Chinese New Year is a special time of year, celebrating the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is also usually referred to as the Spring Festival in mainland China and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. The Whitsundays is host to some fantastic festivities for our Asia pacific neighbours, and tourists from China as well as anywhere in the world are welcome to come celebrate with us!
Each year the Whitsunday Regional Council, together with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and the local fire brigades, conducts planned burns and fire hazard reduction activities in public areas such as the Whitsunday Islands National Parks. Although sometimes controversial, planned burns are a vital tool for maintaining this delicate balance and safety for the region. We've outlined how you can find out about planned burns in the Whitsunday region.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.