10 free things to do in Airlie Beach 

So you've saved up for a well-earned break in the Whitsundays, chartering a beautiful bareboat with Luxury Yachts Whitsundays to sail around the 74 islands on. Everything is booked and paid for, and you're counting down the days until you step off the aeroplane at the airport, and step on to your bareboat. But what is there to do in Airlie Beach that doesn't have you reaching into your pocket to keep you, or the kids, entertained? Look no further, as we show you some little hidden secrets that only a local would know.


Located in the centre of Airlie Beach, the Airlie Beach Lagoon is open 365 days of the year with lifeguards patrolling the two swimming areas, between 9am-9pm. Dotted with palm trees, and beautifully manicured grassy knolls it is the perfect place to go for a swim (stinger free) and catch some rays. Temptation from the nearby takeaway cafe's and eateries will surely have you munching on some fish and chips after frolicking in the clear cool water.


Every Saturday morning between 6 am-1 pm, you'll find a colourful mix of arts, locally handmade clothes and jewellery, fresh produce and home-style food stalls at the Airlie Beach Markets. Situated between the Esplanade and Whitsunday Sailing Club along the foreshore, it is a great place to kick off your weekend with a nice takeaway coffee in your hand as you stroll through the market stalls listening to the local musicians play in the amphitheatre.


If you're a sailing buff who is a little competitive, the Whitsunday Sailing Club hold Twilight Races every Wednesday from 4:30pm. If you make your way to the sailing club a little earlier in the day and make yourself known to the sailors at the club, more often than not they are looking for extra crew and will happily invite you on board for the afternoon. The races are generally around a triangle course, sailing three laps then sailing a beat to the finish line. While it may seem competitive once you're out sailing, it's all very much light-hearted fun and a great way to learn how to sail or brush up on your sailing skills and terminology.


The Whitsundays has over 67km of walking tracks, both on the mainland as well as the islands, so there is plenty to choose from. Catering to people of all fitness types, walks range from short and easy to strenuous full-day walks, or the adventurous can challenge themselves on a multiple night walk. Be sure to take plenty of water with you, good walking shoes, and of course your camera as the vistas from some of the lookouts are breathtaking.


Starting from the Airlie Beach Lagoon and stretching for 3.5km's to Cannonvale is the Bicentennial Boardwalk. Following the shoreline, the walk is flat and easy, taking you past beautiful beaches and through lush parks. Stop along the way to take photo's and say hello to the many locals who use the boardwalk to walk their fury kids or catch up with friends.


Every Saturday morning at 7am, starting at Abell Point Marina, is the Airlie Beach Parkrun. It is a fun, free event organised by volunteers with the track consisting of two laps of a 2.5 km course taking in the Abell Point Marina, Shingley Beach and the iconic Cannonvale boardwalk with stunning views of Pioneer Bay. Every runner gets given their time score to compare future run times, and afterwards, all runners gather at the Bohemian Raw Cafe for a post-run coffee.

7. BBQ'S

There are literally dozens of beaches, bays and public parks throughout Airlie Beach that have free to use BBQ's. As most of them are on the shoreline, they have amazing views overlooking the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. Some of them have a jungle gym nearby for the kids to enjoy, so grab some sausages and friends to soak up the afternoon sun. Be sure to clean the hot plate afterwards for the next person to use.


A short 25 minute drive towards Conway Beach, is the picturesque Cedar Creek Falls. Set in a natural rock amphitheatre, you will enjoy spectacular waterfalls in the wet season with colourful butterflies and many beautiful birds surrounding the falls. Find a shallow rock pool to chill out in, or swim in the larger body of water under the falls. It is an easy walk from the car park which has toilet facilities nearby.


If you've got the kids with you, you're going to need to know where to find the jungle gyms, so they can be entertained and you can wear the kids out for an afternoon. There are 5 different playgrounds to choose from in Airlie Beach and are all easily accessible by foot or public transport. Logan's Adventure Playground located on the Coral Esplanade between Airlie Beach and Cannonvale is probably the most popular with its 30m flying fox, giant swing, pipe tunnels and explorer dome.


