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Whitsundays Yacht Charter


Bareboating in the Whitsundays was voted as the Best Cruise or Yachting Experience in Australia at the Australian Traveller 2011, 2012 and 2014 Reader’s Choice Awards.

The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands and islets, rated as one of the world’s most beautiful sailing grounds. To get an idea of the beauty of the region, check out this video:

VIDEO: Sailing in the Whitsundays with Sunsail

You’ll get the best start to your holiday from our base at Shute Harbour, with its own private jetty facility. Since Shute Harbour is the closest mainland harbour to the islands, you’ll reach your first anchorage on day one with plenty of time to relax and watch the sunset over the sea.

As well as boasting endless expanses of golden sandy beaches, the unparalleled fringing reefs scattered along the Whitsundays are a dream come true for snorkelers and diving enthusiasts. You won’t be able to sail far without meeting some of the locals, from tropical fish and turtles to the dolphins and humpback whales that call this incredible part of Queensland home.

Most Whitsunday charters require a minimum of 5 days, but if you're just planning on a quick trip, we can organise day sail charters as well (call us on +61 7 4948 8250 to enquire).

  • Award winning beaches
  • Great snorkelling
  • Abundant marine life
  • Luxurious island resorts
  • Secluded anchorages
  • Warm tropical climate all year round


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Sailing in the Whitsundays

A yacht charter in the Whitsundays allows for easy, relaxed exploration of these islands at your own pace. With line-of-sight navigation, calm seas and plentiful secluded anchorages, an Australian bareboat sailing holiday requires only limited previous sailing experience.

These are tidal waters with a range of up to four metres and currents of up to three knots. There are occasional tropical showers between January and March. Wind speeds range between 10 and 25 knots (11 – 28 Mph) and temperatures between 23 and 30 C (73 – 86 F).

Most Whitsunday charters require a minimum of 5 days, but if you're travelling up to the Whitsundays, we can organise day charters as well (call us to enquire).

What's included?

To make sure that you get the most out of your Yacht Charter in Australia, we have equipped all of our yachts with the highest specification kit to help provide comfort, performance and fun onboard; so all that’s left for you to do is relax and enjoy your sailing holiday with family and friends.


The secret to having a REAL holiday is to Pre order your food and drinks prior to arriving at your destination. It's something Whitsunday Provisioning has been doing for holidaymakers to the Whitsundays for over 30 years, bringing their local knowledge and experience to the table to give you a REAL holiday.

Sunsail Whitsundays is proud to recommend Whitsunday Provisioning: they are a one stop online shop where you can pre-purchase all your food and beverages. They supply cleverly-designed, very complete meal plans for charter, that take the time and stress out of the decision making when pre planning the food for your holiday.

If their Meal Plan option isn’t for you, their online supermarket offers a wide range of items to choose from. They also provide a great range of delicious platters and a wide range of beverages that offers everything from bottled water through to beer, wine and spirits.

They deliver in insulated cartons designed to keep your goods fresh - and they deliver 7 days a week. To learn more, please click here.

Whitsundays Highlights

A sailing holiday in the Whitsundays combines gentle sailing with a terrific selection of on-shore activities and allows sailors to experience the legendary laid-back lifestyle and vibrant modern cuisine of Australia.

  • Butterfly Bay Hook Island

    The wild unspoilt beauty of Butterfly Bay will simply take your breath away. Carved deep into the mountainous lush hillsides of Hook Island, this spectacular uninhabited bay offers a sheltered anchorage amongst the warm emerald waters and picturesque sandy beach. The snorkelling here is superb so don’t forget your underwater camera.

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  • Nara Inlet Hook island

    Located at the southern end of Hook Island, Nara Inlet is a deep fjord-like expanse, surrounded either side by magnificent lush green slopes which transcend into the clear turquoise waters and fringing reef. Take the worthwhile hike up to the see the Aboriginal cave paintings and cascading waterfall beyond.

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  • Whitehaven Beach

    Whitehaven Beach is a dazzling, unspoilt six-kilometre stretch of sandy delight, nestled between the deep green tropical bush and the crystal clear turquoise waters of Whitsunday Island. One of the most naturally beautiful places in the world, this awe-inspiring beach with its peaceful ambience and picture perfect scenery is the ultimate way to spend a castaway day escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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