The beauty of bareboating in the Whitsundays is that the adventure begins as soon as you board your vessel. The Whitsundays is your own personal playground, there’s so much to do the only challenge is finding the time to do it all!
Bareboating gives you the freedom to explore the places around the Whitsunday islands and mainland often missed by others, but there’s only so far you can take a forty foot yacht.
Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddle Boards (SUP) are perfect for exploring shorelines, reefs, creeks and estuaries. With no loud motor to scare the wildlife away you’ll be able to see our unique birdlife and marine life up close, in their natural environment.
If you’re craving some solid ground beneath your feet there are plenty of island bushwalking tracks with incredible Whitsunday views to choose from. All 74 of the Whitsunday Islands are national parks, and a lot of them boast graded walking tracks with sprawling views. South Molle Island is noted for the Spion Kop walking track, which leads you to a magnificent lookout with views of Whitsunday and Hamilton Islands.
Other islands known for their bushwalks included Long Island, Lindeman Island and Hamilton Island. If you’re looking for a family friendly walking track, head to Whitehaven Beach and hike through rainforests to Hill Inlet lookout, a platform overlooking the famous swirling sands of Hill Inlet.
Speaking of beaches, don’t forget the bucket and spade! Find your own quiet, secluded beach and revel in the silence. Build sandcastles with the kids, comb the beach for washed up treasure and explore rock pools and onshore reefs.
All these activities can work up an appetite, so why not throw a line in and catch your family a fresh seafood dinner? Jump in your tender to help you find that ideal fishing spot faster. The mangroves and estuaries found on the bigger islands and mainland are hot fishing spots, usually hiding big catches in the deeper hidden pools and holes.
Reef fishing also reaps big rewards. Ensure your gear can stand up to the test of sharp coral and cast off with an ingoing or outgoing tide. Avoid fishing in the middle of the day - early mornings or late afternoons are best.
Enjoy your Whitsunday bareboating adventure, make it exactly what you want it to be!