For those who prefer to be top of the fleet, the Bavaria 46 is the yacht to take you there. The rich African mahogany timber interior conveys the sensation of the classic yacht.
Engine: 55 HP
Double beds: 3
Single beds: 2
Coffee plunger : Yes
Cooking utensils: Yes
Fry pan: Yes
Gas oven: Yes
Gas stove top: Yes
Storage containers: Yes
Above deck: Yes
AM/FM radio: Yes
Cabin fans: Yes
CD player : Yes
DVD player: Yes
Flat-screen television: Yes
Bimini (above-deck shelter): Yes
Boarding platform: Yes
Outrigger poles for fishing: Yes
Spray dodger: Yes
Swim ladder: Yes
Gas Barbecue: Yes
Chart plotter: Yes
Depth sounder: Yes
Guide to Anchorages: Yes
Parallel rule: Yes
Small ships manual: Yes
Speed log: Yes
Tide tables: Yes
VHF two-way radio: Yes
Wind instruments: Yes
Self furling headsail: Yes
Slab reefing mainsail: Yes
Wheel steering: Yes
Electric anchor winch: Yes
Dinghy with outboard motor: Yes
12v cigarette lighter outlet: Yes
Mooring lines and fenders: Yes
Shore power: Yes
Air freshener: Yes
Garbage bags: Yes
Guest soap: Yes
Linen (byo beach towel) : Yes
Paper towels: Yes
Toilet paper: Yes
Adult life jackets: Yes
Childrens life jackets: Yes
Fire exinguishers: Yes
First aid kit: Yes
First aid manual: Yes
Spray jackets: Yes
Hot/cold water: Yes
Deck shower: Yes
Inside shower/s: 2
Q. How do I get to the Whitsundays?
Located on the Central Queensland coast just north of Mackay, the Whitsundays can be accessed by air, car, bus and rail. International airports are located at Cairns and Brisbane.
Q. Can I have my vessel delivered to Hamilton Island?
Just make your request when booking and the Operator can deliver your vessel at the start of your charter and pick it up upon your conclusion from Hamilton Island (charges apply)
Q. How many days should we charter for?
If you have the time the Operator strongly recommends seven nights as a minimum period in which to experience and appreciate the 74 islands of the Whitsunday chain. Certainly most of our clients who opt for a lesser period (minimum five nights) regret not having the extra time to unwind and explore.
Q. What time can I start my charter?
All charterers commence at 12.00 midday on your day of departure. You are welcome to arrive at our base at 11.30am in order to finalise any paperwork. Your charter Briefer will collect you from our air-conditioned reception lounge and take you to your vessel. On your final day you will need to return to our base by 12.00 midday. The same applies if returning to Hamilton island. Early briefs (8.00 am) can only be confirmed the day prior to charter and are dependant upon maintenance and vessel rostering.
Q. What do we need to bring?
Apart from food and clothing all vessels come completely equipped right down to snorkelling gear. The Operator recommends light personal clothing, a book, camera and possibly a tracksuit for the cooler months of the year (June-September). A good hat, sunglasses and sunscreen is a must. Evening wear on all resorts is neat casual.
Q. How do we provision our vessel?
As our charter base is 12km from the nearest supermarket the Operator strongly recommends our provisioning packages. This is important if your charter commences on the day of your arrival into the area and wish to maximise on your time aboard. The nearest supermarket is in Cannonvale.
Q. What happens if we run out of food?
Reordering provisions can be organised via the radio onboard. The Operator can arrange delivery to a mutually agreeable location. For charterers in excess of 8 nights the Operator recommends a mid charter turnaround back at our base (refuelling, fresh linen, provisioning, etc.)
Q. Is bareboating safe?
The Whitsunday region is one of the safest boating playgrounds in the world. It is sheltered from ocean swell by the Great Barrier Reef. Further extensive protection is also afforded by the numerous islands which provide many completely protected and calm natural anchorages.
The Operator also makes two scheduled radio calls to you per day, at 8.00 am to establish your plans for the day and then at 4.00 pm to confirm that you are safely anchored for the night. Clients may contact us through out the day by radio. Mobile phone coverage is presently available in approximately 75% of the anchorages.
