Proudly bought to you by Cruise Whitsundays, The Great Barrier Reef Festival takes pride in inclusively connecting the reef to the shore and celebrates the coastal region of the Whitsundays at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. There truly is something for everyone from our Friday Night Fireworks and Live Music to the Revvin the Reef Car Show, free Family Fun Day, Comedy Gala and much more!
New to the Great Barrier Reef Festival is the Immerse Underwater Art Installation – Bringing the reef to the Airlie Beach foreshore created using recycled products. And The Master Reef Guide educational experiences, including interactive workshops and guided tours to the outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands.
As a community and tourism event local business and citizen support make this festival happen, if you or your business would like to donate or sponsor an event or volunteer on our Committee please contact us to get involved.
Join us for Airlie Beach’s favourite family festival and BE PART OF SOMETHING GREAT!
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