Sailing Whitsundays

Key Points:
1: Yacht based at Hamilton Island.

2: Flexible usage and freedom to explore the Whitsundays
3: Full technical support service
4: The ability as an owner to explore further

Yacht Share Mariner offers a unique cruising experience to the eight owners in the Syndicate to explore the Whitsundays Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. In addition, as a yacht owner, you have the freedom to cruise to areas outside of the park. Picture yourself with family or friends cruising the Great Barrier Reef itself, or even anchored off Magnetic Island. There is so much more to east coast sailing.

Each member of the ‘Halyna’ Bali 4.4 catamaran syndicate – has up to 42 days usage each year. The winter months are spent in the Whitsundays. The Bali 4.4 has all the luxury of a 5-star hotel with nearly 100 square meters of usable space on the main deck, 3 air-conditioned cabins with private en-suite facilities and two big diesel engines keep you moving when the wind drops. The 650 litre fridge makes catering a breeze enabling remote overnight stays in iconic destinations.

‘Halyna’ will be based at the Empire Marina on Lake Macquarie for the summer but may also go to Sydney/Pittwater area before the return to the Whitsundays next April.


Whitsundays Suggested Itinerary

Day 1 – Airlie Beach to Nara Inlet

Popular with yachties as a very protected anchorage, Nara Inlet, on Hook Island is a great first stop after leaving Coral Sea Marina. Explore the cave at the furthest end of the beach admire the Ngaro Aboriginal cultural site. The well-marked bush-track is a gentle climb, accessible to most fitness levels.

Day 2 – Nara Inlet to Cid Harbour or Gulnare Inlet

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 from Dugong Beach to Sawmill Bay or for the fitter punter, Whitsunday Peak.

Gulnare Inlet is a protected anchorage with a few shallow spots on the way in. It is probably best to enter on a rising tide. Gulnare offers good holding and protection from all except strong southerly winds.

Day 3 – Cid Harbour or Gulnare Inlet to Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is a major hub in the Whitsundays with a marina, airport and many shops, restaurants and yacht club. Here you can add to your provisions or enjoy a meal out. Enjoy a bush walk on one of the many walking trails. Hamilton Island is one of the Whitsunday Islands close to the Great Barrier Reef.


Day 4 – Hamilton Island to Whitehaven Beach

The famous Whitehaven Beach is on many a travellers bucket list. The beach extends over 7km, with sand made up of 98% pure, tiny silica beads, making it dazzlingly white and luxuriously fine. Cameras click to capture the breathtaking scenes of this pristine beach and the azure waters.

Day 5 – Whitehaven Beach to Cateran Bay  

Close enough to Whitehaven Beach, and deserving to be visited, is Border Island, an outlying island located to the east of Hook Island and home to Cateran Bay, an amazing place for a snorkelling stopover and a secluded overnight under the milky way.

Day 6 – Cateran Bay to Butterfly Bay

Another popular anchorage, Butterfly Bay on the northern side of Hook Island has limited public moorings. Enjoy snorkelling along the edge of the bay or just off the beach. Coral outcrops with shallow walls are populated by many small, colourful reef fish species.

Day 7 – South Molle

South Molle Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands, is a resort island in the Whitsunday section of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia. The hilly island has numerous bays and inlets and 16km of walking paths. It is one of the most protected in the Molle Islands National Park.

Day 8 – South Molle or Palm Bay to Airlie Beach

Back in the marina, for something different – Honeyeater lookout is a short walk from the Airlie Beach main street. The walk starts at Kara Crescent which is a 15–20-minute walk from Airlie Beach and can be accessed by foot or car. When you reach the lookout, enjoy an expansive view over Cannonvale and Airlie Beach and the Coral Sea Marina.

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