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No borders to your bareboat charter

WRAY briefer, skipper, and all-round nautical expert, Mike Dicker, blogs about the Whitsundays from his unique on-the-water perspective.

If you like the idea of sailing without borders let us take you to a Whitsunday hotspot by the same name. Located to the east of Hook and Whitsunday Islands, Border Island is a bareboater’s gem. Far enough away from the day tour crowds, yet close to enough to be within comfortable sailing reach, this little treasure amid our 74-island paradise certainly warrants a blog in its own right.

Cateran Bay

On the north coast of Border Island lies Cateran Bay; our preferred anchorage in the prevailing south-easterly tradewinds.  

Although Cateran Bay is suitable in winds from the southwest to southeast of up to 25 knots, it is most comfortable in breezes of 15 knots or less.

Public moorings have been installed to protect the fringing reef and anchoring is possible outside an exclusion zone marked by triangular reef protection buoys.

Once the mooring buoy is secured or the anchor set, your first task will be to sit back and enjoy the view.

When you’ve had your fill of turquoise water and tree-clad slopes it’s time to head ashore and explore.

The sandy beach is best accessed at high or mid-tide and footwear is advised to avoid stubbing toes.


New walks

The recently completed Border Island walking track adds a new dimension to a visit to Cateran Bay.

Bush walks are a fun activity for the whole family and help you shake off those sea legs!

Allow one hour return for the new 1.2km track, which takes you on a journey across the island’s ‘saddle’ through native grasslands.

The rewards along the way are stunning views from two lookouts.

Hot tip: Don’t forget your camera!



Located within a Great Barrier Reef Marine Park ‘Green Zone’, Border Island is perhaps not surprisingly one of the Whitsundays’ top snorkel and dive sites.

Inside Cateran Bay, snorkelling sites are off the beach, or even off the boat.

Beautiful plate coral dominates the bay and relatively shallow depths make for easy viewing.

In northerly winds there is good snorkelling along the island’s southwest and southeast flanks, although neither offer good anchorage for anything longer than a lunchtime stop.

While the marine life is prolific, it’s important to remember that Border Island is a ‘no take’ zone and fishing is most definitely not permitted.


100 Magic Miles

Has this left you wanting more?

Then why not start planning your Whitsunday bareboat holiday with a copy of the boating bible ‘100 Magic Miles’.

Now in its 12th edition, this comprehensive guide to exploring the Whitsundays by boat contains everything you need to know about this wonderful section of the Queensland coast.

A copy of the book can be found aboard every Whitsunday Rent A Yacht vessel and our friendly staff are always on hand to answer any questions you might have.

Could Border Island be your Nirvana?

To find out, make your next holiday in the Whitsundays a bareboat charter by contacting us today on 1800 075 000.

100 Magic Miles

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