While there are firm restrictions on fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, there are numerous jetties, rockwalls and beaches which are great for fishing with rods on the mainland. The most popular spots are the Shute Harbour Marina public jetty, the VMR rockwall and Cannonvale Beach. Be sure to check the rules about fishing in certain zones of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Start planning for New Years Eve 2020 in the Whitsundays

After the recent Airlie Beach foreshore upgrade, New Year’s 2020 is set to be a magnificent event!  Visitors will enjoy the new open space, complete with amphitheatre beach stairs and new parks and lawns. There will be early fireworks around 8pm, followed by a midnight firework extravaganza to bring in the New Year!

Bringing in the year 2020 will be an amazing experience in the Whitsundays, with so much to choose from. There will be a number of events organised at almost every venue onshore, offshore, and on the surrounding island resorts. We’ve got everything you need to start planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations, whether you’re a local or just visiting on holiday on the mainland or you have taken the plunge and booked your Bareboat charter with us!

 If you are out on the water, why not visit Hamilton Island for New Years while you are on your Bareboat charter? Hamilton Marina Rates will apply, $300 for 24hrs and you will have full access to amenities and free courtesy buses that can get your around the island. Make sure book your marina birth early! There is so much to see and do on the Island. Hamilton Island will have their own events and activities during the day and night, including live music, street eats stalls and fireworks displays, so this could be an added bonus to your bare boating trip to celebrate and see in the New Year!

Check out Hamilton Island New Year festivities here.

Christmas and New Years are considered the busiest season in the Whitsundays, and across Australia in general. The town, boats and islands will book out, especially on the actual holiday, so forward planning is key!

Book your bareboat charter today with Luxury Yachts Whitsundays today!

Christmas Holidays Sailing the Whitsundays

With only a few months away until the silly season, what better way to spend your Christmas break, sailing the Whitsundays. Why not hire a bareboat and explore the wonders of the Whitsundays and discover the 74 islands on offer. Travel between 12 - 31 December and receive a complimentary Christmas hamper of local produce and bonbons worth $50*. *Valid for new bookings only

Bareboating in the Whitsundays is known for its protected anchorages and generally calm seas. Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

The Whitsundays is truly breathtaking and there is no better way to explore it, than with your own private yacht straight from our Luxury Yacht Whitsundays base at the Coral Sea Marina.

No experience sailing needed we’ll teach you the ropes!

Boating licences and qualifications are not a requirement for charter hire however, your experience and boating know how is important to ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment on board. A comprehensive half day briefing is included, but if you are low on experience we will suggest spending the first day with our Sail Guide. Or if you would prefer to have someone else do the navigating for you, hire a Sail Guide for the duration of your charter.

Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are available for hire and are highly recommended for the kids. Stinger suits, snorkels are also available as well as a collection of books and dvds’ for your use on charter.

Contact us today to discuss your next bareboat charter and start planning your own unique experiences in the Whitsundays. https://www.luxuryyachtswhitsundays.com/

Underwater artwork becomes the Whitsundays newest attraction

Four of the six major sculptures (Turtle Dream, Maori Wrasse, Manta Ray and Migration of the Mantas) have been installed in the Great Barrier Reef at popular tourism sites damaged by ex-Cyclone Debbie. 

A huge thank you to the expert team from David Edge Marine Contracting, Whitsunday Mooring and Marine Constructions, artists, QPWS and GBRMPA for working collaboratively with Reef Ecologic to successfully deploy the sculptures. Bywa will be installed in Horseshoe Bay during August (weather permitting). Anthozoa is under construction and anticipated date of completion and installation is September.

In a Queensland first, Langford Reef in the Whitsunday Islands will become home to a new installation of underwater and inter-tidal art.

A trial installation of the artwork is being funded through the Queensland Government and Federal Government’s $7 million Tourism Recovery Fund to assist the Whitsundays tourism industry post Cyclone Debbie.

Four sculptures by local artist Adriaan Vanderlugt were unveiled at the annual Whitsunday Reef Festival (2 - 5 Aug, 2018), which will provide a new experience for people travelling to the Whitsundays and help the marine tourism sector recover after Cyclone Debbie.

The artwork includes sculptures of fish, a nudibranch and a crab, all varying in size and weighing up to 300 kilograms with one already located at Langford Island near Hayman.

