Frequently asked questions
Minimum night charters
One Hundred Magic Miles
Payment terms and conditions
Responsible Reef Practices
Selecting a boat
Stand up paddle boards
Travelling to the Whitsundays
Vessel damage waiver
VHF radio schedules
Airport transfers by shuttle or bus, can be arranged for you. Let us know your flight details, how many people in the party and your drop off point and we will book the airport transfers for you.
Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach
To ensure "smooth sailing" please ensure you arrive at our base "ready to go" at 8:30am. That is; you have done all your provisioning, dropped off the hire car etc. Your Briefer will provide a trolley cart for you to load your luggage into and take to your bareboat where you will begin your induction. Your briefing is divided into three parts; the area brief, boat brief and practical assessment. The area brief covers safety, navigation and Whitsunday Marine Park regulations to ensure you are aware of the charter limits of your vessel and are informed of your responsibilities in the marine park. The boat brief covers the function of the various systems on the boat as well as the location of the safety equipment, while The practical assessment covers anchoring and sailing techniques.The combined briefings will take 3-4 hours depending on your experience level.
Hamilton Island Marina, Hamilton Island
Your briefing is divided into three parts; the area brief, boat brief and practical assessment. The area brief covers safety, navigation and Whitsunday Marine Park regulations to ensure you are aware of the charter limits of your vessel and are informed of your responsibilities in the marine park. The boat brief covers the function of the various systems on the boat as well as the location of the safety equipment, while the practical assessment covers anchoring and sailing techniques.The combined briefings will take 3-4 hours depending on your experience level.
If you are flying into Hamilton Island, Cumberland Charter Yachts can deliver your bareboat to Hamilton Island for an additional fee of $495 (one way). Your briefing at Hamilton Island commences at 11:30am on board your bareboat, unless otherwise arranged with Cumberland Charter Yachts. The fee includes the delivery of your bareboat by your Briefer, your briefing, as well as an overnight berth at Hamilton Island if you choose to stay in the marina on your first night or if your flight arrival means you aren't able to commence your briefing at 11:30am. The combined briefings will take 3-4 hours depending on your experience level. All bareboats must be at their first anchorage by 4pm.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days prior to departure date a $250.00 administration fee will apply. Cancellations between 89 - 60 days, the full $1,000 deposit will be forfeited. Cancellations 59 days prior to charter no monies will be refunded unless an alternative booking for the same charter period and vessel occurs.
Cancellation fees for skippered charters vary depending on the vessel. Please enquire within.
Hertz, Budget Car & Truck Rental and Avis car rental have depots at Whitsunday Coast Airport (Proserpine) and Airlie Beach, while Europcar, We Do Cars & Scooters and Gypsy Car Rentals have depots in Airlie Beach only.
It is free to park your car in the main street of Airlie Beach, however there are time and day restrictions in place. Most shopping centres offer free parking except Woolworths in Airlie Beach of which there is a fee after 2 hours. The middle car park and the lagoon car park is paid parking as is Abell Point Marina. Prices vary from car park to car park. Abell Point Marina is $10/24 hours.
Cumberland Charter Yachts are an eco-tourism accredited company and sailing in the Whitsundays is considered a minimal emissions impact holiday, however, your travel to the Whitsundays and the small amount of fuel you will use during your charter, you may like to offset with. Greenfleet and Climate Friendly are two organisations you can offset your carbon footprint with.
1. Prices listed are in Australian Dollars. Prices, vessels and conditions are correct at time of entry and are subject to change without notice. Please check when booking.
2. Charter Rate Includes - All linen, crockery and cutlery, dinghy and outboard and snorkeling gear.
3. Payment Terms – A $1000 deposit is required to hold your booking. You have 7 days to change your mind before the deposit becomes non refundable.4. Prior to departure a non refundable Vessel Damage Waiver is required to be paid Monohulls $35 / Catamarans $55 per night.(minimum $150 and capped at $500) 5. Environmental Management Charges of $32.00 per person for the length of the trip.
