Upcoming Event: Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival 2018

Upcoming Event: Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival 2018

If you’re a fan of celebrations, yacht carnivals and tropical coastlines that are dotted in picturesque islands in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, then the upcoming Clipper Race Carnival in Queensland’s stunning Whitsundays might be just the event for you!

Arriving in Airlie Beach on January 13th and concluding January 29th, 2018, the Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival is a two-week celebration comprised of regional events and activities that are set to ignite the surrounding coastline, showcasing the best of the Whitsundays as it welcomes the Clipper fleet.

Positioned in the beautiful World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach and the surrounding Whitsundays region provide the perfect beachy backdrop for what is sure to be a memorable event for domestic, interstate and international attendees alike.

Airlie Beach is located on Australia’s east coast; about three hours drive south of Townsville in sunny north Queensland. With a mid-January commencement date, the carnival will fall during Queensland’s popular summer and is likely to feature plenty of hot sunny days and warm nights.

During the event Airlie Beach will play host to 11 identical 70-foot ocean racing yachts, their skippers and international crew, along with thousands of supporters at what is the final stop of the Australian leg of the race.

The event highlights include a spectacular Long Lunch on one of Queensland’s most spectacular beaches – “Whitehaven” – as well as action aplenty at the Rodeo by the Reef, when the seaside meets the countryside in a bull and bronco bonanza and the streets of Airlie Beach will come alive with the Official Welcome of the Clipper Race Crew.

Leg 3 – Southern Ocean – Clipper Round the World Yacht Race 13/14

Event Schedule

13-15th January – Clipper Race Arrival

Where: Abell Point Marina

19th January – Clipper Race Day

Where: Abell Point Marina

Time: 8am – 4pm

What: Like to experience the Whitsundays on-board one of the yachts participating in the 2017-18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race? Whitsundays Clipper Race Carnival will feature three Exclusive Clipper Yacht Trip; available for group bookings (12 pax) and/or individuals. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! The ultimate Christmas or birthday present, or the chance to tick off that bucket list item!

19th January – Clipper Race Welcome Party

Where: Airlie Beach Foreshore

Time: 5pm – 9pm

What: Be a part of the welcoming party, with live music, fresh local food and drink, rides, performances and activities for the kids throughout this free even celebrating the event launch.

20th January – White on Whitehaven Long Lunch

Where: Whitehaven Beach

Time: Departing Port of Airlie at 9.30am and returning at 3.30pm

What: Enjoy a long lunch in one of the country’s most beloved beach destinations, Whitehaven Beach. The experience begins with Moet champagne and canapés on the beach followed by a local seafood lunch and slow-cooked barbecued meats and salads at the long table, before finishing off with a delicious dessert.

21st January – Progressive Cruise Lunch

Where: Abell Point Marina

Time: departs 10am and returns 3:30pm

What: A fine dining experience that features fresh local seafood and sparking wine, all while cruising the world’s most famous reef in luxury.

27th January – Rodeo by the Reef

Where: Bowen

Time: 5pm – 10.30pm

What: A world-first event suitable for the whole family, Rodeo by the Reef brings the countryside to the seaside with bull riding, bronco riding, barrel races, and delicious smoked barbecue meats.

29th January – Parade of Sails Clipper Race Departure

Where: Abell Point Marina

More Information

Dates: 13 – 29th January 2018.

Prices: Clipper Race Day $350pp. Remaining prices TBA here.

Visit Tourism Whitsundays for more information or to book your tickets online. Make sure to also follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest announcements!

Images: Tourism Whitsundays

Mackenzie Burr

Experience Oz + NZ Travel Writer

Mackenzie loves exploring and is always up for new adventures. Born in New Zealand and living in Australia, Mackenzie considers himself a local of both countries and is a handy contact for experiences on either side of the ditch. For any ideas, questions or queries contact Mackenzie at mackenzie@experienceoz.com.au

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