The annual Great Barrier Reef Festival is back for its 21st birthday this year taking place in the beautiful Airlie Beach on the 5-8th of August. For 4 whole days, Airlie Beach turns into a giant family-friendly festival celebrating the Whitsundays’ lifestyle and the communities at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. From live music, food and drinks to a Rotary Street Parade, carnival rides, food stalls and environmental workshops, the atmosphere of this event is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
The Festival kicks off with a lantern parade, starting at the Coral Sea Marina Resort and winding its way into the town, along the waterfront. The focus is truly on families and fun – and it all culminates with the Whitsunday Coast Airport Fireworks by the Foreshore.
Being right on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef, it wouldn’t be a true reef festival without getting a little wet. There are six giant underwater art installations that are available for people to view by snorkelling. Adam Smith from the Reef Ecologic explains “the underwater sculptures are a really innovative idea to try and educate people about the reef.” So instead of just going for a snorkel, you learn more information about the importance of reef conservation.
If you’re thinking about venturing up to Airlie Beach on the first week of August, make sure to check out The Great Barrier Reef Festival website for all of the information.