Bareboat charterers can visit the locations and see the artwork first hand with each piece  being moved from the beach to intertidal to underwater environments a month at a time and the artworks will be secured and monitored to prevent interference and damage.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said to lure more visitors to the Whitsundays, we need to invest in new tourism product. Around the world - from the Caribbean, to the Maldives, Spain, Bali and Australia’s west coast, underwater art has been used to lure visitors.

Unique Dining Experiences During Your Bareboat Charter in the Whitsundays 

When it comes to meal time on your bareboat charter, there are lots of ways you can create unique dining experiences. Forget sitting at the table for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Get creative and make the most of the beautiful settings you're in and make your dining experiences truly memorable. Here are our top 4 ideas for 'stand out' meal settings during your charter.


Imagine sitting on the pure white soft silica sand of the world famous Whitehaven Beach. Champagne in hand. Sun setting over the horizon. Loved ones sitting beside you. If there was one thing to tick off your bareboat bucket list, this would be one of them.


There are a variety of bushwalks for you to enjoy on the islands. Walk a little or a lot - choose from easy short walks to longer more difficult walks, but each one offer world-class views at the very top. Pack a little picnic and enjoy it once you get there.


Each bareboat comes with a BBQ on the back deck. It will become your favourite way to cook every meal during your charter and if you are lucky enough to catch your own fish, cooking it on the BBQ is the only way you should prepare it! Mmmmmm, sliced lemon and fresh herbs anyone?


Have Whitsunday Provisioning prepare a gourmet cheese platter for you, grab some cushions, drinks and head out on to the bow of the boat. Get comfortable on the tramp and indulge in fine food as you watch the sunset on another day.

Whitsunday Provisioning and Slice of Nature can take care of all your provisioning needs or you can 'Click and Collect' from Woolworths or Coles. Be sure to familiarise yourselves with the Whitsunday Zoning Maps so that you know where you can and cannot fish.

Contact us today to discuss your next bareboat charter and start planning your own unique dining experiences in the Whitsundays. https://www.luxuryyachtswhitsundays.com/

Airlie Beach Race Week

The Airlie Beach Race Week Festival of Sailing is in full swing with only a few days left to go, and the whole town has been buzzing with excitement!

Sailing boats of all shapes and sizes race for a week of offshore sailing races and onshore entertainment.

The organisers have had over 130 entries, and it has bought in over 2000 crew, support teams and followers!

It’s been a busy and exciting week so far here at the Coral Sea Marina and throughout Airlie Beach. This Whitsunday event is one you can experience as a spectator from either the mainland or your bareboat. The race starts are all in Pioneer Bay, with racing to the nearby islands and back. 

If you are in town check our all the entertainment that is on offer onshore. The Whitsunday Sailing Club is known as race week central and has live entertainment and presentations each night during the event.

Special events over the weekend include wine tastings, a long lunch, a beach fun day and other activities for locals and visitors. 

Have you been dreaming of an Whitsunday holiday? – Why not explore by bareboat?
Let our friendly, helpful, knowledgeable Reservations Team help you find the perfect boat for your holiday. 

Book today!

2019 Airlie Beach Festival of Music

The 2019 Airlie Beach Festival of Music is set to be a mind blowing event this year!

Beginning on the 8th November, Airlie Beach comes alive and has both domestic and international acts.

The event sees 74 bands playing over 3 days at 15 different venues and there is definitely a genre of music for everyone.

Take advantage of our ‘Super off peak’ rates in November (1st November – 20th December) meaning you can save big!

When you hire a luxury bareboat, you are the skipper of the vessel and you invite your friends or family to experience a unique, luxury style of holiday in the Whitsundays. There is no set itinerary or timetable to stick to, you simply explore the islands how and when you please.

Experience star-filled nights in tranquil anchorages. Visit secluded bays and explore rainforest tracks and national park lookouts with stunning views. Sun yourself on world famous Whitehaven Beach or snorkel the fringing coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. If that’s too much, just simply kick back and relax and enjoy the luxury and quality time with loved ones and friends.

Great news! You don’t need a formal qualification or licence to go bareboating in the Whitsundays but some boating knowledge certainly helps. Our qualified staff will take you through a comprehensive ‘brief’ on how to operate the vessel including the use of the navigation equipment, an area brief of the Whitsundays and local knowledge tips, plus mooring and anchoring skills.

