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Skipper Yourself Yacht Charters in the Whitsundays

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht specialises in bareboat yacht charters in the Whitsundays. Choose your crew and sail around the Whitsundays at your own pace.

guided or skippered charters

For those looking to build confidence or to receive additional sail training,  consider adding a qualified Sail Guide to your charter. We offer a fully skippered service on our Leopard 50.

The Original Whitsundays’ Yacht Charter Company

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht is the longest-established, Australian-owned yacht charter company.
We’ve been helping people explore Queensland’s tropical Whitsundays since 1978! Furthermore, in conjunction with Trinity Marine, we are the preferred charter partner for Sunsail in Australia

Only 10 minutes from Airlie Beach, Shute Harbour is the closest mainland port to the Whitsunday Islands. Surrounded by National Parks, it’s a delightful location to begin your bareboat holiday from. Chartering a yacht from Shute saves you time. Unlike taking a yacht charter from Airlie Beach, there are several overnight anchorages within an hour of leaving our private jetty

Sail the Whitsundays. Explore Paradise


Each season in the Whitsundays offers unique attractions, so there is never a bad time to visit the Whitsundays. When planning your sailing holiday, look at the pros and cons of the seasons.

Whitsunday Islands


There is a set charter limit around the Islands for bareboat visitors. To see where you can sail, discover anchorages & attractions and learn some local tips head to our interactive map.


The team at Whitsunday Rent a Yacht are local experts and can assist in planning the perfect Whitsunday sailing itinerary. Be inspired by these suggested Whitsunday sailing itineraries.

What our customers have to say about sailing the Whitsundays

"This is the second time we have hired a boat through Whitsunday Rent a Yacht. My family and I had the best time once again. Nothing was a problem and they made the whole experience super easy."

Hayden, sailing a Seawind 1000 XL - January 2022

"Our family of 8 adults spent 5 amazing nights on board "Happy Hour" celebrating my Mum's 60th birthday. The team were so friendly and so helpful, no one in our group had previous sailing experience but we had absolutely the best time!"

Belinda, sailing a Leopard 44 - July 2021

"This was an experience of a lifetime and the team at WRAY went above and beyond to make our experience the best it possibly could be. All the information provided was extremely helpful and the training we received was excellent. We would definitely use WRAY again and recommend this company to anyone."

Tom, sailing a Beneteau 43 - February 2021

“Exceeded our expectations. All on board are seasoned overseas travellers and we all agreed that this was our best holiday we have ever been on.”

Tulsi, sailing a Leopard 38 - August 2019

"Our highlights were, Hayman Island, Crayfish Beach on Hook Island and Tongue Point lookout overlooking Hill Inlet (Whitehaven Beach). Certainly one of the best charter holidays I did in the last 5 years."

Andre, sailing a Venturer - July 2019
Leopard 50-8380

Own the adventure, invest in a bareboat

Boat owners can have the best of both worlds; An income, plus private access to a professionally maintained boat in a world-class sailing destination.

How a Whitsundays bareboat charter works

A bareboating charter in the Whitsundays does not include a professional crew. You and your family or friends hire a fully equipped yacht or catamaran and operate the vessels yourselves. While on a bareboat charter, you decide your itinerary and the pace of your holiday – where you anchor each night and what activities you do around the Islands.

Some people have incredibly adventurous bareboat charters focused on sailing, resort hopping, hiking and snorkelling. Others prefer to make their Whitsundays sailing holiday a relaxing escape, enjoying lazing on pristine beaches, curling up with a book, unplugging and living onboard at a slower pace.

No qualifications are required to hire a bareboat in Queensland. Everyone receives a comprehensive briefing on how to operate their vessel safely and if needed, help is never far away. Our team are there to support all of our guests on their Whitsundays sailing adventure.  If you’re feeling unsure about your ability to handle a boat, you can hire a sail guide for an hourly or daily rate to make sure you’re confident with skippering the boat yourself.

What does it cost to hire a yacht in the Whitsundays?

The cost of hiring a yacht and sailing the Whitsundays depends on the time of year, the type of boat and the number of people you want to sail with. We’ve made it simple to get a quick quote; Put the dates you want to charter a yacht into our simple online booking system.

Whitsunday Rent A Yacht is recognised as a Green Travel Leader by Ecotourism Australia, having held ECO Certification for over 10 years. When you embark on a bareboat charter with us through the Whitsundays, you can rest assured that your holiday is not having a negative impact on the incredible location you’re in.

Eco Tourism Green Leader

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and in particular the Traditional Owners of the Whitsunday’s Region, the Gia, Juru and Ngaro People; We recognise their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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1800 075 000

+61 7 4946 9232


6 Bay Terrace
Shute Harbour QLD 4802

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8am - 4pm Weekends
8am - 4pm Public holidays

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