If you are up to the planning stage of your cruising holiday you should find everything that you are looking for in this section.
What would you like to know more about:
Agreement To Hire
Booking your holiday
Budget for your holiday
Can we go to resorts?
Chart of The Whitsundays
Conditions of hire
Great Barrier Reef
Getting to The Whitsundays
Intinerary (design your own)
To ensure "smooth sailing" please ensure you arrive at our base "ready to go" at 8:30am. That is; you have done all your provisioning, dropped off the hire car etc. Your Briefer will provide a trolley cart for you to load your luggage into and take to your bareboat where you will begin your induction. Your briefing is divided into three parts; the area brief, boat brief and practical assessment. The area brief covers safety, navigation and Whitsunday Marine Park regulations to ensure you are aware of the charter limits of your vessel and are informed of your responsibilities in the marine park. The boat brief covers the function of the various systems on the boat as well as the location of the safety equipment, while The practical assessment covers anchoring and sailing techniques.The combined briefings will take 3-4 hours depending on your experience level.
Your briefing is divided into three parts; the area brief, boat brief and practical assessment. The area brief covers safety, navigation and Whitsunday Marine Park regulations to ensure you are aware of the charter limits of your vessel and are informed of your responsibilities in the marine park. The boat brief covers the function of the various systems on the boat as well as the location of the safety equipment, while the practical assessment covers anchoring and sailing techniques.The combined briefings will take 3-4 hours depending on your experience level.
If you are flying into Hamilton Island, Cumberland Charter Yachts can deliver your bareboat to Hamilton Island for an additional fee of $465 (one way). Your briefing at Hamilton Island commences at 11:30am on board your bareboat, unless otherwise arranged with Cumberland Charter Yachts. The fee includes the delivery of your bareboat by your Briefer, your briefing, as well as an overnight berth at Hamilton Island if you choose to stay in the marina on your first night or if your flight arrival means you aren't able to commence your briefing at 11:30am. The combined briefings will take 3-4 hours depending on your experience level. All bareboats must be at their first anchorage by 4pm.
Provisioning can be done by any of the provisioning companies in Airlie Beach, who will deliver and pack the provisioning on the boat for you, ready to be delivered over to Hamilton Island. There is also an IGA Supermarket and small bottle shop on Hamilton Island if you prefer to do your own provisioning.
Walk a little or a lot, choose from easy short walks to longer day hikes. The Whitsunday area has over 67 km of tracks traversing the mainland and islands so there's plenty to explore, walkers can choose different distances and gradients.
The tracks are well marked, some have interpretive signs and toilet facilities. The Whitsundays are rich in cultural history—ancient rock quarries, middens from feasts gone by and abandoned logging camps echo stories of long ago. The Ngaro and Gia people have an ongoing connection to this land and sea country that spans more than 9000 years
Walkers can expect to see fantastic native Australian flora and fauna, look out for goannas, brush turkeys and native birds, White bellied sea eagles soar above while endangered beach-stone curlews probe the rocky shores.
CCY provide the Whitsunday area visitor guide on board however if you wish to review these sea trails and cultural sites prior to arrival let us know we can post you a copy.
Also click here for more on bushwalk's and Whitsunday maps.
All Cumberland bareboat's are made welcome at the resorts of the Whitsundays.
Resorts in the Whitsundays offer award winning facilities and endless activities, bareboating in the Whitsundays provides a number of unique experiences .
Each resort charges a mooring fee per vessel which enables you to use the free on-shore facilities and experience the delights of a "cocktail around the pool".
Hayman island requires you to have accommodation on shore.
More Resort Information
Cumberland Charter Yachts offers you the opportunity to offset your holiday emissions. The following sites offer reliable carbon offsetting options:
http://www.greenfleet.com.au/ or http://www.climatefriendly.com/
Sailing in the Whitsundays on a bareboat is considered a minimal emissions impact holiday, CCY prides itself on providing solar energy on 80% of our fleet however getting here and the small amount of fuel you will need to use whilst traveling from island to island can now be easily offset.