If you don’t feel confident by the end of the brief, you may like to consider hiring a Sail Guide for a few extra hours ($200) for more tuition, or for the duration of the charter ($355 per 24/hrs) but more often than not, our guests are confident after the brief and are ready to start their holiday adventure.

Book a bareboat to be your accommodation during the event and then explore the Whitsunday Islands pre-and/or post-festival. Book today! https://www.luxuryyachtswhitsundays.com/

Great Barrier Reef Festival

Airlie Beach will come alive this weekend with the annual Whitsunday Reef Festival, full of family fun, community events, all-night celebrations, food, fireworks and one of the biggest street parties in the north.

The festival, now in its 18th year, is themed Heart of the Reef, and celebrates the lifestyle in the Whitsundays, on the edge of the Coral Sea, in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. The Festival kicks off with the Fish D’vine Comedy Gala by the Sea on Thursday 1st August, that will guarantee a night of side-splitting comedy. Tickets can be purchased HERE . Ticket includes a free drink and Fish D’vine fish and chips.

Friday night 2nd August, 2019 the Coral Sea Marina Resort Lantern Parade will depart from the Garden Bar at Coral Sea Marina and will parade a sea of light along the Bicentennial Boardwalk down to the Airlie Beach foreshore where there will be live entertainment on the beach followed by the free spectacular firework extravaganza

There will be night markets along the foreshore including Whitsunday Food Service Food Stalls, Carnival rides, live music, street performers, pop up Beach Bar opens from 5pm, music starts from 6 pm, Fireworks at 8pm on the Airlie foreshore beach, food stalls open until 9pm, transport for the festival will be provided via a park and ride scheme courtesy of Whitsunday Transit.

Bring the family along early and enjoy the festivities, bring a rug to sit on the beach and watch the pyrotechnic spectacular.  There will be a variety of food and merchandise for sale throughout the evening.

On Saturday the 3rd August 3-4pm come and look at ‘Art that Walks’ with the Wilmar Sugar Wearable Art Parade. This Great Barrier Reef Festival Wearable Arts Competition is a popular fun event with both students and adults.  Participants of all ages love this unique art form and create colourful and innovative garments from interesting and unlikely materials.

From 4pm onwards on Saturday following the wearable art comp, the main street of Airlie Beach will be buzzing with the 2019 Rotary Street Parade’.

2019 brings a new theme for the Parade ‘The Living Reef’ a world down under. Get creative, dress up and come have some fun!

Sunday 4th August is the Whitsunday Transit Family Fun Day 10-2pm at the Airlie Beach Foreshore. Loads of Fun and games!

For more information on the Great Barrier Reef festival click on the Great Barrier Reef Festival link.

Sydney International Boat Show Darling Harbour 1st -5th August, 2019.

The world-famous Sydney International Boat Show is the southern hemisphere’s largest recreational marine event devoted to all things boating. From the most affordable tinnie or canoe, to incredibly prestigious luxury yachts and power cruisers, see over 245 exhibitors and more than 900 boats on display at the show, which is also packed with education and fabulous entertainment for the whole family.

The Sydney International Boat Show is the largest public exhibition staged at the International Convention Centre Sydney, filling all the exhibition halls and the open-air event deck, plus the purpose-built marina on Cockle Bay. Be inspired by boating enjoyed by millions each year at The Sydney International Boat Show.

Sharon McNally General Manager of Cumberland Charter Yachts and Luxury Yachts Whitsundays along with Sales & marketing Manager Mercedes Ireland will be making their way down to this year’s International Boat showcasing the luxury bareboats we have in our Luxury Yachts Whitsundays fleet in addition to all our Cumberland Charter Yachts' vessels.  Pop by and say hello. Cumberland’s stand number is M33 in the Marina. It is set to be a massive show!

International Convention Centre Sydney & Cockle Bay Marina
Thursday 1st - Monday 5th August 2019 Halls & Marina open 10am - 7pm

For more information on the show click here


To purchase tickets click here https://bit.ly/2GmTmA3

Top Tips for Anchoring

The Great Barrier Reef offers visitors stunning vistas - both above and below the water, but it contains some very fragile environments.

By taking a little extra care when anchoring and using moorings where available, you will help protect this delicate underwater 'landscape'.

