There are many fabulous ways to experience the tropical paradise that is The Whitsundays, but none is quite so unique as renting a yacht from Queensland Yacht Charters – that yep, happens to have more room in the sleeping quarters than my apartment – and sailing it around the islands on your own schedule to enjoy places you can only reach by boat.
1. Shower Under A Waterfall
While your anchor is down in this incredible corner of The Whitsundays, why wouldn’t you also explore the fresh-water rockpool and flowing waterfall that make themselves known every rainy season. There are not many opportunities in life to have your morning shower be underneath a flowing, natural waterfall.
2. Bushwalk To Aboriginal Caves
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On the southeast end of Hook Island is the secluded bay of Nara Inlet. Sail right up into its calm waters and head ashore to explore the dense rainforest. There’s beauty abounds here, but the stand out are the cave paintings left behind by the traditional landowners, the Ngaro people. It’s been discovered that this group was living here up to 9000 years ago, making it one of the oldest sights in Eastern Australia. To see a piece of that history for yourself is truly spectacular.
3. Seafood Lunch On The High Seas
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Of course, all your exploring land and sea will make you work up quite the appetite. No matter where you’re floating, Whitsunday Provisioning can drop a first-rate picnic, including the freshest of seafood right to your boat. No matter what you order, it’s fresh and local.
4. Go For A Private Snorkel
Having your own boat means that you have full control over where to drop anchor – well, within reason obviously. Want to pop into the salty seas for a quick snorkel among schools of tropical fish? Have at it, mate. Chances are very high you won’t have to share the space with another soul.
5. Paddle Board At Blue Pearl Bay
Located on the north-western side of Hayman Island, Blue Pearl Bay provides the perfect spot for paddle-boarding, whether you’re a total newb or seasoned pro. Why? The area is particularly well known for its coral and fish life, a particularly famous resident being the Maori Wrasse.
6. Harvest Your Own Oysters
It doesn’t get fresher then cracking your own oyster right off the rock, and there are not many places in the world where you can do it. Obviously, don’t be greedy, but you can hunt for your own when you jump ship and head on land at Stonehaven Anchorage.
What to know how to charter your own heavenly course through The Whitsundays? Queensland Yacht Charter Have your itinerary sorted right here.Image: iStock Images / [swissmediavision]