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

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Sailing on Hammer

2 day / 1 night Maxi Sailing on Hammer

2 day 1 night sailing adventure on the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach
Save up to $30. Book 60 days in advance of your departure date

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.

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Sail for 2 days and 2 nights to maximise your time

2 day / 1 night Maxi Sailing on Siska

The Siska is a 2 day 1 night sailing adventure on the Whitsundays.
Save $20. Book 60 days in advance of your departure date

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.

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Snorkel the Whitsundays

2 day / 2 night Maxi Sailing on Boomerang

Take this 2 day 2 night Maxi Sailing on the Whitsundays, a thrilling adventure!
Save up to $40. Book 60 days in advance of your departure date

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!

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Sail the Whitsundays

2 day / 2 night Maxi Sailing on British Defender

The Whitsundays boat with speed and power, sail on the British Defender to get to the best snorkel spots around.
Save up to $40. Book 60 days in advance of your departure date

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.

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Sail for 2 days and 2 nights to maximise your time

2 day / 2 night Maxi Sailing on Condor

Whitsunday Sailing adventure on the Condor
SPECIAL NOW ON!

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.

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Help the crew set the sails on Prima

2 Day / 2 Night Adventure Sailing On Prima

Great for couples and travellers seeking a more intimate Whitsundays experience
Save $20. Book 60 days in advance of your departure date

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.

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 Eureka II

2 day / 2 night Adventure Sailing on Eureka

For a small group Whitsunday Adventure which is 2 Days and 2 Nights Eureka is the boat for you.
Save up to $20. Book 60 days in advance of departure date

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.

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Visit stunning Whitehaven Beach

2 day / 2 night Catamaran Sailing on Adventurer

Sail the Whitsundays on this relaxing yacht.
Save $20. Book 60 days in advance of your departure

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.

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Sail the Whitsundays on Wings

2 Day / 2 Night Wings Whitsunday Islands Sailing Tour

Cruise on this 2 day 2 night comfort catamaran around the Whitsundays
Special Valid until 31st October 2019

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.

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Experience the style, grace and pace of sailing on Derwent Hunter

1 Day Tall Ship Whitsundays Sailing Adventure

Get involved help sail a Tall Ship, 2 hours snorkeling, beach exploration at two premier reef/island destinations of Langford Reef and Bali Hai. Swim with turtles relax on the beach.
Save. Book 60 days in advance

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.

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Visit stunning Whitehaven Beach

2 day / 2 night Solway Lass Sailing Adventure

The balance of snorkelling, hiking, relaxing and sailing is perfect on this 2 day Whitsunday sailing trip.
Save up to $60. Book 60 days in advance of your departure date

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.

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Snorkel in the fringing reefs of the Whitsunday Islands!

2 Day / 1 Night Summertime Sailing

It is always Summertime on Summertime

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.

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Learn to sail with professional instruction.

23 day Sail Learn To Earn Program

23 day learn to sail adventure

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.

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A luxury Whitsunday day cruise especially for adults

1 Day Lady Enid Sailing

A Whitsunday day cruise especially for adults.

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.

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Snorkel around the Whitsunday Islands

2 Day / 2 night Entice Catamaran Sailing

See the Whitsundays in style on this catamaran sailing trip.

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.

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Traditional sailing on the White Swan

2 Day / 2 Night Adventure Sailing on White Swan

Luxury 2 day 2 night sailing adventure on the Whitsundays

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.

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Only 6 guests this is a personalised sailing, snorkelling and island experience.

3 Day / 2 Night Deluxe Sailing on Whitsunday Bliss

Comfortable and stylish yacht sailing on the Whitsunday Islands.
Book 60 days in advance of your departure date and save

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.

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Have an exhilarating ride to world famous Whitehaven Beach

1 Day Ocean Rafting Whitsunday Islands

Ocean Rafting visits the ‘Wild Side’ of the Whitsundays, offering exhilarating tours to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet, pristine reef snorkelling and guided bush walks.

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.

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Sail for 2 days and 2 nights to maximise your time

2 day / 2 night Sailing on Atlantic Clipper

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.
Save $30. Book 90 days in advance of your departure date

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. 

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Sail for 2 days and 2 nights to maximise your time

2 day / 2 night Sailing on New Horizon

New Horizon sailing on the Whitsunday's perfect for those 18-35 looking for fun!

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.

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Travel out to the reef on one of our high speed catamaran reef vessels.

1 Day Great Barrier Reef Adventures Cruise

The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the great wonders of the natural world and a ‘MUST DO’ for anyone visiting the Whitsundays.

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.

Visit 'Reefworld” located on Hardy Reef, one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef

Overnight Reefsleep Experience

Reefsleep is the only place in Australia where you can sleep on the reef! Enjoy two days of unlimited snorkelling, one night at the pontoon and an experience of a lifetime!

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.

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Jump over the crystal clear waters and sparkling white sands of the Great Barrier Reef

1 Day Skydive Airlie Beach

Skydive over the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach

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.

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See the Heart Reef from the air

Reef and Whitehaven Scenic Flight from Whitsunday Airport

A 1 hour scenic flight over Whitehaven Beach, Great Barrier Reef and Heart Reef from Airlie Beach.

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.

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Take a seaplane over Whitehaven Beach

Reef Adventure Flight from Whitsunday Airport

See the Great Barrier Reef by seaplane on this Reef Adventure Flight from Air Whitsunday

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!

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