The Whitsundays is comprised of 74 incredible islands in the heart of The Great Barrier Reef. Located just off the Queensland coast, The Whitsunday Islands are a luxurious tourist destination. The most popular of these is Hamilton Island, visited by many tourists all year round. With clear, calm waters that are perfect for activities such as snorkelling, swimming and sailing, it is the perfect location for a boat charter experience with Queensland Yacht Charters.
The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef, and one of Australia’s most beautiful natural ecosystems. With over 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays, it is home to over 1,500 species of fish, more than 3,000 species of molluscs, 133 species of sharks and rays, and many, many more. The Great Barrier Reef was declared as a World Heritage area in 1981 because it fulfilled the following criteria:
- Be outstanding examples representing the major stages of the earth’s evolutionary history.
- Be outstanding examples representing significant ongoing geological processes, biological evolution and man’s interaction with his natural environment.
- Contain unique, rare or superlative natural phenomena, formations or features or areas of exceptional natural beauty, such as superlative examples of the most important ecosystems to man.
- Be habitats where populations of rare or endangered species of plants and animals still survive.
The Whitsunday Islands
Located right in the heart of the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, you will discover the majestic Whitsunday Islands. The Whitsundays consists of a group of 74 tropical islands, located just off the Queensland coast. The Great Barrier Reef protects the islands from large, rough swells, providing optimal conditions for activities such as sailing, snorkelling and swimming. They truly are a tropical paradise. The largest of the 74 islands is Hamilton Island, and is also the most popular for travellers. This is because of its many facilities, including an airport, various shops and restaurants, bars, a post office, and a range of accommodation options. Check out one of our previous blog posts for a two-day Hamilton Island itinerary!
Fun Fact… there are only 7 other Whitsunday Islands that are inhabited! These include:
- Hayman Island
- Daydream Island
- Hook Island
- Whitsunday Island
- South Molle Island
- Long Island
- Lindeman Island
But why stay at just one of the islands when you can travel them all? The calm, protected water conditions amongst the Whitsunday Islands make them perfect for sailing. Put on your captain hat and get exploring!
Queensland Yacht Charters
Queensland Yacht Charters can help you explore the Whitsunday Islands on a bareboat, crewed or by the cabin charter. They have been providing these incredible experiences for over 30 years and are now a member of Dream Yacht Charter, the largest private charter company worldwide. With custom 5 night and above itineraries written by the team’s most experienced local travelers, you are guaranteed to get the most out of your getaway.
Choose a catamaran if you are travelling with young children, the eldery, or anyone who may be uneasy on their feet at times. They are stable, private, comfortable and spacious, allowing you to enjoy sailing while relaxing on the deck or in the lounge area. You will also be able to get much closer to the sand than other vessels, because of the catamaran’s shallow draft.
Choose a monohull if you desire both comfort and luxury. These vessels are designed for those who want to relax and cruise around the Whitsunday Islands at a slower pace. Ranging in size from 32ft – 62ft, there is a monohull for everyone. If you love sailing, this is the vessel for you.
Choose a power vessel if you wish to travel at your own pace or have a strict path you wish to follow. The wind won’t get in the way of your plans on a power vessel! This is a perfect option for all types of travellers; singles, couples, families or friends.
Comprised of 74 incredible islands in the heart of The Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is a tropical paradise. Located just off the Queensland coast, this luxurious tourist destination is extremely popular amongst travellers. The most popular spot is Hamilton Island, due to its many facilities and range of accommodation options. With clear, calm waters that are perfect for activities such as snorkelling, swimming and sailing, The Whitsundays is the perfect location for a boat charter experience with Queensland Yacht Charters. Which vessel will you charter?