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Locals and visitors alike look forward to the annual sailing regatta which is Airlie Beach Race Week, put on each year in the vibrant sailing town in the Whitsundays. The 2019 Airlie Beach Race Week and Festival of Sailing will take place from Thursday, August 8th to Thursday, August 15th and hosted by the Whitsunday Sailing Club. 

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Daydream Island has welcomed its first guests since reopening its doors on April 14, 2019. The much-loved resort has been closed for almost 2 years following Tropical Cyclone Debbie, but is now back in full swing and encouraging guests to book, visit and come see their beautiful new look!

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After a long day (or a couple of days) on the boat, nothing is quite as good as a ‘knock-off’ as you unwind from your trip and scroll through your camera. Where better to regroup than right on the water's edge at The Garden Bar Bistro, freshly re-booted at Abell Point Marina?

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Conde Nast Traveller asked readers to rank 30 islands outside of the United States to determine the best islands in the world - and the Whitsunday Islands grabbed a title as the best island in Australia and the South Pacific!  

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Hamilton Island Race Week is Australia's largest offshore sailing regatta and it takes places right here in the Whitsundays! This year's event will take place from August 17th - August 24th 2019. The annual race week is always something both locals and visitors look forward to as it brings fun and excitement to the island and the Whitsundays. Sailors and sailing spectators come from all over Australia to participate in this fun race week. 

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In 2018 and 2019 the Whitsundays will see the reopening of three resort accommodations in Airlie Beach, Daydream Island and Hayman Island.   All three resorts were closed after damages incurred by Cyclone Debbie in 2017, and have since been closed for renovations and upgrades.

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Airlie Beach is a tropical destination where many cruise ships stop and enjoy the seaside town and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Throughout the year, many tourists, including those from cruise ships, stop for the day to snorkel, swim and see the sights! Day trippers often take advantage of shorter day trips such as scenic flights and other fun activities that will allow you to see the best of Airlie Beach!

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Airlie Beach Hotel recently closed its Mangrove Jack’s Cafe/Bar in lieu of opening up a more modern Pub as part of the hotel. Located on the Airlie Esplanade, The Pub serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night snacks along with a full bar.

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Daydream Island is reopening in April 2019. The island has been undergoing renovations since March 2017 when it was damaged by Cyclone Debbie - the worst cyclone in recent memory to hit the Whitsundays. At the time of the cyclone, Daydream Island's management was planning a major renovation to take place in the future, but brought those renovations forward in light of the cyclone damages. Since then, they have been revamping and redoing the majority of the islands infrastructure. 

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