Luxury Yachts Whitsundays attends Australian Boat Shows

Each year, Cumberland Charter Yachts; the parent company of Luxury Yachts Whitsundays attends various boat shows around the country and 2018 will be no different. Arranged by the Boating Industry Association (BIA), each boat show displays a variety of recreational outdoor activities and is a fantastic way for you to discover new and exciting ways to enjoy the aquatic coastline and waterways we have in Australia. 

The stand out difference this year is that we will also be showcasing the luxury bareboats we have in our Luxury Yachts Whitsundays fleet in addition to all our Cumberland Charter Yachts' vessels. Find out below which boat shows we'll be attending and come and see us to discuss chartering your own boat in the Whitsundays or discuss investment opportunities.

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show

Where: The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove
When: 9am - 5pm | Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 May, 2018
Stand: 301

Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - Stand 301

Melbourne Boat Show

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
When: 10am - 8pm | Thursday 28 June - Sunday 1 July, 2018
Stand: A25

 Melbourne Boat Show - Stand A25

Melbourne Boat Show - Stand A25

Sydney International Boat Show

Where: International Convention, Sydney
When: 10am - 8pm | Friday 3 - 7 August, 2018
Stand: To be confirmed

 Sydney International Boat Show - Stand: To be confirmed

Sydney International Boat Show - Stand: To be confirmed

Who from Luxury Yachts Whitsundays will be attending?

Managing Director, Charlie Preen
Sharon McNally, General Manager
Mercedes Ireland, Marketing Manager


Feel free to come by any of our stands and be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest updates and news leading up to each boat show.

We hope to see you there!

Taste your way around the Whitsundays

Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays is surrounded by fertile land, bringing fresh local produce to the kitchens and tables of local restaurants. Many proprietors strive to source local produce because they believe that visitors should experience the exquisite mouthwatering food that goes hand in hand with such an idyllic holiday destination. Here we've picked our top 5 restaurants that you should try before or after your charter.

Hemingway's Restaurant

A short walk from the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays office at Abell Point Marina South, Hemingways is perched on the water's edge overlooking the marina serving delectable food and equally impressive cocktails. The contemporary Australian cuisine matched with a stylish and chic coastal design allows you to unwind at the end of the day or celebrate a special occasion with friends and family. It has also recently been awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide so this is not one to be missed.

 Hemingway's Airlie Beach - Abell Point Marina South

Hemingway's Airlie Beach - Abell Point Marina South

Walter's Lounge

Located at the opposite end of town at Port of Airlie, is Walter's Lounge. Also been awarded a Chef Hat in 2017 and 2018 by the Australian Good Food Guide, it offers up delicious fresh food and outstanding cocktails, as well as a hand, picked boutique wine list. If the full menu of nibbles, share plates and side dishes is too much, try your hand at the Chef's shared tasting menu or catch their weekly special on a Wednesday.

Walters Lounge - Port of Airlie

Coca Chu

Located on Hamilton Island, nestled in tranquil tropical gardens overlooking the white sands of Catseye Beach, Coco Chu is an eclectic mix of hawker-style street food of South Asia with a modern twist. It is the third restaurant in the Whitsundays to be awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide, with entree's starting from $6, mains from $20 and desserts from $15. On your bareboat or luxury crewed charter, be sure to stop into Hamilton Island and make a reservation at this beautiful seaside restaurant.

Coca Chu - Hamilton Island

Clipper Restaurant & Lounge

Only a 4-minute walk from Abell Point Marina at Coral Sea Resort is the Clipper Restuarant. Offering all-day alfresco dining poolside on the waters edge, this award winning restaurant can also offer private dining in the oceanfront gazebo or a private function on the 'Jetty', jutting out from the shoreline and overlooking the Coral Sea.

Clipper Restaurant & Lounge - Coral Sea Resort

Shuckz Oyster Bar & Champagne Lounge

Conveniently located in the main street of Airlie Beach, Shuckz Oyster Bar & Champagne Lounge specialises in fresh oysters shucked to order with a wide selection of champagnes, beers and top-shelf spirits and liqueurs. Oysters served with locally grown mango, lime and chilli or smoked salmon, creme fraiche and caviar, this is certainly a place you need to stop by and try.


Shuckz Oyster & Champagne Bar

Cumberland Charter Yachts Win National Tourism Award

Cumberland Charter Yachts is the parent company of Luxury Yachts Whitsundays, who took out the silver award for Unique Accommodation at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards held at the Perth Optus Stadium on Friday night.

They were one out of ten winners from Queensland and is the third accolade won by Cumberland Charter Yachts in 2017 after winning silver at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards and gold at the Queensland Tourism Awards.

Being able to skipper your own boat in the best cruising area on the planet is a truly memorable experience and Cumberland Charter Yachts has proven to be a leader in the bareboating industry.

Managing Director Charlie Preen and General Manager Sharon McNally celebrated alongside BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday, Abell Point Marina, Island Jetboating and Ocean Rafting all representing the Whitsundays after winning gold at the Queensland Tourism Awards in their respective categories.

"Receiving this award is an absolute honour," said Sharon.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my amazing team who have worked tirelessly over the past 12 months whilst recovering from Cyclone Debbie and getting on with the general day to day business. We also could not have done this without each and every one of our boat owners. Investing their boats with Cumberland Charter Yachts helps us make the magic happen. This accolade goes out to them".

Charlie Preen stood proudly on the night and was ecstatic at winning silver after being up against six finalists from other states and territories who were all winners at their state tourism awards in the same category.

"Winning gold at the Queensland Tourism Awards was something special but winning silver at the Australian Tourism Awards is simply amazing." Said Charlie.

"We'd also like to congratulate Ocean Rafting for winning gold in the Major Tour and Transport Operator category, BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday for winning bronze in the Caravan and Holiday Parks category and of course Abell Point Marina and Island Jetboating for being finalists at national level".

