Skipper yourself bareboat charter company

Stocking Your Boat

You’ve booked the holiday, now for the food and drinks!

Stocking your boat with food and drinks is quite an important consideration before you set sail. On this page you’ll be able to find all the information you need regarding pre-packaged provisioning options, how much your boat can fit, how much to buy and where to buy it from including local supermarkets and specialty stores.

You have numerous options when it comes to stocking your boat with food and drinks for your Whitsunday Escape. You can:

  • use a provisioning company
  • shop locally at Coles, Woolworths, IGA, and specialty stores
  • shop online for ‘click & collect’
  • get your drinks delivered to the marina by the Jubilee Tavern

How much do I buy and how much can my boat fit?

How much can my boat fit?

Check the detailed ‘features’ of your boat on our website (see our fleet) to discover how much fridge and freezer capacity your boat has. There is sufficient storage for your cold stores and dry goods on board every boat.

How much do I buy?

If travelling for up to 7 days, you should stock up with all the food and drinks you will need for your whole charter.

If travelling for longer, you may wish to top up your provisions. Hamilton Island offers a supermarket, bakery, deli, fish shop, and a bottle shop. Whitsunday Provisioning can arrange a re-provisioning date with you if you are travelling for longer. You can arrange to have the provisions delivered to you out on the water for a fee, or to our base at Abell Point Marina.

Slice of Nature

Slice of Nature is fresh to the bareboating scene but is sure to make a splash…

The wholesome food boxes take the hassle out of meal times allowing you to make the most of the picturesque Whitsundays.

Meals are portioned, veggies are chopped, sauces are exactly right, and all meals are sealed into daily portions for convenience. All you need to do is open the packages and cook.

A range of meals are available with  gluten free, dairy free or vegetarian options and includes delivery to your vessel.

Slice of Nature

Whitsunday Provisioning

Whitsunday Provisioning has been providing meals to Whitsunday holiday makers for over 25 years and they know how to provision boats. Their packages are designed to:

  • provide the perfect balance of appetising meals from light & healthy to decadent
  • accommodate different tastes and budgets
  • experts at managing dietary requirements
  • take the hassle out of planning meals for 7 nights
  • restock your boat for longer charters (on-water restocking service available for a fee!)
  • be a one-stop-shop, they can provision your boat with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages too.

Their new range of comprehensive meal plans and packages will suit all budgets, and provide an easy solution to ensure all your meals and snacks are well planned and nothing is forgotten. Their delicious fresh platters offer an indulgence option covering seafood, cheese, antipasto, tropical fruit, and more.

Whitsunday Provisioning are a reliable local company and can deliver every day of the week.

Whitsunday Provisioning

Drinks and local bottle shops

The Jubilee Tavern will deliver your drinks to your boat on the evening of your Stay Aboard.

Take a look at their range by downloading the order form below. You can either email the form to the Jubilee Tavern or phone them with your order:

Jubilee Tavern drinks order form

There are also bottle shops near all the supermarkets, and the option to stock up at Hamilton Island.

If you think you might require extra eskies for drink storage, please enquire with Whitsunday Escape if an esky will be suitable for your vessel.

Local Supermarkets

There are four supermarkets situated within a short distance of Whitsunday Escape’s charter base at Abell Point Marina, and one on Hamilton Island:

STOREWHEREDISTANCESTANDARD HOURS
ColesWhitsunday Shopping Centre2 minute driveMonday to Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 9am to 6pm
WoolworthsAirlie Beach Central5 minute driveMonday to Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 9am to 6pm
WoolworthsWhitsunday Plaza10 minute driveMonday to Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday 8am to 6pm
Sunday 9am to 6pm
IGAJubilee Pocket10 minute drive6am – 9pm everyday
and open most public holidays
IGAHamilton IslandAccessed by plane or boat8am – 7:30pm everyday

 

The IGA supermarket and bottleshop on Hamilton Island can be used for re-provisioning mid-charter if you run out of supplies. Berthing costs do apply to access Hamilton Island.

 

Coles & Woolworths Online Orders

Click & Collect is the best option when hiring a bareboat if you are planning on provisioning yourself. You can collect your groceries in time to load them directly onto your boat and put your cold goods straight into the fridge.

Note: Only the Cannonvale stores do Click & Collect, not Airlie Beach (confirm you have the right store – Cannonvale, QLD 4802). Feel free to liaise with our Reservations team to choose the most convenient time for collection.

TIP: Coles in Cannonvale is the closest shopping centre and also has an excellent butcher, a chemist and two bottle shops in the complex. It is only a short taxi ride away and therefore is the easiest option for a ‘one-stop shop’.

Home Delivery is not a good option when chartering a bareboat. You need to be able to meet them at the roundabout of Abell Point Marina within a 2-4 hour delivery window and your boat may not be ready for you.

If you are using the home delivery service you will need to ensure that your groceries are delivered only when:

  • your boat is available for boarding so that you can store your cold goods (4:30pm if utilising the Stay Aboard) – Whitsunday Escape does not have any storage facilities for groceries.
  • one of your group members must be available (for the entire 2-4 hour delivery window) to wait for and receive the delivery at the roundabout.

TIP: If wanting to get your groceries delivered then we strongly suggest using Whitsunday Provisioning or Slice of Nature as they will deliver directly to the boat once you are on board.

Local Specialty Stores & Shops

Meat & Seafood

TIP: Order in advance, and ask them to freeze or cryovac your purchases for greater shelf life!

Fruit & Veg, Bread & More

  • Bowen Fruit & Veg stall, Whitsunday Shopping Centre, (Mon-Tues only)
  • The Prickly Pineapple, Whitsunday Plaza, ph 07 4948 3926
  • Goodness Gracious Health Foods, Coral Esplanade, Cannonvale Beach, ph 07 4948 0637
  • Brumby’s Bakery, Whitsunday Shopping Centre, ph 07 4948 1315
  • Fairbairn Bakery, Whitsunday Plaza, ph 07 4948 3740
  • Local Airlie Beach markets, every Saturday morning from 7am
  • Specialty cakes may be ordered in advance by arrangement, ask us for recommendations

Shops at Abell Point Marina

There are a few shops at Abell Point Marina for last minute supplies, and a selection of cafes and restaurants: