Call us biased, but we think Australia has some of the best beaches and waters in the world. If you’re looking to set sail this Summer, you’re in luck. Australia is home to some of the best sailing hotspots in the world, offering you vast and open waters to enjoy under the sunshine. With a plethora of stunning charter destinations all over the nation, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Today, we have a look at the top 5 sailing destinations that you have to experience this summer, so read on to find out more!
1. Moreton Bay
Expert purveyors of charter boats for sale have shared with us some of their top recommendations when it comes to setting sail. Moreton Bay happens to be one of the most popular destinations for water activities and has fast become a buzzing hub for swimming, diving and sailing enthusiasts. Situated on the coast near Brisbane, Moreton Bay offers protected sailing ground with an abundance of white sand, dolphins, turtles and snorkelling. This is one destination every avid sailor has to explore this summer.
2. The Whitsundays
Often known as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia, The Whitsundays also offers some of the most gorgeous cruising grounds in the world. Situated in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, The Whitsundays is visited by over half a million people a year – holidayers, swimming enthusiasts and sailors alike. When visiting The Whitsundays on your sailboat, don’t forget to explore the islands of Daydream, Hayman and Hamilton. With its offering of various bars, clubs and restaurants, The Whitsundays is ideal for sailing by day and partying by night.
3. Great Sandy Strait
Located between Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast, Great Sandy Strait is one of the most picturesque locations a sailor could step foot on. With crystal clear water, you will be able to closely observe marine life from your sailboat. Think Whales, Dugongs, Turtles and Dolphins, all a mere few metres away from your boat. The Great Sandy Strait is an ideal location for sailors who are looking for a relaxing time away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Don’t forget to bring your camera along because you will want to capture the stunning scenery around you!
4. Lord Howe Island
Lord Howe Island is a lesser-known sailing destination that doesn’t come with the usual buzz of most sailing spots in Australia. If you are looking for a peaceful sail surrounded by exotic wildlife, Lord Howe Island is the ideal destination. Situated in the Tasman Sea, Lord Howe Island is characterised by its crystal clear waters, subtropical forests and gorgeous sandy beaches. This is the ideal spot for those who are looking for a quiet destination, free from tourists or too many people. Do keep note that Lord Howe Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which prohibits more than a certain number of people on the island at once. Always make sure to check up on this condition before planning your trip.
5. Lake Macquarie
Lake Macquarie, situated a mere 150km north of central Sydney, is yet another incredibly popular sailing destination in Australia. Lake Macquarie is littered with secluded bays that are ideal for anyone who is looking for a quiet swim or sail. This quiet sailing spot is highly popular amongst sailors who are just looking for a day or two of full relaxation away from the crowds. You can enjoy snorkelling, diving and kayaking on top of sailing at this amazingly peaceful destination.
And there you have it – 5 of the most popular hotspots for sailing in Australia. We hope that you enjoy the time you spend on the water in these incredibly picturesque locations all around the wonderful land of Australia.