Australia

The Whitsundays, Australia

Sailing holidays

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 the fabulous Whitsunday Islands.

Bareboat itineraries

Charter your own private yacht and sail the Great Barrier Reef on an Australian bareboat charter holiday. 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
  • Turtle and Dugong spotting
  • Snorkelling one of the many fringing reefs
  • Hill Inlet Lookout photography
  • 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
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Min temp
(°C)
Avg precipitation
(mm)
Avg wind speed
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Dominant wind direction
Hamilton Island/Great Barrier Reef (Australia)
January292525316ESE
February292427817ESE
March282431419ESE
April262315017SE
May242014517SSE
June22186216SSE
July21174516SSE
August22182414SSE
September25201514ESE
October27224016ESE
November28235815ESE
December292411415ESE

Address

6 Bay Terrace

Shutte Harbour

Queensland 4802

Australia

Base opening hours

Mon-Sun: 8am-5pm

Nearest airport
Proserpine Airport

Yacht mobility statement

The layout and structure of our yachts may not be suitable for those people with reduced mobility, please contact one of our holiday planners to discuss your individual needs

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