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WHITSUNDAYS "Holiday Here This Year" by SHLC

ABOUT THE WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS

Spread majestically through the Coral Sea, the warm waters and sandy fringes of these 74 islands disappear into beautiful shades of crystal, aqua, blue and indigo ocean. Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, there are no crashing waves or deadly undertows, and the waters are particularly perfect for sailing.

It is a true Queensland paradise where you can expect the unexpected and feel the freedom to make it your own experience – whether it’s about relaxation and romance, or all the action of an island adventure. Be the master of your own destiny; charter a luxury yacht, private helicopter flights, fine dining or relax in a 5 star resort.

Most of the Whitsunday Islands are beautiful, tropical deserted islands, but eight offer a variety of resort accommodation, all with the Great Barrier Reef and fringing coral reefs at their doorstep. Whether it is eco-style, family friendly, all inclusive, activity based, food and wine focused or pure luxury, there is a Queensland resort experience to suit everyone in the Whitsunday Islands.

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS CLIMATE

The weather on the Whitsunday Islands is sub tropical which makes it perfect for beach side holidays all year round. The Whitsunday Islands lie on the same tropical latitude as Honolulu in the northern hemisphere and Mauritius in the south. The Whitsunday Islands have a year round warm tropical climate with an average temperature of 27.4 degrees Celsius (81 degress Fahrenheit). The maximum summer temperatures (December, January and February) are around 30 degrees Celsius (86°F) and this is also when the highest rainfall is recorded, in the form of tropical showers which are typically brief.

The maximum winter temperatures (June, July and August) are around 24-25 degrees (75°F). The high average temperatures makes the Whitsundays weather perfect for beach side holidays and suitable year round for swimming, waters sports and exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

The Whitsundays tropical climate means the days are warm and the atmosphere is very relaxed. You'll only need a light jacket or sweater for evenings during the cooler months with beach wear and casual clothes suitable for the days. The perfect weather for unforgettable tropical holidays.

Annual Rainfall Chart

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS MARINE LIFE

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most diverse and expansive ocean habitats in the world and is home to millions of different life forms. It is the largest living structure that can be seen from space consisting of 3,000 individual reefs and islands that stretches along 2,300km of the Queensland coastline. This living underwater world is one of the richest and most complex eco systems on Earth.

The Great Barrier Reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority and the Australian Government who have made an effort to promote conservation in this region. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority estimates that there are:

1625 species of fish, 215 species of birds ,6 of the 7 marine turtles are found here, 133 species of sharks and rays, 30 species of whales and dolphins.

You could spend a lifetime here and still not see everything that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer because every encounter is unique. Research of the Great Barrier Reef is ongoing and new species of marine life are still being discovered. Be sure to have your underwater camera close by as you will never know what animals you will find at the Great Barrier Reef.

ARRIVING TO HAMILTON ISLAND

Hamilton Island Airport

Getting to Hamilton Island is easy. The only Whitsundays Island with its own commercial airport, Hamilton Island has direct flights daily from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns, with Jetstar, Virgin Blue and Qantas. Regional charter flights can also be organised from Mackay, Proserpine and Airlie Beach. Ferries sail to Hamilton Island throughout the day from Shute Harbour, on the mainland.

The team at Sydney Harbour Luxe Charters will take care of all travel arrangements which include free VIP transfers to and from Hamilton Island Airport.

DAY ONE

HAMILTON ISLAND - DENT ISLAND

Your VIP transfer will deliver you to Hamilton Marina where our crew will welcome you aboard. Refreshments will be served on arrival whilst you take some time to meet the crew and settle into your cabins. You might also want to take this time to explore the Hamilton Island today, there is a number of things we can organise for your itinerary today which includes as much or as little as you please. Including visiting Hamilton Island's world renowned restaurants and golf course.

After you have taken lunch the captain will then set route for Dent Island which is skip and a hop from Hamilton Island to ease you into the experience, this is where we will be spending the first night aboard. A scenic cruise around the island prior to weighing anchor for the remainder of the day and night. Once at anchor the crew will have all the water toys out for your enjoyment if you please, enjoy your first swim and snorkel in the world famous blue ocean.

Enjoy sundowners on sunset whilst your personal chef prepares dinner ( all meals tailored to your requirements).

