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bushwalker Passage Peak Hamilton Island Whitsunday Escape
Nov 6

8 Challenging Whitsunday Island Bushwalks

If you are looking for a fitness challenge, the Whitsunday Islands have some long, steep bushwalks you can tackle. Take plenty of water, wear sturdy walking shoes, and don’t forget your camera. The views from the top are sensational! With all bushwalks, especially the challenging ones, make sure you have enough water, and snacks if […]

Langford Island lookout
Oct 29

Top 5 Short Whitsunday Island Bushwalks

The Whitsunday Islands are beautiful, there’s no doubt about that. The best places to find epic views though are from the tops of the islands, and we’ve got a list of Whitsunday island bushwalks for you to explore. Some are short and easy, some are long and more challenging. Some you’ll be sharing with day […]

Laughs guaranteed on a mum-cation trip on a Whitsunday Escape bareboat
Oct 10

Why you need a mum-cation

A hot topic in parenting circles right now seems to be the idea of a mum-cation. What is a mum-cation? A holiday for mum, away from the kids and family, where she gets to relax, sleep in, eat whatever she wants, read (!), and generally rediscover who she is and what she likes, without little […]

Catamaran Romance Drinks Whitsunday Escape
Oct 2

Chartering a yacht in Queensland

Whitsunday Escape, your home of Queensland yacht charters If ever were was a place for Queensland yacht charters, it would have to be the Whitsundays. The Whitsundays is famous around the world as one of the world’s best sailing playgrounds.   Why are the Whitsundays famous for sailing and boating? The Great Barrier Reef protects […]

Party on a Whitsunday Escape bareboat for New Years Eve week in the Whitsundays
Sep 11

Bareboating for New Years Eve

Bareboating is an awesome way to ring in the New Year! Picture this: a group of your favourite people, on board a luxury yacht or two, cruising or sailing around deserted islands, in a tropical paradise… Sounds like something you might enjoy? Maybe you need to organise a Whitsunday Escape bareboating holiday for New Years! Live […]

Whale breach in the Whitsundays
Sep 4

Whales in the Whitsundays in 2018

Winter is whale season in the Whitsundays, and when you hire a bareboat for a holiday between the months of June and September, you might be lucky enough to get front row seats on your own personal whale watching tour! Whales migrate north every winter and the calm waters of the Whitsunday Islands are a […]

multi generational family holiday Whitsunday Escape
Jun 26

Why you need to take your family bareboating around the Whitsundays

With holiday season approaching, it can be a daunting task to find somewhere fun and affordable to go for a family holiday. Sure, camping is fun if you don’t mind packing a whole truckload of gear and spending half your vacation setting-up and dismantling a flimsy tent. Then there’s the good old resort you go […]

Neuroblastoma Australia fundraiser Whitsunday Escape boat owners
Jun 6

Whitsunday Escape supports Neuroblastoma Australia fundraiser

Whitsunday Escape joined forces with a number of local Whitsunday businesses to host a charity fundraiser for Neuroblastoma Australia and the Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia. The event raised nearly $55,000 for Australian children’s cancer charities, including $20,000 direct to Neuroblastoma Australia. Whitsunday Escape held a big raffle for a $9,000 bareboat holiday, which raised […]

Enjoy a freshwater deck shower on the back of your yacht with Whitsunday Escape
May 28

8 amazing things to do when you go bareboating

The Whitsunday Islands offer countless holiday experiences and there is no other holiday more unique than setting off on a private yacht to go bareboating. Invite your best friends or family on board, and get ready to find your own unique adventure that other people simply won’t be having. Here are some amazing experiences you can enjoy […]

Whitsunday Escape Leopard 44 has blue underwater lights
May 5

Charter the Leopard 44 Hakuna Matata… it means no worries

Please tell us you’re singing the song too! ♫ That’s exactly what you want when you go on holidays – no worries. Bareboating is the best way to have a worry free holiday. Once you’ve stocked up the boat, you don’t have to worry about entertaining the kids, you don’t have to worry about your […]

Whitsunday Escape Seawind 1250 saloon table
Apr 30

Fun family games to play while sailing the Whitsundays

Bareboat sailing holidays in the Whitsundays are all about reconnecting and enjoying some quality time together. Whether your kids are young or old, they’ll love the variety of experiences a bareboating holiday offers, and kids of all ages are welcome. While you will spend so much of your daylight hours in the water, on the […]