Q. Is it safe for children?
Being a fabulous family holiday many of our charter groups consist of families with small children. However, the regulation life jackets do not cater for babies and small children. The Operator strongly recommends that you provide children's lifejackets, these are available for hire and must be ordered prior to departure.
Q. Do I need a licence?
No formal qualifications or great skill is required to hire a bareboat from the Operator. Our briefers will supply you with the necessary training and are also available for extra tuition if you require.
Q. How much sailing experience do I need?
If you can handle a windsurfer or a sailing dinghy, you should be able to confidently sail one of our yachts. The principles of sailing are the same. With our "easy to follow" briefing techniques and " easy to handle" rigging on our vessels your briefer will show you the ropes and give you the confidence your require. Whether you are chartering a motor cruiser or yacht the most important ingredient is common sense.
Q. Do I have to know how to navigate?
No coastal navigation experience is needed. Clear instruction for your briefer will show you how to use the Whitsunday Chart (map), tide tables and simple navigation instruments to safely travel throughout the Islands. As you are rarely more than a couple of kilometres from land, "line of sight" navigation is simple and easy.
Q. How do you prepare us for our trip?
On arrival at our charter base you will be introduced to your sail briefer. He or she will give you a thorough overview of all aspects of the operation of the vessel both below and above decks.
Next comes a very comprehensive Familiarisation on all aspects of navigating through the islands, weather conditions and suitable anchorages. This is also a good time to enquire about any specific interests you may have (diving/fishing locations, walking tracks, island resorts to visit, etc.). Finally you will be taken for a sail to see that you are fully conversant and confident with the operation of your vessel.
Our briefers are all qualified and are happy to provide your crew with plenty of sailing and boat handling tips and training. Your vessel briefing normally takes around 3 hours.
Q. What happens if we get into trouble?
Help is always only a radio call away. Our base station is manned from 8.00am till 5.00pm. After hours the Operator gives you the contact details of a land based radio station who can contact our off duty managers for any emergencies.
If you have a concern, your first course of action is to radio our base for advise. Our experienced staff can assist you with almost any problem. High speed helicopters and commercial craft can generally respond to any emergency within minutes. The Operator also maintains its own high speed power craft capable of day or night time operation.
Q. What sort of weather can we expect?
The Operator is situated near the Tropic of Capricorn.The weather is tropical and pleasant virtually all year around. From May to September the islands are fanned by the SE winds while the balance of the season have northerly winds with calm periods. The 24 hour temperatures range around 25 degree Celsius to 30 degree Celsius in January and 17 degree Celsius to 23 degree Celsius in July while the temperatures are in the region of 27degree Celsius in Jan and 22 degree Celsius in July
Q. Can we visit island resorts?
Our charterers are welcome to use the facilities of the island resorts and to join in the fun. Mooring fees vary and range from approximately $30 over night per vessel. An updated guide to facilities and costs is provided on each vessel.
Q. Are jellyfish or sharks a problem?
Jellyfish that cause the severe "irukandji syndrome" symptoms may be experienced throughout the warmer months of the year. Box jellyfish can also be found during these months but predominantly only along the mainland. At all times the Operator recommends that our clients wear "stinger" lycra suits both as an aid to avoiding coral scrapes, sunburn and assisting in avoiding jellyfish stings.
Concerns re venomous jellyfish must always be tempered with the knowledge that the risk of being stung is extremely small.
Sharks are generally not regarded as a risk and do not create any greater threat than that posed when swimming on any beach on the Eastern Australian Seaboard.
Q. Why choose the Operator?
By holidaying with the Operator, your charter party will be in the care of one of the Industry's most experienced professional operators. You will benefit from over 20 years of experience for providing value and service. Choose from vessels specifically designed for your safety and pleasure.
The Operator is the only Whitsunday operator to provide its own private facilities. Our clients have exclusive use of Australia's most modern bareboat charter base.
The Operator joined with Australian Bareboat Charters several years ago to become the largest Australian owned yacht rental company in Australia. Collectively they have organised boat rentals for fun family boating holidays, group sailing yacht and motor cruiser adventures and romantic getaways for over 40 years.
