With a total of 19 sites listed in UNESCO World Heritage list, including some of the oldest rainforests on earth and approx. One-third of the world’s protected marine areas, Australia is truly an exciting yachting destination.
This wast country has some 50,000 kilometres of spectacular coast line which caters for all. From lush national parks, snow-white beaches, bohemian surfer’s paradises, neon-lit hot spots, cosmopolitan cities, performance sailing to idyllic and quiet beauty makes Australia an exquisite luxury yacht charter destination.
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Seven Day Itinerary for the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef
The Whitsunday Coast and Islands are a very special part of Australia. Centrally located on the Queensland Coast 150km north of Mackay and 300km south of Townsville yet right in the heart of the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Flights depart most cities daily with direct access to Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays or Whitsunday Coast Airport 45 minutes from Airlie Beach.
Guests fly into Hamilton Island and board yacht. Depart 1300 for Hook Island, Nara Inlet. Distance 15 miles. Make a short walk up to an aboriginal cave with paintings.
Remain in Nara Bay for the morning. After lunch depart for Butterfly Bay. Distance 5 miles. From here visit neighboring bays, head to Manta Ray Bay for afternoon snorkeling. Anchor for the night.
Depart Early for Bait Reef. Distance 18 miles. Enjoy diving, snorkeling, fishing and reef exploring. Weather permitting remain here for the night, or depart 1600 for Boarder Island. Distance 20 miles. Good diving and snorkelling.
Head to Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island and close to Haslewood Island. Distance 7 miles. Head to northern end of beach and be dropped off at inlet to visit lookout over bay. Enjoy the long white sandy beach, and pottering around the bays and coves of Haslewood Island.
Head to Lindeman Island. Distance 10 miles. Most of this island is national park. Enjoy the walking tracks with lots of butterflies and bird life. Possibly visit the local resort.
Head to Turtle Bay on Whitsunday Island. Distance 8 miles. Snorkel and explore the coves and bays along this southern stretch of the island.
In the morning return to Hamilton Island. Distance 8 miles.
For more information of Australia go:
Australia’s Official Travel & Tourist Information
Visit New South Wales
Northern Territory – Darwin & Surrounds
Welcome to Western Australia
Here are links to costal Australian sites included in UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
UNESCO – Wet Tropics of Queensland
UNESCO – Great Barrier Reef
UNESCO – Fraser Island
UNESCO – Lord Howe Island Group
UNESCO – Sydney Opera House
UNESCO – Tasmanian Wilderness
UNESCO – Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens
UNESCO – Shark Bay, Western Australia
UNESCO – Ningaloo Coast
UNESCO – Kakadu National Park
A luxury charter yacht to Indian Ocean and maybe Southeast Asia to explore Phuket and the Phang Nga Bay will bring you to a new and splendid experience.