Whitsunday Reef Festival

Whitsunday Reef Festival 2012

Thu 16 Aug 2012 - Margie Murphy
Whitsunday Reef Festival is here and excitement is in the air! Whitsunday’s annual festival is four days of fun with something for everyone so come out and enjoy!

Get into the festival spirit. Busi ... [more]


Pirates a plenty

Sat 07 Jul 2012 - John Nayler
With 5 weeks to go until Whitsunday Reef Festival, 16 – 19 August, the PIRATE THEME has taken a grip on Airlie Beach. Saturday just past had a pirate attack repelled by a hoard of local pirate childre ... [more]

Airlie Beach Hottest Spot In August

Sat 02 Jun 2012
Airlie Beach will be the hottest spot in Queensland on the weekend 16 – 19 August when the Reef Festival joins up with the Great Whitsunday Fun Race for an entertaining weekend. Coming right on the ba ... [more]

Courtesy Blue Turtle Digital

Whitsunday Reef Festival 2011 wrap

Mon 24 Oct 2011 - John Nayler
The eleventh Whitsunday Reef Festival was held over the 4 days 20-23rd October 2011. Despite some “Belgium summer” skies, the festival registered in excess of 10,000 event attendances across the 4 day ... [more]

People enjoying music

Beach Music Chill in the Park

Sun 23 Oct 2011 - John Nayler
Sunday afternoon at the beach has never been so “chilled”. Whitsunday Reef Festival wrapped up with a relaxed afternoon under the trees, beside the sea as more 1000 people drifted in to the space arou ... [more]

Telstra Whtisunday Family Fun Day

Sun 23 Oct 2011 - John Nayler
The Telstra Whitsunday Family Fun Day turned out such a great morning for the more that 600 people in attendance. Blue skies started the show, along with some light music including the Prosperine Stat ... [more]

Main Street Traders Rockin

Consider the Reef Rocked

Sun 23 Oct 2011 - John Nayler
The Whitsunday Reef Festival reached a crescendo last night with Rockin the Reef bought to you by the Airlie Beach Main Street traders group. Many many sponsors made it possible to entertain an estima ... [more]

Plants Plus

Rotary Club of Airlie Beach Street Parade Mardi-Gras

Sat 22 Oct 2011 - John Nayler
More that 30 organisations and floats came out to be part of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach Street Parade. Schools, companies, dance clubs, boat trips and service clubs made an extra effort to suppor ... [more]

The Drum Kit

ChannelWhitsunday.com Recyclable Regatta reminds and entertains.

Sat 22 Oct 2011
Reef protection is a subject close to the hearts of all Whitsunday residents. The ChannelWhitsunday.com Recyclable Regatta is aimed at celebrating and reminding everyone of the importance of this fact ... [more]

Thank you Porters

Porters Reeffire entertains thousands

Fri 21 Oct 2011 - John Nayler
The Porters Reeffire lit up the grey evening for the entertainment of so many families and visitors to the Whitsundays on Friday night. Porters generous support of the second year has ensured that the ... [more]

Festival of Food - Palmers Lunch

Thu 20 Oct 2011 - John Nayler
Palmers Restaurant was the kick off point for the Whitsunday Reef Festival with over 50 people enjoying the fine dining experience at the TAFE training facility.

Frocktails, Fashion TV and Fast Cars

Fri 26 Nov 2010
Frocktails once again reinforced its place as the premium style event in Airlie Beach in 2010. Presented by Fashion TV, Frocktails went to a new level as cable TV arrived along with a fleet of prestig ... [more]

Left to right - Rhylee Goodwin, Teggun Orth,  Yemima Ehrnst, Alyx Pritchard

Graphic House Writers Competition Winning Entries

Fri 12 Nov 2010
The 2010 Graphic House Writers Competition,  part to the Big4 Adventure Reef Festival was a great success with many quality entries from schools across the Whitsunday area. The competition topics for  ... [more]

O what fun - Telstra Whitsunday Family Fun Day

Tue 26 Oct 2010
Under blue skies the Telstra Whitsunday Family Fun entertained hundreds of children and their parents. Across the morning there was a treasure hunt, free breakfast for the kids from Lions Club, egg an ... [more]

Bareboat Open Day attracts new boaties

Mon 25 Oct 2010
Reproduced from the Whitsunday Times

Meridien Marina's Abel Point Marina was the venue for the final bareboat
open day for 2010. As part of the Whitsunday Reef Festival a line up of
eleven vessels was put on display. The new Montebello 12.5 from...

Success shines on Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival 2010

Mon 25 Oct 2010
A winter of unseasonable bad weather and economic concerns blew away Friday just past as Whitsunday Reef Festival got under way.

Celebrating 10 years in 2010, the festival had come of age with the  ... [more]

Family Fun Day full of local delights

Sun 24 Oct 2010
The sun shone on a brilliant day in the Whitsundays and the Telstra Whitsunday Family Fun Day. A large crowd of families came to experience a full day.

