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May 7

What happens on the day you arrive at the marina for a charter?

There’s lots to do on the day you arrive at the marina for a bareboat charter. Find out what to expect and be prepared, to make your arrival day efficient and relaxed

Apr 10

Thank you after Cyclone Debbie

Whitsunday Escape is officially back in business, and all future charters are going ahead as planned. We would like to say a big thank you to all our customers who have been so understanding and supportive of us during this difficult time. It was a difficult few weeks, and here are some of the hurdles we have had to deal with during and after the cyclone.

Apr 9

How the Whitsunday Escape fleet of bareboats survived Cyclone Debbie

Some say we were lucky, but it was really all down to good planning and hard work. We have been in operation in the Whitsundays for over 25 years, and in that time have had many a cyclone threaten the region. No doubt Cyclone Debbie was the biggest of the lot but we were very well prepared, with cyclone plans formulated from years of experience…

Relax and enjoy the slow pace of a bareboat charter holiday with Whitsunday Escape
Mar 24

5 Reasons you should charter a bareboat in winter

5 Reasons you should take a summer break and go bareboating in the Whitsundays. 1. The average daily temperature in December goes from 24 degrees at night to 30 degrees during the day.

Kids catching fish when they go bareboating in the Whitsundayys
Mar 2

Fish recipes to cook when you go fishing and catch dinner

We often get asked if you are allowed to go fishing when on charter in the Whitsundays. Yes! You sure are. If you catch something tasty, like an emperor, coral trout, spanish mackerel, and others, you can then cook up a feast! There’s nothing quite like a freshly caught fish, that you caught yourself, cooked up within hours.

Feb 28

Fourth New Boat for 2017

NEW BOAT:  Nautitech Open 46 We now have another BRAND NEW Nautitech Open sailing catamaran. After the successful launch of the Nautitech Open 40 we now offer a BRAND NEW Nautitech Open 46. These boats are the latest in European design and the open cockpit concept is spacious and perfect for relaxing around the tropical Whitsunday […]

Whitsunday Escape Sailing Yacht Beneteau 41.1 Cockpit and Swim Platform
Dec 2

Three Brand New Boats Arriving in 2017

Not one, not two, but three brand new boats join our fleet in 2017. Who doesn’t love a new boat… all three boats are five star and a fantastic addition to the Whitsunday Escape fleet. Leopard 48 Sailing Catamaran This boat features two spacious cockpits for entertaining and both are accessible from the saloon. Sleeps […]

Whitsunday Escape bareboat sailing holioday sunbathing front catamaran islands
Nov 2

5 Reasons you should take a summer break and go bareboating in the Whitsundays

5 Reasons you should take a summer break and go bareboating in the Whitsundays. 1. The average daily temperature in December goes from 24 degrees at night to 30 degrees during the day.

Oct 3

Why is everyone so rushed these days?

What happened to the idea of taking four weeks off work and going on a really long holiday? Whether that was setting up camp in a caravan park somewhere, going on a roadtrip around the country, or just enjoying some time at home with the family. We don’t seem to do that anymore! In fact […]

UQ sailing team university games 2016
Sep 30

Whitsunday Escape sponsors University of Queensland Sailing team

This year in Perth, the University of Queensland Sailing Club blitzed the sailing events at the Uni Games. They took victory in an outstanding 18 of 24 sailing team events and were awarded gold medals as the Australian University Sport Sailing Champions, ending the University of Western Australia’s 6 year winning streak. Well done Team […]

Airlie Beach Abell Point Marina Whitsunday Escape bareboat yacht charters
Sep 30

Why you should book the Stay Aboard

Did you know when you book a sailing charter with Whitsunday Escape, you have the option to Stay Aboard the boat the night before you go for only a flat fee $200? We can also guarantee that the option to stay aboard will always be available for our charterers. It’s simply the way we operate.

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Sep 26

December is the most beautiful time to travel

Why wait until after Christmas to come for a holiday? As soon as the kids finish school (or earlier!), is the perfect time to take a bareboating holiday in the Whitsundays.