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays was created in 2017 after Cumberland Charter Yachts started seeing an increase in demand for larger and more luxurious vessels. Their pride and excellence in customer service and tourism is carried through to the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays brand and are proud to be able to offer luxurious experiences whilst bareboating in the Whitsundays.

 General Manager Sharon McNally and Managing Director Charlie Preen accepting the silver award for Unique Accommodation at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards at the Perth Optus Stadium on Friday evening.

General Manager Sharon McNally and Managing Director Charlie Preen accepting the silver award for Unique Accommodation at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards at the Perth Optus Stadium on Friday evening.

Accommodation within walking distance to Luxury Yachts Whitsundays

So you've finally landed at the airport and made your way to Airlie Beach. Whether it be by ferry from Hamilton Island Airport with Cruise Whitsundays, by coach transfer with Whitsundays 2 Everywhere, or by helicopter with Helireef Whitsundays, walking through the front door of your accommodation brings on a sigh of relief.

If you're looking for accommodation near the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays office, here are a selection of resorts within walking distance.

Coral Sea Resort

Located a short 4 minute walk along the Bicentennial Boardwalk, Coral Sea Resort is certainly the pick of the bunch when it comes to finding the closest resort to stay at pre or post your charter. Boasting uninterrupted views of the Coral Sea, this 4.5 star resort offers a variety of accommodation from Garden View Rooms to top floor penthouses, 24-hour reception, pool and an award-winning restaurant.

Coral Sea Resort

Shingley Beach Resort

Located at Shingley Beach, a short 6 minute walk from Abell Point Marina, Shingley Beach Resort offers affordable accommodation nestled in a natural amphitheatre of trees and parklands adjacent to Abell Point Marina. Offering a range of accommodation from studio apartments to three bedroom apartments, 2 swimming pools and a selection of boutique shops underneath, Shingley Beach Resort is another great option for consideration.

Shingley Beach Resort

Airlie Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

Airlie Waterfront Bed and Breakfast is centrally located right on the waters edge just a 20m stroll to the beach, 200m to the all year swimming lagoons, shops and restaurants and a 5 minute walk to Abell Point Marina. With a homely feel to it, all rooms are serviced daily and include a continental breakfast each day, ensuring you're relaxed and refreshed pre or post charter.

Airlie Waterfront Bed & Breakfast

at Marina Shores

Parallel to the Bicentennial Boardwalk and waterfront to the Coral Sea, Marina Shores exudes luxury in their 1 to 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses. Boasting a 30m pool and tropical gardens, this quiet and picturesque resort is a short 9-minute walk to the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays office and a great choice if you're looking for somewhere to indulge the sences.

at Marina Shores

Peninsula Airlie Beach

Across the road and perched on the edge of a point, looking across all the vessels in Abell Point Marina and a short leisurely 14min walk to your charter check-in, Peninsula Airlie Beach offers 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses. Expansive views of the marina and waterfront position will make it irresistible to leave.  

Peninsula Airlie Beach

Chartering a Luxury Bareboat or Crewed Charter with Kids

Taking your kids on board a luxury bareboat or crewed charter can certainly be a rewarding and memorable experience. They learn new skills, discover another beautiful part of the country, jump off the back of the boat into azure waters, climb hills to spectacular views and discover marine life like they've never seen before.

A memorable experience could turn out to be one all for the wrong reasons if the children aren't prepared for what life is like living on a boat and what to expect. With a little forward thinking and preparation before your charter, you can help ensure it's an enjoyable experience not only for them but for the parents as well.

Prepare them for life on a boat

Start using boating terminology when speaking to them, and around them, about the holiday. Get them use to words such as 'port', 'starboard', 'tender' 'galley' so that when you are on board the boat it'll become 2nd nature to them and understand various aspects and parts of a boat and understand what you are talking about.

Get them involved

If they're not already seasoned sailors, get them use to being out on the water. Take them to a local sailing club and see if you can get them on board for a twilight sail, or if you have a friend with a small tender with an outboard, take them cruising on local waterways. This will help them feel comfortable once on the charter.

Onboard safety

A thorough briefing on the area and any hazards, as well as onboard safety, is provided before you depart the marina on your first day.  It is important to run those details over with the rest of the crew including the children so that everyone is aware and can help keep an eye on each other.

Drinks and snacks

Be sure to take plenty of snacks and drinks on board. Being out in the sun and wind, swimming, snorkelling and sailing, works up quite an appetite for both adults and kids. Think muesli bars, fruit, crackers and dips and plenty of water. Have them fill up their water bottles and keep them handy at all times.


There will be times when cruising, swimming and snorkelling have come to an end for the day and you may find them looking for things to do before or after dinner. Pack some travelling board games, books and playing cards so they can entertain themselves and give the adults some peace and quiet.

Island Resort Activities

Getting them off the boat and on to dry land helps break the charter up a little and gives everyone a chance to stretch their legs. There are many island resorts in the Whitsundays that you can berth at or pull up a mooring, and head ashore and take part in the many activities (most a free) the resort offers.

At the end of the day, you want everyone to enjoy their charter holiday and there's nothing worse than having bored children or don't understand the hazards of being on a boat. Educate them before the charter which will make it so much easier once you step on board.

Fine Food and Music this Australia Day in Airlie Beach

Tasty food fare and live entertainment are on the menu this Australia Day as part of the Great Australian Bites Festival at Fairy Tree Park - Airlie Beach Foreshore.

The full day of festivities includes pop-up food stalls from local restaurants, live music by home-grown performers and iconic Aussie-themed activities.

The Great Australian Bites Festival was first launched in Brisbane in 2014 to celebrate Australia Day and has now grown into a series of regional events that champion local talent and produce.

