Australia

The Whitsundays, Australia

Sailing vacations

1
Sailing experience level

Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef

A world away from Australia’s arid outback lies a string of idyllic tropical islands, teeming with life and boasting some of the world’s most spectacular natural landscapes. These are The Whitsundays—a chain of 74 islands off the Queensland Coast and now home to our Australian base.

For those wishing to leave the rat race behind, The Whitsunday Islands are the ideal South Pacific paradise. Home to the famous Whitehaven Beach, this lush, green paradise isle offers fantastic views across the South Pacific, where pods of migratory whales can sometimes be spotted making their way along the East Coast of Australia.

The vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef runs along the length of Queensland’s coastline, and makes up the fringing reef of the iconic Whitsunday Islands. Snorkel and dive this subaqueous landscape, renowned as one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and explore the pristine beaches, secluded coves and exhilarating bush walks of these fabulous islands.

Suggested bareboat itineraries

Charter your own private yacht and sail the Great Barrier Reef on an Australian bareboat charter vacation. More experienced sailors will relish the opportunity to explore the Whitsundays at their leisure, stopping off at quiet, picturesque anchorages and striking out to discover the Great Barrier Reef whenever the mood takes them. A liberating and thrilling way to explore this iconic part of the world.

Whitsundays one-week bareboat

  • Big game fishing
  • Hill Inlet Lookout photography
  • Snorkelling one of the many fringing reefs
  • Turtle and Dugong spotting
  • Relaxing on Whitehaven Beach
Itinerary details
Sailing School

Sailing schools

Learn to sail at one of our bases. From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, Thailand to Australia, or even a bit closer to home at our Port Solent base, our RYA qualified instructors teach you all the skills you’ll need on your sailing holiday.

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Experience required

Sailing experience level
1
At least 5 days or 100 miles as skipper on an equivalent size yacht

Level 1 destinations offer the easiest, most forgiving sailing, ideal for novices and less experienced sailors. Lazy line mooring, line-of-sight navigation and calm conditions mean you won’t sail outside your comfort zone.

Skippered Holiday

Try a skippered holiday

  • Relax and let your skipper take charge
  • Be as hands on or laid back as you like
  • Learn from an expert skipper
  • Gain local knowledge and recommendations
  • Peace of mind and safety on the water
  • Discretion and privacy when you need it
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Sailing conditions

Max temp
50 (°F)
Min temp
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Avg precipitation
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Avg wind speed
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Dominant wind direction
Hamilton Island/Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
January847725316ESE
February847527817ESE
March827531419ESE
April797315017SE
May756814517SSE
June72646216SSE
July70634516SSE
August72642414SSE
September77681514ESE
October81724016ESE
November82735859ESE
December847511459ESE

Address

6 Bay Terrace

Shutte Harbour

Queensland 4802

Australia

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun: 8am-5pm

Nearest airport
Proserpine Airport

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