The key to good anchoring is preparation and slow maneuvering. If the anchor does not set, just go around and restart the maneuver. There is no shame in starting again! 

TIP: If you need to do a second go around make sure the anchor is not dragging in the water as it can damage the bow. Pull it up snug to the bow roller so that it is ready to be deployed again. 

Try to arrive at your anchorage relatively early, with enough light to locate potential reefs and other hazards. Besides, if you get somewhere too late, and for some reason you cannot anchor (no room left for example), you need to have extra time to go somewhere else before nightfall.


When Anchoring your Vessel

·  Examine the area before anchoring to find the best location

·  Anchor in sand or mud away from corals

·  Anchor away from fragile or sensitive areas including bird and turtle nesting areas, Indigenous heritage sites  and shipwrecks

·  Anchor your boat a safe distance away from other boats

·  Look out for the safety of people in the water when dropping your anchor

·  Never wrap the anchor rope or chain around bommies or large coral heads

·  If anchoring ashore, carefully place the anchor to minimize shore and coastal damage

·  If anchoring overnight, anchor before nightfall and double check the swing room

·  Carry enough chain and line for the depth you want to anchor in

·  Use the correct anchor for your situation and environment

·  Retrieve the anchor when the line is vertical

·  If the anchor is caught on the reef, free it by hand wherever possible

·  Do not force the anchor free by motoring forward

·  Use only as much chain as you need to hold the vessel, without compromising safety

·  Keep watch to make sure the anchor isn't dragging

·  Motor towards the anchor when hauling it in


Immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most unique experiences in the Whitsundays, with the amazing marine life, pristine waters and beaches, bush walks and secret diving spots. Visit the Whitsundays and experience the wonders of the Whitsunday for yourself! https://www.luxuryyachtswhitsundays.com/

The Whitsundays is Flourishing

The Whitsunday region is flourishing with the recent reopening of the exclusive Hayman Island Resort and the refurbishment and reopening of the iconic Daydream Island, after both of these Islands sustained significant damage from Cyclone Debbie in March 2017.

Daydream Island took the full brunt of Debbie and it has taken millions of dollars and a lot of time to rebuild.

It’s a buoyant  time in the Whitsundays including the redevelopment of a few iconic hotels on the mainland in Airlie Beach as well as 6.3 million dollars spent on the Airlie Beach Foreshore Revitalisation works that were funded by the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments under Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements. The Airlie Beach Foreshore is an important feature of the Whitsunday region for tourists and locals alike. It is valued for its beautiful bay and island views, relaxing lagoon and regular markets, festivals and events.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler believes the Whitsundays is definitely back on the map for holiday makers. “It no secret that our region has had a tough 18 months however seeing all these redevelopments come to fruition over the past couple months and with many more still to come it really is reinvigorating our region; this is an exciting time for the Whitsundays!” (Quote from TW CEO Media Release July 5, 2019 Tourism Whitsundays) https://bit.ly/2XuzwZ5

There are plenty of beautiful places to stay in the Whitsundays including on the water on a bareboat charter. Immerse yourself in one of Australia’s most unique experiences in the Whitsundays, with the amazing marine life, pristine waters and beaches, bush walks and secret diving spots. Visit the Whitsundays and experience the wonders of the Whitsunday for yourself! http://www.ccy.com.au/

Reef Festival, Airlie Beach Race Week and Hamilton Island Race Week

August will be the month of all the action on the water in the Whitsundays starting with Whitsunday Reef Festival .

The vibrant coastal town of Airlie Beach will come alive in August, as the Whitsunday Reef Festival hits town. The annual favourite festival, is a delicious combination of family fun, community events, all-night celebrations, food, fireworks and one of the biggest street parties in the north.The festival, now in its 18th year, is themed Heart of the Reef, and celebrates the lifestyle in the Whitsundays, on the edge of the Coral Sea, in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef. Read more here http://www.whitsundayreeffestival.com.au/

Following the Reef Festival is The Airlie Beach Race Week (ABRW) Festival of Sailing. ABRW is recognised Australia-wide as a vibrant and exciting week of action, mixing six days of spectacular sailing with seven nights of free entertainment on shore. Most of the off-water action takes place at the Whitsunday Sailing Club August 8-15, with the exception of a Family Fun Day at Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill on Tuesday, August 13. Organisers are expecting around 130 entries for Airlie Beach Race Week 2019, bringing with them over 2,200 crew and followers. https://abrw.com.au/

Hamilton Island Race Week is one of Australia’s favourite yachting events and a firm fixture on the international sailing calendar. Competitors, family and friends come together to enjoy the atmosphere and unique camaraderie of the event’s on-water and off-water carnival. Every August, spectators and yachties from around the globe sail to Hamilton Island for Hamilton Island Race Week - Australia’s largest offshore keelboat regatta.

