Close your eyes and imagine you can hear the gentle waves breaking against the shore, imagine you can feel the sea breeze in your hair, and you are in surrounded by Crystal blue water, this is paradise as we know it. This is what we have experienced while we were in the Whitsundays. This compound of seventy four islands, in between Queensland and the Great Barrier reef, is the perfect place for you to experience the peace and tranquillity that the Whitsundays offer. This is the ideal location to rent a boat, disconnect your phone, and snorkel all the way through the Great Barrier Reef.
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Nested in the central coast of Queensland, Australia, Whitsunday Islands is a compound of seventy four island wonders, right in the heart of the Great Barrier reef.
Here at Nautal we found it difficult to choose our must see spots and the best places to visit when in Whitsundays, due to the fact that it is composed of so many Islands, and there is just so much to see. After much discussion and debate here are our suggestions of what can’t be missed:
Whiteheaven beach. Installed in Whitsunday island, the biggest island of the Whitsunday group, you can find this 7km stretch long paradise, with white sands and turquoise water. This iconic beach, was named one of the best 10 beaches in the world by the users of TripAdvisor. So don’t hesitate, and let your eyes enjoy this marvel.
Explore the Great Barrier Reef.
Understandably the Great barrier Reef is a UNESCO world heritage site natural beauties, the great barrier reef is the largest living structure visible from outer space. Its 2000 km in length, and with it´s pristine waters it makes it the perfect place to spend your day, sailing and snorkelling so that you can explore the hidden beauties this reef offers.
Hayman and Hamilton Island. If you are set out to experience pure luxury, go to Hayman Island and you will feel like it was made just for you. This private island was opened to the public in 1950, and has managed to keep it´s exclusivity. Guests to this island can arrive either by its private fleet of luxury motor yachts, or by private charter helicopter.
Hamilton island has it all, the pristine waters, golfing courses, snorkeling, art classes, and even ballet performances. But if you are looking for a luxurious experience, you can find the resort that was voted best resort in the world by Conde Naste Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards (2012). Qualia resort offers everything you would need for pure indulgence.
Anchoring and Mooring
As stated before, The Whitsundays has a vast coral reef area. For this reason we recommend that you tie your sailboat or yacht into a mooring, so that there is no risk of damaging the coral areas. If you would rather anchor, we advise you to take reasonable care to avoid damaging coral and use a reef pick to anchor.
In our opinion, these are the best ports for you to anchor. Firstly Bauer bay for the spectacular views and secondly Cateran Bay which is the best for whale watching and snorkeling
The subtropical climate is perfect for sailing which means that it´s warm all year around, great for sailing at any time of the year. Thanks to the Great Barrier Reef, the sea around the seventy four islands is calm. We have a variety of boats available, have a look at the catamarans that we have ready for you to sail in the Whitsundays.
From April to September, seas are slight to moderate and winds are east-south-easterly to southerly, and stronger than in the summer, this complicates some anchorages, especially in the southern area.
From October to March, lighter north-easterly winds prevail and seas are mostly smooth for sailing.
How to get there…
The Whitsundays is serviced by two domestic airports, one is named after the Great Barrier Reef and is located on Hamilton Island, and the second is the Whitsunday Coast Airport located on Proserpine.
The Nautal team would love to hear from you. If you have been to the Whitsundays, where would you recommend. Share your favourite spots and recommendations with us!