Sail on a yacht that has been a successful racing yacht on the Queensland coast. This yacht is a little different in that it has a lot more twin and double accommodation. perfect for couples or people travelling together.
The Whitsundays Island are a must do in Australia, book a sailing trip today!
Whether travelling individually, as a couple or with a group there is a tour option available. Tours range in length from 2 to 6 days or we can tailor durations for private charter groups. You can also do a learn to sail course.
Along with Sailing the Whitsunday Islands, tours include time to snorkel on Coral Reefs teeming with marine life, take guided island bush walks to lookouts which offer amazing photo opportunities and visit the world famous Whitehaven Beach. Tours are Eco-Certified and along the way, the crew will provide an interpretive insight into this World Heritage Listed area. During a typical 2 or 3 day tour, along with the sailing, there will be time to:
• Snorkel coral reefs teaming with marine life
• Visit stunning sand and coral beaches
• Go for guided island bush walks.
To check this Whitsunday sailing adventure is the best boat for you read this article: How to choose a Whitsundays Sailing boat. We do have East Coast packages, including a Whitsundays Sailing adventure and Fraser Island. Check it out here Sydney to Cairns or Cairns to Sydney. Find out what to do on the East Coast of Australia before your boat trip please check out How best to travel the East Coast or Hot Spots on the East Coast. Read more about how long we recommend for an East Coast trip.
Our most popular Whitsundays tours are our 3 days Whitsunday cruises, which allow for a longer time around the islands and relaxation on board a vessel as you soak up the tropical vibes of the Whitsundays. We have day tours out to the Whitsunday Islands, sailing trips and catamarans.
If you are booking your Whitsunday sailing adventure more than 60 days before travel take advantage of our special early bird discounts.
The Whitsundays are located in Central Queensland, approximately 1,000km north of Brisbane and 700km south of Cairns. Getting to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands, is very easy with a variety of air, rail and road options available.
Arriving by flight
The Whitsundays are serviced by two domestic airports, Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine Airport – PPP) on the mainland, and Great Barrier Reef Airport (HTI) on Hamilton Island.
Proserpine is situated about 25kms inland from Airlie Beach with shuttles, taxis, and buses meeting all flights to take you to Airlie Beach.
International access to the Whitsundays is available via connecting flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane or Cairns.
Airlines servicing the Whitsundays region are Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tigerair, and Jetstar.
Approximate flying times: Sydney – 2 hours 30 minutes, Brisbane – 1 hour 30 minutes, Melbourne – 3 hours, Cairns – 1 hour
Arriving by train
Queensland Rail’s ‘Sunlander’ and ‘Queenslander’ services to Proserpine depart Brisbane and Cairns several times weekly. The Great South Pacific Express also services this area. Alternatively, you can discover Queensland’s tropical beauty aboard the country’s most innovative train, the Tilt Train. The new Tilt Train services Proserpine Station, with two return services weekly between Brisbane and Cairns.
Arriving by car
If you choose to drive to the Whitsundays there are some wonderful places to explore both north and south of the area.
The Bruce Highway runs from Brisbane to Cairns offering some beautiful scenery along the way. The turnoff to Airlie Beach is 1 km north of Proserpine.
Approximate travel times: From Brisbane – 13 hours, From Cairns – 8 hours, From Townsville – 3 hours, From Mackay – 2 hours, From Bowen – 1 hour, From Proserpine – 30 minutes
Sail the Whitsunday Islands over two days on the maxi yacht Siska which has 4 double rooms and 14 single bunks. Great speed and power as you sail the Whitsundays in style on board this social boat.
Experience an impressive 2 day 2 night Maxi Sailing Adventure which are designed for for 18 - 35s and young at heart travellers. With a fantastic racing history, Boomerang is sure to give you a thrilling adventure! Originally built in Italy to compete in the world's most recognised races, she proved to herself to be a true winner. Now she is taking you around the Whitsundays!
