The Whitsundays are made up of over 74 fantastic islands with spectacular beaches and scenery situated close to the towns of Airlie Beach and Proserpine that have regular transport services from Australias' main cities. You can also fly direct to the stunning Hamilton Island that has many hotels, a marina, bars and shopping that resemble a small town on an island. There is an annual sailing event and regatta at Hamilton Island that brings people from all over the world, Hamilton Island Race Week runs during August.
There are excellent marina facilities at Abel Point, Airlie Beach and on Hamilton Island where you can find a range of both bareboats and crewed vessels for charter. There are a myriad of excellent anchorages and bays that are well marked and surveyed making bareboat charters a popular option in the Whitsundays. You can choose to board your vessel in either Airlie Beach or on Hamilton Island.
Supplies and catering for your next charter and adventure are taken care of by staff and crew and it the waterways are well marked and anchorages have moorings and facilities. One of the great wonders of the world and the largest Barrier Reef in the world is only a short cruise from the Whitsunday Islands.
If travelling to the Whitsundays from overseas, fly into Brisbane, Cairns, Sydney or Melbourne, and then book a domestic flight into one of the two airports in the Whitsundays. Brisbane, the capital city of Queensland, offers the best range of connecting flights into the region. You can fly into Proserpine or Hamilton Island on daily flights.
The Whitsunday Islands lie on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu in the northern hemisphere and Mauritius in the south. The Whitsunday Islands have a year round warm tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees Celsius (81 degress Fahrenheit). The maximum summer temperatures (December, January and February) are around 30 degrees Celsius (86°F) and this is also when the highest rainfall is recorded, in the form of tropical showers which are typically brief.