Whitsundays Yacht Charter
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Whitsundays yacht charter holidays are famous in Australia for their fantastic sailing, beautiful scenery and ideal climate. This incredible charter location is now also begining to be discovered by charterers from outside Australia. If stunning beaches and great diving get you excited, come and experience a yacht charter in the Whitsunday Islands. The islands are set inside acres of stunning coral reefs that protect the numerous islands and bays from ocean swells. The tropical waters are warm and teeming with sea life. In fact, they've been acclaimed to be one of the best cruising and yacht charter grounds in the world. There can be little doubt that the Whitsundays are in fact one of the best snorkeling and diving grounds around. Even though most of the attractions are quite close together, it would take several weeks or more to explore all that the Whitsundays have to offer.
Hamilton Island - Whitsunday Islands - Queensland - Photo credit to Tourism Australia - Photographer Ellenor Argyropoulos
For those on a Whitsunday yacht charter, who enjoy the destination more than the journey, the islands are only 1-3 hours sailing time from the main yacht charter bases in Airlie Beach, Shute Harbor, Pioneer Bay, Able Point or Hamilton Island. Within a couple of hours, you could find yourself in a delightful bay, enjoying a cold drink and a spectacular sunset. Most of the protected anchorages and islands are within a short an easy sail of one another. If you're looking for a Wilderness Retreat, you can find it here. If you require a five star resort or a health and spa resort - the Whitsundays have it all. You'll find unparalleled choice and variety when on a yacht charter in the Whitsunday Islands. Some of the most well known islands include Hayman, Hamilton, Daydream and Brampton, to name a few. Although many islands in the Whitsunday's hide lovely resorts, there are also many that are still uninhabited, untouched paradises. Many of the islands are acclaimed National Parks that are covered with protected wildlife and flora. Take a stroll through a natural rainforest to discover a waterfall to cool off. Most islands have great anchorages and many of the islands have moorings and marina facilities for yacht charters.
Palm Bay and Happy Bay are favorite first night yacht charter anchorages due to their proximity to Shute harbor. Hook Island is noted for it's ancient (8000 years) aboriginal cave paintings. Nara Inlet is probably the best anchorage on Hook Island where you will notice the cockatoos and quite high the mountainous terrain. There are also numerous other lovely coral reef rimmed bays, particularly on the north side of Hook Island. One such bay is Butterfly Bay where fresh water pools attract butterflies.
A must see yacht charter stopover is Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, the largest Island in the Whitsundays. Whitehaven beach is over 3 miles of perfect fine, whiter than white, sand (bring your sunglasses) fringed by native tropical woods. Whitehaven beach is known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world, and believe me this is not without good cause.
In the heart of the Whitsundays is Hamilton Island, a yacht charter destination more on the 'civilized' side. Hamilton has a great marina, a jet airport, a couple of high-rise buildings (which fit in very well with the landscape) and a bustling scene of restaurants and bars. Hamilton Island is the largest development on the Islands of Australia and you can fly in and pick up a yacht charter directly from this base.
The types of yacht charter available in the Witsundays are all the main types including motor, sailing, bareboat charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, luxury yachts and even the occasional super yacht charter.
The Whitsunday yacht charter season runs all year, although the Whitsunday's are prone to cyclones and tropical rain during summer, from November to March. These are also the warmest and most humid months. The climate is warm all year, with the temperature rarely falling below the twenties in winter. Those on yacht charter between October and April, should be aware of the dangers of stingers, and take precautions when swimming in the ocean. The Whitsunday's really can provide you with one of the best yacht charter holidays ever. The facilities are superb, the scenery is stunning and the sailing is simply fantastic. As they say: 'Queensland is beautiful one day, perfect the next'.
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32.5m /106ft | 1987
Luxury motor yacht Cosmos cruises the beautiful waters of Cairns and the Whitsunday and the South Pacific. Built in 1987 by Lloyds ships, Cosmos has since enjoyed a refit in 2000, ...
39.62m (130' ) | 1990
Sailing Yacht SOUTHERN CLOUD (1990) was designed and built to serve those people who love sailing. A three-masted Bermuda-rigged schooner, the strong and powerful rig was ...
82' 6''/25.15 m | 2003
Motor yacht ALANI is luxury 82ft Sunseeker that charters in the stunning waters of Australia. Alani features interior appointments designed by world renowned New York designer ...
21.34 m (70') | 2010
Motor Yacht Aroona is an Outer Reef 70 vessel, built to Queensland Commercial Survey and is available for pleasure cruising, fishing and diving charters on the Great Barrier Reef. ...
75ft | 2003
Sher Khan is a luxury designed Wave Piercing Catamaran offerring private crewed charters from Port Douglas or Cairns. She offers magnificent accommodation for six in luxurious ...
34.00m (111' 6") | 1992
Sailing yacht Baiurdo VI (previously "Arrayan III") is a 34.00m (111' 6") yacht built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 1992. This fast aluminium sloop designed by ...
65ft 9" | 2003
Storm 2 is built of carbon composite construction to survey and is classed as a performance cruising sloop with a single 90 foot carbon mast and in-boom furling. Designed to be ...
65ft/ 19.8m | 2001
Motor Vessel Joe Joe is a modern, sleek, ‘state of the art’ luxury private charter boat. Originally cruising the Australian eastern seaboard, in 2002, she moved to tropical Far ...
81ft 6" | inquire
Sailing aboard a maxi combines sheer size with the thrill of speed. You will have the opportunity to participate in the sailing, take the wheel, hoist some sails and grind the ...
17.5 metres / 65 feet | enquire
Australia luxury motor yacht PHANTOM is the ultimate private charter vessel and is based in Port Douglas. She is the perfect luxury vessel for your getaway to the Australian ...
60ft/ 18.3m | inquire
Lady Godiva, Australian based crewed charter yacht is a 60ft Nautor Swan that was built as a genuine performance, luxury cruising yacht. Nautor's Swan Charters Whitsunday offers ...
60ft/ 18.3m | 2004
Luxury sailing yacht BLISS is an Australian designed Jutson 60 available for sailing holidays in the beautiful Whitsunday’s, heart of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia.
52ft | 1994
Marcrista's luxurious features together with the pristine beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, its beautiful islands and anchorages offer our guests the perfect holiday choice. This ...
47 ft 6" | 2000
The Lagoon 470 is one of the new generation of catamarans invented by Lagoon. Galley up style to port with an elliptical table and settee to starboard in the salon seats eight to ...
50 ft 8" | inquire
For the ultimate charter yacht, it's hard to look past the Bruce Farr designed Beneteau 50. The interior is spacious and luxurious, she sails effortlessly and rides beautifully ...
14.2m | 2005-06
Designed in collaboration between The Moorings, architects Morrelli and Melvin and builders Robertson and Caine, the Moorings 4600 is a blue water cruising catamaran that combines ...
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