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WHITSUNDAYS

EXPLORE
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SAIL THE WHITSUNDAYS

EXPLORE THE ISLANDS

The Whitsunday’s are a group of 74 island wonders, the majority of which are uninhabited national park islands.

The crystal clear protected waters of the Whitsunday Islands lend itself to some of the best sailing in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also a paradise for diving enthusiasts, snorkellers, swimmers, kayakers, jetskiiers and fishermen. Tropical fish, turtles, dolphins and humpback whales all call this incredible part of Queensland home.

CID ISLAND

Cid Harbour has proven to be popular as a first night anchorage for bareboat charters and private boats alike.

This tranquil anchorage has beaches to explore and a small number of bush-walks. It also lends itself perfectly to:

  • Kayaking
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Fishing

Suggested bush-walks from here are:

  • A short easy walk from Dugong Beach to Sawmill Bay,
  • For the experienced, walk to the top of Whitsunday Peak.

Cid Harbour has quite a bit of history attached to it. During WW2 the Allied Navy ships anchored there prior to the battle of the Coral Sea.

HAMILTON ISLAND

Hamilton Island is situated in the heart of the Whitsunday Islands. It is one of 74 islands that lie between the Queensland Coast and the Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday islands offering idyllic coral fringed beaches and the ideal tropical island experience.

Set amidst pristine surroundings, Hamilton Island has a year round warm tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees celsius. Its maximum summer temperatures (December, January and February) are around 30 degrees celsius, with maximum winter temperatures (June, July and August) around 23 degrees.

Spoilt for choice with sea kayaking, game fishing, scenic helicopter flights and ‘Breakfast with the Koalas’ at Wild Life Hamilton Island. Alternatively, you may simply want to concentrate on doing nothing at all, and lie around one of the pools or simply relax on the beach. Hamilton Island is a gateway to other jewels in the Whitsunday’s including Heart Reef, Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach.

HARDY REEF AND HEART REEF

Hardy Reef, located in the Great Barrier Reef, is great for snorkel safaris and scuba diving and nearby is Heart Reef, a stunning natural composition of coral, which over time, has formed into the shape of a heart. Due to its protected status, visitors are unable to snorkel or dive at Heart Reef.

A local pilot John Ramsden discovered Heart Reef in 1975, and it has since become one of the worlds most photographed love icons, and is featured on many postcards and brochures promoting the Whitsunday region and the Great Barrier Reef. For photo enthusiasts, we can arrange a helicopter flyover of Heart Reef.

Over the years, Heart Reef has been the site of many proposals and declarations of love. So, if you’re planning on making the ultimate romantic gesture, be sure to let our crew know your plans and they’ll be able to help you capture your photo over the famous icon.

HAYMAN ISLAND

Hayman Island is the nearest Whitsunday Island to the outer reef, including world-renowned Heart Reef and Whitehaven Beach. It is Australia’s most iconic private island resorts and is one of only four islands in the Whitsunday region that offers resort accommodation.

Commanding superb views across the Coral Sea, Hayman Island is 294 hectares in area, 8 kilometres in circumference and is perfectly positioned on a 2-kilometre crescent shaped stretch of stunning white sand beach. Hayman Island boasts an ideal climate year-round: May–October (Winter/Spring) average temperature of 25°C/77°F, November–April (Summer/Autumn) average temperature of 31°C/88°F.

Hayman Island is an inimitable destination of discovery set in one of the seven wonders of the natural world – Australiaǯs Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel or dive through a string of coral reefs and crystal-clear waters. Explore the Whitsundayǯs from above with seaplane and helicopter tours offering extraordinary views of the Great Barrier Reef or explore the island by foot with wildlife exploration and hiking trips.

HOOK ISLAND

Hook Island offers spectacular natural surroundings and excellent snorkelling and diving sites. If you’re sailing around the Whitsunday’s you can spend days exploring the myriad of different coves and fringing reefs on Hook Island.

It is the second largest island in the Cumberland group, and is 58 square kilometres in size. Hook Island includes picturesque bays, deep fjord-like inlets, ideal sailing and kayaking conditions, multiple moorings and safe anchorages. Plentiful fringing reefs, secluded beach campsites and abundant wildlife including sea eagles, kites and ospreys, turtles, reef fish, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales frolicking in Whitsunday Passage between June to September.

LONG ISLAND

Long Island is the closest island to the mainland and is 9km long while only being 400m wide at its widest point. The island is a national park with 13 kilometres of graded walking tracks across the island, leading to stunning beaches, breath taking headlands and dense bush areas. Surrounded by secluded bays and expansive coral fringing reefs ideal for snorkelling and beachcombing, Long Island is paradise for visitors seeking seclusion and serenity.

Relax under the palm trees on the white coral sandy beach or spend the day waterskiing, parasailing, cruising or exploring the twenty kilometres of bush walks through Long Island.