Conditions for hire
All vessels are fully equipped with all the cooking utensils and crockery needed to prepare and enjoy your meals. For a full list of items on board, click here.
All vessels are subject to operational area limits. These limits are, NORTH to George Point including Hayman Island. EAST to Harold Island including Border Island. SOUTH to Cape Conway including the North Western side of Shaw Island. Area limits may be amended based on weather conditions.
Cumberland Charter Yachts are an accredited eco-tourism company, backed by a strong, well managed commitment to sustainable practices, providing high quality nature-based tourism experiences that benefits local communites, culture and heritage, while minimisiung the impacts on the environment. is dedicated to Eco tourism promoting sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture, and heritage and minimise impacts on the environment.
An Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $19.50 & Administrative Fee of $12.50 totalling $32 per person is payable prior to entering the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Environmental Management Charge (EMC)
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.
Fishing is a great Whitsunday past time that allows you to spend time with friends on the water and have fun. Some areas of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park are protected green zones, meaning it is a 'no take' area with activities such as fishing or collecting marine life not allowed, so it is important that you understand and adopt responsible fishing practices while on your bareboat charter around the islands of the Whitsundays. Your brifer will explain the zoning map of the Whitsundays.
Your bareboat is given to you full of fuel. At the end of the charter, you will be charged for what fuel was used, just like hiring a rental car. Fuel can be paid for at the fuel dock.
Each vessel is supplied with tender and 6hp outboard. A flat rate of $35 per charter is applied for outboard fuel and LPG (gas) used for the stove and BBQ.
Airlie Beach and the Whitsundays are at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, extending north as far as the Torres Strait and as far south as Lady Elliot and Fraser Island. It covers an area of 344,400m2 and has over 1,600 fish species living in it.
Cumberland Charter Yachts vessels are not surveyed and therefore permitted to be taken to the outer reef, however there is fringing coral reef around most of islands and is still considered to be part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park offering spectacular snorkelling. Day trips with tour operators visit the outer Great Barrier Reef and we can offer you advice on the best way to arrange this during your bareboat charter or you may decide to do it after your charter
Great Barrier Reef
Relating to Dent Passage off Hamilton Island airport runway and the flight path caution to vessels, charterers are advised during the brief and aknowledge by signing a charter brief that vessels transiting Dent Passage off the western end of the Hamilton Island airport runway are cautioned about frequent day and night aircraft movements.
Vessels with an overall height greater than eight (8) metres are advised to keep clear of the flight path zone during aircraft movements.
Hamilton Island Airport
Charterers can book a berth at Hamilton Island marina and use the resort facilities, dine in restaurants, shop at souvinere shops, and explore the island. Berths are $20 per hour up to 4 hours (minimum 2 hours) or $125 overnight. A berth over Christmas and New Year is $300 per night. To pick up the boat at Hamilton Island, or drop it off at Hamilton Island, it is $495 (one way). Please advise us if you require a berth and we will arrange it for you.
Hamilton Island marina
You can depart on, or return from your charter on any day of the year except Christmas day. The Cumberland Charter Yachts office, provisioning companies, shops, bottle shops and some restaurants is open every day of the year except Christmas day.
Holidays (public & school)
It is perfectly safe to bring an infant on a bareboating holiday. However small it may be, by law it must be included in the passenger list and therefore count towards the maximum passenger allowance on board. If you require a cot for your baby, you can hire baby equipment at affordable prices through Airlie Beach Baby Hire. Please consider the space the cot will take up on board and let our friendly Reservations team know you have a baby that will require a cot so they can ensure the most suitable vessel is offered to you
Our bareboats are not fitted with wi-fi modems, however there is reasonable coverage by Telstra and Optus on the western side of Hook and Whitsunday islands and Hamilton Island. Vodafone also has coverage but is very limited in the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach in general. You can check each providers coverage map on their respective websites to find out exactly how much coverage there is.
We offer complimentary wi-fi in the Cumberland Charter Yachts office as do some restaurants and bars in Airlie Beach