For more information regarding climate change and your impact on the reef, please read our Responsible Reef Practices Guide or follow this link to understand more about climate change http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/managing-the-reef/threats-to-the-reef/climate-change
All vessels are supplied with crockery, cutlery, cooking gear,
coffee plunger, gas stove, gas bbq and fridge/freezers. All vessels have an
oven. All vessels are supplied with enough pots, pans, cutlery
and crockery to cope with the surveyed amount of people that
vessel can carry. Prior to arrival for charter you can download
your vessel operation manual which gives you a full inventory
of the galley and the vessel. have all your meal prepared for you- try Slice of Nature for all your provisioning needs.
All vessels have a tender or rubber ducky type dinghy that can carry all
the crew comfortably to and from the beach. They are equipped with an outboard motor
and oars for the energetic!!
More information and pictures
CCY is dedicated to Eco tourism promoting sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture, and heritage and minimise impacts on the environment. Follow the links to see how can you help?
Are you looking to travel to pristine and aesthetically pleasing locations to experience something new and beautiful? Unfortunately, it is usually these environments that are the most fragile and susceptible to outside influences/impacts (Climate Change).
To ensure the Whitsundays is preserved for the future, CCY is doing its part in its protection. Our dedication to Eco tourism promotes sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture, and heritage and minimise impacts on the environment.
Our decision to become Eco accredited was not driven by economic gains but focus on educating our guests on travelling green. By opting for an eco tourism experience/holiday over a conventional tourism package you are making a conscious decision to reduce your impact.
Eco tourists are seeking to minimize the carbon footprint of their travel, traveling with climate in mind by planning wisely and choosing consciously. If you are a conscious traveler who shares these values then become an eco tourist today! By booking an charter holiday you will be surrounded by like minded people, have access to well managed and pristine environments and experience a truly unique experience.
Offset Your Carbon Footprint
Guide to Responsible Reef Practices
You will only be charged for fuel that you use during your charter. We have a suggested daily fuel budget for all vessels check each vessel's file for this rate. Fuel used can be paid for on completion whilst at the fuel pump in Abell Point marina.
Each vessel is supplied with
dinghy and 6HP outboard. A flat rate of $35 per charter is applied for outboard fuel and oil used for your tender and also the LPG (gas) used for the stove/ BBQ.
Abell Point Marina's position is Latitude - 20 Degrees 15.8 South, Longitude is 148 Degrees 42.6 East. For any others - Please just ask.
For the best views of Whitehaven beach, journey to the lookout at Tongue Point on Whitsunday Island. Time your lookout experience on low tide to fully experience the beautiful fusion of colours that surface. For bareboat's, the best spot to anchor is in Tongue Bay,
Hill inlet its self in inaccessible by boats, tender across to the beach to commence the short bushwalk up the hill to the lookout across Hill Inlet and Whitehaven Beach and back down the other side to secluded Betty's Beach, at the tip of Hill Inlet.
You can depart on, or return from your holiday on any day of the year except Christmas day.
For a list of school holiday try:
We've made it easy for you to check availability for your holiday period. Have a look at our online availability
There are a number of ways to connect to the Internet while cruising the Whitsundays. Current technologies and coverage include:
Telstra 4 G. Using the Telstra Next G and Bigpond wireless broadband Internet connection allows reasonable connection inside the Whitsunday island group and around Hamilton Island. Certain locations and some anchorages also enjoy Internet coverage using this technology. Vodafone, Optus and other telecom companies offer internet coverage, but it is believed to be very limited.
While jellyfish do inhabit the beautiful Whitsunday waters (and who can blame them) they are not a year round phenomenon and they are not ubiquitous to all areas. Cumberland recommends that anyone swimming in the sea uses a comfortable snorkel suit that offers not only substantial protection from marine life but also from sunburn. The suits offer 100% UV protection allowing you to stay in the water longer. We hire suits for $25 for length of charter. We have sizes from child 2 to xxxl.
What do the suits look like? Click
here for a picture
Download a Fact and Fiction sheet - Word document or PDF document
For some realistic information on irukandjis have a look at Marine Stingers facts
While jellyfish do inhabit the beautiful Whitsunday waters
(and who can blame them) they are not a year round phenomenon
and they are not ubiquitous to all areas. Cumberland recommends
that anyone swimming in the sea uses a comfortable snorkel suit
that offers not only substantial protection from marine life
but also from sunburn. The suits offer 100% UV protection
allowing you to stay in the water longer. We hire suits for
$25 for length of charter. We have sizes from Child 2 to xxxl.