For more information click on this link https://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au/ for race schedules click here https://www.hamiltonislandraceweek.com.au/on-water-events/race-schedule

Whales of The Whitsundays

The whales have arrived early in the Whitsunday waters as part of their annual migration journey north.

Tourism Whitsundays CEO Tash Wheeler believes in the Whitsundays charter hire is the best opportunity for tourists to our region to meet our annual visitors.

“The whale migration season is such a special time in the Whitsundays. So many of our tourists come back from their week on the water having witnessed these majestic creatures playing in the warm turquoise Whitsunday waters. Every trip on a boat during this season could be a whale watching tour”

Every year from June to September, whales migrate north from the Antarctic and make their way to the Whitsundays to utilise the regions warm waters to give birth, socialise and to mate.

The Whitsundays waters are ideal for these majestic animals as the waters are protected, shallow and warm. Which is the perfect setting for the birth of their calves and make a fantastic nursery as the little ones wait for their blubber to grow before moving back down to the freezing Antarctic waters.

All vessels are briefed on whale safety and cautions whilst enjoying the marine park.
Sightings of water spouts and tail slaps are common place at this time of year but a full breach is a rare and beautiful sight. These graceful creatures are here to give birth and protect their young calf, always approach inlets with caution as whales will rest on the surface, many of our clients have come eye to eye with the amazing and exquisite mammals.

Don't delay book your bareboat charter and Go Bareboating with the whales.


Luxury Yachts Whitsundays Top 10 List of best snorkelling spots in the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays offers excellent snorkelling all year round with warm waters and great visibility. Snorkel all year round with average water temps of 23oC in winter and up to 27oC in summer. Our Experienced Bareboat briefing staff will give you loads of information to make your boating adventure a trip of a lifetime! We have loads of snorkelling gear supplied free of charge for adults and children on board, as well as stinger suits, kayaks and paddle boards for hire.

LYW recommendations ;

1. Cockatoo Point located at Stonehaven bay near Hayman Island

2. Hook passage

3. Pit Stop bay located at the Eastern side of Border Island

4. Chalkies Beach ( Eastern end of the beach)

5. Mantaray Bay is great for snorkelling, has heaps of fish including some long-time local Maori Wrasse that will always so hello!

6. Luncheon Bay

7. Butterfly Bay (Hook Island) has a diverse range of soft and hard corals spread over a large patch of fringing reef.

Best snorkelling to be found along the western reef ledge deep into the bay. 

8. Cateran Bay near Border Island -The coral is relatively shallow making for easy snorkelling at this site.

9. Black Island located near Hayman Island

10. Key Hole near Stone Haven

Here is a link to Tourism Whtsundays recent blog post on Day Dream Islands Marine Biologist Jonny Gaskell top 5 picks in the Whitsundays. It’s an interesting read and some top spots overlap with CCY’s recommendations. https://www.tourismwhitsundays.com.au/blog/entry/gobareboating-the-the

Book your bareboat charter today and experience some of these top spots yourself!! Jump straight off your boat and swim over the reef, or swim straight off the beach to the fringing coral reefs and experience marine life upclose and personal!

#lyw #lovewhitsundays #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #cumberlandcharteryachts #GObareboating #explore #wow  #adventure



New addition to the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays fleet

Looking for the perfect luxury family getaway, surrounded by pristine waters and islands?

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays is eagerly awaiting the arrival of its newest vessel the Helia 44 - ‘Elandra’. The Helia is currently in Brisbane. The LYW team we'll be heading down at the end of this month to sail her up the east coast to her new home in the Whitsundays.

