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
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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.

Cannonvale

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Just three minutes to the west of the tourist hot spot of Airlie Beach you’ll find its quieter, less known, but just as beautiful cousin Cannonvale. A perfect place to base the family, Cannonvale is conveniently located close to all the sights and sounds the Whitsundays has to offer.

Maureens Cove, Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
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Situated on the northern side of Hook Island, Maureen's Cove is a popular anchorage with sailors and divers alike. There are two dive sites at Maureen's Cove. At the back of the cove, on the western side of the beach is a series of bommies starting at 12 - 15 metres and rising to within three metres of the surface, parallel to the shoreline.

Hill Inlet

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays is a stunning inlet located at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays. As the tide shifts, the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking mosaic.

Langford Island

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Langford Island, near Hayman Island in the northern Whitsundays is a popular spot with sailors, divers and snorkellers. Many of the bareboats and crewed sailing boats will anchor near Langford Island. Langford Island is relatively small, but features a long sand spit that all but disappears at high tide.

Great Barrier Reef - Whitsundays

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
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Said to be the world's largest living structure and the only one visible from outer space, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the world. The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,000 kilometres and is home to tens of thousands of species of brilliantly coloured fish, coral and other marine life including whales, dolphins and turtles.

Hayman Island

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Hayman Island has been impacted by recent weather events in Queensland. Please make contact with Hayman Island for information regarding bookings and travel plans. Hayman Island, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef presents astonishing natural beauty, restorative peace, indulgence and adventure.

South Molle Island

South Molle Island, Whitsunday Area
South Molle Island is located in the heart of the Whitsundays. South Molle Island is the largest of the Molle Island Group. South Molle is a hilly island with grasslands, lush pockets of rainforest, secluded bays and fringing reefs.

Daydream Island

Daydream Island, Whitsunday Area
Daydream Island has been impacted by recent weather events in Queensland. Please make contact with Daydream Island Resort and Spa information regarding bookings and travel plans. Daydream Island is the closest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays to the mainland shore at Airlie Beach.

Hook Island

Hook Island, Whitsunday Area
No visit to the Whitsundays is complete without seeing a few islands and Hook Island offers spectacular natural surroundings and excellent snorkelling and diving sites. The second largest island in the Cumberland group, it is 58 square kilometres in size and includes sheltered, picturesque bays, deep fjord-like inlets, ideal sailing and kayaking conditions, multiple moorings and safe anchorages, pristine fringing reefs, secluded beach campsites and the opportunity to see abundant wildlife including sea eagles, kites and ospreys, turtles, reef fish, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales frolicking in Whitsunday Passage (between June to September).
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