Where to book a sailing charter
There are many bareboat sailing companies operating in the Whitsundays. We liked the services of Cumberland Yacht Chaters. They offer a fleet of well maintain and modern bareboats and one of the great offerings are the catering packages so that when you arrive, your boat fridge is already packed with supplies and fresh fish for your very first BBQ on the boat deck.If you’re looking for a bargain try Cumberland’s last minute standby deals.
How to get to the Whitsundays
The Whitsunday Island group is located off the Central Coast of Queensland, Australia near the backpacker haven of Airlie Beach.
You can fly into Proserpine and get a taxi to Airlie Beach or fly direct to Hamilton Island, either of which can be the collection point for your sailing charter. The latter lands you right in the middle of the Island group and about half a day sail from Whitehaven Beach.
Best time to visit
Sailing is possible all year round in the Whitsundays but April to May or October to November is probably the best. Waters will be warm but you will avoid the hot blustery months of January and February.
Seven to ten days will allow you sufficient time to sail to most of the island group but shorter charters of three to four days out of Hamilton Island and around to Whitehaven Beach are also worthwhile.
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