Whitsunday Events

Airlie Beach and the Whitsudnay Islands have a busy events calendar packed with something fir everyone just around the corner. From weekly beach-side markets, to annual fireworks, festivals and regattas, that always wow the crowds on the beautiful Airlie Beach foreshores.

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Beach Esplanade
When: 7am - 11am

Saturday Markets

Airlie Beach Saturday Markets is located on the foreshore of Airlie Beach. The community market occurs every Saturday morning. Complete with local produce, art, craft and all manner of market items, it is a great place to spend some time, have a coffee or purchase a unique gift. The Saturday Markets on the Airlie Beach foreshore are a great way to kick off a fabulous day in Airlie Beach

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Sailing Club
When: 3pm - 7pm Wednesdays

Twilight Yacht Racing

Wander through the park to the Whitsunday Sailing Club and join a local crew for a twilight yacht race. Afterward, join the crews for dinner and drinks as they announce the results and watch a video replay of the mishaps and mayhem. As they say, 70% of the world is water so sail it!.

When: 5pm - 10:30pm

Airlie Beach Food & Wine Festival

The restaurants of Airlie Beach will join together for the Airlie Beach Food and Wine Festival.

They aim to produce for you an evening celebrating the diversity of the regions fine food combined with an extensive range of Australian wines. Food stalls will offer you gourmet delights prepared by chefs from the finest restaurants in the area. Wines from the best winemakers and regions in Australia will be on display and available to you for purchase. Proceeds from the event go to the Whitsunday Police Citizens Youth Club.

Airlie Beach
When: 13-19 August

Airlie Beach Race Week

Airlie Beach Race Week is a week long racing boat extravaganza, a world class event with massive benefits for not just Airlie Beach but the entire region. It attracts more than 100 racing boats, bringing more than 1000 people to Airlie Beach and creating a tourism event respected nationally and internationally.

The Abel Point Marina will be the center of activities for the regatta with the marina buzzing with activity as the fleet takes over. Meridien Marinas are proud to be sponsoring this event again and they look forward to the event growing from strength to strength over the coming years.

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Hamilton Island
When: 19-27 Aug 2011

Hamilton Island Race Week

Race Week's success has grown from its mix of beautiful courses around the picturesque Whitsundays, top quality race management, and amazing shore side partying. The format has been moulded over the years to meet the changing circumstances of handicapping systems, design trends, and the general needs of sailors looking for a good time. We have always had a policy of listening to yacht owners and responding to their suggestions.

There's plenty to do ashore at Hamilton Island, so Race Week has also grown in popularity with wives/girlfriends and families, and each year more and more "hangers-on" come to Race Week to share in the fun. The result is a carnival atmosphere on the island during Race Week - a good time is assured for everyone.