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What’s on in The Whitsundays in 2023

The Whitsundays, in the Heart of the Great Barrier Reef, plays host to a raft of incredible events throughout the year. Enjoy arts and cultural festivals, fitness and endurance events, to celebrations of the beautiful islands and local produce. The Whitsundays offers world-class events that celebrate the region, its environment and its people.

The 2023 events calendar celebrates all that is unique to The Whitsundays. Stay and play in the area all year round and take advantage of the ideal climate, picture-perfect islands, reef and beaches, lush rainforest and welcoming regional hospitality.

Cruise Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Festival

Great Barrier Reef Festival is an annual celebration of the Great Barrier Reef and showcase of The Whitsundays lifestyle and community in the “heart of the reef” – Airlie Beach. The region’s favourite festival will take over the vibrant tourist hub of Airlie Beach, the ultimate access to the Whitsunday Islands, over the first weekend of August.

Hamilton Island Race Week

Join Hamilton Island Race Week and book one of their three-night Spectator Packages from 24 – 27 August 2023, including twin share accommodation, two tickets to the Will Cowper Dinner and a luxury spectator cruise to experience the action on the water.

White on Whitehaven Long Lunch by Fish D’vine

White on Whitehaven Long Lunch offers a truly bespoke experience that encapsulates the very essence of The Whitsundays. Imagine yourself, dressed in white, with toes in the pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, drinking cocktails and Laurenti Champagne while dining on fresh local seafood as you overlook the sparkling turquoise ocean.


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Airlie Beach Festival of Music

Set for 9-12th November 2023, and now in its eleventh year, the Airlie Beach Festival of Music has become one of Queensland’s premier live music events, crowned Festival of the Year at the 2022 Queensland Music Awards. With jaw-dropping sea views from the main tent at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, it’s a party like no other in paradise. Watch big-name acts and discover new talent – there is something for every musical taste. The atmosphere is electric with live entertainment spread throughout the best party venues in Airlie Beach.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. There’s something almost spiritual about the White on Whitehaven Long Lunch. With all the white about it must be a real cleansing experience. I’d love to do it.

  2. Though to be absolutely honest the Whitsundays are so beautiful that there are times when you don’t anything to entertain you other than the surrounding natural splendour.

  3. Is there a more beautiful spot for a beach festival on the planet? Wish I was in the neighbourhood for that one!

  4. As I’ve never been to the Whitsunday Islands I had always imagined the islands as a collection of almost deserted white sand paradises.

    Obviously, I’ve got it wrong. There’s far more going on there than I would ever have imagined.

  5. Whitsundays’ white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs provides an unparalleled experience. To fully enjoy this paradise, you can embark on a sailing adventure on a cruise that allows you to hop between the Whitsunday Islands, snorkel over vibrant coral gardens, and relax on secluded beaches. This way, you can experience the Whitsundays’ unique allure while embracing the tranquility and natural wonders of this spectacular destination.

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