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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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.

Adventure Cruise and Sail – Southern Cross Sailing

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Adventure Cruise and Sail - Southern Cross Sailing Adventures specialise in overnight sailing holidays. Sail and dive the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on one of their fully crewed sailing holidays.

Explore Group - Hamilton Island

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Hamilton Island - The largest inhabited island in the Whitsunday's. Perfectly positioned among some of the worlds most beautiful natural scenery including; Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet and the Great Barrier Reef - the largest coral reef in the world.

Cruise Whitsundays

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Cruise Whitsundays is the region’s largest and most experienced marine operator offering a range of day cruises and island resort connections. Cruises visit iconic Australian destinations such as the World-Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach and islands, and the multi-award winning Reefsleep overnight experience is one of Australia’s unique accommodation options.

Kiana Sail and Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Islands

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Sail and Dive the Outer Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands on their 16.4 metre ketch and enjoy your first dive for free. Kiana is the only vessel in the region that caters for small numbers to the outer Great Barrier Reef.

Whitsunday Escape

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
From AU$400 - 2400
Whitsunday Escape has been specialising in Skipper Yourself ‘Bareboat’ Charters for over 30 years, continually delivering outstanding holiday experiences. Whitsunday Escape proudly achieved silver recognition at the 2018 Australian Tourism Awards for Unique Accommodation!

Adventure Catamarans - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Catamarans are renowned for their stable cruising and Whitsundays Sailing Adventures offers two unique options to choose from over four vessels. All their tours offer travellers a chance to swim in crystal clear waters and snorkelling in sheltered bays.

A Cruise for Couples - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Whitsundays Sailing Adventures (WSA) offers the most diverse range of quality crewed sailing and diving tours in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Their fleet of owner operators have a high focus on crew standards, fantastic food, personalised service and a truly individual and unique experience.

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.
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