Eco Barge Bella marine debris bag
Sep 17

Become a Whitsunday Escape Reef Guardian Angel

Visiting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is a major highlight of a bareboating holiday in the Whitsundays. With your free snorkelling gear you can get down below the surface and explore the beautiful reef structures that surround all the islands. With some of the best reef in the world right here, it’s easy to […]

Jess Skarratt QLD Weekender snunset platter drinks
Sep 13

8 things to do without watching TV when you go bareboating

Or “Oh no! The TV doesn’t work out here!” That’s right, there’s no TV reception around most of the islands of the Whitsundays, because they are uninhabited. While this may alarm some, we can think of plenty of things to do of an evening on a bareboat charter instead of watching TV. Firstly, your boat will […]

Airlie Beach Hotel
Sep 9

Our favourite restaurants to dine at while bareboating in the Whitsundays

Before, during or after your epic bareboating adventure through the Whitsunday Islands, you might want to enjoy a restaurant meal. You will be doing a lot of cooking after all while you’re out there on the boat. Here are some of our recommendations on the islands, and on the mainland, that you might like to […]

Snorkel beautiful healthy coral reefs with Whitsunday Escape. Hire a yacht and do a bareboat charter around the Whitsunday islands
Sep 5

Our favourite snorkelling spots in the Whitsunday Islands

When you go bareboating with Whitsunday Escape, we provide snorkelling gear free of charge! You will get mask, fins and snorkel for every person on board. You’ll even get to select your correct sizes, when you pick up your gear from the dive shop underneath our check-in office.

Scuba Diving in the Whitsundays in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Aug 29

The best scuba diving sites in the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays, famous for its close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, has some excellent dive sites surrounding the islands that can be visited when sailing a bareboat. Many of them are only 2-3 hours cruising time from Airlie Beach, and in quite close proximity to each other, so it’s easy to visit more than one in a single day.

Aug 26

Getting Your Coffee Fix on a Bareboat Charter

From one coffee fiend to another, the idea of going without a barista made latte of a morning is hard to bear. However, if you are adventurous, there are several other interesting ways you can get your coffee fix on your bareboating holiday in the Whitsundays.

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Aug 24

Bareboat the Whitsundays

The Whitsundays is Australia’s premier sailing playground, and if you don’t own a boat of your own, you can hire a yacht, catamaran or power boat and explore the Whitsunday Islands yourself – we call this ‘bareboating’!

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Aug 22

Whitsunday Escape’s Top 5 Whitsunday beaches

There are some beautiful beaches in the Whitsundays that you can visit while on a bareboating charter holiday. Some of them a famous, others not so well known, and on some days, you might be lucky enough to get one of these beauties all to yourself too! You could be the first people to set […]

Jess Skarratt QLD Weekender snunset platter drinks
Aug 19

Go bareboating in the Whitsundays with Queensland Weekender

Jess Skarratt got a taste of bareboating in the Whitsundays when she got to experience our brand new Seawind 1160 3 Lite with a small group of friends.

From bushwalking on South Molle Island, to snorkelling over the amazing coral in Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman Island with a host of friendly tropical fish, and watching the sunset from Stonehaven Anchorage over deserted Langford Island sand cay, with a fresh cheese platter and glass of wine… sound good?

Tom Burton gold medal olympics laser dinghy sailing race winner in boat
Aug 17

Olympic sailing medals for Australia

Australia has won two medals in the Olympics in Rio for sailing, a gold medal and a silver medal. Congratulations to our newest medalists!

Cousins from Sydney, Lisa Darmanin and Jason Waterhouse, came within an inch of winning a sailing gold medal, after one win and two disastrous heats. They finished one point behind the gold medal-winning sailors from Argentina after going into the sailing final in 4th position.

May 31

Whitsunday Escape welcomes the TODAY Show to Airlie Beach!

Today Show LIVE in Airlie Beach! Tune in to Channel 9 on Wednesday 1st of June 2016 from 6-9am for a live show from Airlie Beach foreshore! While we have had weather crosses before, tomorrow for the first time ever, the entire Today show team will be live in the Whitsundays. Locals and visitors alike […]

May 4

The best places to kayak in the Whitsundays

When you go bareboating, hiring a kayak or SUP is a great addition to your trip. It allows you to get into the shallows where the boat can’t go. Explore the inlets and bays in silence, and get a little exercise while you’re at it. Bring your snorkel, mask and fins and use your kayak […]

Whitsunday Escape sailing catamaran Leopard 44 Skipper yourself Charters
May 4

Luxury bareboating in the Whitsundays, our brand new Leopard 44 sailing catamaran

Meet the brand new Leopard 44 Last year we took delivery of a very special vessel, a brand spanking new Leopard 44 sail cat. There aren’t many like it and it is definitely one of the best boats in the Whitsundays. Luxury styling The timber, leather and marble finishes are as beautiful as any house, and […]

Apr 5

David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is an icon visible from space, the world’s largest living structure. Here in the Whitsundays, we are lucky enough to be just a few short mile from this beautiful wonder of nature. David Attenborough Great Barrier Reef documentaryThe inimitable Sir David Attenborough’s incredible documentary, Great Barrier Reef, airs this weekend and […]