Our New Premises
Due to the company growth, clients are now prepared for yacht charter packages and boat charters for sailing yachts and motor cruisers but in the brand new premises, the largest and most modern of its type in Australia for sailing holidays.
The new yacht rental premises features :
* spacious air conditioned reception and charterers lounge
* conference room
* administration offices
* modern toilets and shower facilities
* secured storage room
* ice making facilities
* one stop boating holiday shop
* offering souvenirs, resort clothing and basic toiletries.
- Day 1. Arrive at base, where you will be prepared for charter with an approx. 3 hour briefing. This consists of an area briefing, followed by a “hands on” boat familiarisation. Before your briefing, you may load your personal gear on board. If we have organised your food and beverages, this will already be stowed for you. Your personal cruise guide will take you for a sail or drive, of your boat, to ensure you and your group are confident in its handling. You may then head off to your first overnight anchorage such as Long Island, which is approximately a one-hour sail from our base, and let your Whitsundays holiday activities begin. There you have a choice of anchorages off the island resorts of Club Crocodile or Peppers Palm Bay.
- Day 2. Next morning the real Whitsundays activities begin - take your dinghy ashore and go for a bush walk through the lush rain forest, which will be throbbing with bird song. Then be enticed back on board by the aroma of breakfast. All vessels are supplied with barbecues mounted on the stern - essential for one of the ultimate Whitsundays holiday activities, a cooked barbecue breakfast.
At 8am you will be contacted on your first scheduled radio call. These are conducted every morning and provide you with a weather forecast and we record your plans for the day. Note we also conduct a 4pm “sched” to ensure you are safely tucked in for the night.
After the “scheds”, set off on a leisurely sail or cruise to the east in the direction of Whithaven Beach. You will pass Gulnare Inlet and the craggy shores at the bottom of Whitsunday Island. The largest in the group, Whitsunday Island is uninhabited and blanketed in lush green vegetation dotted with majestic Hoop pines. You will notice Whitsunday Peak, which reaches 1296ft above sea level and is a great landmark for navigation as it can be seen from virtually all directions. As you cruise through the narrow Fitzallen Pass, you will also skim the northern face of Hamilton Island and Hamilton Island Resort which is the biggest resort in the area and offers a variety of restaurants and great facilities to the visiting yachtie..
One of the next Whitsundays activities is the trip from Long Island which will take approx. 2 hours to reach Solway Pass. As you enter the pass you will see your first dazzling glimpse of Australia’s most famous beach, Whitehaven Beach, with its 6 kilometres of pure white silica sand and clear turquoise seas. The best anchorage is off the rocky point at the south end of the bay.
Whilst your there travel by dinghy or walk to the northern most point of the beach and to the lookout on Tongue Point, for one of the best views in imaginable.
When visiting Whitehaven there is also an overnight anchorage to the north, called Apostle Bay. Alternatively travel east to Hazelwood Island and anchor at Chalkies Beach on the western face. Windy Bay on the north and White Bay on the south offer magnificent expanses of coral reef.
Day 3. Out of bed early to cast your line or have an early dip as the sun over the sparkling seas, then enjoy a leisurely breakfast on the beach. After speaking with our base at 8 am head up the spectacular east coast, past the amazing Hill Inlet with it’s pure white sandy shoals and beaches. Here too you may see mantaray, dolphin and huge green turtles bobbing in the clear blue water.
Pick up a mooring at Border Island and relish a barbecued fish lunch on board before walking to the top of this grassy little island which offers a 360-degree view of the area. The island appears surreal with its low shrubs and grass trees “standing guard” amongst the bushy thicket. Exotic bush orchids, with their meter long flower spikes, cling to the rocky outcrops. The snorkelling is very good too, as the bay to the north is protected and has excellent coral reefs. This is an overnight anchorage and a lovely, secluded stopover worth visiting.
Or you may prefer to cruise through the narrows of Hook Passage, to the south of Hook Island to Macona or Nara Inlet. Note Hook Island Resort has changed hands and is currently being rebuilt.
