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, amongst Queensland's 74 Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers an experience like no other: glorious weather, azure waters, brilliant beaches, awe-inspiring coral reefs, fascinating flora and fauna, fine food and wines, and activities almost too numerous to mention.
Walk to the Lighthouse
Date Sat 31st Aug 2019
The annual community Walk to the Lighthouse celebrates the rich history of Bowen as the oldest town in the North, the town's connection to a maritime past and the rich sea life that calls Port Dension and Edgecumbe Bay home.

Upon departing the mainland, Lighthouse walkers follow an exposed sand spit in a curving path towards the North Head Island. If you're a first-time walker beware! Your feet will get a little wet and they suggest wearing reef boots or old sneakers!

As you make your way to the half-way point - keeps your eyes down and you'll get a surprise! Very quickly you'll notice many giant red starfish dotting the sandy shallows!

When you reach the North Head Island it is a short climb to the peak and the Lighthouse. You can look back towards Bowen and the hinterland framing the view - or turn your gaze South East and towards the magnificent Gloucester Island.

Following the walk, relax with live music, bar and refreshments on the point and watch the sun set over Bowen, turning the islands pink.
Airlie Beach Festival of Music
Date Fri 8th Nov 2019 to Sun 10th Nov 2019
Headline artists will be announced in early 2019 and updated as details become available.
Located in the town of Airlie Beach at the heart of the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef. With jaw-dropping views from the main tent almost surrounded by the Coral Sea, it’s a party in a tropical paradise. Only here can you see 74 bands alongside 74 islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Festival goers attend three "main marquee" concerts and experience over 200 musicians performing in 16 beach side venues around this fun-filled holiday town.

Stroll from venue to venue and meet the Community Ambassadors who are there to answer all questions. Free courtesy buses run Friday to Sunday for safety and convenience- leave the hassle of driving and parking to them.

Guests are encouraged to extend their stay and take advantage of the many tour opportunities to experience the Whitsundays. They suggest a visit to iconic Whitehaven Beach, flyover Heart Reef, chill out at mainland destinations like Cedar Creek Falls. There is something for everyone.