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A 7-DAY WHITSUNDAY ESCAPE

14 September 2022
WHITSUNDAY ESCAPE,
Sailing Yacht
ARRIVAL - AIRLIE BEACH

Whitsunday Escape base is located at Coral Sea Marina. If you choose to sleep aboard your vessel the night before your charter begins, you will be able to stock your vessel at one of the nearby supermarkets. Then enjoy dinner in Airlie Beach at one of the many restaurants.

Airlie Beach has dozens of things to do before or after your charter. Enjoy a swim in the lagoon, explore the many bushwalks, try kayaking and stand up paddling, experience the famous nightlife and take some adventure tours.

DAY 1 - CID HARBOUR

Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island is very popular as a first night anchorage for bareboat charters and private boats alike.

There is no swimming in Cid Harbour at any time.

This calm anchorage has beaches to explore and two bushwalks:

A short walk from Dugong Beach to Sawmill Bay.
Whitsunday Peak – for experienced walkers only. Go right up to the top, the views are worth it (take water).
Cid Harbour has quite a bit of history attached to it. During WW2 the Allied Navy ships anchored here prior to the battle of the Coral Sea.

DAY 2 - WHITEHAVEN BEACH

Whitehaven Beach is a must see on the itinerary of just about every traveller to the Whitsundays. It is one of the most famous beaches in the world and is constantly ranked as one of the best beaches by numerous sources, year after year.

The beach stretches over 7km along Whitsunday Island and offers two bushwalks with fantastic views – Hill Inlet bushwalk (1.3km return) and Whitehaven to Chance Bay bushwalk (7.2km return).

DAY 3: NECK BAY

Neck Bay on Shaw Island is one of the most southerly anchorages within the Whitsunday Escape cruising area and is seldom visited. Explore the bush track that leads from one side of the island to the other.

Neck Bay offers good;

fishing
swimming
beach walking
bird watching

DAY 4: HAMILTON ISLAND

Hamilton Island is the largest resort in the Whitsundays and is essentially a community of its own, on an island. For a small marina fee, you can berth in the marina overnight and make use of the resort facilities. Fabulous if you need to restock your vessel with food and drinks, or if you want to enjoy a restaurant meal and some pampering on land. The resort has several pools that you are allowed to use, so bring your swimmers and a towel.

Island Facilities include

Bakery,
Restaurants,
Bottleshop,
Boutiques,
Small supermarket,
Pharmacy
Bars and clubs,
Day spa,
Wildlife park,
Lots of activities at varying costs.

DAY 5: NARA INLET

Nara Inlet is a very protected anchorage on Hook Island that is popular with all boaties.

A unique factor about Nara Inlet is the cave at the furthest end, where you will find Ngaro Aboriginal cultural site. The bush track up to the cave is well-marked, gentle and accessible by people of all fitness levels. Interpretive signage along the way explains the significance of the site and the cave paintings.

The calmness of this anchorage is perfectly suited to;

swimming,
kayaking/paddle boarding,
fishing

DAY 6: BUTTERFLY BAY

Butterfly Bay is a local favourite for its excellent snorkeling and diving, protection from most wind conditions and namesake butterfly habitants found on the bay’s beach at certain times of the year.

Butterfly Bay is a Marine National Park Green Zone. As such it offers:

snorkelling
diving
abundant marine life (in both shallows and at depth)
wonderful birdlife
With its great protection from the south/south east winds and vast marine, butterfly and bird life, all easily accessible from the beach or off your boat, you may find yourself spending an extra night or two here to explore this diverse bay.

DAY 7: STONEHAVEN, HOOK ISLAND

Stonehaven is a beautiful anchorage popular with Whitsunday boaties due to its close proximity to some of the Whitsundays best snorkeling and diving spots. Other benefits of this bay include:

three bays to choose from for anchoring overnight
amazing sunsets
good snorkelling from any of the bays
fishing
There are free moorings available.