Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef

74 Whitsunday Island Wonders

long-island-whitsundaysThis beautiful group of uniquely Australian tropical islands located inside the Great Barrier Reef was first navigated by Europeans in 1522. Lying between 20° and 21° south, you will find it today just as magnificent as it was then. These rugged islands are covered in lush tropical vine forest and are surrounded by brilliant clear blue and turquoise waters teeming with tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and whales and manta rays  in winter.

The Whitsundays are one of the few places in the world to combine nature at its unspoiled best with your choice of civilisation – from 6 star sophistication to a hammock on the beach.
Aboriginals of the Ngaro tribe plied these island waterways in their bark canoes for millenia. Some remnants of this unique indigenous maritime heritage are still visible and accessible on several islands. So, when you are standing in front of the cave on the hillside above Nara Inlet, looking out at the peacefully anchored yachts to the lush vine forest across the water, let your imagination run free to thousands of years ago. The thought will come to mind “the Ngaro people certainly knew how to pick a good spot”. Today in this special World Heritage area, Queensland Yacht Charters offers you a floating home with which to explore this treasure trove of islands. Still unspoilt and uncrowded, the protected waterways, beaches, coral reefs, vine forests and resorts are easily accessible.

When is the best time to visit the Whitsundays?

south-molle-whitsundaysSeasons tend to be dictated by school holidays rather than weather, so some of the best sailing & boating can be found in the off-peak periods. Summers are warm & humid with frequent rain showers and winters are the perfect climate – warm by day and cool by night.

The trade winds usually blow slightly stronger from May to August. Cyclones, if they do occur, are most likely between February and March. Good anchorages are plentiful and varied.

The Whitsundays Coastal Forecast can be found under the Bowen to St Lawrence forecast on the Bureau of Meteorology website.

Are you ready to charter a boat? No licence required.

No licence is required for a Yacht Charter in the Whitsundays, unlike other locations worldwide. We offer a brief training session before you head out, for either sailing or powered yachts.