Whitsunday Anchorage Guide

Distance Guide (approx, nautical miles) From Abell Point to: Nara/Macona 13nm, Hayman Island 15nm, Hamilton Marina 16nm, Whitehaven 30nm, Cid Harbour 14nm, South Molle 9nm.
To estimate travel times: cruising under motor speed around 5kts (nautical miles per hour) allow extra time to anchor / pickup a mooring. e.g. Abell Point to Cid Harbour approx 3 hours under motor, less if under sail in favorable wind conditions.

Approved Anchorages

 

Approved Anchorages From “100 Magic Miles” 9th Edition

Note: Not all anchorages in the guide are approved for bareboats and many are only suitable for certain wind conditions. Please consult the list below to ensure the anchorage is approved for overnight stays and that conditions are suitable. If in any doubt, check with your radio operator.

Anchorages Suitable for Strong Winds (over 25 Knots)

N.B. These are the only anchorages permitted during a Strong Wind or Gale Warning
No Name Map Ref Anchorage Note Wind Protection
1 Abell Point Marina C1 Marina All weather
2 Airlie Bay C1 1 & 2 SE S SW
3 Long Is – Happy Bay C4 1 Mooring only SE
4 Long Is – Palm Bay C4 Mooring only SE S
5 Nara Inlet C10b 1 & 3 NW N NE E SE
6 Macona Inlet C10a 2 NW N NE E
7 Cid Hbr – Sawmill Beach C19 1 & 2 E SE S SW
8 Cid Hbr – Dugong Inlet C19 3 NW N NE
9 Gulnare Inlet C20 1 Enter & leave 2nd half
of rising tide
All weather
10 Hamilton Island C22 Marina All weather

Overnight anchorages suitable for winds to 20 knots

No Name Map Ref Anchorage Note Wind Protection
1 Double Bay West N12 1, 2 & 3 E SE S SW W NW
2 Double Bay East N13 1, 2 & 3 E SE S SW NW
3 Woodwark Bay N14 1, 2 & 3 E SE S SW W
4 Abell Point Marina C1 Marina All weather
5 Airlie Bay C1 1 & 2 E SE S SW
6 Funnel Bay C2 1 NE E SE S SW
7 Long Is – Happy Bay C4 1 Anchor/moorings NE E SE S SW
8 Long Is – Palm Bay C4 Mooring only NE E SE S SW
9 Daydream Is Sunlover Beach C8 Mooring only Light winds only
10 Sth Molle Is – Bauer Bay C9 E SE S SW
11 Nara Inlet C10b 1 & 3 All weather
12 Macona Inlet C10a 1 NE E SE S SW
13 Macona Inlet C10a 2 All weather
14 Stonehaven C12 2 Anchor/mooring NE E SE S
15 Blue Pearl Bay C13b Moorings only NE E SE
16 Butterfly/Luncheon Bay C14/15 Moorings only NE E SE S SW W NW
17 Maureens Cove C14/15 Anchor/mooring E SE S SW
19 Mays Bay C18 1 E SE S
20 Cid Harbour – Sawmill C19 1 & 2 NE E SE S SW
21 Cid Hbr – Dugong Inlet C19 3 NW N NE E SE
22 Gulnare Inlet C20 1 Enter & leave 2nd
half of rising tide
All weather
23 Hamilton Island C22 Marina All weather
24 Turtle Bay C24 1 2 3 & 4 NW N NE
25 Chance Bay C25 1 & 2 NW N NE
26 Whitehaven Beach C26 1 E SE S SW W NW
27 Chalkies Beach C26 2 Max 6 boats – extra care! E SE
28 Tongue Bay C27 1 Anchor/mooring SE S SW W NW
29 Cateran Bay C29 1 Anchor/mooring E SE S SW
30 Windy Bay C31 3 E SE S SW
31 Lindeman Is – Boatport S1 3 NE E SE
32 – Gap Beach S1 5 SE S SW W
33 – Plantation Bay S2 1 NW N NE E SE S
34 Shaw Island – Neck Bay S2 2 NE E SE S
35 – West S3 1 NE E SE S
36 – Burning Pt S3 3 E SE S SW

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