Honeymoon Island Chalkies Beach Katies Cove Haselwood Island
Apr 23

Island hopping by bareboat in the Whitsundays

Who doesn’t want to spend their holidays island hopping, cocktail or beer in hand, bikinis or board shorts on, swimming, relaxing, sailing, soaking up the sunshine and just radiating happiness? Sounds miserable? Then a bareboat sailing holiday in the Whitsundays is not for you! Would you like to choose your own adventure? Visit island resorts, […]

Daydream Island cocktails pool
Apr 16

Daydream Island set to reopen early 2019

Daydream Island to Reopen Daydream Island has long been a favourite destination for bareboat holiday makers in the Whitsundays. Situated close to the mainland, the island resort provides an excellent first or last night stop for a bareboat holiday, in a beautiful protected anchorage. The resort offered a bareboat mooring option that would also give […]

Girls relaxing on a bareboating sailing catamaran in the Whitsundays with Whitsunday Escape
Mar 19

You need longer than 3 days to go bareboating

3 days is not enough to go bareboating… Bareboating is a leisurely holiday, not a quick weekend away. We want you to come back relaxed, happy and satisfied that you experienced everything you wanted to during your time on the water. The cruising area you have to explore is so big and so diverse, that […]

Mar 13

To insure or not…

When you come to the business end of booking a bareboating holiday with Whitsunday Escape, we will always recommend you take out a very specific travel insurance policy. The money spent on your holiday is a significant investment and travel insurance provides you with peace of mind in case of the unlikely, unfortunate and unforeseeable […]

#abikiniaday when you go bareboating with Whitsunday Escape on the ultimate girls trip
Mar 5

The Ultimate Girls Trip to the Whitsundays

Looking for the ultimate girls trip holiday? Hiring a bareboat in the Whitsundays is possibly one of the best things you can do! A sailing or power boat will get you around – all you need is a little boating experience. If you aren’t a confident sailor; don’t let this deter you, every boat can […]

Feb 16

Easter cocktail recipes for bareboats

Easter cocktails recipes for bareboats Move over mimosa! We’ve got some delightfully cheeky Easter-themed cocktails to tempt your taste buds this April. And the best part, is that they’re all easily made either by building or in a cocktail shaker. Which makes them perfect for your Easter bareboat holiday. For the kids, have some chocolate […]

Chalkies Beach, Hazelwood Island, Whitsunday Escape bareboat charter mooring location
Feb 8

New Moorings around the Whitsunday Islands

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Association has been very busy in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. They have installed 37 new bareboat moorings around the Whitsunday islands. Some are additional moorings in popular locations, and others are completely new!

Langford Island bushwalk views of Whitsunday Escape boat
Feb 6

Langford Island Walking Track Completed

Thanks to Queensland Parks and Wildlife there is a new bushwalking track on the beautiful Langford Island. It’s a short track of about 300m with a gentle incline and some stone steps, best suited to walkers with a little fitness and bushwalking experience. Walkers should allow about 20 minutes to stroll up the track and […]

Sunbathing front deck catamaran sailing Whitsunday Islands Christmas
Feb 2

Bareboat your way to Whitsunday events

There are so many awesome Whitsunday events throughout the year. In case you need more reasons to come to the Whitsundays, we’ve got an event calendar chock a block full of all kinds of different events. Fun, exciting, challenging, sporting, whether you are a spectator or participant, there’s plenty happening. Of course you’ll need accommodation […]

Fun for all ages, hire a yacht in the Whitsundays for a boating holiday
Jan 30

Easter Holiday in the Whitsundays

Easter in 2018 is on the last weekend on March / first weekend of April, with Easter Sunday itself falling on 1 April. It’s April Fools Day coincidentally too, so don’t be a fool and leave your Whitsunday Easter holiday booking too late! The Whitsundays is just about perfect at Easter time. The weather is […]

Clipper yacht sunset credit Brooke Miles Photography
Jan 17

Clipper Race fleet arrives in Airlie Beach

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race​ fleet has arrived in the Whitsundays! At 3.05pm yesterday, the first of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet arrived into the Whitsundays following Race 6: The Wondrous Whitsundays Race up the east coast of Australia. Skippered by 24-year-old Brit Nikki Henderson, Visit Seattle crossed the finish […]

Aerial Views Chance Bay Whitsunday Island
Dec 28

You can help our reef recover

The Great Barrier Reef is one of our most precious assets. As you may have heard over recent years there have been episodes of coral bleaching, and a few cyclones, which have caused further damage to this natural wonder. You might think there’s not much you can do to help, but there’s one very simple […]

christmas cheese platter pineapple wine bareboat charter holiday Whitsunday Escape
Dec 17