Whitsunday Escape Power Catamaran Seawind Venturer 38 sunset low
Feb 12

Go Bareboating in the Whitsundays

Have you always wanted to go bareboating in the famous Whitsunday Islands of Australia? We think 2016 is your year! The American dollar is providing excellent value for holidays abroad, and Australia is rolling out the welcome mat. How about a sailing vacation you will never forget? Warm weather all year round Not only does […]

Dec 24

First Sydney to Hobart for sailor with Whitsundays in his blood

He may call Brisbane home, but the Whitsundays runs through the blood of this young sailor. Having participated in and organised five ‘yacht week’ experiences with Whitsunday Escape for fellow uni students from Brisbane, Stephen Chelli is now getting ready to compete in his first Sydney to Hobart with the sponsorship of Whitsunday Escape. “Stephen […]

Nov 10

Famous faces love bareboating

Whitsunday Escape has welcomed some well known faces in 2015. A bareboating holiday in the Whitsundays has broad appeal. Getting away from it all certainly appeals to lots of people, but the privacy and freedom of a bareboat charter is very attractive to those who sometimes get a little more public scrutiny than others!A few […]

Nov 3

We’re going to need a bigger trophy shelf!

Five times Whitsunday Tourism Award winners Whitsunday Escape has been awarded the 2015 Whitsunday Tourism Award for Self-Contained Accommodation at a 70s disco themed gala event this month. This award marks the fifth time Whitsunday Escape has been awarded a Winner’s trophy at the local tourism awards since 2010. “In February 2014, we won the […]

Oct 19

Naish Australia Signs on as Major Event Partner for 2016 Whitsunday SUP Challenge

Naish supports Whitsunday SUP ChallengeWorldwide SUP board brand Naish, has come on board as a major partner of the 2016 Whitsunday SUP Challenge. With the Naish One board already a favourite on the international SUP racing scene, Naish Australia felt it was only natural that they should sponsor the week-long SUP and sail event in […]

Sep 2

Chalkie the white whale returns to the Whitsundays

The prodigal son (or daughter!) returns to the Whitsundays where he/she was born 4 years ago In 2011, a local fisherman witnessed a very rare spectacle, an all-white baby whale swimming in Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays with its mother. In conjunction with the Regional Tourism Organisation, Whitsundays Marketing and Development, a naming competition was […]

Jul 17

Escape the cold and win a $10,000 holiday

While southern parts of Queensland are freezing with actual snowfall recorded (actual snow!), the Whitsundays are still showing off how beautiful it is here in winter. We’ve got guests making ‘sand angels’ on snow white Whitehaven Beach… The sun has been shining, meaning local shops are still doing a roaring trade in sunglasses, hats, sunscreen […]

Apr 23

Winter is Whitsunday whale season

Whale watching in the Whitsundays is a beautiful experience, and something you can do almost every day when you charter a bareboat between June and August. The Whitsunday Islands are known as a whale watching hot spot. Whales choose the warm calm, protected waters around Airlie Beach and the islands of the Whitsundays to give […]

Feb 8

Peter Greste dreams of bareboating in the Whitsundays

Australian journalist Peter Greste is currently rejoicing in his newfound freedom back at home in Queensland with his family. As news reports start to surface about his ordeal in an Egyptian prison for 400 days, it has been revealed how Peter kept his mental strength, and it leads to a bareboating holiday in the Whitsundays. […]

Feb 6

Whitsunday Escape staff and families assist in turtle rescue operation

One of Whitsunday Escape’s staff members was walking her kids to school this week, when they made a remarkable discovery – a baby turtle flapping and stuck in the swimming net on Cannonvale Beach. Upon further investigation, tWhitsunday Escape staff with baby turtles in Airlie Beachhey discovered about 50 hatchlings caught in the net. They […]

Oct 20

Whitsunday Escape are Whitsunday Tourism Award winners, again!

Whitsunday Escape were proud winners at the Whitsunday Tourism Awards on Saturday 18th October 2014. We achieved two Finalists, one Winner and one Hall of Fame, adding four award certificates and two sparkling new trophies to the cabinet! Whitsunday Escape won the award for Best Unique Accommodation for the third year in a row! This […]

Jul 27

Whitsunday Escape wins GOLD at the Australian Tourism Awards!

Whitsunday Escape are celebrating their win of the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Unique Accommodation in 2013. Our win at the Queensland Tourism Awards in late 2013 means we were the Queensland state representative in the Unique Accommodation category at the Australian Tourism Awards in February 2014. We are so proud to be recognised as […]