The area is very well set-up for yacht charter and island hopping vacations. There are many safe and convenient anchorages, and at each anchorage it is possible to anchor overnight and for two hours at a time during the day. The sailing infrastructure is designed to be easy to use and to carefully protect the natural environment. The resorts are yacht friendly and will lend the use of their facilities to passing sailors. Due to their sheltered position by the Great Barrier Reef, it is possible to sail all year round in the Whitsundays. However, the best time to sail is between April and October when the South-east trade winds blow steadily at around 4 Beaufort. The wet season runs from December to March, but despite its name there is only a little amount of rain during this time. Navigation can be done by line of sight, and the anchorages are rarely over two hours apart. The only potential dangers are strong gusts and water level changes. Strong gusts of winds or ‘bullets’ do occur at some anchorages, so it is necessary to anchor securely. Water levels change significantly as there is a tidal range of 3-4 meters.
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. Hamilton Island is the nautical center of the Whitsunday Islands. Hamilton Island Marina has an excellent range of facilities and services. Here you can find more suggestions where to go by boat on Whitsunday Islands
The islands are in a tropical climate zone. The average daily temperature during mid-summer (January) is 30 °C, and the average daily temperature during mid-winter (July) is 23 °C. The water temperature is usually similar to air temperature, with highs of 28 °C and lows of 20 °C. Despite the high temperatures during the summer, the trade winds have a cooling effect.