The Reef Trail


Mackay/Whitsunday Region
July 5-13 2024

COAST INTO PARADISE

Set off on a seaside road-trip bordering the Great Barrier Reef, where iconic music experiences meet Queensland's breathtaking coastline.

From 5 - 13 July 2024, The Reef Trail invites you on a self-drive journey along the picturesque coastline stretching from Mackay to Airlie Beach. The 8-day itinerary will feature a variety of unique music experiences throughout, blending world-class talent, rich First Nations culture and local hospitality amidst idyllic landscapes.

At the heart of the excitement is the eagerly awaited return of the coastal concert series Between the Tides. In its second edition, this one-of-a-kind event will present Christine Anu on Sat 6 July and Josh Pyke on Sun 7 July, with Tia Gostelow gracing both nights.

But that's not all! Indie icons Great Gable and Kitschen Boy will headline an all-ages event in Mackay on Sat 6 July, presented in collaboration with The Push. Plus, don't miss the inaugural Swell Day at the iconic Northerlies in Airlie Beach on Saturday 13 July, offering a delightful afternoon of live music amidst serene coastal views.

In between each musical highlight, dive into cultural experiences and soak up the beauty of the region. With glistening turquoise waters, heavenly white sand beaches and the iconic Great Barrier Reef framing your sojourn, prepare to fulfil your bucket list dreams while discovering new and unexpected delights along the way.

HOW IT WORKS

1. SELECT YOUR EVENTS

Select the events you'd like to attend along the trail and secure your tickets for each individual event.

2. BOOK YOUR STAY

Camping under the stars, indulging in luxury retreats or embarking on a caravan adventure! You can book the accommodation that suits you around the events and attractions you've planned.

3. CHART YOUR GETAWAY

With tickets and accomodation secured, it's time to start charting your ultimate coastal getaway! Familiarise yourself with the region and start planning additional sites and activities that pique your interest.

4. THE TRAIL BEGINS!

We'll see you in Mackay on Friday 5 July, or wherever you decide to join us along this coastal getaway!

REEL IN A DEAL

GET 20% OFF WITH A TRAIL TRAVELLER PASS

Reel in a great deal with a Trail Traveller Pass! Each pass unlocks access to a curated collection of our premier Trail events at an unbeatable 20% discount.

Discover the perfect pass for your journey along The Reef Trail, with three distinct options tailored to suit your preferences.

The Sounds of The Reef Trail

TRAVEL FOR GOOD

EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES

As a not-for-profit organisation, every dollar we earn goes directly back into the heart of communities, fostering local talent development and creating a positive impact that ripples across the region.

SUPPORTING LOCAL

Immerse yourself in the true essence of coastal paradise! We're dedicated to championing local suppliers and vendors at every turn along our trails, ensuring an authentic and enriching experience for all.

 
 
 

CHAMPIONING INCLUSION

Through initiatives such as MobTix, Local Legends, accessible venues and facilities, we pride ourselves on creating events that ensure everyone can enjoy the vibrant spirit of Queensland.

QMF respectfully acknowledges the Yuwi, Ngaro and Gia Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the land, waters and skies where the Reef Trail unfolds. We extend our respects for their enduring connection to the remarkable terrain, where creative works take place, performances resonate, and celebrations come to life. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders of all communities who also work and live on this land. We recognise the importance of First Nations leadership and collaboration, and QMF commits to walking together on a journey of shared learning and culture.

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