If you’re not restricted with dates, you can choose to sail the Whitsundays when there is reasonable weather, fewer crowds and lower rates.
Generally speaking, the best time to sail the Whitsundays is considered to be around August and September. However, we recommend looking at some of the time periods outside of peak season to book your charter, particularly if you can sail outside of holidays.
The three months we’ve picked out to share with you can be slightly unpredictable weather-wise, however, they’re still great times to cruise with cost advantages.
Visitors to the Whitsundays will need to consider the high and low seasons as well as school holidays.
Peak sailing season in the Whitsundays, when prices are the highest, runs from mid-September to October and over school holidays.
The exact school holiday dates change every year, with some states having slightly different weeks off. Generally, there are four school holiday periods: two-week holidays in April, July and September and one 5-week holiday over December – January.
Bareboating with kids is an extremely popular family holiday (for good reason;). But, if you’re able to travel outside of school holidays, you have the advantage of being able to pick times of year to sail that many people don’t.
If you’re in the planning stages of your bareboat holiday, or if you’re booking a second or third charter, then we suggest considering these alternative times of year to sail the Whitsundays.
Our number one pick for the most underrated time of year to sail the Whitsundays is November because you can get bargain rates outside of the wet season.
Local sailors will tell you they love to get out among the islands in December, before the holidays and the peak wet season.
Late May to early June are outside of the school holidays and are also great value periods.
The Whitsunday Islands offer plenty of shelter and calm water options year-round. However, if you did happen to come across some bad weather while on a charter, there are always several sheltered anchorage options to choose.
We’ve pulled together an article on what to do if the Whitsundays weather isn’t perfect, just in case you want to be prepared for unusual conditions.
Conditions in the Whitsundays are variable year to year. Weather predictions and generalisations, particularly when the ocean is involved, need to be taken with a grain of salt. However, if you're looking to get the best value and to sail with fewer holidaymakers then you can't go past these underrated times to sail the Whitsundays.
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