In 2018, Airlie Beach, Charters Towers, Longreach and Rockhampton will host Great Australian Bites events.

This year, guests will be assured a warm North Queensland welcome with modern tasting items from salmon tartare from Walters Lounge, roast lamb on the spit from Fussea Buggers, crumbed calamari from Fish D'vine, vegetarian arancini from Treehouse, pork belly tacos from Denmans Cellars and traditional Italian tiramisu from La'Tabella with ice cream for those who want a cold treat on a hot summer day.

Whitsunday Regional Council Acting Mayor John Collins said the Great Australian Bites festival was a family-friendly event that would bring together locals in celebration of the Whitsunday community, regional produce and way of life.

"Great Australian Bites offers something for all ages and is a great way to celebrate our local lifestyle this Australia Day," Cr Collins said.

"The festival promises a great range of local produce and dishes with a focus on showcasing regional produce.

"There is a comprehensive entertainment program featuring Dazeychains, Kieran McCarthy, Getting Didge With It and Cactus so pack a picnic blanket and enjoy a great day out with friends and family."

Great Australian Bites Airlie Beach is delivered by Whitsunday Regional Council in partnership with the State Government.


Cruising the Whitsundays in Style (Sample 5 Day Itinerary)

Once you have arrived in Airlie Beach, completed your bareboat briefing, arranged your provisioning and organised your crew it's time to set off for a memorable holiday on your luxury bareboat or crewed charter. If you have decided to let someone else captain the vessel, your experienced and local helmsman will take you to the best snorkelling and anchorage spots suitable to the prevailing wind and sea conditions allowing you to sit back and relax into holiday mode. If you have decided to be the master of your own destiny and skipper the boat yourself, your bareboat briefer will give you a suggested itinerary which may look a little like this:  (Itinerary based on 10-15kts South Easterly Conditions)

Day 1

Depart Abell Point Marina and head to Nara Inlet, a fjord-like inlet located on the south-east side of Hook Island. Surrounded either side by towering pines that juxtapose the hard rock meeting the turquoise water, the holding ground for anchors are excellent in this scenic inlet. Discover the ancient Ngaro Aboriginal Cultural Site found at the far end of the inlet. Learn about the Ngaro people from the interpretive signage along the well marked and easy track to the caves.

Nara Inlet, Hook Island Whitsundays

Day 2

After a delectable breakfast on the aft deck of your luxury vessel, make your way back out of Nara Inlet, through Hook Passage and follow the western side of Whitsunday Island south to Tongue Bay. A large bay with 14 moorings, it's the perfect place to pack a light bag and take the tender ashore. Follow the short well-marked track to the Hill Inlet lookout where the champagne sands and aqua blue shift and swirl with the changing tide. Follow the path back down to the inlet side of Tongue Point and frolick in the azure waters of Whitehaven Beach. Spend the night in Tongue Bay or make your way to the southern end of Whitehaven Beach for an equally impressive overnight anchor.

Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island

Day 3

See a different perspective of Whitehaven Beach and take the Solway Circuit walk climbing through grass trees and cycads to the lookout. Arriving back on board, navigate the boat making your way north towards Hook Island. You could easily spend a whole day exploring the many bays that sit side by side starting at Mantaray Bay, then Luncheon Bay, Maureen Cove and finally Butterfly Bay. Each bay is unique in it;s own way and offer snorkelling spots and coral beaches to explore.

Butterfly Bay, Hook Island Whitsundays

Day 4 

Make the most of your time at Hook Island and take the morning at a leisurely pace. Enjoy some time out on deck reading a book and enjoy a late breakfast or, if lucky, understand why Butterfly Bay got its name as you watch hundreds of butterflies flutter by. Then, drop your mooring and make your way around to Langford Reef - a sandspit with a small rocky island at one end with another short bushwalk to another impressive lookout overlooking the length of the spit. Enjoy a BBQ lunch on the back deck before moving back across to the eastern side of Hook Island to Stonehaven for the night.

Langford Island, Whitsundays

Day 5 

Relax on the last day and take in the surrounds on the last morning of your memorable holiday. You need to arrive back into Abell Point Marina by 10am so give yourself approximately 2 hours from this point to get back in time for your debrief and departure from the boat. Cumberland Charter Yachts can book and arrange your airport transfers or perhaps a nice meal at either Sorento's or Hemingways Restaurants at Abell Point Marina.

*Luxury Yachts Whitsundays offer 3 night minimum charters but recommend 5+ night charters to really experience the true essence of a unique bareboating and Whitsunday holiday. Ask our friendly staff for other suggested anchorages for an extended charter period.

Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach

Stock and Items Included on Bareboat Charters

The bareboat (skipper yourself) vessels with Luxury Yachts Whitsundays are fully equipped with everything you need for a comfortable and well stocked charter. From linen and lighters, whisks and waterhoses to tide tables and tongs, Luxury Yachts Whitsundays has you covered. Here is a comprehensive list of what you'll find on the boat and what you needn't worry about buying or going without.