DAY TWO

HAMILTON ISLAND - LINDEMAN ISLAND [11NM]

Wake up to a buffet breakfast with a view like no other, or if your an early riser enjoy yoga on the flybridge and watch the sun rise. Once breakfast has been taken, enjoy an early morning swim which will have you refreshed and ready for the day.

Today we set course for the Lindeman Island, aproximitley 11nm. Its natural beauty and breathtaking Whitsunday scenery make Lindeman Island one of the most spectacular tropical islands in Australia .The most southerly of the Whitsunday Islands, Lindeman Island is a tropical paradise. From the top of Mt. Oldfield, 212m above sea level, the 360 dgree view is nothing short of spectacular. On a clear day you can see Hamilton, Whitsunday and Haslewood Islands as well as many of the smaller ones.

Neck Bay - your nights anchorage

Fantastic snorkeling is renowned along the coast, tucked between Shaw and Lindeman Island. This is where you will experience your fist snorkel on the great barrier reef. The chef will have prepared a fresh seafood BBQ lunch for your enjoyment.

After lunch, the tender may deliver you to any one of the uninhabited islands in the Lindeman Group, enjoy a walk or kayak - do as little or as much as you please.

Sunset canapés and champagne as the captain finds his position in Neck Bay for your nights anchorage.

DAY THREE

LINDEMAN ISLAND - CID HARBOUR [25NM]

Once breakfast has been taken, our crew will have the tender ready to deliver you to explore the bush track on Shaw Island that leads from one side of the island to the other.

Shaw Island

Once your morning expedition is complete the crew will welcome you back aboard and we will make our way west 25nm towards Long Island where we will anchor for lunch. Enjoy lunch aboard or have the chef prepare a picnic and our tender will deliver you to Long Island for a secluded picnic.

Long Island

Surrounded by secluded bays and expansive coral fringing reefs great for snorkellling and beachcombing, Long Island is a quiet paradise for visitors seeking seclusion and tranquility.

Lindeman Islands

Upon the completion of your exclusive picnic luncheon and private island adventure, climb back aboard, unwind with a relaxing massage on the main deck. Our captain will then set course for Cid Island where we will be spending our nights anchorage in Cid Harbour.

This calm anchorage has beaches to explore and two bushwalks:

- A short walk from Dugong Beach to Sawmill Bay.

- Whitsunday Peak – for experienced walkers only. Go right up to the top, the views are worth it (take water).

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

Cid Harbour - our nights anchorage

DAY FOUR

CID ISLAND - HOOK ISLAND [10NM]

Start your day with a yoga session upon sunrise, a bushwalk to the Whitsunday Peak or sleep in until your breakfast is ready.

Yoga every dam day!

Today we are on course for the Nara Inlets, Hook Island where we will be spending our night on anchorage. Along the way we can explore the west coast of the Whitsunday Island where motorised sports are permitted.

After your lunch and Watersport adventures we will the continue towards Hook Island. If you are not inclined for motorised water sports we can continue to cruise to our final destination for anchorage which will enable you for the most spectacular snorkelling opportunities.

Hook Island

Hook Island offers spectacular natural surroundings and excellent snorkelling and diving sites. The second largest island in the Cumberland group, it is 58 square kilometres in size and includes sheltered, picturesque bays, deep fjord-like inlets, ideal sailing and kayaking conditions, multiple moorings and safe anchorages, pristine fringing reefs and the opportunity to see 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).

Nara Inlet - our nights anchorage

Snorkelling at Maureen's Cove and Luncheon Bay is a must. At the very bottom end of Nara inlet you will find a magic fresh-water rock pool and stunning waterfall after season rains. Walk up the short rocky path to the Ngaro cultural site where you will see ancient rock wall paintings and an interactive display on the history of the Ngaro Aboriginal people.

Ngaro cultural site - Nara Inlet
making friends along the way...

DAY FIVE

HOOK ISLAND - HARDY REEF [45NM]

Another day in paradise and another five star buffet breakfast is prepared by your personal chef. Thismorning take the time to explore the coves and fringing reefs off Hook Island. Along the north coast visit Butterfly Bay and Manta Ray Bay. Discover large coral bommies diving or snorkelling at the Woodpile and the Pinnacles.

Our final destination for our nights anchorage today is offshore Hardy Reef, however we will enjoy lunch on Langford prior to cruising a further 30nm to the outer reef, our first night in the outer ocean.

