The 74 islands of the Whitsundays lay in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, cradled by the tropical waters of the Coral Sea, a truly remarkable icon of beauty. It is not only the majestic wildlife and breathtaking natural sights that make the Whitsundays one of the best places to go on holiday in Australia, but also the huge amount of things to do in the Whitsundays.


Whether its getting in touch with nature while scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, to relaxing on the silky white silica sands of white sands of Whitehaven Beach, find the best things to do on the islands in our Whitsundays Travel Guide.

Whitsundays Events

Whitsundays events


It is hard not to want to host an event against such a stunning array of beautiful backdrops, and the Whitsundays hums with a plethora of events throughout the year. While the Whitsundays is bustling and vibrant all year long, you may like to plan your holiday at a time when the locals are celebrating too. Winter (June-August) usually brings crisp, clear skies and bright, sunny days and a range of fun community celebrations are scheduled.

Sailing season is August/September when the south easterly trade winds are generally moderate for sailing and the humpback whales are a welcome hazard with the Whitsunday Coast’s largest event the Whitsunday Reef Festival and leading into Schoolies Week in November with local school leavers celebrating their achievements making it an active and enjoyable time in the region.


Season of Sailing


Sailing is not just a sport, but the heartbeat of the Whitsundays, and during August the region comes alive with a number of sailing events that are equally as popular with competitive sailors and fun-loving spectators alike. The season starts with Airlie Beach Race Week (8-15 August) where a combination of
local boats and nationally competitive racing yachts challenge each other over a number of racing routes
around the islands. Whitsundays eventsHamilton Island Race Week follows and is one of Australia’s signature sailing events attracting elite racing yachts from around the world and socialites just the same. The fun continues in Airlie Beach with the annual Fun Race (17 August) where the emphasis is more on the fun than the prize (which is a bottle of rum). The Multihull Rendezvous rounds out the sailing racing season for the year, with conditions remaining beautiful through September for any sailing holiday.


Celebrating the Whitsunday Lifestyle


A huge range of other events are staged throughout the Whitsunday region across the year. But if one thing is common to the events, it’s a celebration of the wonderful lifestyle the Whitsundays has to offer. Food and wine, fashion, comedy, reef, sport and romance are just some of the reasons to celebrate. While the Whitsundays is always buzzing, a special event is an even better excuse to plan your visit here.