Boasting 4 double cabins each enjoying its own private bathroom and separate shower, the Helia 44 is perfect for a group of friends or family allowing privacy and space at the same time. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep anytime knowing the air-conditioning is there if you need it.

The recessed mast ensures 360 degree views from the saloon to enjoy the beautiful surrounds of the Whitsunday islands and beautiful natural light throughout its spacious interior.

Enjoy alfresco dinning outdoors and Island under the sheltered outside dining area with single level lounge space either side of the table.

This elegant and luxuriously appointed catamaran also delivers a dynamic performance at sea.

The Helia is open for bookings and available for charter from August 2019.

Have a browse of our website for detailed information including specifications, availability and pricing, also provisioning can be handled through our website.

For your convenience you can order provisioning online, and choose from platters, easy plan meals, partial packages or full packages leaving nothing forgotten. Every item is inspected to ensure only the best produce is delivered to your bareboat and they'll even deliver a re-provision of produce to your bareboat out at the islands for charters of 7 days or more meaning you don't have to come back in to port.

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays Loyalty Program

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays have been operating over 30 years with many of our charterers returning time and again with friends and family. As a way to say thank you to our customers, we automatically offer:

  1. Preferential rates on future charters for all guests on board our bareboats

  2. Notifications of any special offers

  3. A welcome hamper on your next bareboat packed with yummy local produce

All you need to do is remind us you have chartered with Cumberland Charter Yachts when you make your next enquiry and we'll take care of the rest.

We look forward to speaking to you soon.

From the team at Luxury Yachts Whitsundays

Border Island Walking Track & Lookout - Now Open!

Earlier this year, Queensland Parks and Wildlife announced new walking tracks for a Langford Island walking track being completed and open for public use, along with the news that there were 2 more walks and lookouts planned for Haselwood Island and Border Island, plus the expansion of a third lookout platform at Hill Inlet.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service announced last Friday that the Border Island walk and lookout is now complete. Accessed from Cataran Bay to the north, the 500m, Class 3, stepped track is suitable for people with some bushwalking experience and will be enhanced with interpretive signage in the coming months. Allow one hour to take on the steep ascent before meandering along the island’s saddle of native grassland to enjoy diverse views from each of the lookouts. 


Over the past few months, construction has been underway at the lookouts for Hill Inlet. The works are almost complete for a third viewing platform and an extension of the first lookout platform. They are scheduled to be complete by 30 October, pending favourable weather conditions.  

The upgrades are part of the Whitsunday Islands Investment Package, an initiative to improve tourism and recreation opportunities post TC Debbie. Access to a viewing platform will remain available at all times. 

With amazing beaches, lookouts, and snorkelling to do in the Whitsundays, bushwalks add more options to do on your bareboat holiday, allowing you to really immerse yourself in true Whitsunday style.

Book a bareboat charter with Luxury Yachts Whitsundays and start exploring what this amazing region can offer you on your holiday.

Preparing For Your Bareboat Charter

Once you've booked your charter, listed all your crew, booked any water sport equipment you might like, decided on the type of insurance to purchase, organised your provisioning and booked your flights and airport or ferry transfers, you'd think there wouldn't be much else to do in preparation for your charter apart from turning up on the day of your departure. While all vessels are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable holiday, there are a few more things that need to be done before you set sail.


Arrive at the Luxury Yachts Whitsundays office at 8:30am. Settle any outstanding payments with our reservations team, organise stinger suits with us and we'll introduce you to your Briefer. They will arrange a trolley for you to load your luggage and other items in to and take you to your bareboat to start your briefing. At this time, they'll also take you to Aqua Dive to get you fitted with your snorkeling equipment.


Shortly after arrival, your Briefer will take you downstairs to Aqua Dive where everyone will get fitted with their snorkeling equipment.


Only the 2 most experienced people need to sit in on the briefing which can take between 3 - 4 hours. You will be taken through the vessel and shown everything you need to know to operate it safely; how to turn the engines on, bilge pumps, light switches, safety procedures etc and if you have hired a sailing catamaran, some practical skills just outside the marina including hoisting sails, tacking/jibing, picking up a mooring and dropping/raising the anchor. The rest of the crew can occupy themselves in town, or go to the supermarket to do your provisioning if you haven't already arranged it with loca lprovisioning companies who will deliver the food to your boat for you.