* 12v to 240v Invertor
* GPS and chart plotter
* Electric anchor winch
* Dinghy and 6hp outboard
* Boat hook
* Cabin fans and air-conditioning
* Induction stove
* Boarding swim ladder
* Fenders and mooring lines
* Cockpit lights
* Electric BBQ
* Water hose
* Shore power cord
* Safety gear

What We Supply On Board

* Linen and blankets
* Pillows and pillowcases
* Bath towels (2 per person)
* Tea towels
* Fully equipped galley (Kitchen).
* Cleaning gear
* Shower/toilet.
* Deck shower
* Snorkelling gear - mask, snorkel and fins. 
* Ipod connectivity, AM/FM Radio &  CD Player
* Wet weather jackets
* Bimini
* VHF Radio


Safety Gear

* Flares
* Tools and spares kit
* Life rings
* Depth sounder
* Torches
* VHF radio
* Binoculars
* Life jackets

* Complete vessel safety briefing
* First Aid Kit (Charterer pays for items  used) 
* Vinegar
* Tide tables
* '100 Magic Miles' cruising guide
* Charts
* Rule and divider
* Lead line
* Operational manual


* Salad servers
* Tongs
* Food storage containers
* Colander
* Grater
* Cork screw
* Can opener
* Egg rings
* Egg slice
* BBQ spatula
* Peeler
* Whisk
* Masher
* Measuring jug
* Mixing bowls
* Toast rack
* Clothes pegs
* Dustpan and brush
* Sink plunger


Galley (Kitchen) Supplies

* Dinner plates
* Side plates
* Desert bowls
* Cutlery
* Cutting knives
* Cutting boards
* Serving platters
* Mugs
* Tea pot
* Wine goblets
* Tumblers
* Champagne flutes
* Coffee plunger
* Kettle
* Water jug
* Frying pans
* Sauce pans
* Baking trays
* Salad bowl
*Coffee pod machine

Consumables Kit

* Sponges
* Scourer
* Detergent
* Disinfectant
* Jif - cream cleaner
* Spray and wipe
* Garbage bags x 3
* Toilet rolls x 2 per toilet


* Smart casual dress for resort visiting
* Old pair of sneakers or deck shoes
* Favourite CDs, DVDs or Ipod.
* Your lucky fishing gear!!
* Books, playing cards and games
* Insect repellant
* Travel insurance
* A sense of adventure

What You Should Bring With You

* Sunscreen
* Sunglasses (polarised) 
* Hat with toggle
* Light casual clothes
* Your camera
* Beach towel and swimming costume
* Warmer gear during winter


All vessels come with a tender fitted with a 6hp outboard engine, safety gear including oars.





Moor and Moor New Public Moorings for the Whitsundays

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) have announced an additional 60 new public moorings have been installed around the Whitsundays, and 40 new reef protection markers installed in order to protect the fringing reef better, provide convenient and sustainable access for boaties and help the area recover after Cyclone Debbie.

Prior to the cyclone, the Whitsundays already had 85 public moorings and 50 reef protection markers around the fringing reef of the islands. Now with a total of 145 public moorings and 90 reef protection markers for use by recreational boat users, bareboat charterers and the tourism industry operators, the reef is in a better position now to recover and regenerate.

Moorings are designed so that anchors don't have to be dropped on the sea floor and reef protection markers guide operators where it is safe to drop an anchor without it landing on coral bommies. The Environmental Management Charge (EMC) that charterers are charged, go towards the upkeep, maintenance and installation of moorings around the Whitsunday islands.

Different coloured moorings allow operators to easily identify the vessel size limit and maximum wind speed allowed for that particular mooring and is in the best interest of the 'captain' and the crew to adhere to these guidelines when picking up moorings for the safety of all on board as well as the protection of the reef. The Zoning Map will also help you understand where you can go and what activities you can undertake in each area of the islands.

If you follow Cumberland Charter Yachts' (Luxury Yachts Whitsundays parent company) 'Reef Protection Practices' while on charter and become a Citizen of the Great Barrier Reef, we can all do our little part in nurturing the Great Barrier Reef.



Christmas and New Year Trading Hours

Don't get caught out by the Christmas and New Year trading hours when ordering your provisioning for your luxury yacht charter. You wouldn't want to spend Christmas Day or New Years Day without the prawns and champagne, would you? Here are supplier opening hours over the Christmas New Year period so you don't miss out.

Opening hours between 25 December 2017 & 1 January 2018

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 8:30am - 12:00pm (midday) Boxing Day and New Years Day
  • 8:30am - 5:00pm every other day

Catering and Provisioning

Whitsunday Provisioning

  • CLOSED Christmas Day (No deliveries to bareboats and no ordering)
  • Open 7am - 4pm every other day

    Slice of Nature
  • CLOSED Christmas Day (No deliveries to bareboats and no ordering)
  • 7am - 4pm every other da

The Kiosk Cafe Abell Point Marina

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • Open 8am - 5pm every other day

Coles Cannonvale

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm Boxing Day and New Years Day
  • 8:00am - 9:00pm Weekdays
  • 8:00am - 6:00pm Saturday
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm Sunday

Woolworths Airlie Beach & Woolworths Cannonvale

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 9:00am - 6:00pm Boxing Day

BWS - Whitsunday Village (Airlie Beach Main Street)

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 9:00am - 10:00pm every other day

BWS - Cannonvale (Whitsunday Shopping Centre)

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 9:00am - 9:00pm every other day

BWS - Cannonvale (Corner Shute Harbour Rd and Paluma Road)

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 9:00am - 9:00pm every other day

Airlie Beach Hotel Bottle Shop

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 9:00am - 7:00pm every other day


Quadrant Marine

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • Boxing Day, New Years  Eve Day and New Years Day 8:00am - 12:30pm
  • 7:30am - 5:30pm every other day

Aqua Dive

  • CLOSED Christmas Day
  • 8:00am - 4:00pm every other day


Supplier Opening Hours correct at the time of submission. Please check directly for any changes or updates.

The Most Amazing Bushwalks and Lookouts in the Whitsundays

Visiting the Whitsundays and doing a bareboat charter will be an experience to remember. Discovering secluded beaches and bays, ancient Indigenous rock art, white as white sand on beaches, towering hoop pines with resident Sea Eagles circling above and coral reefs are only scratching the surface of what you'll find.