British Defender was built to race in the 1990/91 Whitbread Around The World Race - the premier ocean racing event. Today it's kitted out for your comfort with spacious cabins configured with bunks and private doubles. Two dining areas offer below decks dining areas and there are 3 showers and toilets.
The maxi yacht Broomstick only stopped racing in 2000 but now is fitted out for your passenger comfort. it's still a long and sleek boat with double cabins and single bunk accommodation on board.
If you want to sail on the perhaps the most famous maxi yacht in history, then Condor is the yacht for you. Having won all major races twice, Condor is steeped in history and is now kitted out for charters. Relax with your crew and up to 29 other travellers.
Whitsunday Bullet is an exhilarating day tour from Airlie Beach. This tour includes Hill Inlet Lookout, visit the Southern end of Whitehaven Beach, plus snorkeling.
The yacht Prima only takes a maximum of 12 people on board making it an intimate experience with a small group as you sail around the Whitsunday Islands. Snorkel among the breathtaking reefs and experience the thrill of sailing from one destination to the next. Visit Whitehaven Beach as well as all the other highlights in the marine park and around Hayman Island.
Eureka is a maxi yacht but also very comfortable with a smaller maximum group size of 15 people. Choose from single bunk or double accommodation.
Sail in style on Whitsunday Blue with deluxe double ensuite cabin accommodation on this catamaran yacht with a maximum of 8 guests.
Take your time and enjoy a deluxe sailing experience with only 8 other guests and double ensuite accommodation. Whitsunday Blue is perfect for couples.
Sail with a maximum of 12 others on board this stable sailing catamaran with a mixture single and double cabin accommodation through the Whitsunday islands. There is plenty of room to lounge inside or outside the vessel, regardless of the weather! Taking out a maximum of 12 passengers, this boat creates a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.
Soak in the on board hot tub with a maximum of 18 other guests on board the powered boat Powerplay. This is a great boat if you want to dive in the Whitsunday Islands.
Visit the Whitsunday Islands on a 2-day/2-night sailing tour and discover the pristine beaches, flourishing marine life and amazing snorkelling sites. Travel on Wings, an ultra-modern, purpose-built cruising catamaran and visit Whitehaven Beach, walk to Hill Inlet Lookout, enjoy multiple sessions of snorkelling and savour freshly prepared meals on-board.
A full day out in the Whitsunday Islands on this eco-Tall Ship, Derwent Hunter, with its elegant sails and comfortable deck. Visit a wreck site to snorkel and enjoy morning and afternoon tea and lunch onboard.
Experience sailing like it was done in years past on a classic tall ship with the old renovated fixtures and feel on this tall ship.Take your time over three days and stay in multi-share, twin or double cabin accommodation.
Summertime sails from Airlie Beach for 2 days and 1 night of exploring through the stunning Whitsunday Islands. Relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime on board a beautifully constructed traditional sailing boat and experience the Whitsundays in style.
Perfect course for the Working Holiday Maker lookijng to further skills and develop a career for work at sea. This extended course will impart knowledge test skills and is a recognised qualification you can use to further your careeer.
An awesome day out on the Lady Enid sailing the Whitsundays. A stunning yacht with great staff, great food and a visit to Whitehaven beach for a potter, swim and picnic.
Sail for 2 days and 2 nights on the Catamaran Entice. A short walk takes you up the Hill Inlet Lookout, from where you have a breathtaking view over Whitehaven Beach. The tour stops in various of the dreamy Whitsunday Bays for snorkeling. Underwater you’ll find a whole world of itself, full of colorful corals and fish.
White Swan specializes in small group nature experience which is both relaxing and fun. Sail the Whitsunday Islands with a max. of 10 guests over 2 days covering 2 nights. Epic scenic sailing, Whitehaven Beach, the Hill Inlet Lookout, amazing wildlife and snorkeling.