It is a good idea to know the size of the fridges and freezers on the boat you have hired so that you can plan your meals accordingly and it's always best to pack the food first for meals later in the charter so that you're not pulling everything out to get to items you need on days 1 & 2. If you decided to use the local provisioning companies and are chartering for 7+ days, they will re-provision and deliver fresh food to you at a convenient anchorage at a nearby island. Saves you having to come back in to Abell Point or go to Hamilton Island to stock up on more food!


Once your captain and first mate have completed the briefing and you've got your food and snorkeling equipment, you are ready to set sail! Soon after you've left the marina, you'll make a quick radio call to our base to make sure the communication lines are working clearly and once done, you're ready to make your way to your first stop. We'll then be in touch with you twice a day, morning and afternoon, to give you an updated weather forecast and check what your plans are for the day.

Call us today on 1800 075 101 and we can help you find the perfect boat for your next holiday. Or, go online and check our rates and boat availability.

$100 million renovation for Hayman Island and new management agreement with IHG

Announced in July this year, the Whitsundays will be home to a new era of luxury with the signing of a management agreement that will see Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) manage Hayman Island, rebranding it as Hayman Island by Intercontinental.

Since the big announcement, IHG have recently revealed a sneak peak into what the iconic resort will look like when it opens in early 2019 after a major refurbishment in excess of $100 million.

Newly appointed resort manage, Mark Eletr, who has been at the helm of luxury properties for over 20 years, says the investment will go beyond repairing damage dome by Cyclone Debbie, which was the cause of the closure of the resort when it tore through the region in early 2017.

When it opens on July 1, 2019, the resort will unveil two new-build residences, increasing the overall capacity for guests from 160 rooms to 166 including a three-bedroom Beach House featuring three private pools and direct beach access, as well as 16 new retreat rooms.

All resort pools are being refurbished, while new food and beverage concepts are being introduced, including a pan-Asian Pool Club and Italian restaurant but will retain some of the resorts iconic features such as the signature restaurant 'Pacific'.

“Pacific is something that will stay front and centre, but will have a modern Australian slant to it,” he says. “Bar Fifty will feature cocktails that were served 40 or 50 years ago if we can find the menus.”

InterContinental will also introduce a new wellness concept to the resort, extending the facilities to offer visiting specialists and yoga, alongside traditional spa and beauty treatments.

Eletr says the completed resort will embody Australian luxury and quality.

“When we open next year, I think you’re going to see Hayman the best it’s ever been,” he says.

It is not known yet if guests other than those staying at the resort, including those doing a bareboat charter, will be permitted on to the island to use the resort facilities or not.

Contact us today about chartering a bareboat around the beautiful Whitsundays.

Call 1800 075 101, or email cruise@ccy.com.au 

Notice to all guests of Luxury Yachts Whitsundays

Dear Guests of Luxury Yachts Whitsundays,

In light of the recent shark incidents that have occurred in the Whitsundays, Luxury Yachts Whitsundays would like to personally assure that our guest’s health and safety, along with your enjoyment, is paramount to our business. 

While the incidents this week are very rare and unfortunate, it is a reminder that exploring the spectacular natural beauty of the ocean does pose risks.

We advise all current and future guests that they are not permitted to swim at Cid Harbour off Whitsunday Island until further notice.

Furthermore, we offer this safety advice to guests entering the water:
• DO NOT swim directly from the back of the boat.
• DO NOT swim at dusk or dawn.
• Never swim at night. 
• Always snorkel in buddie pairs.
• Do not dispose of food scraps or fish carcasses from fishing into the ocean.
• Do not swim in murky water.

Cid Harbour, while a good sheltered anchorage, is not a known or popular swimming/snorkelling destination in the Whitsundays and well away from the popular destinations in the Whitsundays for which it is famous for.

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS) is aware that sharks move in and out of the area around Cid Harbour.

Sharks are possibly attracted to the Cid Harbour area by the large number of vessels which anchor overnight and the behaviour of disposing of food or fishing scraps overboard. This is a practice both CCY and the Department of Environment and Science discourages. 

The Department of Environment and Science are managing the situation and fisheries are patrolling the area. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any concerns. 

Management & Crew at Luxury Yachts Whitsundays.