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New Moorings around the Whitsunday Islands

By on September 12th, 2017

Here at Whitsunday Escape, we know we live in the best place in the world. We have 74 tropical islands, aqua seas, boats to sail, a laid back attitude and plenty of deserted beaches to explore every weekend. Our staff know this area like the backs of our hands, and are experts in giving you advice on where to anchor safely at night and where to explore for the best holiday experiences.

Now, we have even more places to show you!

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Association has been very busy in the wake of Cyclone Debbie. Not only did they very quickly tidy up all the bushwalking tracks and island campsites (and there are kilometres and kilometres of tracks, and dozens of campsites on the islands!), they’ve also embarked on a program of new infrastructure as well.

They installed 15 new bareboat moorings already, with another 18 to come, some are additional moorings in popular locations, and others are completely new!

They are also about to start construction of three new short bushwalking trails.

You can come for another week long holiday, and have an entirely new experience visiting all these new locations. How cool is that?

Three new island bushwalks

Soak up breathtaking island views and pinch yourself, wondering why you are not living in the best place in the world.

You can soon adventure up three new 600m return tracks on three of the Whitsunday islands:

  • Langford Island
  • Border Island, from Cateran Bay
  • Haslewood Island, from Chalkies Beach

15 new public moorings

Making access to some of the best locations in the Whitsundays easier, GBRMPA has installed 15 new moorings that are appropriate for bareboats in 5 popular locations:

  • Chalkies Beach, Haslewood Island – 5 new moorings. Known as a tricky spot to anchor, Chalkies Beach is one of the few beaches with the same white silica sand as Whitehaven Beach. These moorings are a fabulous, welcome addition for bareboaters.
  • Tongue Bay, near Hill Inlet lookout – 4 new moorings. A very popular mooring spot, for its access to Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach, these extra moorings are fantastic.
  • Cateran Bay, Border Island – 3 new moorings, a great addition to the one bareboat mooring previously there, providing access to a new 600m short walk as well.
  • Crayfish Beach, Hook Island – 2 new moorings, opening a spot that was previously seldom visited.
  • Cairn Beach, Whitsunday Island – 1 new mooring. Grants access to the Whitsunday Cairn hike – a steep, challenging 4km round trip hike that climbs to 300m above sea level.

There are more proposed new bareboat moorings due for completion late in 2017:

  • Tongue Bay, Whitsunday Island – 5
  • Butterfly Bay, top of Hook Island – 4
  • Stonehaven, east Hook Island – 4
  • Sandy Bay, South Molle Island – 3
  • Baird Point, south Hook Island – 3
  • Saba Bay, west Hook Island – 2
  • Luncheon Bay, top of Hook Island – 1
  • Cairn Beach, Whitsunday Island – 1

Whitsunday Escape is very excited about all these new moorings. Customers will have a greater choice of places to spend the night when they next go bareboating in the Whitsundays. It will mean easier access to free public moorings, and less congestion in popular and new locations.

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