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5 night island $722
7 day mainland $2189

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How to get there?

If you are arriving by car we are only 20 minutes from the Bruce Highway. Just take the well-marked turn off at Proserpine, and follow the signs. Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) is the closest airport to Airlie Beach. There are shuttle transfers available from here into Airlie Beach. Let us know if you need to organise these. For those arriving at Hamilton Island, there are frequent ferry departures to the mainland or you can charter a vessel from Hamilton Island.

Our office is 259 Shute Harbour Road, the first Information Centre as you enter town. You will be able to collect your vouchers from our office if you arrive the day before. For those arriving on the day of charter you will go directly to the Abel Point Marina to meet with your briefer.

What to bring

To relax in the tropical climate clothes need to be cool and comfortable. Casual is the way to go. Add something a little smarter if you are planning to visit one of the resorts. In the winter evenings you may need something a little warmer. Space is limited onboard, so please do not bring too much and ideally pack in a soft bag. Your vessel is fully equipped for cooking and sleeping, with snorkelling gear and spray jackets also provided.

Commencement of Charter

You will be able to collect your vouchers from our office if you arrive the day before, also receive directions to the marina. For those arriving on the day of charter commencement, you will need to go directly to meet with your briefer. As a service to our charterers, we do endeavour to start the briefings at 9.30am on day of departure. Please return the charter documents and notify us of your arrival details as soon as possible to ensure an early start.

Inclusions & Exclusions

Your charter vessel, whether motor or sail, is equipped with everything you will need except food.
Included - dinghy with outboard motor, all bedding and linen, towels etc, all crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils, gas cookers, refrigeration systems, rail mounted gas BBQ's, snorkelling equipment (fins, mask and snorkel only), all safety and navigation gear and a comprehensive briefing.
Excluded - Port charges at resort islands and marinas, reef tax, fuel for the vessel, security bond, damage waiver, fuel bond (motor only), food and beverages, relocation fees, any hire equipment you may require (children's lifejackets, windsurfers, sailboards etc), fishing equipment and travel insurance.

Parking your car

Abel Point Marina provides a free open-air car park at the marina, however space is limited. Alternately we offer undercover secure parking facility from $12.50 per day. They will collect your car once unloaded at the marina and upon your return, they will have your car waiting for you. Bookings are essential.

Sleeping Aboard your vessel

As a service to our clients, we can by prior arrangement offer you your vessel the night before charter - subject to availability. This vessel will be made available to you at about 4.00pm that afternoon. A staff member will 'run through' the vessel with you and a time will be organised the next morning for the remainder of the briefing. Payment for this is due with the balance of the charter fee 60 days prior.

Radio Contact and Mobile Phone Coverage

All the vessels come equipped with a VHF marine radio. This is manned daily from 8.00am to 5.00pm. If you require assistance outside these times, a locally manned station will assist. Mobile phones work in the Whitsunday area quite well if you have 'line of sight' to the mainland or Hamilton Island.

Booking or Inquiry



When making a bareboat enquiry please indicate your preferred dates and number of guests in your party, together with your vessel preference... i.e. monohull or catamaran... power or sail... etc.
We will then access the entire Whitsundays Fleet and locate the most suitable package at today's latest discount rate. We will then send you photos, layout, prices and availability that is best suited to your request.

Reservation Details

Once you have chosen your preferred vessel and there is availability a deposit is required within 14 days to confirm. This can either be completed by forwarding you a reservation form for credit card details or you can do a direct deposit into our account. Payment in full is then required 60 days prior to arrival.
NB a 1.5% handling fee is applicable for any credit card payments.

On receipt of your deposit we will forward you a pre charter kit with charter details, agreement forms and further information. These forms need to be completed and return to us within 21 days.


When cancelling a charter we need to be notified, in writing, with more than 60 days notice before the commencement of your charter. This will incur the loss of your deposit.

Within the 60days of charter the full charter fee will remain payable and due unless we are able to obtain an alternative reservation.

