Tips for exploring Haslewood Island


Here's what you need to know about exploring Haslewood Island while on a bareboat charter.

Haslewood Island has two claims to fame. Some of its beaches have the same famous silica sand as Whitehaven Beach, and it was a location in Pirates of the Caribbean.

Check out the highlights of Haslewoond Island in this post.

Haselwood Island Chalkies Beach

Where is Haslewood Island?

Haslewood Island is opposite the eastern side of the largest and most popular island in the Whitsundays, Whitsunday Island.

While Haselwood Island is within bareboat charter limits, some areas have conservation restrictions. Check your copy of 100 magic miles when exploring this unique island.

Chalkies Beach

Chalkies Beach is the most popular destination on Haslewood Island.

Previously named Stockyard Beach, Chalkies gets its modern name from the white sand found on its shores, like chalk. The sand is the same sand found on Whitehaven.

Many locals will take their boats for a day trip to Chalkies Beach. They know they can relax in a word-class paradise away from large tourist crowds.

From Chalkies, there’s good snorkelling from the beach’s northern end at a mid to low tide.

Katie’s Cove

Katie’s Cove is a secret little spot on the northern tip of Haslewood Island which was used as a set for Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s not an overnight anchorage, more of a place of interest.

Waite Bay (White Bay)

Waite Bay is a no go zone for bareboat visitors. A highly protected reef lies between Lupton and Haslewood Island (a significant marine habitat zone producing coral larval).

Lupton Island

Bareboat guests are advised not to visit Lupton Island. However, the area is not off limits to experienced private yachtsmen/women. 

There is a lovely beach on the east side of Lupton with walking access across the island. This sandy beach is the only place you can access the island.

The anchorage at Lupton is not recommended for overnight stays.

Windy Bay

If spending time at Windy Bay, take the kayak or tender out to explore the rugged coast. Head up the northeast of the bay towards Pallion Point and look for a small sandy beach from which you can snorkel.

The main beach within Windy Bay is worth exploring. It’s pretty, and you’ll probably have it to yourselves. A bush track is on the northwest corner. It takes you to a secret beach on the northern corner of Haslewood island.

There’s excellent fishing around Windy Bay.

Haslewood Island Hike

From Chalkies Beach, take a short 300-metre well-made trail uphill to a headland overlooking the coast of Haslewood. You’ll pass through various flora and fauna before reaching this fantastic view.

Allow 20 minutes to return. Moderate ability.

Overnight Anchorages on Haslewood Island

Some smaller islands around Haslewood, such as Teague Island, Lupton Island and Nicolson Island, will require caution when navigating.

Chalkies Beach

Chalkies Beach is an overnight anchorage protected from East and Southeast winds.

Ten moorings have recently been installed at Chalkies for day visitors and those wanting to anchor overnight. (Download the mooring map)

Anchoring at Chalkies is difficult because it drops steeply and tends to get swept by currents. If you have to anchor at Chalkies, you will need to let down a lot of chain, allowing any rising tides and distances from other yachts. 

Windy Bay

Windy Bay is protected from South, South-West and South-East winds.

Approach Windy Bay cautiously, and don’t go too far into the bay as it gets shallow. It’s ok to drop the anchor here.


A stop-off at Chalkies beach is highly recommended if you’re bareboating around the Whitsundays. And if you’ve bareboated before or have time on your side, definitely take the chance to find some lesser visited places on the coast of Haslewood Island.




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