Mackay to Hamilton Island Surf and Kite Adventures

Trip Days Ports of Call Dates
187 10 Mackay and Airlie Beach Jul 11 - Jul 20, 2017
As you all know, I like to avoid the crowds and when I think of the Whitsunday Islands I think crowds, but once I got into researching this stretch of the coast, we can't skip this part. My goodness there are a lot of options! The color of the water alone should put everyone is a blissful trance for 10 days, which is going to make this one pretty easy on the crew. Islands Islands Islands everywhere! A couple of solid breaks are right around the corner from Mackay and from there we just jaunt along in very short sails north through a myriad of truly magical-looking isles. It is no wonder this is one of the cruising capitals on the planet. But make no mistake- this isn't the Caribbean and this isn't the Med. For those of you who are dying for 10 days of solid kiting, this trip, the one before, and the next couple reside right in the heat of the tradewind season and should have plenty of wind on offer. Put some sun block on and lets party!

"Aside from being the jump-off point for the dreamy Whitsunday Islands, Airlie Beach is a backpacker's good-time town of the highest order, with cavernous bar/hostels lining the bright main drag and a lawn-surrounded swimming lagoon just beyond for sleeping it all off. But the 2014 opening of the new, slick Port of Airlie marina, hotel and restaurant complex is an unmissable sign that the village is going more upscale; there are now more options than ever to attract older, more sophisticated travellers wanting a little of the wild life before lifting anchor for the serenity of the sparkling seas and jungle-clad isles in the distance. Those looking to avoid the party scene all together will have no trouble finding quieter lodgings near town." - Lonely Planet

"Spread majestically through the Coral Sea, the sandy fringes of these 74 islands disappear into beautiful shades of crystal, aqua, blue and indigo ocean. Sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, there are no crashing waves or deadly undertows, and the waters are particularly perfect for sailing. Of the numerous stunning beaches and secluded bays, Whitehaven Beach stands out for its pure white silica sand. It is undoubtedly the finest beach in the Whitsundays, and many claim, in the world. It's great for a day trip if your budget only allows for one splurge to the islands." - Lonely Planet

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Getting there: International flight to Brisbane or better yet Townsville, then make your way via car, bus or domestic flight to Mackay. From Hamilton Island it's an easy ferry back to Airlie Beach and a quick zip up to Townsville.


  • Amazing surf
  • Dizzyingly beautiful
  • Insane Islands
  • STUPENDOUS cruising grounds!


  • Lack of surf in the Whitsundays
  • Touristy as we near Airlie Beach


Mean Avg Wind12-17 SE

Cabin 1 - Available
Cabin 3 - Available
Cabin 4 - Available