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Cruising the Whitsundays

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht: Freedom to Explore
Skipper yourself on a yacht charter in the Whitsundays
Airlie Beach, Queensland

When you skipper yourself on a powerboat, sailing yacht or catamaran around the Whitsunday Islands, referred to as a bareboat charter, you have the freedom to explore paradise at your own pace.

Sailing the Whitsundays on a charter boat does not require a license or qualifications. We support all of our guests, regardless of their boating experience, to access the adventure of a lifetime in a world-class cruising destination.  



Skipper Yourself Yacht Charters in the Whitsundays

Whitsunday Rent a Yacht specialises in skipper yourself, bareboat yacht charters in the Whitsundays. We are based at Shute Harbour, 10 minutes from Airlie Beach and closer to the islands.

Whitsundays School of Sailing

We can help you obtain sailing qualifications by offering a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) sailing course in the Whitsundays.


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.

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.
  • 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...
Tom Urech-Wright - , sailing a Beneteau 43 - February 2021
  • 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 Lilley - , 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...
    Belinda Peters - , sailing a Leopard 44 - July, 2021
  • This is the best charter company I have used in over 30 years of sailing. From the comprehensive initial briefing to the end of charter sign off, all the staff were friendly and professional.
    Colin Whitham - , sailing a Beneteau Oceanis 41 - September 6th - September 13th, 2019
  • 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 Blacka - , sailing a Leopard 38 - Aug 21st - Aug 27th 2019
Check out our fabulous range of vessels to suit various levels of experience and budgets. Our fleet offers something for everyone - whether it be a cosy romantic trip or a group holiday sailing the Whitsundays.  
 Own the adventure in a world-class sailing destination. Place your yacht, catamaran or power cruiser with Whitsunday Rent a Yacht and rest assured that your investment will be immaculately maintained and managed.




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.

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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.

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