The “Made in The Whitsundays” brand promoting ... [more]

Consider the Reef Rocked

Sat 23 Oct 2010
The Beach Music stage was the venue for an awesome mucisial display Saturday night of Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival 2010. Dom Turner and Co, before the Bar Flaring competition delighted the ... [more]

Street Parade madness

Sat 23 Oct 2010
With a mass of people never before seen in Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach Street Parade has been the most popular event of the festival ever.

Thank you for Rotary  ... [more]

Recycling and bareboats feature at the marina

Sat 23 Oct 2010
Hundreds of people turned at Abel Point Marina to watch the spectacle of the inaugural Recycle Regatta. Sevens teams representing youth, families and corporates arrived with all manner of craft made f ... [more]

Sanding Sculpting

Sat 23 Oct 2010
Lots of families and kids hit the beach on Saturday the 23rd of October for the annual sand sculpting competition. The competition was fierce in some corners as the teams looked for the edge with thoughtful decorations, rapid fire shovelling and colouring


Fri 22 Oct 2010
The Video Ezy Starlight Movies at the Lagoon have been relocated from the Airlie Beach Lagoon to Beach Plaza, on the Esplanade in Airlie Beach.  
The overnight rain has left a very soggy viewing area ... [more]

Blair comes to Whitsunday Reef Festival

Fri 22 Oct 2010
Blair, famous from the original series of Big Brother and recently in Dancing with the Stars, is coming to Whitsunday Reef Festival. You will see him around the various events of Festival including th ... [more]

Now that was funny!

Thu 21 Oct 2010
Airlie Day Spa was the sponsor of the Comedy Gala as part of Whitsunday Reef Festival 2010. A sell out crowd of 90 people supplied a great atmosphere at Waterline on Shingley to enjoy a non-stop laugh ... [more]

Go Girl wins the Dress the Street competition

Thu 21 Oct 2010
Sponsored by Airlie Beach Hotel the winner of the Dress the Street competition was Go Girl, located adjacent to McDonalds in Airlie Beach.

Palmers Restaurant

Thu 21 Oct 2010
Julia Wheway was delighted with the attendance at the Palmers Restaurant lunch as the kick off dining opportunity for the Whitsunday Reef Festival 2010

Scuplt the sand

Sat 16 Oct 2010
Come to the Airlie beach foreshore Saturday morning and help sculpt the beach into an art gallery full of creativity. The zest design sand sculpting competition is free for everyone and welcomes famil ... [more]

LOL :) :) :)

Thu 14 Oct 2010
One week till the Whitsunday Reef Festival has placed a committee of great people on tender hooks about the success of the long weekend to come 21-24 October 2010. Now it is 10 th year, the festival h ... [more]

Flair bartending heats up @ Mama Africa

Flair Gods hit Airlie

Thu 30 Sep 2010
8 of Australia and New Zealand's best Flair Bartenders will descend on the Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival to battle it out to be the first ever "Airlie Flair God"!!  Our 8 contestants will pe ... [more]

PCYC Recycled Raft launching with Jan Clifford

Mon 27 Sep 2010
The "Recyclable Regatta" took the next step in its build up today with the PCYC school holiday crew launching their recycled raft at the Airlie Beach Lagoon.

The prototype looked to need some furt ... [more]

Local foods feature across festival

Sat 25 Sep 2010
The Whitsunday Reef Festival celebrates its tenth year in 2010 and the value it adds to town can't be measured. Boosting the local economy, extra visitors to town for the weekend to make the most of a ... [more]

Ian Thompson with PCYC group

Recyclable Regatta raises awareness

Wed 22 Sep 2010
This year's Whitsunday Reef Festival features an event to raise awareness of an important reef protection issue. Every year increasing signs are evident on the once pristine shores of the Whitsunday I ... [more]

North Queensland Institute of Training helps out Reef Festival volunteers

Tue 21 Sep 2010
New local business North Queensland Institute of Training has come on board as a Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival partner, with some very special assistance to the committee of volunteers who o ... [more]

The search is on for a local DJ

Fri 17 Sep 2010
Whitsundays local DJs are being offered the chance of live radio air time, as the Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival committee announced this week they were searching for someone to set the sound ... [more]

Get creative!

Wed 15 Sep 2010
Plastic bottles, old magazines, coat hangers, just about anything could become a school holidays activity next week!
The Rotary Club of Airlie Beach Wearable Art parade is on again as part of the Big ... [more]

Inaugural writing competition announced

Mon 13 Sep 2010
Budding young writers will have a chance to showcase their talents in the inaugural Graphic House Writers Competition as part of this year’s Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival.
Event coordinator ... [more]

Airlie Beach businesses challenged to Dress Up The Main Street

Sun 12 Sep 2010
The Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival challenges Airlie Beach businesses to the Main Street Dress Up competition.

Show your community spirit and celebrate the Great Barrier Reef as part of  ... [more]

Fashion TV for Frocktail event

Thu 09 Sep 2010
THE Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival's signature fashion event, Frocktails, just got even more glamorous, with confirmation this week that Pay TV's Fashion TV would be covering the event.