Our tender will deliver you to Langford Island, which is an Island near Hayman Island in the northern Whitsundays. Langford Island is relatively small, but features a long sand spit that all but disappears at high tide. This is an excellent spot for your lunch location where our crew will set tables and chairs for an out of this world dining experience. After lunch enjoy sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling on this spectacular island, before embarking on our first open ocean anchorage.

The open ocean may sound daunting to some, however Hardy Reef is just as calm as any sheltered bay and with the stabilisers you will have no trouble getting some good shut eye, not to mention waking up to the sights of the spectacular reef.

Hardy Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef near the Whitsundays, is home to thousands of spectacular reef fish including coral trout, travelly, snapper and smaller tropical species. Hardy Reef is also the location for the Reefworld pontoon, a permanent structure which has been in place for over twenty years. Visitors can experience excellent snorkelling and diving on Hardy Reef, and will see a myriad of interesting marine animals such as turtles, reef sharks, giant Maori Wrasse and even the two metre long Giant Queensland Gropers.

Visitors can also view the stunning Hardy Reef from the air by seaplane or helicopter, including world-famous Heart Reef. The aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef and natural heart-shaped formation is a must-see experience for the Whitsundays.

DAY SIX

HARDY & HOOK REEF

Wake up in disbelief as you cast your eyes across the Beautiful sights of hardy Reef. Ensure you fill up at breakfast for a jam packed day of activities.

After breakfast we will have organised the activity of your choice which includes but not listed to diving, snorkelling or a deep sea fish for the enthusiast.

Hardy Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef near the Whitsundays, is home to thousands of spectacular reef fish including coral trout, travelly, snapper and smaller tropical species. Hardy Reef is also the location for the Reefworld pontoon, a permanent structure which has been in place for over twenty years. Visitors can experience excellent snorkelling and diving on Hardy Reef, and will see a myriad of interesting marine animals such as turtles, reef sharks, giant Maori Wrasse and even the two metre long Giant Queensland Gropers.

diving in hardy reef

Enjoy a gourmet seafood buffet onboard for lunch whilst we ready your helicopter for a scenic flight to the infamous Heart Island, a natural heart shaped formation which is a must see when experiencing the Whitsundays.

Another night spent in Hook Reef as we adjust our route slightly to point back to civilisation, unwind and reflect on the days adventures whilst our crew readies your fine dining degustation, starting off with the catch of the day!

The lagoon separating Hardy from Hook reef

DAY SEVEN & EIGHT [40NM]

HOOK REEF - WHITEHAVEN BEACH - HAMILTON ISLAND

Wake up to another jaw dropping backdrop as we ready your breakfast. After breakfast enjoy a morning swim or snorkel before we make our way back to the mainland.

Our destination is Dumbell Island for our nights anchorage and to spent the day exploring the world famous Inlets and Whitehaven Beach.

Before arriving to the famous Whitehaven Beach, we will weigh anchor in Tongue Bay and our tender will deliver you Hill Inlet which is located at the northern end of Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. As the tide shifts, the white sand and blue hues of the inlet blend seamlessly to create a breathtaking mosaic.

Take a short uphill walk to the lookout for breathtaking views. If possible, try to reach the lookout when the tide is low to fully experience the beautiful fusion of colours that emerge.

After your walk the chef will have your lunch prepared aboard, your last lunch spent with us and what a way to end the experience.

But the experience is not over just yet, after lunch we will deliver you to world famous Whitehaven Beach where you can do as you wish. Sink your toes into the white silica sands of the renowned and award-winning Beach. The soft, cool white sandy beach hugged by sparkling turquoise waters is famous the world over. The seven-kilometre stretch of white silica sands and crystal-clear waters is pristine and untouched by development

Our last night on anchor is spent here, just a stone throw from Hamilton Island, our departure point. The crew will put a themed night on. Enjoy a long breakfast aboard and share your stories with the captain and crew before we bid you farewell. This is not goodbye and we will see you again.

There are many yachts to choose from in the Whitsunday region, based on your overall requirements our experts will provide the most suitable options for you. The entire itinerary and inclusions are based on your overall requirements.

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Created with images by sylvie charron - "Whitsundays Bay, Australia" • Li Yang - "untitled image" • Q.U.I - "Coral" • Ibrahim Rifath - "Flight from Maldives"