Hamilton Island Race Week takes place every August. It’s the largest sailing regatta in the Southern Hemisphere, set in one of the most beautiful destinations too.
Grab your campervan and stay at one of Airlie Beach’s many caravan parks. You’re spoilt for choice – and for views, as you’re surrounded by stunning blue waters and lush, green forest. Here are five ways to treat yourself during Hamilton Island Race Week.
See the races in action
Hamilton Island Race Week is one of the hottest events on the sporting and social calendar, attracting more than 2500 sailors and race-goers. Hundreds of yachts with crew come to the Whitsunday Coast from around the world. They spend the week racing through the island courses and the crew that comes out on top has plenty to celebrate!
Visit Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach consistently tops the list of best beaches not only in Australia, but the world. It’s seven kilometres of pure while silica sand and azure blue waters. You couldn’t hope for a more beautiful place even if you tried! There are different vantage points to take photos, admire views and go swimming.
Experience James Boag Discovery Dinner with Danielle Alvarez
It’s one of the highly anticipated events on the Hamilton Island Race Week calendar. Danielle Alvarez, the head chef at Sydney’s award-winning restaurant, Fred’s, partners Tassie beer brewery company, James Boag. Sample James Boag’s refreshing and crisp new beer, and a menu to compliment and celebrate fresh and delicious Aussie produce.
Head along to the presentation dinner
Here’s another awesome event on the Race Week calendar, and it’s surely one you won’t want to miss. Wrap up the week by celebrating the highlights. Meet the crews, toast to the best performers and reflect on the best moments. You can also hit the dancefloor at the Convention Centre.
Go whale watching
Nature lovers will be delighted to realise the race week occurs during the migratory season for humpback whales! Between May and September you can witness these incredible whales, including young calves, swimming in these gorgeous blue waters. At this time of year there are plenty of different whale watching tours to choose from.