Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Celebrates 30 Years this August


My visit to Hamilton Island last year was extremely memorable. Not just for the incredible landscapes or the azure waters of the Coral Sea, but also the incredible food, wine and hospitality that is to be had on the island. It’s a great place to visit all year around but when there’s an event or festival you can expect the locals to put on a show like no other.

Dining at Pebble Beach, Hamilton Island

Dining at Pebble Beach, Hamilton Island

From the 17th to the 25th of August, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week will celebrate 30 years of sailing on the glorious Coral Sea

The international yachting event, now the largest offshore regatta in Australia, has evolved over the past three decades into a spectacular display of on-water racing paired with the fine food, fashion and flowing champagne.

With over 135 yachts already entered and dozens more expected in the coming weeks, there’s going to be a lot of action on the water, but also plenty on land to keep you occupied..

For the first year the island will be hosting The Charles-Heidsieck Champagne Lunch. With a ‘Hampton’s’ dress theme guests will dine on a bespoke menu by qualia’s executive chef Alastair Waddell, matched with fine Charles-Heidsieck wines. I sampled some of these wines on Hamilton Island last year and can confirm they are spectacular.

Another show stopping highlight will be the Collette Dinnigan Resort Show & Cocktail Party; with Hamilton Island the only location outside of Paris that the internationally acclaimed fashion designer shows her collections.

Audi Race Week, Hamilton Island 2012

Audi Race Week, Hamilton Island 2012 

Audi ambassadors and iconic Australian chefs Matt Moran, Kylie Kwong and Shannon Bennett will each present unique, new gastronomic experiences. Matt Moran will create a beautiful ‘Chiswick’ inspired garden dinner; while Kylie Kwong’s wonderfully relaxed ‘dim sum-style’ Australian-Chinese Brunch will feature sustainable food principles including edible insects.

To commemorate the 30th year, Shannon Bennett will present ‘30’, an unparalleled dining experience with cuisine by five chefs in their 30’s. Bennett will be joined by past and present Vue de monde and Bistro Vue chefs including Cory Campbell, Jack Ingram, Josh Lewis and Darren Purchese.

Flawlessly suited to 30th celebrations are pearls; the traditional gift of a 30th anniversary. The Paspaley Pearl Pursuit and Luncheon begins with an Island-wide treasure hunt with clues and challenges to be followed in order to find a magic key. One key only will open the master pearler’s box to reveal the Paspaley treasure within. A glorious lunch served on the sands of Pebble Beach, qualia will follow, created by Alastair Waddell.

Other not to be missed culinary events include creator of Sydney’s The Apollo Jonathan Barthelmess presenting his own unique blend of traditional yet innovative Mediterranean cuisine – a slice of Santorini by the beach, whileHamilton Island’s own Adam Woodfield, executive chef at modern south-east Asian restaurant coca chu, will deliver a scrumptious Yum Cha Lunch. The Wild Oats Wines Ladies Lunch will feature patissier extraordinaire Adriano Zumbo and his mastery of pastry, and the Beef & Reef Dinner with the world’s fastest sailor, Peter Larson, is set to be a sell out.

Activities and events available to all guests include the new Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Bar at Bommie Deck, Heineken Bar happy hour from 7-8pm daily, Beachside Yoga, Eat Street Food Markets at the Marina, sports challenges including the Audi vehicle tug of war and Stand Up Paddle boarding relay races, the Paspaley Boutique showcasing the exquisite 20 millimeter Paspaley Pearl and twice-daily Pearl Discovery Sessions, and the Henri Lloyd 50th birthday fashion display.

It’s going to be a spectacular week on the island, so book quickly to ensure your place in the sun.

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Author:Jeremy Bowell

Jeremy Bowell is the founder and editor of Taste Explorer. He also writes for,, and has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald's Good Living section. He is an avid connoisseur of all things food and drink related.