Due to the shallow depth and warm temperature of the waters, beautiful fringing reefs have emerged around the islands with incredible coral cover and variety. The island supports an abundant marine and bird life, and from May through to September the region is an important calving ground for migrating humpback whales.

WHITEHAVEN BEACH

Located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this famous, pristine beach stretches for seven kilometres. The sand is 98 per cent pure white silica, which gives it a brilliant, near luminescent colour. Whitehaven Beach is one of the world’s most unspoiled beaches and in 2013; it was named the ‘Number One Beach in Australia’ by the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Beaches Awards. In 2017, Whitehaven Beach was rated the #1 Beach in the South Pacific in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Awards.

At the northern end of Whitehaven Beach is Hill Inlet, a spectacular inlet where the constant tides shift the sand and water to create a stunning fusion of colours. The lookout at Tongue Point is considered the best spot to view the swirling sands of Hill Inlet.

Whitehaven Beach is fully protected and uninhabited due to its National and Marine Park status. Its shallows are graced by a variety of species of turtles, and these olden creatures are often sighted during daily visits. Swim in the crystal clear waters or take a leisurely walk along the pristine beach, or just relax on the beach and soak up the sunshine.

FLEXIBLE CHARTER OPTIONS

Charter options are flexible, whether you are planning your next luxury adventure charter or corporate gathering, we can customise your itinerary. CORROBOREE I‘s impressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends.

DAY 1 HAMILTON ISLAND

Arrive at the small airport on Hamilton Island via air transfer from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne, or by boat from Abell Point Marina and board at Hamilton Island Marina. Hamilton is the largest island in the Whitsundayǯs. Tour the yacht and enjoy lunch onboard or at the yacht club, and explore the island on foot. Late afternoon cruise around to Perseverance Reef or Dent Island, with great swimming and snorkelling in clear water.

DAY 2 NECK BAY

Secluded and quiet, Neck Bay is a favourite Whitsundayǯs hangout among yachtsmen, with fantastic snorkelling. Spot many of the islandsǯ 1,500 species of fish, 360 species of hard coral, thousands of molluscs and hundreds of Starfish. The Whitsundayǯs is also home to over 30% of the worldǯs soft corals. Marine turtles, whales and dolphins also swim these waters. Overnight at anchor.

DAY 3 CID ISLAND

Continue to Cid Island. You’ll be welcomed by bays, beaches and calm waters protected from the breeze. Spend the afternoon kayaking through the mangroves. For the ultimate Whitsundays sunset, head to Katoomba Bank or the west coast overlooking the Molle Islands.

Drop anchor in front of Hill Rock Reef or Cid Harbour for evening and overnight.

DAY 4 HOOK ISLAND

After breakfast, hike the 5km trail up to Whitsunday Peak, about 1.5 hours, and take in spectacular views from the top. Back onboard, enjoy an afternoon of fun along the west coast of Whitsunday Island, one of the only parts of the islands where jet skis and other personal watercrafts are authorised. Later, cruise on to Hook Island.

Separated from Whitsunday Island by a narrow passage, Hook Island offers vibrant waters for diving and snorkelling, with turtles, reef fish, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales frolicking in Whitsunday Passage. On land, enjoy fjord-like inlets, forest walks, pure blue waters and white beaches. For a culture hit, walk the trail at Nara Inlet and take in the waterfall and the Aboriginal rock art created by the original Ngaro people.

DAY 5 HAYMAN ISLAND

Depart Hook Island towards Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island to explore underwater and experience some of the Whitsundayǯsǯ richest coral life. Alternatively, spend the morning on the sandbank on the west coast of Langford Island, where the crew will prepare a beach barbecue. Spend the afternoon snorkelling in Butterfly Bay on the Northern tip of Hook Island, exploring coral outcrops teeming with small colourful reef fish.

Later, depart for the outer reef. Dine with a specialist dive guide brought onboard for tomorrowǯs rendezvous diving session. Overnight at Hardy reef.

DAY 6 HARDY REEF

Today, discover Australia’s outer reef. Your dive guide will show you nearby drop-offs where you’ll find turtles, reef sharks and barracuda. Snorkelling is excellent, with Trevally, Coral Trout, Snapper, Giant Maori Wrasse and Giant Queensland Groper two metres long. See the reefs by helicopter, including the world famous Heart Reef. Take the yacht’s tenders to experience vertical waterfalls when the tide lowers 2-3 metres. Dine onboard on freshly caught seafood with stunning views.

DAY 7 WHITEHAVEN BEACH

Start the day in Dumbell Island, where you can feed sea eagles off the aft deck. Hike up Hill Inlet to take in some of the best views in the world, a swirl of aqua and white as sands shift through waters. Award winning Whitehaven beach, the postcard view of the Whitsunday’s, is awe inspiring, with brilliant white silica sand that is among the purest in the world and remains cool, so you can walk its full 7km stretch. Later, short cruise to Hamilton Island for departure.

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