Forget the big jackets and boots, pack your board shorts and thongs because North Queensland is at its most magical from May to September. Think clear blue skies, calm seas, a crisp sunny breeze followed by cool evenings under bright stars. According to Cumberland Yachts, winter is the perfect time to go bareboating in the Whitsundays
Winter offers sunny days perfect for swimming and cool evenings perfect for curling up with a cosy jumper on the back deck of your bareboat as you cook up a feast on the BBQ and tell tales of the days’ adventures.
Furthermore, with the winter months comes the annual humpback whale migration as they leave the cold waters of the Antarctic and migrate north up the east coast of Australia stopping off in the Whitsundays to give birth to their young. Shallow water (by their standard) and water temperature averaging 20 degrees Celsius, it’s the perfect place to bring their young into the world.
The whales can start appearing as early as June and stay as late as September. If you are chartering during these months you’d be considered unlucky if you didn’t encounter a whale sighting. See them afar by their ‘blow’ as it sprouts from the surface of the ocean, or see them up close and personal as if you could almost reach out and touch them – a welcome hazard by most people.
Inquisitive in their nature, they are known to come close by your bareboat to say hello but be aware of the restrictions of your vessel movements and distance allowed while sighting these majestic creatures.
With borders now opening and restrictions beginning to ease, now is perfect time to experience the Whitsundays.
For more information on bareboating and chartering in the Whitsundays visit www.ccy.com.au.