Cruising the Great Barrier Reef
With 74 pristine tropical islands to chose from the Whitsundays is an aquatic playground waiting to be explored. In August 2017, 21 new pristine anchorages were opened up to vessels over 35metres in the Whitsundays. From secluded coral beaches, to natural waterfalls, from indigenous cave paintings, to rugged island peaks, the Whitsunday islands have it all. The azure waters of the coral sea and the lush rainforest island backdrop make for the perfect location for an extended cruising itinerary.
Abell Point Marina
Abell Point Marina is the perfect base for larger superyachts in the Whitsundays with deep berths available to 80m, ample power, fuel, security and an array of marina village services. Abell Point Marina offers a “blue carpet treatment” service for superyacht owners that includes access to a fleet of concierge cars, heli-taxi to take you to secluded spots around the islands and outer reef and a dedicated superyacht concierge to assist with any special requirements.
The vibrant marina village atmosphere, makes Abell Point an attractive port for captains, crew and owners. Shoreside marine services – electrical, mechanical, rigging, chandlery etc. - are available in abundance and the marina precinct hosts a range of dining options perfect for in-port relaxation. Awarded Marina of the Year 2017, Abell Point offers a vibrant destination marina atmosphere at the gateway to the Whitsunday islands.
Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsundays region. With banks, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, marine service suppliers as well as a range of leisure activities, Airlie Beach is the quintessential Queensland tourist hub. Enjoy a short stroll from the marina along the waterfront boardwalk to the vibrant township, famous for its lively nightlife and emerging food scene.
Largest of the six inhabited islands, Hamilton Island has a fully serviced commercial airport, splendid restaurants, a five-star resort, qualia as well as a range of different leisure activities. Superyachts can either berth in the marina (length restrictions apply) or anchor in Dent Passage with island access via tender.
The marina side of the island bustles with restaurants and bars. The stunningly designed Hamilton Island yacht club looks out over to Dent Island, where you will find a world class 18 hole golf course and club house. Up and over the hill, your golf buggy will take you to the main accommodation side and private residences of the island. Hamilton Island, with its slopes overlooking Catseye Bay, is the pacific version of Porto Cervo with unique Australian flavor.
A great time to visit the Whitsundays is May to December, and coinciding your visit with Audi Hamilton Island Race Week in late August is wise. Australia’s most successful keelboat regatta held over five days features superb daytime racing, including super yacht race classes, balanced by an exceptional harbour side social scene.
Located on Whitsunday Island this is a 7km long scimitar shaped beach touted as one of the world’s 10 best. Seeing Whitehaven Beach for the first time is unforgettable, especially from the south via Solway pass. Its sand is a fraction short of pure silica and as fine as talcum powder and can been seen from the moon. At the northern end is the pristine Hill inlet and Tongue Bay. The silica sands are continually shifting, creating swirling patterns. This feature is best appreciated from the lookout on the tip of Tongue Point and fabulous to paddle ski down at high tide. Close by on Hasselwood Island is Chalkies beach which boasts small coral reefs and is almost always deserted.