Sailing area: Whitsundays, Australia

 

The archipelago of 74 wonders:



There is a reason why the Wicked Campers concept came into being slightly less than 20 years ago in the region of Queensland in Australia. These wild camping enthusiasts, in their extravagantly coloured campervans did not choose this place by chance. Breathtaking untouched natural settings, a coastline that invites you to holidays and freedom. Rent your boat in Whitsundays to enjoy a breath of fresh pure air. This archipelago offers 74 islands, each of which is more beautiful than the last. Renting a boat in Whitsundays is considered to be the best yachting experience in the most beautiful waters of the world. Set sail for the lands of exile off the coast of Queensland and discover the archipelago of 74 wonders.

Sailing in the Whitsundays:



The Whitsundays Archipelago enjoys a mild climate with warm temperatures. The water temperature fluctuates between 26 and 29 °C. The sailing there is relatively easy. The distances between the islands are enough to allow you to tack to your heart's content. However, you must beware of the weather conditions which, in the Tropic of Capricorn offers ideal temperatures but which can sometimes be changeable. Fortunately, the great barrier reef further off shore protects the area from major storms. In order to find stable mooring points, you must seek advice about the relief of the seabed and the main mooring spots.

In order to make life aboard easier, you can decide to sail with a skipper who will take charge of the boat leaving you time to enjoy your stay with your family or friends. The size, the sleeping layout and the fittings of your boat can also be adapted to your needs. Water sports equipment can also be brought along with you.

The jewels of the Whitsundays:



If you rent a catamaran or a sailing boat, you will arrive in Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour and you will reach your first mooring spot well before sunset. Airlie Beach, with its coastal town and its beach lined with coconut trees, will welcome you to a dream setting. You will be able to swim in the crystal-clear waters and take advantage of the stunning white sand beaches. Then, return to your boat, hoist your sails and head westwards!

A tour of the Australian archipelago will lead you straight to the famous Whiteheaven beach, which is located on the archipelago's main island, Whitsunday Island. This 7 km-long white sand beach boasts huge rocks and a lush rainforest. In the deep blue waters, you can observe dolphins, whales or turtles. Your sailing boat will glimmer in the sun on top of the waves. As you stand on deck, you will be one of the thousands of visitors who come from the four corners of the world each year to enjoy a slice of this Australian paradise. Make your way along the beach, in the cool shade of the coconut trees with your eyes wide open and your feet buried in the warm sand. The radiant colours will dazzle you, the white sand, the radiantly green leaves of the rainforest, the turquoise blue waters of the ocean are calling you. All sailors arriving on the shores of Queensland set out aboard their private boats to discover the most beautiful landscapes in the world

To the north, Hook Island is also very popular and has very few inhabitants. It is only possible to reach it by private boat or a rented sailboat or yacht. You will be able to drop anchor in Nara Inlet, just a stone's throw from the hiking trail. Stop and enjoy the breathtaking views on your way back from the trails - there are also a few aboriginal art caves too. Do not miss The Pinnacles off the coast of this island, said to be one of the best diving sites in the Whitsundays.

 To the south of Whitsunday Island lies Hamilton Island. The island is well-known for the Hamilton Island Race Week sailing event. Every year, in August, sailing enthusiasts gather there to compete in Australia's most prestigious sailing festival. Catwalks, feasts, and other activities accompany the high-level races. It is also an ideal opportunity to get up close to racing boats and trans-ocean sailing boats and sail alongside whales and dolphins.

South Mole, a small island with unique charms, awaits you for a combination of simplicity, nature and culture. You will arrive at a small driftwood jetty. In the distance, you will see the vegetation and the local resort's bungalows. You will just have to take a seat and savour a cocktail that promises a taste of holiday time! There are many other discreet islands such as this one, do not hesitate to pay them a visit!

Just off the coast of the islands, the Great Barrier Reef is an open-air aquarium. There, you will undoubtedly find the most beautiful ecosystem in the world. Be amazed by Daydreamland, as you approach "Living Reef", where you will be able to feed stingrays, sharks, barramundi and other rare species.



Worth knowing/Advice

  • Enjoy the bohemian atmosphere at Airlie Beach
  • Shopping at the Shute Harbour Road market
  • Diving at the Great Barrier Reef
  • Explore Hook Island's aboriginal caves
  • Picnic on the incredible Whiteheaven beach
  • Hamilton Island and Heart Reef, famous heart-shaped coral reef

The ports in this sailing area

Shute Harbour, Whitsundays-Airlie Beach ...

When to travel?

The Whitsundays are located off the coast of Queensland Central, 20 degrees and 15 minutes south and 148 degree and 58 minutes east.

The Whitsundays enjoy a tropical climate, cooled by trade winds almost all year round. The islands are protected by the Great Barrier Reef and most are surrounded by coral reefs.

Trade winds are normally stronger from May to August. July is the coolest month and January is the hottest. Storms are rare, but are more common in February and March.

Winds

summer
25 knots
(average)
Winter
15 knots
(average)

Temperatures

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
32° 32° 30° 26° 22° 19°
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
18° 19° 20° 23° 27° 29°