After paying a deposit we recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover any cancellation fees. Let your consultant know and they will be able to forward you a policy with your information pack.


Provisioning is one of the most important essentials for a delightful bareboat charter. As you are cruising the Whitsunday Islands you need to ensure your experience is complemented with a good selection of food and drinks.

There are two alternatives for provisioning, either a pre provisioning pack or doing the shopping yourself. There is a local Bi-Lo Supermarket, which is open 7 days a week and only a short distance from the marina. Beverages can also be purchased from the local bottle shop either at the marina or at the local shopping centre. As for provisioning packages we offer a range of partial standard to full gourmet and even a self-select list to make sure everything you need is onboard.

The full standard provisioning gives you three full meals a day, as well as snacks and morning and afternoon tea. Where a charter exceeds eight days we will automatically re-provision your vessel on the sixth day. This ensures a fresh supply of fruit, vegetables, dairy products and meat. Special dietary requirements or special requests are also taken into consideration. Please give advance notice so we can order in the items you require, as some items are not readily available in North Queensland.

Partial provisioning is also available. This is great if you wish to dine at some of the island resort restaurants or cook up the 'catch of the day'. Partial provisioning will supply you with all your breakfasts, lunches, snacks and morning and afternoon teas, however a portion of your evening meals will not be supplied.

Beverages can also be ordered. There is a comprehensive stock of beers, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

All provisioning is packed onboard the vessel on the morning of your departure.

Provisioning Package Prices

Package Type 2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5 pax 6 pax 7 pax 8-10 pax
Partial Standard $31 $30 $29 $28 $27 $26 $26
Full Standard $35 $34 $33 $32 $31 $30 $29
Partial Gourmet $44 $43 $42 $41 $40 $39 $38
Full Gourmet $47 $46 $45 $44 $43 $42 $41
Kids Package $20 per child, per day - (only supplied with a minimum of 2 adult packages)

**Minimum order of 2 passengers for 5 days per package**

Standard Suggestions

Breakfast Pure fruit juice, fresh tropical fruit, fruit yoghurt, omelettes, bacon and eggs, cereals, grilled sausage and tomato, toast with vegemite or marmalade, rolls, tea and coffee.
Lunch Cold meat platters with barbecued chicken, leg ham, salami and pastrami, avocado salad, ham and asparagus rolls, continental salad, salmon or tuna salad, banana prawn and salad, hamburgers, hotdogs, crusty bread and fresh fruit
Dinner Rib filet with baked potatoes and salad.Pork loin chops with applesauce, fried rice and garden salad.Chicken kebab with satay sauce on a bed of rice with vegetablesT-Bone steaks with jacket potatoes, asparagus spears, salad and crusty rolls.Spaghetti bolognaise topped with grated cheese.Lamb loin chops with mint sauce, garden vegetables and creamed potato.Reef fish fillets baked in foil or grilled on the BBQ with baked potatoes, peas and fresh salad.Chicken drumsticks marinated in teriyaki, with vegetables or salad and rice.Lamb kebabs marinated in red wine and garlic, with baked potatoes and salad.
Children As well as received some of the meals included with the adults several of the following items could be included in the children's package. Chicken nuggets with sweet and sour sauce, hamburgers, fish fingers with tartare sauce, spaghetti bolognaise, two-minute noodles, party pies, hotdogs, tuna, cheese sticks, popper drinks, yogo's and fruit tubs.
Teas A selection of sweet biscuits and cake, together with your choice of Lipton's tea or Nescafe coffee
Daytime Snacks An assortment of fresh fruit and pure fruit juices
Pre Dinner Snacks Biscuits and assorted cheese, salami, pepperoni, pickled onions, salsa, pate, potato chips, stuffed olives, corn chips, dips and a variety of selected nuts
Sweet Snacks After dinner mints, mini chocolate bars.
Desserts Cheesecake, chocolate Bavarian, fruit pies, pancake mix, fresh fruit for salad or canned fruit with cream or custard topping.
Please Note Quantities and varieties are dependent on number of passengers and number of days cruising. Seasonal variations may apply.


