The best boating holidays start with Queensland Yacht Charters and the Whitsunday Islands. As the region's largest owner-operated charter company, Queensland Yacht Charters will ensure that you have a wonderful holiday.
All Queensland Yacht Charters' boats are fully equipped and professionally maintained for trouble free and safe chartering so from the moment you step on board, you can be confident in your boat. Well in advance, they send you a pre-charter briefing kit, which includes a planning chart of the area showing all the anchorages, coral and places of interest along with a comprehensive Operations & Safety manual, taking you through the a-z of operating your boat on your Whitsundays yacht charter. With this knowledge and their thorough briefings on arrival, you will be perfectly prepared for a great trip.
And the best is that your whitsundays sailing yacht or power boat can take you places others can only dream about. Relax, swim, snorkel or read. Do whatever you want, when you want. Its YOUR holiday.
On your floating holiday home, you'll quickly be able to leave your everyday life behind and sail away to explore and relax among 74 perfect tropical islands lying in a brilliant blue and turquoise sea with secluded anchorages, magnificent coral reefs and lushly forested islands.
If getting married on a yacht or a deserted island or even one of the Whitsunday Island Resorts sounds too romantic and unforgettable to miss, let QYC help you plan your special event.
They can put you in touch with Marriage Celebrants, Wedding Photographers and florists. For a venue, consider Coral Sea Resort in Airlie Beach which has a perfect white wedding gazebo overlooking the Coral Sea and accommodation suites with outdoor private spas and hammocks, the perfect way to start off your Honeymoon.
Luxury Crewed Charters
Why not consider having a truly relaxing sailing holiday where you are carefree, can do as little or as much as you want, have wonderful gourmet feasts, visit extraordinary out of the way places (including the Outer Great Barrier Reef) and be waited on by your own personal hostess/cook and skipper.
Get your group of friends or family together and create the adventure that awaits you.
Their beautiful new Bavaria 50 is suitable for 3 couples + crew in absolute luxury and comfort. Fully air-conditioned and equipped with all latest electronic equipment including a flat screen TV and DVD for your entertainment.
Snorkeling gear is provided, along with stinger suits and a paddleboard for some extra fun.
Inclusions: Yacht, sailguide, hostess/cook, Marine Park fees, Damage Waiver insurance, Premium Gourmet Provisions, Vessel fuel, paddleboard, snorkel gear.
Not included: Any beverages/alcohol (we have an extensive list to choose from), resort mooring and marina fees (if applicable), transfers from airport to base.
The crew on board your vessel are chosen for the friendliness and professionalism as well as their expertise.
Their crew work well as a team and are there to make your holiday the most stress free, enjoyable and memorable holiday you will have.
From the best anchorages and snorkel spots, to the best cuisine - it all makes for an exceptional and affordable Queensland Yacht Charters Holiday.
Add some extra fun to your Charter with these options:
Single Paddleboards - from $15 per day
Stinger/wet suits - $20 per item
Eskies - Free (subject to availability)
Inverters - $10 per charter
QYC are based on the mainland at Abel Point Marina in Airlie Beach. Most of our charters commence from Airlie Beach, although They can arrange to have your vessel bought to you at Hamilton Island if you are landing there.
Travelling to the Whitsundays is easiest by plane with direct flights from most eastern capital cities in Australia. Check out VIRGIN BLUE and JETSTAR for their flights into Proserpine Whitsunday Coast) airport, Hamilton Island airport and Mackay airport.
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PROSERPINE (WHITSUNDAY COAST) AIRPORT
Transfer from Proserpine airport
Transfers to Airlie Beach take a quick 45 minutes and can be arranged through QYC with the following carriers
Whitsunday Coaches - Whitsunday Transit
Airlie Beach Limousines - Contact us for info.
Whitsunday Taxis - These are readily available at the airport.
HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT
Should your flights be arriving to and from Hamilton Island, They can arrange to have your vessel delivered to the island for a start & finish. Alternatively, you may wish to transfer to Airlie Beach or Shute Harbour on the ferries which service the Whitsundays. Cruise Whitsunday offer connections from Hamilton Island airport to Abel Point Marina and the QYC base and Fantasea Ferries offer services from Hamilton Island to Shute Harbour.
If you are unable to secure flights into Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) airport, then consider Mackay airport just 1.5 hrs drive south of Airlie Beach. Start your holiday with something different! JETSTAR, QANTAS and VIRGIN BLUE fly daily into Mackay Airport. Relax into North Queensland's style with an easy 1.5 hour scenic drive through tropical hills and sugar cane farms to Airlie Beach.
TRANSFERS FROM MACKAY AIRPORT
There are several options for transfers from Mackay Airport to Airlie Beach. You may choose to hire a car one way from Thrifty or Europcar which gives you the convenience of a car for your shopping in Airlie Beach, visiting places along the way or even having a game of golf at fabulous Laguna Whitsundays Resort. This is ideal if you are arriving the day before your charter starts and are either staying in Airlie Beach accommodation or doing our "Half Price Sleepaboard". It is a 1.5 hour drive to Airlie Beach through rolling sugar cane farms and cattle stations.
Turn off the Bruce Highway after Proserpine for the Whitsundays.
Road Distances to Airlie Beach
From Mackay - 150 km
From Townsville - 300 km
From Cairns - 640 km
From Brisbane - 1146 km
Parking is available in the marina although this is not considered to be secured parking. Bookings can be made with the Marina office on arrival. They recommend Whitsunday Airport Secured Parking (which includes valet pickup & delivery of your car or return passenger transfers). Contact our reservations team to make the arrangements on your behalf.
Queensland Rail operate all major train services which stop in Proserpine (20 minutes from Airlie Beach). Taxis will meet the train by arrangement.
Queensland Rail - Travel Train