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About the Whitsundays

The Whitsunday Islands are in the waters of the Coral Sea, off the sunny east coast of Queensland, Australia - the perfect destination for a sail-yourself boating holiday.

Cruising the Whitsunday Islands

Calm seas, light winds and pristine, tropical weather almost all year make sailing in the Whitsundays easy and unforgettable. When you embark on your self sail holiday in the Whitsundays, you will experience an adventure unlike any other.

The 74 Whitsunday islands are set in the warm, calm Coral Sea and are protected by the Great Barrier Reef, making this region the perfect playground for your boating holiday. The islands are remnants of a coastal range, submerged when sea levels rose at the end of the last ice age.

Cruising the Whitsunday Islands Langford Island

Your Whitsunday Island Itinerary

Here at Whitsunday Rent A Yacht, we will help you plan the perfect itinerary for your sailing or motoring adventure around the islands.  

Depending on the wind conditions and length of your charter, some of the “must-see” spots that we recommend are Whitehaven Beach, Chalkies Beach, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet, Cid Harbour, Nara Inlet, and Langford Island. That’s just to name a few, many of our charterers enjoy exploring lesser-known pockets when cruising the islands. 

If you’d like to learn more about some of these great spots and check out where they are, head over to our recommended anchorages interactive map or view our 7-day sample yacht charter itinerary.

Within the islands 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. Whether you are looking to indulge in fine dining experience or chill out on a completely secluded beach, there’s an island for you.

Charter activities on offer

There are many activities on offer during a bareboat charter. Enjoy sailing or diving adventures, explore more than 60 uninhabited islands, cruise the stunning blue waters, hike to discover waterfalls or visit luxury resorts and dining venues in Airlie Beach to name just a few. And if all of this sounds like too much, sit on the deck of your boat with a book and simply stop and enjoy the serenity of the islands.

Whitsunday Climate 

The Whitsundays provide the perfect sub-tropical climate for island getaways, the warm days and sea breezes make for ideal boating weather. It’s possible to sail in the Whitsundays all year round with different seasons offering different experiences.

Since we’re located in the tropics, we have a wet season which generally runs from December to March. It's a great time of year to enjoy waterfalls and fewer crowds and to let you in on a little secret, it doesn't rain all of the time. Our dry season is in winter, running from June to August and it coincides with whale season, where humpback whales migrate to have their babies in the shelter of the islands. The shoulder seasons are always a great time to visit too.

Average Monthly Temperatures (°C)

December - February: Maximum 35 - Minimum 24
March-May: Maximum 29 - Minumum 20
June - August: Maximum 24 - Minimum 17
September - November: Maximum 29 - Minimum 17

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.

Our staff here at Whitsunday Rent A Yacht are all knowledgeable locals if you’d like any hot tips on what to see, do or eat in Airlie Beach, absolutely hit us up!

Shute Harbour

We are so fortunate to have Shute Harbour as our base for your self-sail holiday! A 10-minute drive from Airlie Beach, and here we are at the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.  Our private jetty provides easy access and tranquil surrounds - perfect to acquaint yourself with your vessel and the area. Our base is closer to all the islands than any other mainland base. Within an hour of leaving the harbour, you could be moored at one of three resorts, or anchored in a secluded bay.

Chat to us about staying a night on your chartered boat in Shute Harbour before or after your adventure, you might even have some luck catching a fish for dinner!

Aerial view of Whitsunday islands fringed with reefs and clear turquoise waters

Australia's Whitsunday Islands are a cruising paradise.