Pink Ladies. Tropix Photography

Party Time! Get ready for the Big 4 Adventure Reef Fest Street Parade

Tue 31 Aug 2010
Party Time! will be the theme of this year's Reef Festival Street Parade.
Celebrating the festival's 10th year, the parade is sure to be a crowd favourite yet again, and the participants will be havi ... [more]

The Twine will rock out at this years festival

Australia's Got Talent comes to Airlie Beach with The Twine and Swoon to play at this years fest!

Thu 05 Aug 2010
Find out about the great live music for this years Big 4 Whitsunday Reef Festival.

Team Kerr support Reef Festival

Team Kerr on board for the Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival

Mon 02 Aug 2010
Team Kerr on board for the Big 4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival

Whitsunday Reef Festival Wrap

Mon 26 Oct 2009
With the dust now settled in 2009's Whitsunday Reef Festival the time has come to reflect on the success. Over 4 days of the festival, our little town came alive with a complete range of festival acti ... [more]

Street Parade Fun

Reef Festival Street Parade more popular than ever

Wed 21 Oct 2009
The main street, only 4 bus lengths long and magnificently bitumened was the scene of the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach Street Parade during the BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival.

Featuring sco ... [more]

Free of the Phonies play Reef Festival

Tue 20 Oct 2009
With the dust settling on BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival, the great feedback has been rolling in.

The finale of four days of action packed entertainment and fun was the local youth band " ... [more]

Tonight's going to be a good night!!

Sat 17 Oct 2009
Now in its 3rd year of success, Frocktails @ Deja vu, Water's Edge Resort broke records and moved the event to premier position as the Whitsunday's "be seen" event.

With fashions from Beachworx, Th ... [more]

BIG 4 Adventure Whitsunday - Sponsors

BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival 2009

Sat 26 Sep 2009
John Nayler speaks with Steve McDonald about the BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Reef Festival 2009 while at Deja Vu restaurant, Water's Edge Resort, Airlie Beach.

These is heaps of information available ... [more]

Tempo Lifestyles Frocktails

Sat 15 Nov 2008
Celebrating the peak of Whitsunday Reef Festival 2008 and fine fashion was Tempo Lifestyles Frocktails. Held around the pool at Deja Vu restuarant, Water's Edge Resort the sun set on 150 + of Airlie B ... [more]

Whitsunday Wearable Art shines again

Sat 15 Nov 2008
The youth of the Whitsundays once again showed there designing prowess with the Rotary Club sponsored Wearable Art competition. A dazzling display of creativity was on display during the Whitsunday Tr ... [more]

Whitsunday Transit Street Parade of colour

Sat 15 Nov 2008
Whitsunday Transit where the sponsors of this year's Street Parade, which showcased a mass of colour. With floats from Goldings, Ngaro people, Save Our foreshore, Whitsunday scouts, the schools, weara ... [more]


Rockin the Reef, rocks the reef

Fri 14 Nov 2008
Presented by Airlie Beach Music, this year's Rockin the Reef was THE live music event for the Whitsundays in 2008. Headlined by Evermore with the David Flower Band, and DJ LA Walker, the very foundati ... [more]

Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Reef Festival 2007 Street Parade

Mon 05 Nov 2007
With the sun still shining on Reef Festival 2007, the final day activities included the street parade and beach BBQ. The street parade was a bumper display of smiling faces, brightly decorated cars, t ... [more]

Hi Fashion

Reef Festival 2007 Frocktails

Fri 02 Nov 2007
One of the gala events of Reef Festival was Frocktails, held at Deja Vu at the Water's Edge Resort. Guests were wow'd with fashions from The Strand and Gear as the sun set over another gorgeous Whitsu ... [more]

Reef Festival 2007 Comedy Gala

Thu 01 Nov 2007
Coral Sea Resort was the venue for the Comedy Gala. Southern acts including  Dave Jory and Eric Hutton entertained the party goers pool side under another brilliant Whitsunday evening sky.


Reef Festival 2007 Jazz at the Foreshore

Sun 28 Oct 2007
As part of the diverse range of entertainment at Reef Festival 2007, the Airlie Beach foreshore was the venue for jazz entertainment. Another wonderful way to spend time at Airlie Beach, Whitsundays.

Side out

Reef Festival 2007 Beach Volley

Sun 28 Oct 2007
As one of the fun activities of Reef Festival 2007, Bayley from Curious Concepts organised a beach volleyball comp at Magnums.


Reef Festival 2007 Airlie Beach Hotel Dinner Party

Sat 27 Oct 2007
Dinner has never looked so good! With the combination of "wearable art" fashion from the youth of the Whitsundays and the fine cuisine from Airlie Beach Hotel and Fish D'Vine, Whitsundays was wow'd un ... [more]

Arterium and Dolphin

Reef Festival 2007 Sand Sculpting

Sat 27 Oct 2007
Airlie Beach was this morning the scene of the CPQ Real Estate sand sculpting competition. Kids of all ages got busy with spades, shovels and buckets to create a range of interesting creatures includi ... [more]

Fireworks at Airlie Beach

Reef Festival 2007 Fireworks

Fri 26 Oct 2007
Start the party with a bang was the instruction... and Reef Festival 2007 certainly did that. The small community that is the Whitsundays turned out in droves to line the beach and foreshore to witnes ... [more]