The Whitsunday Islands are situated at the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on the north east tropical coast of Queensland, Australia. The islands are approximately 1,100 kilometers north of Brisbane and 700 kilometers south of Cairns. There are 74 islands within the Whitsunday group (also known as the Cumberland Islands). The tropical islands are fringed with coral reefs, white beaches and feature numerous secure anchorages. The outer Great Barrier Reef provides protection from ocean swells.

Cruising time between anchorages is in most cases less than two hours. The reef and islands all form part of the vast Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and, as such, the sea-life and wildlife are protected. Fishing is restricted in some areas.

Seven resorts are scattered throughout the Whitsunday Islands. Most welcome visiting yachts, offering evening entertainment, dining, and the use of their facilities.

'Bareboating' is the term used for skipper yourself charters. A variety of operators in the Whitsundays provide a flotilla of yachts, catamarans and motor launches of varying sizes for bareboat charter. While you don't require a licence, to get the most out of the bareboat experience, at least one of your party should have some boating experience.

The Whitsundays has an extensive array of maxi yachts, modern catamarans and traditional tallships for overnight sailing. You can take an active part in the sailing or you can lie back and relax and let the crew do the work. Tours last from 1 to 6 nights and offer varying accommodation from open plan bunks to private ensuited cabins. Includes all meals and snorkelling and some offer diving as an optional extra.