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Hamilton Island Race Week

30th May 2019

Hamilton Island Race Week is fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to claim your place at the social event of the season.

Taking place from 16 to 25 August, it is the most prestigious event in the Hamilton Island calendar and one of Australia’s premier luxury event experiences. First held in 1984, Hamilton Island Race Week has grown steadily in popularity to become Australia’s largest off-shore keelboat regatta, attracting more than 200 boats and 2000 sailors each year. Yet it is the events that run alongside this world-class regatta that attract VIPs, celebrities and those in the know.

The most highly sought-after events are held at qualia, Hamilton Island’s most luxurious resort. For only the second time in 13, years, qualia is open to guests during Race Week and Travel Associates is proud to be a partner for the Hamilton Island Race Week qualia Showcase Package and the Paspaley Luncheon Package. As well as accommodation in exquisitely appointed qualia pavilions, packages include tickets to the most exclusive on-shore events on the Race Week social calendar. Celebrate Australia’s outdoor lifestyle, with sun, fun, camaraderie and good food and wine at a range of social events, including lunches and dinners presented by celebrity chefs. The Showcase Weekend opens with two unmissable events:

Dinner with Lennox Hastie of Firedoor restaurant, presented by Rolex Australia        

On Saturday 17 August, the first major event hosted at qualia will be a dinner served up by Chef Lennox Hastie, dubbed Australia’s most progressive chef. He cooks exclusively with fire in his Sydney restaurant, so expect this to be qualia’s take on the World’s Best BBQ.

Dinner with Peter Gilmore, Quay restaurant, presented by Travel Associates

The following night enjoy fine dining from one Australia’s most celebrated chefs, Peter Gilmore, owner of Quay and more recently Bennelong in Sydney. Start the evening with Peter’s signature Cured & Cultured Bar, followed by a two-course dinner in qualia’s stunning Long Pavilion, with live modern jazz entertainment adding to the festive mood.

The final weekend brings Race Week to a close with the ultimate long lunch experience: The Paspaley Luncheon

On Friday 23 August, qualia’s Pebble Beach is the venue for an exquisite sit-down luncheon. Start with drinks, champagne and canapes by the pool followed by a delicious three-course menu created by qualia Executive Chef Mark Jenson. The long lunch usually extends into the early evening, often ending with dancing on the beach. Expect a surprise Paspaley experience – a secret … only ever revealed at the lunch.


With only a very limited number of Hamilon Island Raceweek qualia Packages available through Travel Associates, speak with an experienced travel adviser today.