In the heart of Queensland's Great Barrier Reef lie the Whitsundays; 74 islands floating like jewels in the tropical warm waters of the Coral Sea. From your very first sunset, you'll lose yourself to its beauty in unique places such as:
The 74 Island Wonders that are mostly uninhabited provide the perfect setting for a day of exploring or simply relaxing on the secluded beaches and coves. Of the resort islands, there is a choice ranging from world-class luxury to budget hideaways. Resort islands in the region include Hayman, Hamilton, Daydream, Lindeman, Long and South Molle.
Once the sun sets on Airlie Beach, another ambiance embraces the town. You'll find a thriving energy from the bars and nightclubs where backpackers and travellers party together well into the night. This energy is both contagious and irresistible, often encouraging travellers to stay longer than expected.
The Whitsundays offer something for everyone, from a fun-filled, adventure-packed family holiday to a luxurious romantic escape for two. Explore this incredible diversity from the bow of a sailboat, cruise through the islands and disembark at a resort, or drop anchor for a quick snorkel or dive and fall asleep at night to the gentle rocking of the waves under a canopy of stars.
Imagine sailing around a stunning seascape of clear blue waters, past pure white beaches, tropical islands with the vivid colour of the Great Barrier Reef at your bow. Whether you’d prefer to laze on the deck of a yacht and watch as the sun sets over the islands, or wish to escape it all and experience several days onboard, falling asleep to the sound of waves lapping against your vessel, there’s an island sailing experience just waiting for you.
'Bareboating' is the term used for ‘skipper yourself’ charters and a variety of operators in the region offer a choice of yachts, catamarans and motor launches of varying sizes. While you don't require a licence to get the most out of your bareboat experience, it is recommended that at least one of your party has sailing experience. With everything you will need onboard (bedroom, bathroom, fishing & snorkelling gear) your perfect sailing experience awaits you.
Spend a few days of sailing adventure onboard a tallship or climb aboard an America's Cup legend, classic yacht, hi-tech catamaran or a performance racing yacht. Mouth watering food, great company, comfortable accommodation and a stunning seascape of islands and reef fuse with the experience of actively participating in hoisting sails or being at the helm of a graceful sailing classic.
The Whitsundays offers the whole spectrum of sailing adventures for visitors to experience, whether it be charting your own course on a bareboat (skipper yourself) yacht or being part of the action on a crewed charter, ocean racer or a tallship. Alternatively, lie back and relax onboard a luxurious yacht.
Fraser Island is nature at its awe-inspiring best. It's the world's largest sand island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but what's there to do?
You can hire a 4x4 and drive along the 75-mile highway of sand with the ocean as your view. Or you can explore the sandy tracks that lead through thick forest to secret lakes. Or you can camp in one of the secluded spots by the beach.
One thing's for certain - you won't be bored...