Explore a little further and you will find a number of bushwalks both on the mainland as well as the Whitsunday Islands with most of them offering amazing and gobsmacking views that only a photo can describe. Walk a little or a lot - choose from easy short walks to longer more difficult walks but the reward, in the end, is worth it. The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service have a comprehensive 'Visitor Guide' that covers all of the bushwalks and lookouts across the various National Parks and State Forests in the Whitsundays with a copy provided on board your bareboat. Here are Luxury Yachts Whitsundays favourite bushwalks and lookouts of all time.

#1 - Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Islands National Park

It's best to anchor or moor your vessel in Tongue Bay; the northern bay to world famous Whitehaven Beach. Take your tender ashore and follow the marked winding walking track 630m uphill through bushland and shrub. As you near the two lookouts and start to see glimpses of azure blue and shifting white swirling sands of Hill Inlet, listen to all the 'ooo's' and 'ahh's' you hear from other people. You'll stand there for a while taking in the vista and not wanting to leave. Be sure to take your camera! Grade: Moderate; Time: 15 minutes

#2 - Spion Kop, South Molle Island - Molle Islands National Park

Access to South Molle Island's tracks is accessible from Sandy Bay, Paddle Bay or the resort side of the island at Bauer Bay. The longest walk by far is from Sandy Bay (4.2km one way), however, the views and different aspects of the Whitsundays along this walk change at every turn and are just as spectacular as the last. Once at the lookout you literally feel on top of the world! Grade: moderate; Time: Allow 4 hours total

#3 - Whitsunday Peak, Whitsunday Islands National Park

The Whitsunday Peak is one of the Whitsundays' most challenging as it is a steep track and reaches an elevation of 437m. While only 2.5km long, it is quite a deceptive walk starting with an initial climb along a creek bed, through vine trees before reaching a lush rainforest at its peak offering stunning views over the Whitsunday islands and surrounding mainland.       Grade: Difficult; Time: Allow at least 4 hours depending on your level of fitness

#4 - Honeyeater Lookout, Conway National Park

Starting from Kara Cresent in Airlie Beach, this walk will take you UP until you reach the lookout, so there is little to no reprieve from the climb until you come back down the same track to exit the walk. A popular walk for a morning workout, you'll pass locals and visitors along the way. You don't see much but bush along the track, but the view, which looks back down on the town of Airlie Beach and out of the islands makes the walk worthwhile.          Grade: Moderate; Time: Allow 3 - 4 hours total

#5 - Kingfisher Circuit, Conway National Park

You'll need to have your own car for this walk, as it starts from the Forestry Road car park at Brandy Creek, approximately a 10-minute drive from Airlie Beach towards Proserpine. Pick up a self-guided brochure from the stand at the start of the track. It will guide you through the rainforest teaching you all about the wildlife and various trees you see along the way. You'll descend down to a freshwater creek where you can ponder on a log seat for while before making your way back up to the old logging road and back to the car park.                       Grade: Easy; Time: 25 minutes.


How to Access Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays

It's true. The Whitsunday region is blessed to have two domestic airports; the Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) and the Great Barrier Reef Airport on Hamilton Island. You can fly into one airport and out of the other, or choose to catch a return flight from the same airport. When deciding how to navigate your choices of access into the region, there are a few things to consider first.

Whitsunday Coast Airport Proserpine (PPP)

Located approximately 14 minutes from Proserpine along the Bruce Highway, or 25 minutes from Airlie Beach, the Whitsunday Coast Airport is serviced by Jetstar with direct daily flights to/from Brisbane and Sydney with connecting flights to Melbourne Virgin Australia flies direct from Brisbane with connecting flights from Sydney and Melbourne. Tigerair has direct flights from Sydney.

If you are boarding your bareboat charter from Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, it is better to fly into Whitsunday Coast Airport. While you may find (sometimes) flights are cheaper into the Great Barrier Reef Airport, the cost of a ferry from Hamilton Island to Port of Airlie ($53.50 one way for an adult OR a child up to the age of 14), and then a taxi to Abell Point Marina makes it a hefty transfer as opposed to a $22 shuttle and 25 minutes ride from Whitsunday Coast Airport.

Great Barrer Reef Airport Hamilton Island (HTI)

Flying into Hamilton Island is a memorable experience. The plane cruises the Australian coastline and out over the Whitsunday islands on its approach to the run, making for some great holiday snaps as you come into land of the beautiful scenery and islands that you'll be sailing around. It has direct flights from Sydney and Brisbane with Virgin Australia, direct flights from Sydney and Cairns Qantas and Cairns and connecting flights from Melbourne and Brisbane with Virgin Australia, Qantas and Jetstar. Sometimes you can find a great flight deal into 'Hammo', but as mentioned above, if you're picking up your bareboat from Abell Point Marina, take into consideration the cost to get to it at Abell Point.

If you are picking up your bareboat from Hamilton Island marina, then, of course, it's a no-brainer to fly into the Great Barrier Reef Airport. It does cost $415 each way for the bareboat to be delivered by Luxury Yachts Whitsundays to Hamilton Island for you, and $415 to be picked up again after your charter and brought back to Abell Point Marina. Weigh these costs up with the cost of a flight into Proserpine and a ferry from Port of Airlie to Hamilton Island instead. Are you still with me? Or are you confused?

Depending on where you live and are flying from, you may be dictated by the airline from your nearest airport as to which of the two airports in the Whitsundays you have no choice but to fly in to. But, if you have a carrier that flies into both airports, take into consideration where you are picking the bareboat up from, and the time of your flight arrival and departure times, as your briefing on the boat starts at 8:30am sharp at Abell Point Marina, or by 11am at the latest at Hamilton Island.

Happy flying!


Top 3 Things You Need for Your Next Luxury Yacht Charter

If you've never been to the Whitsundays before, chartering a bareboat around 74 islands with fringing coral reef skirting every island, may seem like a daunting idea. How do I know where to go? Where to anchor? What is the weather doing?

