Careful provisioning is key to the success of your Whitsundays adventure. Catering for your hungry crew is all part of the fun on your self-sail boat trip.
We have multiple provisioning options for you to choose from and you can go as gourmet or as simple and pre-prepared as you choose. The main thing to remember is to plan ahead and make sure you have all your provisions on your boat before you set sail.
Also, keep in mind the boat’s kitchen or “galley” as we call it, fridge and freezer may not be quite as big as your one at home. It’s good to think about simple, tasty meals that are easy to prepare so you can spend your time enjoying the islands.
Here are some options you may like to consider for stocking up your vessel with food and drinks for your trip:
If you are well organised and/or maybe even a local to the area, you are more than welcome to simply bring all your desired food and beverages along to the boat and load up.
There are various supermarkets and specialist produces providers in both Airlie Beach and Cannonvale, including butchers, greengrocers, bakeries and seafood suppliers, allowing you to self-provision locally before your charter. A couple of our favourites are Fishi and Master Butchers Whitsundays.
Many guests opt to organise a click and collect from Coles in Cannonvale or Woolworths in Airlie Beach. They simply drive past and collect their shopping before arriving at Shute.
Place a supermarket online order
Both Woolworths and Coles will deliver to our HQ here at Shute Harbour. Just keep in mind, we are unable to sign for your delivery so you just need to make sure you are already here to receive your groceries. This can be a great option particularly if you are doing a sleep aboard the night prior to setting sail.
Utilise a local provisioning business
Have one of the local provisioning businesses deliver your food and drink to your boat. This is the most convenient way to stock your vessel and relax into your holiday. If you are having a ‘sleep aboard’ the night before your charter commences, they can deliver your provisions the afternoon you arrive or from 7 am the next morning, allowing you to be all unpacked before your briefing commences. Platters are also a great option to soak up the marina atmosphere!
Whitsunday Provisioning has more than 35 years of experience stocking boats for hire. They will pack everything in insulated reusable boxes to keep your provisions in perfect condition and delivery them onto your boat. There’s nothing for you to do but unpack your provisions and start enjoying your holiday. Whitsunday Provisioning delivers seven days a week offering:
- Specially-designed charter packages
- Easy plan menus
- Special kids packages that compliment adult meals
- Self-select products catering to all dietary needs and budgets
- Seafood and other platters
- Soft drink and alcoholic beverages
- Celebrations and special offers
The Prickly Pineapple
The Prickly Pineapple is a family-owned and operated business in the Whitsundays. They are a Gourmet Grocer procuring the freshest, premium quality produce.
The Prickly Pineapple are quality focused! They specialising in organic, artisanal, natural, local products and ready-to-eat foods meals.
The Prickly Pineapple deliveries to your boat seven days a week catering for the whole family, including:
- Freshest Fruit and Vegetables
- DIY meal packages
- Heat and eat meals
- Snacks and staples
Galley Guru Recipes
If you’re looking for menu ideas, be inspired by the delicious culinary creations submitted by entrants in the Galley Guru Recipe Competition 2016. These are actually tried and tested recipes submitted by previous charterers. You’ll find easy-to-cook recipes perfect for cooking onboard (Download PDF).
did someone say cocktails
We’ve pulled together a list of nautical-themed and fun cocktails to add to your sunset drinks. Enjoy!