Islands & Anchorages
The tropical islands are fringed with coral reefs and white beaches, and feature numerous secure anchorages. The outer Great Barrier Reef provides protection from ocean swells providing calm sailing in the Whitsundays.
Cruising the Islands
Cruising time between anchorages is, in most cases, less than two hours. The reef and islands all form part of the vast Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and, as such, the sea-life and wildlife are protected, and fishing is restricted in some areas.
Resort & Marina Information
There are a few island resorts that you can visit while bareboating in the Whitsundays. Most welcome visiting yachts, offering evening entertainment, dining, and the use of their facilities.
It is best to contact them directly to arrange berths/moorings. During the peak season, it is advisable to book as early as possible to arrange visits as space is limited.
Significant Sites of the Whitsundays
The Whitsunday Islands have a long and rich history from the early Ngaro people who inhabited the islands, to the arrival of Captain Cook in 1770 who gave the islands their current name.
These itineraries are provided as a guide only to give you an indication of how far you can travel in 7 – 10 days. We recommend you keep your plans flexible so that you can adapt and alter your course to suit the prevailing conditions. Every charter is different and the activities you wish to participate in may change each day. Generally the Whitsundays experience Southeast (SE) trade winds in the winter months and Northeast (NE) winds in the summer months.