Here you'll discover how Luxury Yachts Whitsundays makes cruising the 74 islands of the Whitsundays a breeze.


Rest assured, the 'captain' and 'first mate' of your crew undergo a thorough briefing with Luxury Yachts Whitsundays' highly qualified and experienced bareboat briefers, ensuring you leave the marina confident and comfortable to navigate your way around one of the best cruising waters in the world. The briefing is conducted at 8:30am sharp on board your bareboat and can take up to 4 hours depending on your boating experience.

Radio Schedules

A twice-daily radio schedule (or 'scheds' as they're colloquially known) by the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays base, along with the weather forecast is made with each bareboat charterer to ensure the plans you are making for the day and your choice of overnight anchorage are suitable to the prevailing wind and sea conditions.

Where to go

The '100 Magic Miles', in it's 11th edition and written by David Colfelt is the 'bible' of the Whitsundays. An easy to read and understand book on all the anchorages, snorkelling and diving spots in the Whitsundays. One copy of the 100 Magic Miles is provided on each boat and will become your best friend during your charter as you research your next days' adventure.

Cumberland Charter Yachts, the parent company to Luxury Yachts Whitsundays, has some excellent tools on the website. Using real past charterers data, you can view a sample itinerary, see where other charterers have gone and an itinerary planner, allowing you to enter the details of your vessel, dates of your charter and time of year and it will present you with a list of anchorages for you to visit each day.

Enjoy the freedom of choosing your own destiny and chartering your bareboat at your own pace. Think of the islands like a playground - they're safe and help is only a radio call away. A thorough briefing, twice daily radio scheds and the 100 Magic Miles are three key tools you need to enjoy your bareboat charter with Luxury Yachts Whitsundays. There truly is no better way to discover the beauty of the Whitsundays than on your own boat with loved ones, discovering secluded bays, snorkelling spots and sleeping under 1 million stars.


Lush Provisioning for your Luxury Yacht Charter

The planning that goes into arranging your bareboat charter takes a little time and effort, especially when you have to coordinate the rest of the crew. Deciding on convenient dates for your charter that suit everyone, where everyone is flying from, which airport to fly in to, where to stay and last but not least – provisioning for your charter!

Forget about making a shopping list, walking the isles in the grocery store, getting it from the store to the boat and then loading and packing it on to the boat. There are suppliers here in the Whitsundays who can take the hassle out of the provisioning for you, allowing you to kick back and relax into your holiday vibe.

Whitsunday Provisioning

Supplying provisions to bareboat charterers for 30 years, Whitsunday Provisioning source fresh produce from local farms in the Whitsunday region, ensuring you experience the true taste of the Whitsundays during your holiday.

Order everything you need conveniently online and they will not only deliver the provisions to your bareboat, they will even pack your stores on to the bareboat itself.  They cater to all dietary requirements so even the fussiest of eaters will be satisfied with their selection of menus.

Choose from pre-prepared seafood and fruit platters, easy meal plans, partial or full packages and the online bottle shop, making Whitsunday Provisioning a true one stop shop for all your catering needs.

Slice of Nature

New to the Whitsundays, Slice of Nature also source locally grown produce from the Whitsunday region. They offer fully prepared menu options leaving nothing else to do but cook. Choose what you’d like to eat during your charter from their online ordering system, and everything is delivered to your bareboat in pre-cut, portioned and vacuum sealed packages. Leaving more time for you to enjoy sunsets on the back deck of the boat with a cold one in your hand, rather than slaving away in the galley.

Along with the meal packages are recipe cards with step by step instructions on how to prepare the meals so even the most basic of cooks will come off as a seasoned chef.

Woolworths and Coles Online

There is a small Woolworths in Airlie Beach, with it’s larger sister store located in Cannonvale. A Coles can also be found in Cannonvale.

While all stores offer online shopping, we don’t recommend using the delivery service as they won’t deliver the provisioning to the boat. Abell Point Marina is a busy hub of activity, and provisioning from Coles and Woolworths has been known to be delivered to a random point at the marina and left in the sun for most of the day. If have your heart set on doing your own shopping or self-select, choose to do a click and collect from Coles or Woolworths, catch a cab to the marina and cart the produce to the boat yourself. Alternatively, use Whitsunday Provisioning’s online supermarket allowing you to self-select your meals, however they’ll deliver everything to your bareboat for you.

Five fast facts about Christmas Tree Worms

Christmas Tree Worms are one of my favourite things to find when snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, and so in the spirit of Christmas, here are some fast facts about these little guys. I bet your bottom dollar they'll be the first thing you go looking for when you snorkel straight from the back of the boat on your next luxury charter in the Whitsundays!

For those who celebrate Christmas, tree decorating comes once a year, but in the world's tropical seas, 'tis always the season! Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus giganteus) are a type of polychaete, a group of segmented worms that contains over 13,000 species. And just like their cousins the "sea mice" and feather dusters, these unassuming invertebrates put on quite the eye-catching display.

1. Tree sieve  

The Seuss-style plumes you see above – which come in an array of colour morphs – are called "crowns", and you'll notice they appear in pairs. That's because each worm has two of them. By pumping water up and over the crowns, a Christmas tree worm can filter out tiny plants and animals to snack on. The feathery structures are lined with both sticky mucus and spiky bristles (called cilia), which help trap passing prey.

2. Double duty

After a bit of size sifting, the worm moves any tasty morsels – conveyor-style – to the mouth, but the crowns do more than just catch food: they also harness oxygen! For this reason, the structures are often mistakenly called gills.

3. Now you see me

Underwater "pines" might be beautiful, but they're really just the tip of this worm's iceberg. Two-thirds of the body of a Spirobranchus lies hidden in a calcium carbonate tube, which it erects as a bunker.