- Day 4. Nara Inlet is deep and fiord like with steep heavily wooded embankments. If there’s been recent showers, small waterfalls tumble down the rocky faces to shore and provide a refreshing bath, particularly if you’ve just tackled the exhilarating climb to explore the caves, with ancestral aboriginal rock paintings, located in the area.
- Day 5. A short cruise around to the western face of Hook Island (the second largest in the group) then head north to Langford Reef. This is a delightful day time stopover with the reef and sand spit emerging at low tide and then disappearing at high tide. It’s a great area for picnicking at low tide. The vast array of cheeky fish seething amongst the coral “bommies” makes it one of the best snorkelling spots in the area. As navigation can be tricky through the reefs always refer to your chart and the “100 Magic Miles Guide” which shows how to enter the area safely.
- Day 6. Head south to Cid Harbour, spot the majestic sea eagles that scoop the waves for small fish. The main anchorage at Sawmill Beach, is off a shoaling sandy beach edged with reef. If you’re feeling adventurous, climb through the rainforest over spring fed streams and palm forests to the top of the Whitsunday Peak. For the less energetic, the bush walk to Dugong Inlet, which offers a beautiful secluded beach, is well worthwhile. Expect to encounter large, lazy goannas and lots of bird life on the way.
- Day 7. Approximately one hour sail to the west will take you to South Molle Island Resort. A fun relaxed resort, check with our base to check out their entertain programs. You may also use the facilities such as shops, showers, bare, laundry etc.
- Day 8. Slowly cruise to our homeport, past the colourful Daydream Island Resort and Spa, one of the more recently refurbished resorts in the area. We also offer a 7-night package which combines 5 nights boating adventure followed by 2 nights of pampering at the resort.
Note : When booking an 8 or more night charter you are required to return to base for a mid charter turnaround, to top up water and fuel, fresh linen and fresh food and drink plus anything else the you and your group may require. If you would prefer to spend a few extra hours, you can catch a bus or taxi to Airlie Beach and Cannonvale to explore this beautiful little mainland resort. It offers a very good variety of shops and restaurants plus medical etc. facilities. Charterers can return to base, collect their vessel and then continue to their next overnight spot. However they may choose to have a night out at Airlie Beach, stay overnight on their yacht at and head off the next morning. Or sail to Airlie Beach and anchor off the main beach opposite the sailing club. Another option is to proceed to the Abel Point Marina at Cannonvale..
- Day 9. Sail to Hamilton Island resort for a visit and a little retail therapy or simply relax and enjoy the bustling boatie atmosphere in the harbour village. An overnight stopover is permitted and is generally in a marina berth and a fee applies. The island also has a major airport. Consider a trip to the outer barrier reef by helicopter during your stay. Sightseeing Seaplanes can also be organised to collect you from your boat in selected anchorages.
- Day 10. Cruise to Club Med Lindeman Island. The only Club Med resort in Australia. If you wish to visit the resort you must pay for a pre costed meal package. There are several anchorage options in delightful bays on or near the island.
- Day 11. Visit uninhabited Shaw island which offers several great anchorages. Explore Neck Bay on the western face. The short walk through palm groves takes you to the eastern face of the island. Cruise to the southwest to anchor off Burning Point, an ideal anchorage when there’s a brisk “sou’easter” blowing or around the southern tip to Billbob or Ruberta Bays. Shaw Island is rugged, spectacular and possibly one of the most beautiful in the area. If time permits, we suggest several nights should be spent in this area. However check your vessel cruising limits before venturing south of Shaw Island.
Some vessels can go as further south to Thomas Island. As this is a more remote area, other bareboating vessels are rarely seen this far south.
There are 74 islands in the Whitsunday area. 6 islands have resorts on them, nine in total. Most of the resort islands are basically uninhabited except for the area allocated to the resort buildings and facilities. Charter yachts are welcome to visit them and a fee generally applies costing between AU$30 and AU$80 per vessel per night. The facilities vary with each island. When paying these fees you are entitled to use the facilities such as toilets and showers, laundry, swimming pools etc. and to purchase goods such as meals, beverages, ship supplies, and souvenirs.
There are approximately 120 approved overnight anchorages in the area. The suitability of each anchorage depends on the weather forecast.