What do the suits look like? Click here for a picture
Unfortunately you aren't able to get coverage everywhere in the Whitsundays. However Telstra 4G has the best coverage.
Places like Whitehaven Beach or Butterfly Bay do not have any mobile service.
To keep phones charged - all vessels have a 12 volt outlet so bring your car charger along to charge up your phone.
Cumberland Charter Yachts have private moorings available for your use located just off the rock wall at Abell Point Marina, suitable for overnight stays if your departure time on the first day doesn't allow you to reach your first nights' anchorage by 4pm.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) have installed free public moorings
around the islands in various locations to help minimise anchor damage to fragile environments. Colour codes on the moorings explain the class (vessel length), time limits (usually 2 hours) and maximum wind strengths applicable to the mooring. Your breifer will explain mooring use in more detail with you during your breifing. Download the GBRMPA public mooring map (current as at November 2017) for mooring locations.
1. All vessels are supplied with an AM/FM Radio.
2. All vessels have a CD player.
3. All vessels have Ipod connectivity, some may also charge your device.
Paddling around the inlets and bays is a great way to explore the Whitsundays, without the engine noise. Quietly meandering and exploring out of the way beaches and deserted inlets is not only rewarding but great exercise too. We offer stand up and kayaks, which are great for the children! All our paddle boards are singles we recommend taking 2 boards, more than 2 can crowd the front deck. You can order your boards or Kayaks online via the charter centre. Boards are delivered to your vessel ready for charter departure. Prices from $25.00 per day. More info on watersports
All rates are in Australian Dollars. Fleet/vessel details, conditions and prices, were correct attime of printing and are subject to change without notice. Prices include GST. A 1.5% surcharge is added to all credit card transactions. Please check our website for current rates, availability and special offers.
A deposit of $1,000 is payable to confirm bookings. The balance of the charter fee is payable 60 days prior to charter start date.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days prior to departure date a $250.00 administration fee will apply. Cancellations between 89 - 60 days, the full $1,000 will be forfeited. Cancellations 59 days prior to charter no monies will be refunded unless an alternative booking for the same charter period and vessel occurs.
Environmental Management & Admin Charge (EMC)
An Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $19.50 & Administrative Fee of $12.50 totalling $32 per person is payable prior to entering the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
Insurance Damage Waiver
A non-refundable damage waiver of $35 - $55 per night is charged to cover loss or damage to the vessel or its inventory.
For travel between and including December to April, we highly recommend you take out adequate travel insurance for the cover in the event of a cyclone.
Fuel used is to be paid for on completion of charter. The vessel can be refueled at Abell Point Marina and paid for by credit card.
Outboard Fuel, Oil and Cooking Gas
A flat rate of $35 per charter is applied for outboard fuel and oil used for your tender and also the LPG (gas) used for the stove/ BBQ.
All vessels are subject to operational area limits. These limits are, NORTH to George Point including Hayman Island. EAST to Harold Island including Border Island. SOUTH to Cape Conway including the North Western side of Shaw Island. Area limits may be amended based on weather conditions.
Starting your charter at Abell Point Marina we can commence your area brief at 8.30am. You will be automatically scheduled for 8.30am briefing unless your arrival time does not allow this. For briefings at Hamilton Island the vessel will be delivered by 11am or to coincide with your arrival time. Please note there is an additional charge of $465 to pickup and/or return vessels to any place other than Abell Point Marina.
The Outer Great Barrier Reef extends north from Cairns and south to Gladstone, and is home to thousands of marine species. It provides an amazing ecosystem, we are privileged to enjoy the islands fringing reef systems within the national park however if you want to experience the Outer barrier reef system you can also do this from your vessel.We can arrange for you to be picked up from your vessel by a seaplane and flown to the reef. A seaplane will land close to your location and you are then whisked off to the edge of the Barrier Reef Marine Park at Hardy Lagoon. Here you'll experience 2 hours snorkeling at the sheltered private lagoon, coral viewing in a semi submersible boat, enjoy snacks and celebrate your day with a glass of bubbles, Before you take an amazing scenic flight over heart reef and the Whitsunday Islands back to your vessel. From $360.00 per person. (min 2 passengers) Ask our crew to book this fantastic experience for you.