Christmas Recipes for Bareboating

The trick for surviving the Christmas feast expectations on a bareboat, is to know where the shortcuts are, and what can be purchased pre-made, pre-packaged and unrefrigerated. Grab some pre-made salads and jazz them up. Look for long-life products like custards and milks, dry goods like pavlovas, pasta and potatoes, and save your fridge space […]

Dec 8

Get out of Brisbane for the Commonwealth Games

Do you live in Brisbane or the Gold Coast and want to escape the hustle and bustle of the Commonwealth Games in 2018? With the Commonwealth Games coinciding with the Queensland Easter school holidays, why not take the opportunity to escape to the peace and quiet of the Whitsunday Islands? You could even rent your […]

Dec 7

Commonwealth Games holiday

Are you planning to visit Brisbane and the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games in 2018? Queensland offers some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes and the Whitsunday Islands are one of the most famous destinations to visit. If you are travelling all this way, it’s very worthwhile to spend a little longer and see a […]

Aerial Views Chance Bay Whitsunday Island
Oct 26

Why are there no houseboats in the Whitsundays?

Houseboat Hire You can’t hire a houseboat in the Whitsundays. It’s true! But there are about 130 other boats you can hire here, and we think they’re even better! You still don’t need a licence, just a little experience. And there are plenty of ways to learn before you get here if you don’t have […]

make your own swim up bar on mum-cation with Whitsunday Escape
Oct 20

5 Non-SUP Activities to Enjoy During the Whitsunday SUP Challenge

Our top 5 non-SUP-related activities Did you know that Whitsunday Escape runs the annual Whitsunday SUP Challenge every May? You may think the Whitsunday SUP Challenge is all about SUP. SUP, SUP, SUP. Well, it’s not. It’s sooo much more than that! We’ve got a host of other activities organised and a bunch of free […]

Whitsunday Escape sailing catamarans yachts for bareboat hire
Oct 13

8 Things to consider when you choose a bareboat for a holiday

The first time you come to enquire about a bareboat holiday you might discover that there are over 130 boats to choose from, with wildly differing prices and features. So how do you compare them to find the right one for you? The experts at Whitsunday Escape bareboat charters have put together 8 factors you […]

2017 Whitsunday Tourism Award winner for unique accommodation Whitsunday Escape bareboat charters
Oct 2

Whitsunday Escape WINS GOLD at Tourism Awards

Whitsunday Escape took out a sixth consecutive tourism award win at the 2017 Whitsunday Tourism Awards on the 30th September in a gala ceremony on Hamilton Island We would like to give special thanks to our charterers – we love sharing our passion of the Whitsundays and bareboating to both new and repeat guests and […]

Whitsunday Escape - Stocked Bareboat Fridge
Sep 20

Fridge & freezer management tips

Boat fridges and freezer aren’t like yours at home. Running on 12V boat power means you need to think and plan a little differently. Here’s a handy tip to visualise how much space you have, check your own fridge and freezer at home (there’ll be a sticker inside the door) to see how many litres […]

Whitsunday Escape Sailing Yacht Beneteau 41.1 Cockpit and Swim Platform
Sep 5

Whitsunday Escape fleet still growing!

It’s been a big couple of years for Whitsunday Escape. We’ve grown from strength to strength and this means more boats! In the last 2 years we have acquired 8 brand new boats and 5 other recent models of popular designs. With the biggest variety of boats on offer, we have a boat to suit […]

Whitsunday Escape sailing catamaran Grainger 40 Saloon
Jul 11

He was a sailor – I was not…

-Written by guest blogger Iris & Andrew who chartered our Grainger 40 in June 2017   We’d talked about it many times. He was a sailor and I was not.  Sailing was in his blood. He had put it there and it remained. When life offered a space to dream, it was cruising to remote […]

Jun 30

The Ultimate Guide to Bareboating in the Whitsundays

Get this: The Whitsundays is the only place in the world where you can rent a multi-million-dollar sailing yacht without a licence.

Think that’s crazy? I did, too.

But the thought of gliding through the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays on my own yacht, flitting from one tropical island to the next, snorkelling at secluded bays and determining the course of my own adventure, at my own pace, left me wondering how difficult it could be.

Abell Point Marina Sunset Whitsunday Escape boat hire
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.

Whitsunday Escape Nautitech Open 46 Cockpit
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.

travel Whitsundays charter boat hire Christmas holidays
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.

bareboatwhitsundays with Whitsunday Escape sailing and charter boat holidays
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’!

Hill Inlet Bettys Beach Whitehaven Beach Whitsundays
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 Challenge Worldwide 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 […]

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,  they discovered about 50 hatchlings caught in the net. They quickly called Eco Barge Clean Seas who run […]

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 […]