Located in the heart of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef is the Whitsundays, a collection of 74 island paradises which the Clipper Race fleet will call home in January 2018.
And whilst the fleet is berthed at Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, the region will come alive with the inaugural Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival.
The Clipper Race Carnival will be a two-weeklong celebration of vibrant regional events and activities showcasing the beauty of the Whitsundays, and will be Queensland’s pre-eminent National and Global sailing festival.
The Clipper Race crew will have sailed almost 20,000 nautical miles and half way round the world to get to the Whitsundays, and will welcome the planned events, which include a long lunch on the iconic Whitehaven Beach, a rodeo on the coastal beaches of Bowen, and a large-scale community welcome event.
Bookings are now open and for more information, see the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival Website.
White on Whitehaven Long Lunch – Early Bird $300
When: 20th January 2018
Where: Whitehaven Beach
Time: Departs from Port of Airlie at 9.30am and returns at 3.30pm.
Take a long lunch at one of the most wondrous destinations in the world. Begin your journey at the Port of Airlie and take a relaxing cruise to Whitehaven Beach where you’ll be greeted with champagne and canapes. Then take a seat at the long table and feast on local seafood and slow-cooked barbecued meats and salads – and finish it all off with a tantalising desert. Limited to 300 seats, so get in and get your tickets now.
Progressive Regional Lunch – Early Bird $159
When: 21st January 2018 - 10am - 3pm
Where: Hemingway's, Abell Point Marina, Paradise Cove, Cape Gloucester
Time: departs at 10am and returns at 3pm
Wine and dine in wondrous style in the Whitsundays. Experience fine dining on the high seas with this relaxing yacht cruise through the wondrous Whitsundays. Sip sparkling wine surrounded by sparkling azure waters and infinite white beaches. Dine on fresh local seafood as you cruise the world’s most famous reef. Limited to 150 seats
Rodeo by the Reef – Early Bird Adult $20, Child $15, Family $50
When: Saturday 27th January 2018
Where: Crn Dalrymple and Herbet St
Time: 5pm - 10.30pm
Seaside meets countryside in this world-first event for the whole family. Watch world-class bull riding, bronco riding and barrel races surrounded by the wondrous environment of the Whitsundays region. Feast on delicious smoked barbecued meats and test your own riding skills on the mechanical bull competition. With live music, food stalls and much, much more, it promises to be a wondrous day out for the family.
Community Welcome Event - Free
When: Friday 19th January 2018
Where: Airlie Beach Foreshore
Time: 4pm - 8pm
When: 19th, 20th, 21st, 25th, 26th & 27th January 2018
Where: Abell Point Marina