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

Seep inside the boat

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.

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!

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.

Sailing on Hammer

3 day / 2 night Maxi Sailing on Hammer

3 day 2 night sailing adventure on the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach

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.

Enjoy the beauty of the Whitsundays

4 day / 3 night Maxi Sailing on Broomstick

With a thoroughbred racing history Boomerang is sure to give you a thrilling adventure!
Special now on!

The maxi yacht Broomstick only stopped racing in 2000 but now is fitted out for your passenger comfort. it's still a long and sleek boat with double cabins and single bunk accommodation on board.

Help the crew set the sails on Prima

2 Day / 1 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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Explore the Whitsundays on Whitsunday Blue

2 day / 2 night Catamaran Sailing on Whitsunday Blue

Make your dream Whitsundays experience come true in romance and comfort with Whitsunday Blue.
Save up to $80. Book 60 days in advance of your departure

Sail in style on Whitsunday Blue with deluxe double ensuite cabin accommodation on this catamaran yacht with a maximum of 8 guests.

Make new friends on board

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.

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.

Visit Whitehaven Beach

6 Day Whitsunday Discovery

6 Day package in Airlie Beach, 2 nights hotel and 3 nights on a luxury Catamaran
12th May $995 SPECIAL NOW ON

The Whitsundays are a group of idyllic tropical islands just off the coast of Airlie Beach in Tropical North Queensland. An adventurers playground, it offers an array of activities plus stunning backdrops, breathtaking sunsets and iconic stargazing opportunities. Hands down the best way to experience this gem of the east coast is by setting sail on a catamaran like the intimate Whitsunday Getaway. Taking full advantage of its small size and flexible itineraries, you’ll also get to seek out the best sunset angles, snorkelling and island adventures to suit the conditions.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

Relax at an exclusive resort equipped with a swimming pool and amazing facilities

2 Day / 2 Night Ride to Paradise

Take a fast boat out to one of the Whitsunday Islands most chilled out resorts and relax!

Ride to Paradise is the ultimate Whitsunday Islands adventure package. This "Thill and Chill" combo includes 2 nights’ accommodation at the exclusive Paradise Cove Resort, plus 2 days exploring the Whitsundays on the fast and fun Wildcat.

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 15,000ft 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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