More information on the Great Barrier Reef
CCY is dedicated to Eco tourism promoting sustainable travel that benefits local communities, culture, and heritage and minimise impacts on the environment. Follow the links to see how can you help? Guide to Responsible Reef Practices
Sailing The Whitsundays or The Cumberland Islands, now referred to as the Whitsundays, are arguably the best cruising grounds found anywhere in Australia, rivaling the best in the world. Voted Peoples Choice 2014, Best Cruising Experience in Australia by Australia Traveller Magazine readers. Almost all of the islands are national parks, covered with trees and dense bush, giving the visitor a sense of an un chartered adventure awaiting them. The mountainous rocky islands offer great protection from prevailing winds the coves and inlets provide shelter for those seeking calmer waters.
The predominant winds in the Whitsundays are south-east and east; north east occur with increasing frequency from September on wards through January, giving sailors an opportunity to visit some of the south-exposed anchorages. No matter which vessel you choose be it a Mono hull or a Motor catamaran bareboating in the Whitsundays will provide an excellent playground full of unique experiences.
We do not currently use the electronic shark deterrent devices. Our management team are investigating options and undertaking risk assessments on all available products however most of which have not yet been tested or approved in QLD waters or in combination with charter vessel usage. Whilst the state government and fisheries dept. undertake scientific research, we continue to educate and advise clients on safe practices when enjoying the marine park. Independent research has shown the use of electronic devices could provide a false sense of security and put our guests at greater risk (for example ignoring the basic safety advice given) and are also not proven to be 100% effective.
For more information on shark deterrents, read the review conducted by Choice, Australia's leading independent consumer advocacy group .
The Great Barrier Reef provides some of the best snorkelling in the world, many of the northern anchorages offer sheltered shallow coves teeming with fishes and other marine life, plus they are abundant in corals, soft velvet like coral , fan shaped to hard corals that look like a brain. You'll be amazed at the many different varieties and colours. Don't be shocked if you see a friendly turtle or huge hump headed maori wrasse zips past you or a tiny fish wants to use you for shelter. Listen for the many varieties of parrot fish that feast on the reef , they can be clearly herd chomping down breakfast!You are in their world now and its quiet entertaining seeing the daily goings on in this underwater environment, this is bareboating at its best.
All your snorkeling gear - masks, fins and snorkels - are provided free of charge, if your departing from Abell Point Marina we will take you to the Dive shop for a mask and fin fitting.
The best locations can be found in the 100 Whitsunday Magic miles page 57. Your Briefer can also give you tuition on how and where to enjoy snorkeling the Whitsundays. You'll also be briefed on our Responsible Reef Practices, on board you'll find more information about marine mammals and our environmental commitment. More information on responsible reef practices
Prior to arrival we ask you for your fin sizes and after the briefing we take you to the dive shop to be fitted out. We also suggest hiring Snorkel suits in summer and Wetsuits in winter.
More information on responsible reef practices
While jellyfish do inhabit the beautiful Whitsunday waters (and who can blame them) they are not a year round phenomenon and they are not ubiquitous to all areas. Cumberland recommends that anyone swimming in the sea uses a comfortable snorkel suit that offers not only substantial protection from marine life but also from sunburn. The suits offer 100% UV protection allowing you to stay in the water longer. We hire snorkel suits for $25 for length of charter. We have sizes from child 2 to xxxl.
What do the suits look like? Click here for a picture
Download a Fact and Fiction sheet - Word document or PDF document
For some realistic information on irukandjis have a look at http://www.marinestingers.com.au/
Are located in the nearby town of Cannonvale. More ideas about catering your holiday.
Cumberland can organise your provisioning for you. Our provisioning service can be provided on a package basis - from $30 per person per day - or you can use the self-select and meal plan options.
Whitsunday provisioning have been provisioning vessels for 25 years. They have a range of packages to suit any requirements.
You could provision the boat yourself but who wants to spend their holiday in a supermarket, especially when you don't know where everything is. The local supermarkets are small regional stores the stock minimal options and supplies and you'll find prices higher than that of the city stores.
More information on planning meals
During the Whitsundays mild winter months we are rewarded with Humpback and pilot whales migrating here to calf. The Whitsundays provides a perfect marine nursery for their young.In these sheltered warm waters you can expect to see the majestic mammals leaping, frolicking and numerous water spouts as they cruise through the area.Some lucky clients have come face to face with these giants.
