Route Suggestion Whitsunday Islands – Sailing along the australian coast

Route Suggestion Whitsunday Islands

Grab your sunhat, your snorkel, and get ready for the sailing trip of a lifetime in the Whitsundays. Cruise from island to island and see nothing but blue seas, clear skies and white sands. Tour one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the world with our 7-stop itinerary.

  1. Hamilton Island Marina, Hamilton Island - Shopping and dining
  2. Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island - Sawmill Beach and Whitsunday Peak
  3. Nara Inlet, Hook Island - Inland cave exploration
  4. Blue Pearl Bay, Hayman Island - Castle rock dive site
  5. Butterfly Bay, Hook Island - Swimming and snorkeling
  6. Cateran Bay, Border Island - More swimming and snorkeling
  7. Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Island - The famous 6km long beach


Hamilton Island is the nautical center of the Whitsunday Islands. Hamilton Island Marina has an excellent range of facilities and services, and there are plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. Set sail to Cid Harbour on the west side of Whitsunday Island. The two popular beaches here are Sawmill Beach and Dugong Beach. From Sawmill Beach it is possible to hike to the top of Whitsunday Peak, it is a steep climb but spectacular views of the area can be seen from the summit. After exploring Cid Habour, approach Nara Inlet on Hook Island. The northern anchorage is well protected, and is a convenient spot from which to reach the caves in the nearby woodland. These caves contain aboriginal paintings that date back 8,000 years. Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island is a fantastic dive site, and near Castle Rock, there are some extraordinary canyons and caves to explore. Butterfly Bay on Hook Island, and Cateran Bay on Border Island are both fantastic places for reef snorkeling. Before returning to Hamilton Island, visit Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island, one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Take a walk along the 6 kilometer stretch of sand, have a picnic and take in the breathtaking scenery.

Sailing Conditions

The sailing season in the Whitsunday Islands is between April and October. During this time, the average air temperature is 30 °C, and the average water temperature is 28 °C. The south east trade winds blow steadily at 4 Beaufort and have a cooling effect. The area has an excellent sailing infrastructure and is ideal for family holidays or first bareboat charters. Navigation can be done by sight and anchorages are rarely more than 2 hours apart. It is important that visitors only anchor in the designated anchorages to protect the natural environment. Sharp gusts of wind can occur in certain bays, so always anchor securely.


  • Hamilton Island Marina


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