Calm seas, light winds and pristine, tropical weather almost all year make sailing in the Whitsundays easy and unforgettable.
Fringing coral cays surround many of the 74 islands that form the largest offshore island chain on Australia's east coast. The islands are the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world.
The islands are remnants of a coastal range, submerged when sea levels rose at the end of the last ice age. You'll find world-class resorts on Daydream, Hayman and Hamilton islands to name a few. Other islands boast pristine beaches, rainforests and walking trails and most have National Parks status.
Enjoy sail or dive adventures, explore more than 60 uninhabited islands, cruise the stunning blue waters, or visit luxury resorts and fine dining venues in Airlie Beach.
It's worth spending a few days at Airlie Beach, the service town to the Whitsunday Islands, while visiting the region. The cosmopolitan village has the atmosphere of a buzzing holiday town with colourful shops, cafes and bars and an assortment of motels and self-contained apartments. Airlie Beach is now a sailing holiday destination in its own right. Whether you stay here or on one of the islands, you're within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef.
A 10-minute drive from Airlie Beach is Shute Harbour, the second-busiest harbour in Australia and one of the departure point for water taxis and Whitsunday island ferries. If you're in Airlie Beach and considering a bareboat charter, make the short trip to Shute Harbour, where you'll find our private jetty and head office where we can tailor a package to suit.
Australia's Whitsunday Islands are a cruising paradise.