Spread majestically through the Coral Sea, the sandy fringes of these 74 islands disappear into beautiful shades of crystal, aqua, blue and indigo ocean. Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, there are no crashing waves or deadly undertows, and the waters are particularly perfect for sailing.
Of the numerous stunning beaches and secluded bays, Whitehaven Beach stands out for its pure white silica sand. It is undoubtedly the finest beach in the Whitsundays, and many claim, in the world. It’s great for a day trip if your budget only allows for one splurge to the islands.
Our sailing trip was aboard the stunning Solway Lass, it is one of Australia’s most famous Tall Ships. Built in Martenshoek Holland in 1902 and first registered in Hamburg Germany. Solway Lass was Sydney’s Tall Ship from 1985 until 1999 sailing up and down Sydney Harbour twice a day. In 1999 Solway Lass was purchased by Australian Tall Ship Cruises of Airlie Beach and today Solway Lass is maintained in beautiful condition and provides cruises of the Whitsunday Islands.