Whitsundays Bliss is our most luxury sailing boat on the Whitsundays. We take only 6 people on this comfortable, stylish yacht. An Australian designed Jutson 60 luxury cruising yacht available for sailing holidays in the beautiful Whitsundays, heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Aptly named for the experience it provides, 'Bliss' sets a new standard in luxury yacht charter in Australia.
Our small number vessel in the Whitsundays that ventures to the 'Outer' Great Barrier Reef with only 14 passengers
Visit three top destinations whilst having the ride of your life! An Ocean Rafting day includes an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Beach and Lookout, pristine snorkelling reefs and guided Whitsunday Island National Parks walks, all in one day! The semi rigid inflatable vessels are super fast allowing you to experience a fun ride, adventure and education amongst the natural beauty of the Whitsundays. Ocean Rafting’s Whitehaven Beach tours visit the “Wild Side” of the Whitsunday Islands, the uninhabited islands with beautiful natural scenery brimming with marine, bird and animal life. We are the only tour operator to have direct access to the stunning and iconic Hill Inlet beach on our Whitehaven Beach tours and special snorkel sites at Hook Island and Border Island ensure a memorable underwater experience.
Ride to Paradise is the ultimate Whitsunday Islands adventure package. This "Thill and Chill" combo includes 1 nights’ accommodation at the exclusive Paradise Cove Resort, plus 1 day exploring the Whitsundays on the fast and fun Wildcat.
Atlantic Clipper is a 2 day 2 night sailing tour around the Whitsunday Islands. This is our most popular tour for the 18-29 year old fun seeker. The tour offers time to explore the islands, including time to relax at the magnificent Whitehaven Beach, walk to Hill Inlet Lookout and experience two snorkelling stops on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the Islands.
New Horizon is the ideal trip for those with a sense of fun and adventure, with fun activities, on board scuba diving, snorkelling, and an exciting itinerary. With large decks and spacious interiors, there is also plenty of space to relax, ensuring guests can have the best of both worlds. You'll have the chance to snorkel in several different locations, visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout, as well as trying your hand at scuba diving. With plenty of socialising, evening activities, an onboard waterslide, and paddleboards, New Horizon is the perfect way to enjoy the Whitsundays.
Ride to Paradise is the ultimate Whitsunday Islands adventure package. This "Thill and Chill" combo includes 2 nights’ accommodation at the exclusive Paradise Cove Resort, plus 2 days exploring the Whitsundays on the fast and fun Wildcat.
Camira Sailing Adventure is an amazing day out on the Whitsunday waters. Sail through the spectacular Whitsunday Islands and onto Whitehaven Beach. A delicious lunch and all refreshments are included.
Experience the Great Barrier Reef's spectacular outer reef site with Cruise Whitsundays. Acclaimed as one of the best reef spots in Queensland, you can explore the amazing underwater world from Cruise Whitsundays innovative pontoon.
This two day, one-night adventure is a once in a lifetime experience. There can be few more unique experiences offered in the world than the chance to sleep under the stars, 39 nautical miles from shore on the Great Barrier Reef. Our permanently moored pontoon is located on Hardy Reef - one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef.
Take this thrilling tandem skydive from 14,000ft over the Whitsunday Islands! Experience 60 seconds of freefall, then for 5-7 minutes float down over the breath-taking views of the Great Barrier Reef.
It's easy to understand why the Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the World on this scenic flight. On our Reef and Whitehaven Beach flight, see the ultimate view of the Whitsundays. Sights include Shute Harbour, Hamilton Island, Hill Inlet, Whitehaven Beach, Heart Reef, Hook Reef, Hayman Island, Hook Island, and Daydream Island.
Experience the beauty and excellent photo opportunities of Bait Reef, Hook Reef, Hearty Reef and Heart Reef as you fly over, then enjoy 2 hours of personalized snorkelling and coral viewing in a private sheltered lagoon, where you will also enjoy sparkling wine, chilled water, cheese and crackers!