Celebrate Whitsunday Reef Festival!

Whether you want to bring the whole family or escape with your significant other, there’s never a more exciting time to visit the Whitsundays than during the Whitsunday Reef Festival. This year’s theme is heart of the reef, and aims to celebrate the cultural significance of being situated on the edge of the Coral Sea and in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. From live music and street parties to parades and fireworks, there really is something for everyone at this week-long, community-run festival.

Must-see events during the festival

With so many great events, it’s impossible to see them all! Luckily for you, we’ve got an event guide so you don’t miss the best of the best.

Fireworks on the Foreshore – Friday 31st July

Celebrate the opening night of the Whitsunday Reef Festival with a night of food stalls, fire twirling and live music, all culminating with a spectacular fireworks display over the Coral Sea.

Main Street Party – Saturday 1st August

With Airlie Beach’s main strip closed for this big street party, enjoy a range of live music on the big stage including headline act Dave Flower Band.

Telstra Family Fun Day – Sunday 2nd August

Looking for something more family friendly? With face painting, jumping castles, sack races, beach cricket, interactive marine life stalls and more, the kids won’t want to leave!

Comedy Gala – Thursday 6th August

Starting at 6pm, prepare for night of laughter on the Airlie Beach Foreshore, as a range of local comedians do what they do best.

Frocktails – Saturday 8th August

With a ‘spellbound’ theme featuring elegant and magical fashion pieces, head down to Waterson Way for a fashion show to remember. Tickets start at $55, so get in early if you want to see what the Whitsunday fashionistas have to offer.

Recyclable Regatta – Sunday 9th August

Arguably the most anticipated event of the week, get a crew together, create a raft from recyclable materials andthen race it down the beach. It’s bound to be fun, whether your creation floats or not!
Click here for more information on the Whitsunday Reef Festival’s events.

Need a place to stay?

We’ve done our research and found the best Whitsundays accommodation options for your to stay during the Whitsunday Reef Festival.

Stay where the action is

Airlie Beach Apartments

Views of the Coral Sea as far as the eye can see, Airlie Beach Apartments - Whitsundays
Views of the Coral Sea as far as the eye can see, Airlie Beach Apartments – Whitsundays

Since you’re staying in one of the most beautiful places in the world, you’re going to want beachside views. Book a room at Airlie Beach Apartments and immerse yourself in first-class accommodation and panoramic views of the Coral Sea. Located in the heart of Airlie Beach, you can relax by the pool all day or take a short walk to the foreshore and join in the Whitsunday Reef Festival fun! With so many great nearby attractions, all the facilities you need and beautiful self-contained rooms, you can’t look past Airlie Beach Apartments when staying in the Whitsundays.
Where: 1 Golden Orchid Drv Airlie Beach Whitsundays QLD

Avoid the hustle and bustle

dingo beach HOTEL

Stay by the beach, dingo beach HOTEL - Whitsundays
Stay by the beach, dingo beach HOTEL – Whitsundays

During the Whitsunday Reef Festival, Airlie Beach is thriving with tourists and activities. While this is good for some, if you want to escape the action, we suggest booking a room at dingo beach HOTEL. Whether you want to make the most of the nearby Dingo Beach or spend some time by the bar with quality food, drinks and live music, it’s up to you! Perhaps you don’t wan’t to do anything at all? Just relax in your recently refurbished room and soak up the sea breeze. Located a 40-minute drive from the festival itself, you’re never too far away if you want to join in the fun. Give them a call and book your room today!
Where: 17 Pioneer Drv Dingo Beach Whitsundays QLD


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