Cruising the Great Barrier Reef
A patchwork of 74 bold green shapes lying in a turquoise sea make up the islands of the Whitsundays. Located just off the east Queensland coast, this continental group is home to deserted sun-soaked beaches with sand as fine as powder. Wildlife-spotting, strolling sandy beaches, 5-star resorts and restaurants – all at beautiful Whitsunday Islands. Expect well protected anchorages, coral reefs, lush bushland, impressive granite peaks and some remarkable flora, fauna and sea life.
Largest of the six inhabited islands, Hamilton Island has a fully serviced commercial airport, splendid restaurants, five star accommodation as well as over 60 different activities. super yachts can either berth in the marina (length restrictions) as well as anchoring 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, and the world renowned qualia resort is close by. Looking out over to Dent Island is 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 flavour.
The best 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.
The northern most island is a rare gem. There has been a resort on this island since 1931 and today it is a One and Only property. Step from the beach of Blue Pearl Bay into a living aquarium of beautiful fish and coral, just excellent for snorkeling, with great diving to be had further up the coast.
Abell Point Marina
Abell Point Marina is the perfect base for larger super yachts in the Whitsundays with berths available to 60m, ample power, fuel, security and marina village services for marine support. Abell Point Marina offers a “blue carpet” service for super yacht owners that includes the use of a courtesy car and heli taxi to take you to secluded spots on the islands and outer reef. Marine Support Abell Point services include electrics and electronics, marine mechanics, dive shop and associated services, chandlery and rigging, haul out facilities, boat yard and sail repairs. Marina precinct hosts a range of dining and bar options all perfect for crew relaxation. There is provisioning for all super yacht needs with deliveries direct to your vessel in the marina.
Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsundays region, being the largest town on the Whitsunday Coast and has all the necessary facilities. Enjoy a short stroll from the marina to the vibrant township, famous for its lively nightlife.