Note: although charterers may book a minimum 5 nights to 14 night (or longer) they may prefer to visit only 6 or 7 anchorages and stay several nights in a favourite spot. Each anchorage has its own individual charm and no two are the same!
The Whitsunday Islands are world known for having global standards in resort accomodation. Hamilton Island, Hayman Island, South Molle, Daydream Island just to name a few are continually setting the pace in island resorts and island accommodation for overseas competition in terms of Island Resort facilities, service and fun.
Why not sail to them all on your own luxury yacht? You can choose to anchor off shore and stay in the cabin of your luxury yacht or perhaps stay overnight in the Magnificent Hamilton Island Marina. Either way there is truly no better way to explore and party the Whitsunday islands Resorts and other island accommodation than in your own luxury yacht.
Of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays group, only 8 are inhabited. That leaves 66 opportunities for a Whitsundays Island escape where you can explore by luxury yacht or camp out in spectacular style. Sail a chartered luxury yacht and drop anchor in an isolated inlet of a deserted Whitsundays Island and stay there for as long as your provisions last. Alternatively, take a boat or plane ride to the island of your choice. These Whitsunday islands are out of the blue. The discovery can be yours!
Hamilton Island: Hamilton Island is situated in the heart of the Whitsundays, a group of 74 tropical islands, only 12 of which are inhabited, situated in the Coral Sea between the Queensland coast and The Great Barrier Reef. Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island in the Whitsundays and is the only island with an airport catering for direct commercial and charter flights. The island is serviced by approximately 40 flights a week by Virgin Blue and Jetstar including direct flights from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns with convenient connections to domestic and international ports. It is approximately a two-hour flight from Sydney, just over one hour from Brisbane.
Hamilton Island is a complete, year-round holiday island destination offering an extensive range of activities ensuring there is something for everyone, whether they be families with young children, the young at heart, adventurous travellers looking for exciting activities, mariners, business travellers, romantics or honeymooners. Over 80 per cent of Hamilton Island has been carefully preserved in its natural state so that visitors can continue to enjoy the pristine beauty of the island's fabulous beaches, unspoilt nature trails and secluded hideaways.
Hayman Island: World-acclaimed Hayman is nestled amid a lush tropical paradise in the Whitsunday Islands in the magnificent Great Barrier Reef. This multi award-winning resort recently completed a three-year near $50 million enhancement program and features beautifully appointed rooms, suites and penthouses, internationally renowned restaurants, diverse meeting facilities, a chapel for weddings or a reaffirmation of vows, a health retreat, beauty salon and children's activities centre. Marine facilities offer Reef cruises, game fishing, diving, helicopter and seaplane flights. Island activities include swimming in salt and fresh water pools, cultural and dining tours and extensive sporting facilities.
Daydream Island: With its recent multi-million dollar refurbishment, Daydream Island Resort & Spa has well and truly become an island destination dreams are made of. A range of stylish beach-themed accommodation is available featuring private ocean balconies overlooking the tranquil waters of the Whitsunday Passage. Many guests stay at Daydream for the sole purpose of visiting the resort’s exclusive Rejuvenation Spa designed to provide a total rejuvenation to the mind, body and soul. Guests can indulge in the most pampering therapeutic treatments or book an appointment with one of the Spa’s in-house professional naturopaths to receive a comprehensive physical assessment. Guests also have the choice of three outstanding restaurants, four tropical bars, three lagoon style swimming pools, three outdoor spas, a gymnasium, sauna, mini golf, tennis courts as well as all the water sports under the sun including canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, coral reef snorkelling and diving. Australia’s most scenic outdoor movie cinema screens latest blockbuster movies twice a week and the Endeavour wedding chapel provides the perfect venue for a truly memorable occasion. The resort also has a colourful ’19 hole putt your way around Australia’ mini golf course, an exciting retail outlet ‘Ginger’s Hut’ and is home to a magnificent coral reef lagoon, the world’s largest outdoor aquarium.
Peppers Palm Bay Whitsundays (QLD): Set on a secluded private beach amidst the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays, Peppers Palm Bay is ideal for a romantic interlude or a relaxing recharge. This island retreat is perfect for anyone who wants to get away from the crowds and enjoy an intimate getaway in one of Australia’s most renowned beauty spots, without sacrificing luxurious facilities or great food.