There is no better time to experience the Whitsundays, the weather is mild, dry and the evenings are cooler, plus the fantastic advantage of marine activity between July, August and September.
We have strict whale protection areas to minimise the disturbance to whales, boats must not approach within 300 meters of a whale, These guidelines will be covered during your briefing.
More about Whales and the Whitsundays
The Whitsundays provides a vast ecosystem above and below the waterline. Amazing marine life in habit the protected waters and native birds enjoy the sheltered coves, there are a number of restricted bird sites, so twitters are guaranteed to see significant bird populations.
Sea turtles, Dugongs and Whales are regular visitors to our shores. Lace Monitor Lizards and Rock wallabies can be spotted along the walking tracks.
* Snorkeling gear (masks, fins and snorkels) are available
to all charterers free of charge.
* Fishing tackle is not supplied however you are very welcome to bring any gear you require. There is a fish guide onboard which will help you decide what sort of fish you have caught and if you can have it for dinner!!
The Whitsundays Islands are in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park so some areas do have restrictions placed on them. Further information will be supplied during your area brief.
Click here to download the Whitsunday Zoning Map (file over 4mb).
* The waters of the Whitsundays produce many magnificent coral reefs that can be enjoyed by snorkeling or by SCUBA diving. Many of our vessels have additional storage areas for dive gear. We can arrange for hire of dive gear to certified divers or you are very welcome to bring it along.
No formal qualifications are required as the vessels cannot
exceed 10 knots of speed which is when a licence is required
* Prior to arrival we obtain a comprehensive resume of your boating experience. Our operations staff will peruse this and if needed they will contact you. Upon arrival you are thoroughly briefed on your boat and you must then display a practical demonstration of boat handling.
* Your boating experience resume will ask questions such as - have you owned a vessel, have you chartered before, have you been in charge of a vessel overnight, do you understand the rules of the road at sea?? If you have low experience - you will arrange for a sail guide for you.
Try the Experience Calculator on line!
* Sail guides are available for hire. The cost is from $200 for a half day. Looking more information regarding learning to sail in your area?
* All navigation in the Whitsundays is by line of sight. Compasses, dividers, rulers and charts are provided onboard. The "street directory" to the area - the 100 Magic Miles is provided as well.
Whitehaven Beach is a definite "must-see" whilst sailing the Whitsundays. The crystal clear aqua waters and pristine silica sand of Whitehaven stretch over seven kilometers along Whitsunday Island, the largest of the 74 islands in the Whitsundays.
It defines nature at its best and provides the greatest sense of relaxation and escape.
As soon as you set eyes on its bright white landscape its easy to see why it is the most photographed beach in Australia and has been named "Queensland's Most Beautiful Beach" by 'Keep Australia Beautiful' and Queensland's Friendliest Beach more than once. CNN.com recently named Whitehaven Beach the 'world's top eco-friendly beach 2010' and more recently Voted Peoples Choice 2014, Best Cruising Experience in Australia by Australia Traveller Magazine readers.
Visit Whitehaven beach after all the day boats have left and you'll have 7 km's of pristine white silica sand all too yourself. Best time to visit is when the winds are southerly as it provides great protection from the prevailing winds.Page ref C26 in the 100 magic miles.
There are 74 islands which encompass the Whitsunday group.
* All bareboat vessels are restricted by their survey rating.
The Cumberland vessels that are in "4D" survey are - the Seawind 1000s, Beneteau 323, Voyager 1040, Highland 35 and Luci 40.
These vessels are allowed from Hayman Island to Shaw Island and on the Eastern side of the islands if the weather conditions are favourable. Other vessels are able to go down to the Smith Group as well.
We recommend having a loose plan of what you want to see and do whilst your here, be it Bushwalk's, Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet look out, Scuba, Fishing, Snorkelling, Resort Hopping or all of the above.. Our briefer can then give you a rough itinerary based on the weather predictions before you depart. But click here for more planning ideas and suggested itineraries..
* Cumberland has radio schedules with all vessels each morning at 9:30 and afternoon at 2:30. We provide you with the latest weather from the BOM and you advise your plans for the day, we may make alternate suggestions if we feel that your intended overnight anchorage may be a little uncomfortable for you in those weather conditions. We can also give you advice and information of each of these locations.
Please note that the Cruising Area will be discussed thoroughly during your Area Brief.