Other Costs

Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)

The Environmental Charge is given to the management agency (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority) and assists with the management of the World Heritage Listed Marine Park. This fee is payable on arrival and is applicable to passengers onboard over the age of 4. This charge is $20 per person.

Vessel Security Bond, Fuel Bond and Damage Waiver

Before departure you will need to pay either a security bond of $1000 or a non-refundable damage waiver. The bond is not processed but held on authorisation from you for the duration of the charter. This authorisation is then destroyed on return, providing the vessel is returned clean and without loss or damage. The damage waiver is non-refundable and covers minor loss and damaged items on the vessel as per insurable items from the charter agreement.

Hamilton Island and Hayman Island Relocation Fees

We can deliver your vessel to Hamilton Island or Hayman Island marinas upon request - this is subject to berthing availability and must be pre booked. Please phone or email us to discuss the charges involved. If you are having your charter vessel relocated, all monies must be pre paid (reef tax, provisioning etc)

Mid - Charter Re-provisioning, Fuelling etc

For extended charters of 8 nights or more you will need to return to port approximately half way through your charter for more fuel, fresh linen, water and more food. If you have pre ordered your food you will receive the remainder at this time. This is to be done at the Abel Point Marina. Should you decide to do your mid charter other than Abel Point Marina (Hamilton Island) you can obtain water, fuel and use laundry facilities on the island. Provisioning can also be arranged for collection from Hamilton Island, charges will apply for this service.

Island Moorings

Hayman Island
The exclusive resort of Hayman is one of the Leading Hotels in the World and the ultimate in island living. Australian bushland flows into tropical palm fringed beaches. Shady ponds and gentle waterfalls thread their way among beautiful gardens and spacious walkways. The feeling of modern tropical elegance prevails. If you wish to visit this resort be sure to book in advance, as the number of boating visitors per day are extremely limited. They are also particular about the conduct and dress of their guests. Day berths only (10am - 3pm) available to visit this breathtaking resort, but if you want to stay for the evening, accommodation must be booked on the island.
Facilities - Marina, Fuel, Water, Rubbish Disposal, Dive Shop, Nurse, Restaurants.
Cost - $95.00 per day (10am - 3pm) for the vessel and up to 4 persons $25.00 per person extra charge thereafter
NB - day guests are required to dine in one of the islands restaurants for lunch

South Molle Island
Consisting of 405 hectares of unspoilt National Park, South Molle Island is just eight kilometres from the mainland. Explore the 16 kilometres of walking track which takes you through lush forests to hilltop lookouts offering panoramic water vies of the Whitsundays. A visit to this resort is by anchorage only, on the eastern side of the jetty, leaving enough room for the large water taxis to manoeuvre.
Facilities - Golf Course, Tennis, Squash Court, Pool, Dive Shop, Nurse, Showers, Toilets, Bar and Restaurant
Cost - $22.00 per night - payable at reception
This charge is for access to the resort for all the crew No need for a booking

Long Island - Club Crocodile - Happy Bay
Club Crocodile Long Island Resort is set amidst frangipanis, coconut palms and tropical flame tree, surrounded by rainforest and Queenslands spectacular Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy two pools, a great beach and daily activities. Long Island has its own coral reef in Happy Bay, which is great for snorkelling and scuba diving or just relax in a hammock under the coconut palms.
Facilities - Laundry, Nurse, Restaurant, Dive Shop, Bar, Toilets and Showers
Cost - $44.40 per night for a mooring

Long Island - Palm Bay Hideaway Resort
Palm Bay Hideaway welcomes bare-boating guests and offers a personalised mooring service on well maintained moorings. The skipper will come out to your vessel and guide you through the passage to your mooring. Do not enter the lagoon without the pilot. If you haven't had any luck fishing yet, you may want to purchase some local fresh fish, available at the islands shop. An excellent restaurant offer some of the best cuisine in the area. A 'must see' for anyone visiting the Whitsundays.
Facilities - Restaurant, Toilets, Showers, Pool, Spa and Laundry
Cost - $120.00 per night for a mooring

