When is the best time to visit the Whitsundays? It’s one of our most frequently asked questions and one of the hardest to answer. Why? Because the weather in the Whitsundays is beautiful all year round with each season bringing its own unique set of conditions and marine life.
As we’re coming into whale season in the Whitsundays, we’ve put together this quick guide to summarise the seasons, so you can book your Whitsunday yacht charter at the time of year that suits you best. But whenever you come, we know you’ll love it here
Best Time To Sail Whitsundays
When it starts to get cold in other parts of Australia, winter in the Whitsundays is simply spectacular. The rain has cleared and you’ll be greeted with sunny days and mild temperatures (averaging around 24-25°C). Evenings can be cooler so pop a light jumper or jacket in your suitcase.
As winter fades into spring, the days stay dry and the temperatures start to increase, averaging around 26°C. Spring tides also bring incredible full moons and September/October tends to be quieter than the busy summer months.
Summer is hot, humid and often wet, although you may only experience the occasional short shower. Temperatures average around 31°C and the increase in tourists brings a real buzz to the Whitsundays. There’s no shortage of things to do onshore at this time of year, but if you want to get away from it all, climb aboard your own bareboat charter and sail to your own beat
As summer winds down, the tourists start to disperse and the temperatures drop slightly. Autumn is still the official “wet season” so you can expect warm, humid days and slightly cooler evenings.With crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and an abundance of marine life all year round, the best time to visit the Whitsundays is truly ANYTIME.
Whale Season in the Whitsundays
From June through to September, whales can be seen all around the Whitsundays islands as they make their annual migration from cold arctic waters to more temperate waters in the north.
Whale watching from the privacy of your own charter yacht is the perfect way to avoid the crowds and enjoy the majesty of these gigantic mammals as they swim, play and interact with the boats as they pass by. Sightings of mothers and calves are common in the Whitsundays as the warm waters make the islands an ideal birthing spot.
There are specific rules for watching marine mammals and these approach distances for whales and dolphins should always be followed to avoid disturbing them.
Read more fascinating facts about humpbacks and pilot whales or get in touch with our reservations team to book a yacht charter in the Whitsunday whale season. With our winter whales special you can pay for 5 nights and sail 7 nights – valid from 1 June to 31 August 2019. Don’t miss out on this chance to have your own whale watching experience around the Whitsunday islands.