Weather Concerns and Insurance - Whitsunday Escape™
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Weather Concerns and Insurance

Whitsunday Escape use the Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for our weather forecasts. Our region is Bowen to St Lawrence.

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The east coast of Queensland is at risk of tropical cyclones during the summer months of December through to April. Tropical cyclones vary in size and intensity and are generally slow moving with an average speed of six to twelve knots.

Queensland is a very large state, and while the weather forecast may predict a cyclone somewhere off the coast, oftentimes these systems are over 1000km away and highly unlikely to affect the Whitsunday area.

Australia has state of the art forecasting. Ample notice is given of any impending weather systems, and we will have several days’ warning, and sufficient time to bring you safely back to shore. In the unlikely event of an approaching storm, all boats will be asked to make their way to a safe anchorage at either Coral Sea Marina or Hamilton Island Marina until the storm passes. Whitsunday Escape recommends that you take out travel insurance.

Charters may be cancelled by Whitsunday Escape due to weather or safety concerns (e.g. a gale warning or coming cyclone). Whitsunday Escape must enforce all safety warnings by the regional Harbour Master regarding port closures. Cancellations are not decided lightly and will always be for the safety of the customer.

All charter fees become completely non-refundable 60 days prior to your charter commencement. This is why we recommend taking out Travel Insurance. Whitsunday Escape has sourced relevant Travel Insurance Policies for your convenience but you should always check the PDS to see if it meets your requirements.

Contact your Insurance!

Insurance policies are all different so you will always need to speak with your insurance provider directly to find out what situations are covered.

Can I claim from Insurance?

Depending on your insurance policy, you can generally claim if the charter is cancelled for reasons beyond your control such as:

  • If Whitsunday Escape cancels due to a named cyclone
  • If an airline cancels your flight – you will need to get confirmation from your airline and then talk to your insurance provider

If you decide not to come, this is not refundable by insurance.

Weather Concerns

Arriving by Plane

Proserpine Airport (PPP) may close due to flooding or low cloud preventing the planes from landing. Check out the Proserpine flight schedule to see if flights are operating.

Proserpine Flight Schedule

Alternatives

  • Your airline may redirect you to Mackay Airport (MKY) and shuttle you to Airlie Beach
  • Check if you can get an alternative flight to Hamilton Island Airport (HTI)
  • See if they will put you on a flight departing the following day

 

Arriving by Road

Heavy or prolonged rainfall may cause flooding to the roads leading into Airlie Beach. Keep in mind that many flood zones are tidal and therefore you may be able to get through in a few hours.

Check out the below links for current closures:
Airlie Beach Access Road Cam        RACQ Road Conditions & Closures

Alternatives

If the Proserpine to Airlie Beach Highway is closed, take an alternative route via Strathdickie Road.

 

Stuck in Airlie Beach?

If the weather has left you stuck in Airlie Beach, contact the Whitsunday Regional Information Centre for local advice on accommodation or activities.

Whitsunday Regional Information Centre: 07 4945 3967