Clash of the Paddles, Hamilton Island

Beyond scuba diving, there are many other water sports that attract travellers to the Great Barrier Reef. One of the biggest events of the year is Clash of the Paddles, held annually in Hamilton Island. This exciting racing event takes place over four days, combining several paddle sports. Whether you’re looking for the adrenaline rush of competition or simply want to cheer on the athletes, check out Clash of the Paddles.

Details for 2015

Formerly called the Hamilton Cup, Clash of the Paddles in 2015 will be scheduled for June, but the exact dates are not known yet. One of the world’s most difficult canoe racing events has expanded over the years to include a variety of competitions including dragon boating and stand-up paddle boarding. Registration starts on the official event website. 


What to Expect

Races are broken down into a variety of experience levels. There are races in junior, open, and masters categories. A combination of professional athletes and regular people looking for a fun challenge turn up for the events. In addition to all of the on-water races, there is also an on-land entertainment program that makes for a fun weekend outside of the competition.


The Fine Print

The complete schedule of races is available on the event website. Competition begins early, at 6:30 a.m., and continues through the afternoon until about 3:30 p.m. Beyond the races, entertainment includes a “Fun Zone” for the kids, live music each evening on Front Street, and nightly food stalls at the marina. Highlights from the racing are also shown daily on a big screen. The biggest party of the event is the closing ceremony held on the final night.


Things to Do in Hamilton Island

A holiday can be planned around Clash of the Paddles. Beyond the races, there are many fun things to do in Hamilton Island. For more water sports, you could spend a day snorkelling or fishing with the family. If you are interested in a guide leading the way, there are several excellent tours of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands. Going on a scenic flight is one activity the whole family will enjoy. If you want to try something new, sign up for sailing lessons or work on your golf swing at one of the local courses.


Plan Your Trip

When travelling for a competition, the comforts of home are essential. Choosing a holiday rental will provide the convenience of a kitchen, making it easy to carb-up before the big day. Rentals are also comfortable places to relax and recover after a big race. You can bring the whole family along to cheer you on, and everyone will have a private space to sleep. Be sure to check out your rental options in advance, as Clash of the Paddles is a popular event in Hamilton Island.


If you're headed to Hamilton Island for Clash of the Paddles, why not make a holiday out of it? There is so much in this area to enjoy, it will be a holiday to remember.


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