Each year, The Whitsundays plays host to the Clipper Race Carnival where 11 70-foot ocean racing yachts and their Skippers gather to compete for the fourth leg of the Asia-Pacific Clipper Race Challenge. Having started in London four months prior, the Round the World Yacht Race will see competitors sail to Portugal, Uruguay, South Africa, Australia, China, Philippines, USA, Panama, Bermuda Northern Ireland, and finally back to London in August 2020.
But it’s not just all about the boats - over the course of the week-long event, several regional events and activities will take place in Bowen and surrounds. Think beachside rodeos, a long table luncheon on the sands of Whitehaven beach, sailing experiences for all levels and a welcome party hosted in the centre of Airlie Beach.
With only a few weeks until the carnival kicks off, it’s time to start preparing for yet another action-packed year of festivities.
White on Whitehaven
Have you ever dreamed about dining on the beach itself, or better yet on the picturesque Whitehaven Beach? White on Whitehaven is making that dream possible on Saturday 11 January 2020. Tickets for the exclusive long-table luncheon includes a package of Moet Champagne, canapés, and a buffet of grilled meats, local seafood, salads and tropical fruits. Keep in mind, although it is a lunch, the event is a full-day affair with boats leaving the port of Airlie at 10.30am and returning at 5.30pm.
When: 11 Jan 2020, 10:30am
Where: Whitehaven Beach (Transfer vessel departs Port of Airlie at 10.30am and returns 5.30pm)
Want to secure your spot? Buy your White on Whitehaven tickets here
Rodeo by the Reef
Concluding the carnival on Saturday 18 January 2020 will be Rodeo by the Reef, an event that’s kept locals and tourists coming back for more every year! It’s the ultimate dual between man and beast, and this caliber of World-class bull riding, hosted on the picturesque Bowen coastline, will keep the entire family entertained for hours. And don’t worry about keeping the little ones getting restless and uncomfortable, because there’s plenty of room to unravel your picnic rugs and really spread out. Aside from the action in the arena, there will be food and drink stalls to quench your thirst and keep hunger pangs at bay.
For those staying in nearby regions, return bus transport is available from Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and Proserpine for just a small price. You can check pricing and availability here.
When: 18 Jan 2020, 5:00pm – 10:00pm (gates open from 4:00pm)
Where: Dalrymple St, Bowen (opposite the Grand View Hotel)
Want to secure your spot? Buy your Rodeo by the Reef tickets here.
Rodeo by the Reef After-Party
No doubt after witnessing such an exhilarating sport, you’ll want to keep the party going. Just a hop, skip and a jump away is Grand View Hotel who will be hosting cocktails with live music until late. Country sweetheart, Shandell will be performing from 8pm till late to keep the crowd dancing.
Other Events Taking Place During the Clipper Race Carnival Program: