Planning your next sailing adventure and looking for some inspo? When surrounded by so much natural beauty like in Australia it can be difficult to narrow down a short enough list. But we’ve given it our best shot and selected five of our favourite locations.
Whether you’re planning a weekend away or simply want to spend a day out in beautiful conditions with magical scenery, tick these places off your bucket list next.
Located between the southeast coast of Tasmania and Bruny Island, D’entrecasteaux Channel is considered a sailing paradise. Home to stretches of sheltered tranquil water, with beautiful forests lining the horizon, and a peppering of secluding beaches, it’s little wonder why it makes our top five.
Not only is this a great spot for sailing experts to relax and spot marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins and seals, it’s also the ideal location for novices too. Certain tours will teach you how to sail so you can better experience the lush scenery.
Already a classic holiday destination for Aussies and overseas tourists alike, the Whitsundays easily make the list when it comes to the best sailing spots in the country. Located in Queensland, the Whitsundays boasts around 150 islands and islets, including stunning Hamilton and Hayman Islands.
And let’s not forget the natural wonder the Great Barrier Reef right at its doorstep, what more could you want? If you were going to say pristine white beaches and whale spotting on their annual migration north, then you’re in luck because it has that too.
Right on Brisbane’s doorstep, Moreton Bay is an extensive waterway of more than 1500 square kilometres. With islands dotted throughout, including North and South Stradbroke Islands, Moreton Island, Fraser Island, it’s a stunning location to sail, whether for a day or a weekend.
Marine wildlife such as dolphins, humpback whales and turtles regularly frequent the space, and there’s more than 100 shipwrecks you can spend time exploring. Adding Moreton Bay to your list of places to sail is definitely a must.
The Great Sandy Strait
Another winner for Queensland is the Great Sandy Strait. Located between the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg, and between Fraser Island and the coast, it’s a picturesque area perfect for sailing, snorkeling and a holiday with family or friends.
Along with crystal clear waters and perfect conditions, it’s also home to a beautiful variety of flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for dugongs, dolphins and a range of rare shorebirds, as well as echidnas, possums, wallabies, dingos and flying foxes.
Moving to the opposite end of the country, our next destination on the list is Rottnest Island. Located 19 kilometres off the coast of Fremantle in Western Australia, it’s the perfect island getaway and considered WA’s premier boating destination.
Sail around the island on your own or as part of a tour in a luxury catamaran. You’ll quickly be amazed at the stunning azure waters, before you’re able to take part in a variety of activities, such as diving, snorkelling and more.
Australia is filled with stunning locations, and this list only offers a taste of what our shores have to offer. Are there any places you’d recommend we drop anchor?