Whitsunday Islands skipper yourself bareboat holidays.


Whitsunday Escape wins GOLD at the Australian Tourism Awards!

Whitsunday Escape is thrilled to announce that we won the GOLD Award for Unique Accommodation at the Australian Tourism Awards on 7 February 2014! Our commitment to ongoing excellence has seen us receive many awards over the years, but this is the big one! 

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Whitsunday Escape specialising in skipper yourself bareboat charters

A bareboat charter sailing holiday in the Whitsundays is an experience of a lifetime for some, an annual holiday for others. Enjoy the freedom to cruise around the Whitsunday Islands at your own pace, planning your own itinerary and activities. You can tailor your Whitsunday sailing holiday to be the way you want it.

Whitsunday Escape has the largest fleet of bareboats in the Whitsundays. We offer a wide range of yachts, sailing catamarans, and powerboats, suitable for 2 - 12 people; and with the power option you don’t have to have sailing experience to enjoy a boating holiday in the Whitsundays.

You can only book a Whitsunday Escape charter boat directly with us, so give us a call or make an online enquiry today!  

What is a bareboat?

A 'bareboat' is a charter boat that comes without a skipper and crew. When you hire a bareboat, you become the skipper, and skipper the boat yourself and your friends and family become the crew. This gives you the flexibility to choose where you go and when, without a timetable and any other passengers.

Whitsunday Escape can also provide the services of a sail guide to teach you the ropes for a day, or to be your guide for the duration of your sailing holiday. 

So what does the boat come with?

The boats are not bare at all! Whitsunday Escape boats are all customized and fully equipped for extended cruising in the tropics. Standard equipment on all boats includes a well-equipped galley (kitchen), refrigeration, bathroom facilities, hot and cold water, TV & DVD, IPod connections, linen, snorkelling gear, cockpit shade, good ventilation, cabin fans and a rigid inflatable dinghy with a 6 hp outboard motor.

You just need to bring the things you would bring if you were staying in a self-contained apartment. 

The Whitsunday Escape charter base

Our modern fleet of 32 boats is conveniently located at Abell Point Marina in Airlie Beach, the ‘Gateway to the Whitsundays’. The marina offers easy boarding, a dive shop for scuba gear hire, a liquor store, a restaurant and a small convenience store. Abell Point Marina is within a five minute walk of the town centre and is a short taxi ride from two large supermarkets. 

Select your perfect boating holiday from one of our Sailing Yachts, Sailing Catamarans, Power Cruisers and Power Catamarans.

35 to 50 ft

33 to 43 ft

33 to 35 ft

33 to 44 ft

The Whitsunday Islands


The Whitsunday Islands are situated at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on the north east tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. The islands are approximately 1,100 kilometres north of Brisbane and 700 kilometres south of Cairns.

There are 74 islands within the Whitsunday group. The tropical islands are fringed with coral reefs, white beaches and feature numerous secure anchorages and the outer Great Barrier Reef provides protection from ocean swells. 

Cruising time between anchorages is, in most cases, less than two hours. The reef and islands all form part of the vast Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and, as such, the sea-life and wildlife are protected and fishing is restricted in some areas. 

Six resorts are scattered throughout the Whitsunday Islands. Most welcome visiting yachts, offering evening entertainment, dining, and the use of their facilities.

Getting around our website

Each cabin of every vessel in our fleet can be easily viewed. Simply click on the respective category, Sailing Yachts, Sailing Catamarans, Power Cruisers or Power Catamarans and select the vessel of your choice for a full size layout and detailed spec information. You will find a photo gallery at the bottom of each vessel’s page with between 9-12 photos. All photos are expandable with a double click of the mouse.

Prices are in the 'Charter Rates' section of the web site. The various seasons will appear on the bottom of that page. We have Season Specials running most of the year for bookings of 6 or more nights. From the 'Charter Rates' page you can also access each boat page by clicking on the boat style.

Information on getting to the Whitsundays and planning your holiday can be found on the How to Escape page.

A Whitsunday Island map including aerial photos of a number of anchorages is on the Islands & Anchorages page.

General information on bareboat chartering and the Whitsundays is under our Info...Info...Info... link. Topics vary from tips on navigation to resort accommodation. And if our website can't answer your question, or you would just prefer to talk to one of our knowledgeable staff, please give us a call or send us an online enquiry. We're only too happy to help.