About the Whitsundays

The Whitsunday group of islands are acclaimed as the best cruising ground in Australia if not the world. You have access to over 90 National Park Islands plus a choice of 9 different resorts ranging from Wilderness to 5 Star Luxury. There is no better way to see it all than to cruise your own sailing boat at your leisure.

All the major central islands lie within 2 to 15 nautical miles off the mainland - from 1 to 3 hours sailing from Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island. They are all within sight from each other, separated by distances from about 0.5 to 5 Nautical Miles.

The lesser frequented southern islands extend some thirty miles off shore and are up to 15 miles apart. Delightful secluded mainland bays are within 2 hours cruising north of Airlie Beach. Navigating about is therefore extremely easy, usually only by visual means, guided by supplied charts and reference book - 100 Magic Miles.

Rarely is it necessary to plot and steer a compass course. All islands are fringed by Coral Reefs and beaches. Most have plentiful day and overnight anchorages. Camping is permitted on a number of them. Moorings and marina facilities are available at 7 of the resort islands.

The area is blessed with a magical tropical climate. Average annual daytime temperature range from 23C to 31+ C. Night time around 17C. Sea temperatures at around 22C in Winter with temperatures at 27C+ in summer. You can expect sailing breezes virtually every day (100%+) of the year, stronger from the south east trades during April to August then tending lighter, predominantly from the east to north, statistically 70% to 85% of the annual breezes are up to 15 knots strength. Perfect conditions for your bareboat charter holiday onboard one of our modern yachts or sailing catamarans. A short wet season occurs from January to March.

In a nutshell, the Whitsundays Queensland offer superb sailing holiday activities...splendid cruising, fishing, oystering, crabbing, swimming, snorkelling and diving the island coral reefs, fossicking, turtles, dolphins, whales and other wildlife experiences...and unique attractions and surroundings...peace, tranquility, solitude, unspoilt wilderness anchorages, magnificent seascapes, clear starry moonlit nights, spectacular sunsets and rises, proudly clean unpolluted waterways, beaches and foreshores along with the purest of air. Visiting and 'living it up' at a resort or two completes the picture.

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Map of the Whitsundays

Hamilton Island Marina - The Whitsunday Islands, Australia

sit and relax in the Whitsundays aboard your own bareboat charter yacht

Chartering a bareboat in the Whitsundays with Charter Yachts Australia