Hamilton Island Resort
Hamilton Island is the largest resort in the South pacific with its own harbour and fauna park. Around the marina you will find a unique village atmosphere where you can pick up any supplies you need. There are over 85 activities to choice from on the island including windsurfing, go-carts, rifle range, golf driving ect
Facilities - General Store, Butcher, Chemist, Bakery, Nightclub, Boutique, Laundry, Pub, Post Office, Dive Shop, several Restaurants, Toilets, Showers, Doctors, Fuel and Rubbish Disposal
Cost - $66.00 per night or $5.50 per hour (through the day)

Daydream Island
There is a small marina on the North-Eastern side of the island with five moorings. You cannot anchor anywhere around the island as it is foul ground and retrieving your anchor may quickly dampen your holiday mood. The island offers a large range of activities and facilities, many are free of charge
Facilities - Out Door Movie Cinema, Tennis, Gym, Pools, Table Tennis, Water Sports, Photo Lab, hair Salon, Mini Golf, Tavern, Pool Bar, Bakery, small General Store, Restaurant and Rejuvenation Centre
Cost - $60.00 per vessel in the marina overnight $45.00 for a mooring (bookings cannot be made ahead) Radio Daydream Island Resort on Channel 16

Lindeman Island - Club Med
Lindeman Island is run by Club Mediterranean and is situated approx 5 miles south east of Hamilton Island. This is a such tropical island abound in natural beauty - both flora and fauna. Most of the island is national park, and there are some marvellous graded walking tracks through vine forests and valleys where butterflies sometimes swarm. The bird life is abundant. The resort is situated on the Southern end with 3 moorings available to the west.
Faculties - Restaurant, Bar, Golf Course, Nurse, Showers and Toilets
Cost - 11am - 3pm - $20 for a mooring (cannot book ahead) 11am - 11am - $40 for a mooring (cannot book ahead)

Club Med is an all inclusive resort, therefore the prices include meals, beer wine with lunch and dinner, golf and live theatre.

Restaurant Cost - 11am - 3pm $60 per adult, $30 per child 3pm - 8am $60 per adult, $30 per child, 11am - 11am $130 per adult, $65 per child which includes lunch, dinner and breakfast

Please Note Prices quoted are to be used as a guide only due to seasonal changes

Ideal Itinerary

A bareboat charter offers you the ultimate sailing and cruising experience. A unique way to spend time with family and friends while plotting your own course around the Whitsunday Islands and fringing reefs. Your itinerary is open and answers to none (except the weather) with options of resorts, beaches, national parks and snorkelling destinations.

Below is a sample itinerary for you…

Day One
After completing your briefing set sail across the Whitsunday passage to Nara Inlet on Hook Island. There you can go ashore and visit the Aboriginal rock paintings and waterfalls.

Day Two
Head south down the Passage to Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island. Clean unpolluted water with picturesque anchorage. Take a bush walk or sit back and enjoy this peaceful setting.

Day Three
Cruise on to Hamilton Island to enjoy all the resort facilities available including a number of restaurants, bars, pools and watersports. There is also a strip of boutique shops for those wanting to pick up some souvenirs. Hamilton Island is not just a resort it is a small village with plenty to do for the whole day.

Day Four
Take off for the world-renowned Whitehaven Beach. Explore 5km of pure white silica sand and the panoramic views from Hill Inlet Lookout. Anchor there for the night or just opposite at Chalkies Beach on Hazelwood Island.

Day Five
Take a leisurely cruise over to one of the smaller island resorts like South Molle, Daydream or Club Crocodile Long Island for cocktails on the beach, hit of tennis, mini golf and water sports. Celebrate the last night of your charter sitting on deck watching the sunset.

Day Eight
After breakfast set sial for the marina and enjoy the views of the surrounding islands. We shall then meet you upon your return and bring the yacht into the marina for you.

The Whitsundays Central Reservations Centre 259 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach, Qld, 4802, Australia
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