Some groups take this one step further, by setting up shop in stony corals. But the crafty worms don't do the heavy drilling: by nestling their bodies against the corals' living tissues, they force the polyps to build around them. Over time, these coral-encased bunkers can reach ten inches in length. 

Spirobranchus worms are pretty choosy about which corals they settle on, but scientists are still working out why. Some speculate that landing on carefully selected species could help the worms with reproduction. Others suggest the pickiness comes down to avoiding accidental predation (no worm wants a coral-munching parrot fish is hankering for its home turf).

4. Only the classics for these worms

Once settled down, a Christmas tree worm can live upwards of 30 years! (Though 10-20 is more common.)

5. Ladies and gents

While many invertebrates reproduce asexually, there are actually male and female Christmas tree worms. These animals are broadcast spawners, meaning they shoot their genetic contribution into the surrounding water, in the hope that it meets its match. Once fertilisation occurs, it takes just 24 hours for larvae to develop.


Luxury Accommodation in Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are blessed to have a range of accommodation for tourists to choose from. From backpackers to mid-scale hotels to pure luxury apartments – you’re certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to lay your head.

If you’re booking a charter with Luxury Yachts Whitsundays, and are looking for an equally luxurious place to lay your head the day before or after your charter, here are some of our favourite places to book.

Coral Sea Resort

Positioned on the absolute ocean front, and a 2-minute walk to Abell Point Marina and the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays office, Coral Sea Resort is a popular choice for bareboat charterer guests. Offering deluxe suites, apartments, penthouses and beach houses with an award-winning restaurant it’s hard to pass up. Enjoy their degustation dinner poolside featuring fresh local seafood overlooking the Coral Sea or perhaps an intimate and private candlelit dinner in the oceanfront gazebo.

Mirage Whitsundays

Equally impressive is Mirage Whitsundays, offering serviced apartments, villas and penthouses, the resort is located on the serene waterfront near Airlie Beach. Spend time cooling off in one of their large and enticing pools, or in your own plunge pool at your apartment. An onsite gym will keep you happy and not feel guilty after dining at their soon to open restaurant and perhaps a pamper in their day spa is also on the menu.

Marina Shores

Featuring indulgent fully self-contained luxury penthouses and holiday apartments, Marina Shores has absolute waterfront living overlooking Abell Point Marina. Spoilt for choice are the 1,2,3 and 4 bedroom spa apartments and penthouses and with an onsite pool, it’ll be hard to want to leave.

Peninsula Airlie Beach

Offering a choice of either 1,2,3 or 4 bedroom apartments and penthouses, Peninsula Airlie Beach is another great choice to stay at. They say you won’t want to leave once you’ve checked in, so be sure to stock the fridge from the very get-go. All apartments have balconies and amazing views overlooking Abell Point Marina and the Coral Sea with high-quality features.

Heart Hotel and Gallery

The newest kid on the block, Heart Hotel and Gallery is located on the main street of Airlie Beach. Having first opened in 2016, the hotel is destined to become an iconic luxury, boutique choice for travellers to the Whitsundays. Don’t let the main street location fear you – the rooms are superb and has everything that you would expect from a 5-star hotel.

Another Aquila 44 joins the fleet

In March 2017, the Aquila 'Sunrise' joined the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays fleet and has been on charter consistently since. Due to popular demand for its luxurious interior, amazing outdoor and entertaining area as well as the demand for power catamarans for a bareboat charter, Luxury Yachts Whitsundays are welcoming a second Aquila 44 to the fleet in March 2018. Aptly named 'Champagne Sunset', she will be the perfect addition to accompany the Aquila Sunrise as a luxury charter option in the Whitsundays.

With 2 Aquila 44 vessels in the fleet make Luxury Yachts Whitsundays the only charter company in Australia you can hire one through, to experience the sheer beauty and comfort of this powercat. From the moment you step on board, you're impressed by the aft deck entertaining area with lounge seating and BBQ. From the centrally located galley is a large window that folds out, converting into a breakfast bar bringing the outdoors in and connect the aft deck to the galley. The adjoining spacious saloon features a large table with plenty of seating and offers 360-degree views to the outside. Each cabin boasts a queen size bed and private ensuites, with air-conditioning. 

The upstairs flybridge has another entertaining area with lounge seating including a small fridge and BBQ cooktop. An evolution of classic boating traditions where efficiency in design and performance compliment her luxurious living, the Aquila 44 is a boat like no other.

Champagne Sunset is available for bookings now, so get in quick to secure your charter today.

Go scuba diving on your charter

The Whitsunday Islands are home to some of the best dive sites on the Great Barrier Reef, and when you're chartering a bareboat or a luxury crewed charter, you should consider ways you can explore the underwater world as well. At first you may think that it's 'too hard' to organise, but with a little understanding of what your options there are, you'll soon realize just how easy it is to dive on one of the great natural wonders of the world. 


There are various day charters that offer introductory and certified dives, visiting the fringing reef around the skirts of the islands as well as the outer reef, approximately 40 nautical miles out to sea.

Outer Great Barrier Reef 

Leaving from Port of Airlie in Airlie Beach, Cruise Whitsundays makes a short stop at Daydream Island (as of now shut for repair and reopening mid-2018) and Hamilton Island to get visitors before going to 'Heart Pontoon' at Hardy Reef. The 2-hour excursion will take you on a beautiful scenic cruise through the islands, travelling at high speed in comfort on 'Seaflight' a 37-meter wave-piercer catamaran. 

Once at the Heart Pontoon, there are various activities to do, however for the keen divers, the 'moon pool' underneath the pontoon is the place you'll begin your dive taking you out along Hardy Reef; a vertical coral wall that drops to 60m underneath the boat. A wealth of ocean life can be found including turtles, anemones, hump headed Maori Wrasse and Giant Trevallies. All meals and refreshments are incorporated into the ticket cost and you spend roughly 4 hours at Heart Pontoon, with up to 370 different visitors on busy days. 

