WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS YACHT CHARTERS & CRUISES
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Crewed Yacht Charters in Australia's Whitsunday Islands - from Hamilton Island or
Airlie Beach/Abel Point Marina.
The Whitsunday Islands were originally formed by volcanic action, but after the last glacial period about 30-50,000 years ago, the sea level rose, leaving the higher coastal peaks as islands.
Today, these islands are considered to be among the safest, most beautiful cruising grounds in the world. The 74 islands offer year round sailing in typical trade wind conditions. The Great Barrier Reef to the east of the islands protects them from ocean swells and the close proximity of the islands to each other and to the mainland, make for safe, easy passage making.
Right in the middle of the group is Hamilton Island, with its own airport, 4 star resort hotel and yacht harbour. Flight duration to Hamilton Island is from Sydney - 2:10 hrs, Melbourne - 2:40 hrs, Brisbane - 1:20 hrs and Cairns- 1:00 hr. You will step almost literally from your plane onto your yacht.
Then set off on your cruise among the islands. The islands, mostly unspoilt National Parks, have 10 resorts which vary from 5 star luxury to old style cabins. The peace and isolation of the uninhabited anchorages can be contrasted with dinner and frivolity ashore.
Snorkel the fringing reefs, loaf about on a beaches of dazzling white silica sand or take a walk ashore to visit aboriginal rock paintings. There is plenty to keep you as active as you want to be. Choose from 128 principal anchorages throughout the island chain to set your anchor, drop a line over the side and maybe take a fish for the barbecue.
The warm tropical waters are home to manta rays and dolphins which are common sights. From July to September, the annual humpback whale migration passes between the islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Green-backed turtles lay their eggs in the sand of isolated beaches in the region. Delicate coastal communities of flora and fauna are protected in rugged national parks; the remnants of the world's oldest continuously surviving rainforest thrive deep in restricted areas of State Forest.
The Whitsunday Islands are located a little over a hundred nautical miles north of the Tropic of Capricorn, between 20 degrees and 21 degrees South. They are cooled by the trade winds for most of the year and have an excellent climate.
The waters are protected by the Coral Sea and Great Barrier Reef and most islands are surrounded by a fringing reef system. Seasons tend to be dictated by school holidays rather than weather, so some of the best sailing can be found in the off-peak periods.
The summer months, November to April, are warm and sultry with January and February being the hottest months. The wet season is between January-March. And cyclones, if they do occur, are most likely between February & March. Northerly winds in summer cause the temperature and humidity to soar. Average temperatures in the summer are 31C / 88F.
From April through October the islands and most of the coast of Queensland are fanned by a 10 -25 knot south easterly trade wind. Peak tourist activity is between May and October when southerners escape their colder winter. Winters are said by many to be the perfect climate- warm by day and cool by night. Average high is 23-28C / 72-82F. July is the coldest month (23C/72F avg high), but the temperature rarely drops below 11 degrees C (52 F). The water temperature is between 20-25C (68-77F).
The best holiday months in the Whitsundays are from May to December.
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