Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday is a squadron of Marine Rescue Queensland with the main objective being to SAVE LIVES AT SEA. They provide marine search and rescue services to the boating public on a volunteer basis.
They achieve this by operating a “Marine Safety Net” in the Whitsunday region from Gloucester Island/Passage to Cape Conway and Shaw Island in the south – over 13,000 square kilometres – and one of the largest territories in the state.
They own and operate a 11.9m purpose built Noosa Cat Rescue vessel and the operation is run entirely by volunteers including boat crew, radio operators, management, fundraisers, trainers and every other person in our organisation. This is the only blue water rescue vessel in the area.
They receive a small annual grant from the QLD State Government, with the remainder of operating costs being met through local fundraising, generous sponsorship and donations, membership fees and the charging of non-members for assistance provided.
In 2018 they are activated 120 times, for a mixture of tow assists, search and rescues, medical evacuations from boats and island resorts (and campers), transfers of Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Rescue and also the Queensland Police Service to emergency situations. This is a 27% increase over prior years and included over 30 medivacs from island resorts and offshore vessels.
On average, VMR Whitsunday volunteers put in over 2,000 man hours a year, the vessel uses 25,000 litres of fuel a year, and including depreciation, costs over $150,000 a year to run. This is a lot of time and money, but given the lives they save and the safety net they provide, the money and sacrifice is small.
Help support VMR Whitsunday fund its operation and commission a smaller secondary vessel so they can continue to assist the marine and islands communities in the Whitsundays.
Sail or motor around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands on your own private bareboat for a 5 night holiday in paradise with Whitsunday Escape
Whitsunday Escape offers a most unique holiday experience in paradise with “Skipper Yourself Bareboat Charters”. You choose the intinerary, pace and adventures to explore Queensland’s tropical Whitsunday Islands from the comfort of your own floating accommodation.
The Seawind 1250 is a luxury catamaran with 3 double cabins and 2 bathrooms. Sleeping 6-8 passengers, she’s ideal for 3 couples or a family to share.
Enjoy 2 nights of luxury accommodation at Peninsula Apartments in the Whitsunday Coast town of Airlie Beach
Situated on Shingley Drive overlooking Abell Point Marina, these luxuriously appointed apartments are a sight to behold.
Stay 2 nights in a 2 bedroom apartment for up to 4 people, and explore the beautiful town of Airlie Beach at your leisure.
2 nights in a Deluxe Studio Unit, for 2 adults and 2 children at the super fun BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is one big Whitsundays holiday destination in itself. Nowhere in the Whitsundays will you find so much fun in one place. You’ll probably spend hours in the heated pool through winter (the biggest in Airlie Beach) and frolicking in the Big Huge Mega Waterslide Park.
Then you can choose from tennis, mini golf, water slides, pedal karts, Kids Club, the largest jumping pillows (yes, two!) in the Whitsundays, outdoor movies, poolside massages, an Animal Park… the list goes on.
Stay 2 nights in a gorgeous, bright and open studio style cabin with gorgeous modern furnishings.