Sailing

Whether you’re a keen sailor, or just eager to feel wind in your hair as you sail into the sunset, there’s an adventure to suit in Queensland’s ultimate sailing destination – The Whitsundays. 

Bareboat

Did you know that The Whitsundays is the only place in the world where you can rent a multi-million-dollar sailing yacht without a licence? Yep, you can be your own captain and navigate the 74 islands of the Whitsundays on your very own private sailing adventure.

While bareboating is fairly straight forward and a romantic adventure your significant other can be incredible, having a larger crew will help, especially if this is your first bareboating holiday. So, assemble your crew and enjoy the fun.

Skippered boat

Be guided around the Whitsundays with your own talented skipper. Kick back, spread out and relax on the deck as you decide where to next. Do what you want, when you want.

If you’re up for some extra fun, your skipper can teach you the basics of sailing and give you a chance to get behind the wheel.

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Public Tours

Ranging from budget backpacker party boats to family-friendly getaways, you can opt for a public tour instead of renting your private boat. These are perfect for the extrovert wanting to meet new friends. Plus, it’s a little easier on the hip pocket.

Sailing Events

For a week in August, the Whitsundays is adorned with sails for the Airlie Beach Race Week, a colourful week of sailing and partying. Picture long lunches and a chock-a-block full social calendar. Sailing enthusiasts, this is an event not to be missed.

You can also get involved in the Hamilton Island Race Week which has more of a foodie and fashion edge. Show me more events.


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Derwent Hunter, Tall Ship Adventures Whitsunday

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Set sail on the adventure of a life time in the Whitsundays. Experience the style, grace and pace of sailing on the classic timber tall ship, Derwent Hunter for the day. Derwent Hunter visits some of the best snorkelling destinations in the Whitsundays.

Cruise Whitsundays

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Cruise Whitsundays' day cruise range features trips to 'must see' Whitsunday icons, including the Great Barrier Reef Adventure trip to Cruise Whitsundays' innovative and spacious reef pontoon and Whitehaven Beach Camira Sailing Adventure, onboard one of the world's fastest commercial sailing catamarans.

Wings Whitsunday Adventures

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Wings Whitsunday Adventures offers you a combination of sailing, snorkelling and bushwalking amongst the Whitsunday Islands, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef. Their modern catamarans allow stable sailing and easy movement around the decks for sunbathing, relaxing and socialising with 25 to 31 other passengers.

Abell Point Marina

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Abell Point Marina (APM) located in the heart of the Whitsundays has emerged as one of the premier boating destinations on the east coast of Australia. Having received a multi-million dollar facelift over the last five years, APM is realising its vision to be Australia's most vibrant destination marina.

A Cruise for Couples - Explore Whitsundays

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The original Whitsunday Cruise, Dive and Sail Company, starting in 1985 - with Southern Cross Sailing Adventures. Today Prosail, Australian Tallships, Prima Sailing and Eureka Sailing specialise in overnight sailing holidays.

2 Day 1 Night Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef? If you are short on time, budget or unsure if you would like to spend more than one night on a boat, then this is the option for you.

Whitsunday Islands National Park

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Treasured as one of the world's most beautiful destination getaways, the Whitsunday Islands are famous for their pure-white silica sand, secluded reefs and beaches, diverse wildlife and crystal-clear waters.

Whitsunday Escape

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$400 - 2400
Charter a bareboat in the Whitsundays and skipper yourself, family and friends for a holiday of a lifetime in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef! Whitsunday Escape has been specialising in skipper yourself 'bareboat' charters for over 30 years and their modern fleet of 40 vessels includes power cruisers, power catamarans, sailing catamarans and sailing yachts.

Queensland Yacht Charters Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$515 - 2440
Queensland Yacht Charters is a multi-award winning company well established for over 25 years in the Whitsunday Charter Industry based in the pristine tropical Whitsunday Islands and as a member of Dream Yacht Charter, with bases in over 45 destinations worldwide, you can be assured of a warm welcome and attention to detail with boats and staff that will make your holiday special.

Explore Group

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Experience a full-day Great Barrier Reef snorkeling adventure taking you to selected moorings around Bait Reef - the closest of the outer reef locations. Departing at 8.45am and returning 5pm, the full day tour visits two locations within Bait Reef.
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