There are 73 incredible islands in Australia’s Whitsundays. On your holiday to this breathtaking region, how will you choose which ones to visit? Fortunately, if you choose to spend your holiday on a fantastic private Queensland Yacht Charter, you’ll have your pick of these island paradises. There are many great spots in the Whitsundays, and you really can’t go wrong no matter which islands you travel to. Here’s a look at some of the places you may consider visiting on your Whitsundays sailing holiday.
The Can’t Miss Sites
Perhaps the most famous and well-photographed spot throughout the Whitsundays, Whitehaven Beach, located on Whitsunday Island, is one of those places you simply can’t miss. Continually voted as one of the world’s top beaches, it’s easy to see why. Glorious white sands stretch down to the most perfect of turquoise waters. A quick bushwalk will also take you up to some amazing lookout points, so have your cameras handy.
South Molle is found in the heart of the Whitsundays, and is an ideal destination for your yacht charter holiday. Part of the Ngaro Sea Trail, the rugged, beautiful island has both lovely fringing reefs, and unchanged native forests. There is also an abundance of bird life on this island. After exploring the natural world, you can visit Adventure Island Resort for some snorkelling, tennis, golf, and a variety of other activities.
Hook Island is mostly comprised of national park, so this is a place for great adventure. Along walking trails lie numerous Aboriginal cave shelters waiting to be explored. Offering excellent snorkelling, check out a few of Hook Island’s bays, such as Luncheon Bay, Maureen’s Cove, and Manta Ray Bay. The many bays provide great overnight, sheltered anchorages for your chartered yacht.
The Luxurious Havens
Located not far from the Queensland Coast, Daydream Island is paradise just a short sail away. The whole island is home to the Daydream Island Resort & Spa, welcoming both overnight guests and day visitors. Take advantage of the incredible spa options, with a relaxing massage, soothing facial, or other luxe treatment. Make sure to stop by the Living Reef, an outdoor aquarium filled with diverse marine life and stunning coral formations.
With some of the most beautiful blue waters of the Whitsundays, Hayman Island is world renowned as one of the top resort destinations. Here you’ll enjoy remarkable scenery, utter tranquility, and the most luxurious in accommodations and amenities. This is a great stopover for those on a romantic sailing holiday in the Whitsundays.
Hamilton Island is one of the most popular (and most hoppin’) islands in the Whitsunday chain. It’s easy to find anchorage here, with the ample, Hamilton Island Marina. With a first-class golf club, a splendid resort, and countless activities, you’ll be kept busy throughout the entirety of your visit here. While on Hamilton, you can spend your day sampling the many fabulous dining and shopping options, or sign up for a helicopter flight, hire a kayak, or visit the adorable residents of the Koala Gallery.
The Hidden Gems
In the south, Thomas Island is well-preserved and bursting with lush vegetation fringed by spectacular beaches. Here is a great place to moor your yacht charter and take a leisurely walk along the shoreline. The beaches are glorious and a well-kept secret, so you’ll feel like you’re enjoying your own private island. Thomas Island offers great snorkeling with vibrant marine life all around.
A close neighbour to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, this site boasts a comparably gorgeous beach, with a great deal less traffic. Sail over to Haslewood for a secluded mooring, enjoying the white sandy beaches and lovely snorkelling opportunities.
While not strictly a “hidden gem”, Long Island offers kilometres of gorgeous, unspoilt scenery to its visitors. Despite three island resorts, there are many areas of Long Island where you’ll stumble onto private beaches and secret bays. This is a wonderful location for bush-trekking through the lush vegetation, then heading off for some waterskiing, parasailing, or simple beach relaxation.