There is fun for the whole family at this festival with activities and entertainment galore.

The annual Whitsunday Reef Festival will run from 1 August to 8 August at Airlie Beach and we’ve rounded up the top five must do activities.


Porters Fireworks on the Foreshore kicks off the festival with a bang Friday 1 August, then you can get your groove on and dance the night away at the Beach Music Stage to Aussie boy band – The Collective and X Factor star Nathaniel. Everyone loves a parade!

Street parade

Celebrate the Heart of the Reef at the Rotary Club Street Parade on Saturday 2 August with over 25 colourful floats and entertainment that will bring Airlie Beach to life.This will be followed by the Main Street Party including world renowned act The Basics, The Twine and local band Sun Salute.

Family Fun


Street parade

Bring your family along to this event and see your kid’s eyes light up at the sight of all the crazy fun and games at the Telstra Whitsunday Family Fun Day. There will be face painting, circus performers, arts and crafts, a treasure hunt, a selfie competition and lots more.

Raft and ride

The Schweppes Recyclable Regatta will leave you in stitches as kids and adults race across the Airlie Beach Lagoon in homemade rafts made from recyclables.

Fashion forward

Frock Up 8 August for Frocktails, Airlie Beach’s most fabulous event. It will be a night full of glamour with a fashion parade, delectable canapés and live music.

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