Honestly, any excuse will do when it comes to a romantic holiday in The Whitsundays. But a long lunch on the pristine sands of Whitehaven Beach? It doesn’t get much better.
If you’re wondering what to do in The Whitsundays for 2022, here are the events we’re booking, stat.
Great Barrier Reef Festival
Date: 4-7 August
They sure know how to party in The Whitsundays — which is why we love to visit for the annual Great Barrier Reef Festival, hosted in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach. This year’s four-day festival will include a Coral Sea Marina Lantern Parade, GBR workshops and installations, a Comedy Gala, reef-themed street parade, beach parties and more. Make sure you’re in town for the breathtaking Fireworks on the Foreshore, complete with night markets, food stalls, carnival rides and a pop-up beach bar.
Want to try bareboating in The Whitsundays?
2. Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing
Date: 11-18 August
Ahoy nautical lovers, the Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing is fast approaching! Now in its 33rd year, this week-long sailing event is hosted at the Whitsunday Sailing Club, Airlie Beach – gateway to the Whitsunday islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – and attracts crews from around the world. Offshore, the Regatta provides classes from IRC competitive racing through to cruising divisions, while onshore the Festival of Sailing is stacked with entertainment, food events and race-themed activities.
Love a good boat race? Extend your short break to include the top-notch food, wine and yachts of Hamilton Island Race Week (20-28 August).
Photo: Fish Media
3. White on Whitehaven Long Lunch by Fish D’vine
Date: 9-12 September
Clear your calendar for this Whitsundays holiday experience. The ultimate long lunch – White on Whitehaven – features incredible food, bottomless Champagne, and breathtaking Whitsunday vistas from one of the best beaches in the world! A dreamy cruise transfer from Airlie Beach delivers you onto the sugary sands of Whitehaven Beach to sip Champagne and slurp freshly shucked oysters before dining beneath white marquees with pinch-yourself views. Don’t forget swimmers for an après-dip in the turquoise waters. Heaven. An unforgettable romantic adventure for couples, the lunch is available on a choice of four days and prepared by the talented chefs at Fish D’vine.
Photo: Tourism Whitsundays
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