No visit to Australia would be complete without cruising the Whitsunday islands, in the heart of the Great Barrier reef. They are a natural stop when cruising north or south along the east coast between Brisbane and Cairns. The islands (All 74+ of them) and mainland port of Airlie Beach offer a huge range of activities, some unique to this part of Australia. Abundant in Natural attractions and activities such as Diving, Fishing, beaches, bush walks and indigenous cultural heritage.
The cruising in the Whitsunday islands is safe and easy with short distances to protected anchorages in all weather, and well charted. The cruising is on par with the Virgin islands in the Caribbean for ease of cruising and beauty. But far less crowded and developed being the islands are part of the national marine park.