Guest accommodation is housed in 21 freestanding, elegantly appointed bungalows, bures and cabins, all leading directly onto the sandy beach. From the hammock on your private balcony, you'll have views across the water to other distant Whitsunday isles.
Guests can unwind in peace by the large, freshwater pool, heated spa and natural swimming lagoon. And while the emphasis is on tranquillity and relaxation, there’s always the opportunity to snorkel, dive, fish, enjoy water sports or explore the island and discover its secluded beaches via its 14km of bushtrails.
Laguna Whitsundays Resort: Located in the Whitsunday region approximately 40 minutes from Airlie Beach and 20 minutes from Proserpine, Laguna Whitsundays is the perfect place to relax and unwind amongst 8000 acres of untouched bushland & rainforest on the mainland, whilst being in close proximity of the Whitsunday Islands .
Laguna Whitsundays is home to Queensland 's best 18 hole public access golf course, Turtle Point.
In addition to golf Laguna Whitsundays also offers a 40 metre swimming pool with swim up bar, 3 tennis courts, archery, bike riding & croquet. At the Beach Club guests can also experience a wide variety of non motorised water sports at the 15 hectare non-tidal enclosed lagoon - the perfect place to master catamarans, sailboards & canoes.
The resort offers spacious one and two bedroom self contained villas; all of which line the fairways of the Turtle Point Golf Course. These self-contained, fully serviced villas feature all of the facilities expected, including private balcony/patio, bathroom/s, STD/IDD telephones, pay TV movie channels, air conditioning, and fully appointed kitchen.
Located just off the Bruce Highway , Laguna Whitsundays offers convenient access via Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) Airport where Jetstar & Virgin Blue fly in daily. Alternatively, the resort is approximately a 70 minute drive from Mackay Airport .
Coral Sea Resort: Coral Sea Resort, winner of the 2000 Queensland Tourism Awards, and finalist in the National Tourism Awards, has added to the Whitsunday mainland a superior product equal to the many island experiences available. Very few properties can boast the stunning location of this 4½ resort, where suites are built to absolute waters edge.
Accommodation comprises of a range of hotel suites (some featuring private spa baths and double hammocks), superior apartments and luxury penthouses. Coral Sea Resort also boasts one of Airlie Beach’s best restaurants.
Long Island: Close to the coast south of Shute Harbour, Long Island is home to three favourite Whitsunday Island resort accommodations. Club Crocodile Long Island offers guests a complete island resort setting nestled amongst a lush, tropical canopy while Peppers Palm Bay and Whitsunday Wilderness Lodge are tranquil havens far away from the crowds. There are over 20 klms of bushwalking tracks on Long Island offering some of the prettiest hiking in The Whitsunday Islands.
South Molle Island: Nearby South Molle Island has been a Mecca for family groups for years. Consisting of 405 hectare of unspoilt national park rimmed by scenic beaches, bays and inlets. Explore 16 klm of walking track that take you through lush forests to hilltop lookouts offering panoramic water views of the Whitsunday Islands. Known as the " happy " resort, its many facilities including 9 hole golf course and all-inclusive rate make it a very attractive Island holiday destination.
Lindeman Island: For an all-inclusive island holiday where the emphasis is on fun in the sun, head to Lindeman Island for Australia's only Club Med resort accommodations. There are enough activities and water sports on this National Park Island to keep you going all day long and everything from a round of golf to international cuisine and mealtime drinks included.
Nara: Nara is a narrow 3kl inlet, very protected and suitable as an overnight anchorage in all weather conditions. Here too the fishing is great and there are lots of oysters to gather from the rocky shores at low tide.
The inlet offers several anchorages however we recommend the one at the top as it is the most protected and quite beautiful. This anchorage is surrounded on 3 sides by steep rocky faces with ferns, palms and variety of other rainforest plants and is near the main waterfall.
Cid Harbour: Cid Harbour, one of the most popular anchorages in the area is situated on the western face of Whitsunday Island. It is often chosen as a “first night” anchorage as it is approx. a 2-hour sail Shute Harbour.