Explore leave Hamilton Island going to 2 dive areas at Bait Reef, the nearest reef to the Whitsundays. While their vessel can take up to 100 guests, they top numbers at 60 making for a more intimate experience.

Jumping straight from the back of the vessel from the drop down stairs into the water has you diving with marine life within seconds. The 'Stepping Stones' are a group of coral bommies that form a near straight pathway of reef which resembles a series of stepping stones as the name suggests. The marine life here is out of this world, with humpback whales known to visit during their annual migration which divers have been known to hear singing under the water during their dive. You spend at least 3.5 hours at the dive site before making a beeline back to Hamilton Island. Meals and refreshments are included in the ticket price.

If you're on a bareboat, pick up a mooring or drop anchor near an island resort that the day cruises pick up from and make your way ashore, leaving your tender somewhere safe for the day. For those doing a luxury crewed charter, the crew can transfer you in to the marina to jump on the cruise. 

Fringing Reef 

On the off chance that going through the day with a huge crowd of people and being away from your boat all day isn't your thing, you may want to dive the reef around the islands, known as fringing reef. There are a more delicate coral varieties found around the islands because of the protection that the islands offer with each dive site unique in its own way. You can meet Mantaray Charters or Whitsunday Bullet who visit certain islands depending on the weather on the day. More often than not they'll pick you up from your vessel in their dinghy, or on the other hand, you can take your dinghy to their boat when they are ready to take you for your dive. The bonus of meeting up with this type of charter means that you are only paying for the dive itself, rather than the full ticket price of the outer reef cruises.


Tornado Dive is a dedicated dive vessel who can meet you at a dive site. If you contact them 24 hours before you want to dive, they will organize to meet you at a suitable anchoring and take you and your crew for a dive. Depending on how busy they are on the day, you may find that you are the only divers they are meeting, which makes for a much more casual and private experience, getting that one on one time with the dive instructor.


If meeting up with other boats and diving with other groups of people isn't your thing, or if you're looking for a more laid-back experience and you're already a certified diver, you can hire your dive equipment from Aqua Dive at Abell Point Marina and take everything you need with you. Some of the crewed luxury charter boats may already have dive equipment on board, so be sure to check this first if you're considering diving. Aqua Dive will provide a dive map with the equipment, showing you where you can find the best dive sites as well as locations of where you can refill your dive tanks at various locations around the islands, or from Tornado Dive. Depending on the size of your bareboat, a maximum of 4 tanks can be taken on board. 

If diving BYO, be sure to raise your dive flag so other boaties know there are divers in the vicinity, and always scuba dive in buddy pairs.

Restrictions ease for Superyachts in the Whitsundays

It should come at no surprise that Australia, even more so the Whitsundays, has some of the most spectacular cruising destinations and natural attractions in the world yet superyachts   (35m+) up until recently, have been deterred from heading to our stunning Whitsundays waters due to the restrictions on access for the vessels.

Paul Darrozet, owner of the award-winning Abell Point Marina (Luxury Yachts Whitsundays base) quoted “the increased access for superyacht anchorages in the Whitsundays is a huge boost for the local economy and the superyacht industry across Australia. Superyacht captains now have the flexibility to develop a comprehensive itinerary in the Whitsundays which has a direct benefit to our marina business and connected local services. The new amendments are very timely for the upcoming cruising season in the Whitsundays.”

The Minister for the Environment and Energy 21; The Hon Josh Fryenberg, has assured the Government that the Superyacht anchorages will be established at carefully selected locations with no corals or other sensitive habitats and this will enable further tourism opportunities and still protect the area’s core values.

In the past, Australian Superyacht owners have been unable to explore their own backyard, travelling to other Pacific countries rather than spend the time and tourism dollars in Australia. With marine tourism taking a big piece of the Australian economy pie Superyachts Australia has been tirelessly lobbying for the last nine years to bring this to fruition.

The changes will be implemented in stages over the next 12 months and will be updated and formalised through updates by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to the Whitsunday Plan of Management an area-specific plan that manages use in our highly visited region.

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Sydney Boat Show 2017

First launched as a standalone event in 1968. The first boat show site was at the Horden Pavilion at Moore Park, where it remained until 1985. Cumberland Charter Yachts first exhibited in 1986, this proved to be a long and fruitful relationship. 

The show ventured to a temporary facility in Pyrmont from 1986 to 1988, where an on-water component was introduced. The halls leaked and the marina was rickety, but nevertheless, these three years laid the foundation for what would be a long stint at the nearby Darling Harbour.

1989 was a milestone year with the opening of the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. This big, first-class facility had the added benefit of Cockle Bay being a short walking distance. The show grew tremendously in Darling Harbour for 25 years until 2013.

The major upgrade of Darling Harbour started soon after our 2013 show. The next three years of 2014 to 2016 meant another temporary facility, this time located at Glebe Island. It also meant a split show, with the now very large and popular marina component in Cockle Bay, and a ferry service transporting show guests between the two locations.

For the 50th Sydney International Boat Show in 2017, we return fully to Darling Harbour. The undercover displays will be located within the vast International Convention Centre - Sydney, and the spectacular marina displays only minutes away on Cockle Bay. 

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays are excited to be able to offer 2 locations this year. We can be found at stand 503 (exhibition hall 5 on level 4 ) and also on water at the Aquila & Seawind on water display. Meet Charlie, Sharon and Megan at the show to discover all things bareboating and Whitsundays.

As we are celebrating 50 fantastic years of boat show magic CCY are giving away a beautiful birthday gift, pop down to the stand to find out how you can win! 

Bring your map it's going to be a massive event!

Sydney Boat Show