Whitsunday Islands Luxury Yachting Guide

Glowing with beach-glamour and dripping in first-class hideaways, the group of islands known as the Whitsundays are both indulgently luxurious and stunningly beautiful. Made up of 74 picture-perfect islands and bordered by the Great Barrier Reef, their brilliant seas and underwater delights are hard to resist.

Located just off the east coast of Queensland, Australia’s sunshine state, the Whitsunday Islands lie amongst the Coral Sea; rightly earning their place among the South Pacific’s most majestic island groups. National parks, coral cays and sublime beaches make up the majority of the landscape while wilderness retreats and hedonistic spas also have their place.

The Whitsundays are widely regarded as one of the true yachting pleasure grounds of the world with smooth waters, spectacular reefs and balmy rainforests that are just as amazing to gaze upon as they are to explore. Paired with superb deep water anchorages and five-star resorts, there is no surprise as to why this region continues to attract the yachting elite.

The region is excellent for both crewed and bareboat charters with its easy navigation, close proximity of the islands and a first-class combination of untouched natural sights and modern indulgences. Most yacht charters will start at Hamilton Island which is home to an airport, or the small but lively boho town of Airlie Beach known as the gateway to the Whitsundays. Pioneer Bay, Shute Harbour, and Able Point are also possible yacht charter bases.

Only eight of the islands are inhabited, with the most popular being the exclusive Hayman, the water-sports mecca of Hamilton Island and the appropriately named family favourite Daydream Island. For something a little more off-beat, sail down the Cumberland Channel to visit the lesser-known islands of Goldsmith and Tinsmith in the Sir James Smith Group.

Luxury Islands
For world-class resorts brimming with exclusive services and luxury offerings Heron, Bedarra and Lizard Islands are the ones to explore. For an exciting look at Australia’s unique wildlife and natural delights the northern islands of Green and Fitzroy or the southerly Dunk, Opheus and Hinchinbrook are luscious oases rich in rainforests.

Beaches and Diving
Diving, snorkelling, whale watching, and fishing are all there to be enjoyed in the Whitsunday Islands and it’s not uncommon to come face-to-face with turtles, sea eagles and ospreys during your journey. The soft white-sand beaches are another of the region’s biggest draw cards; perhaps the most breathtaking sandy stretch is Whitehaven Beach, coined “Heaven on Earth” by locals.

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