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100 Magic Miles

100 Magic Miles - book cover If you are visiting the Whitsundays, you will need the essential guidebook to getting around the islands by boat. Get your copy of 100 Magic Miles of the Great Barrier Reef the Whitsunday Islands direct from the publisher. $79.95 (AUD) with free postage anywhere in Australia.
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The Whitsundays Book

From Ratbags to Respectability - book coverA concise guide to the Whitsunday Islands written by the experts, The Whitsundays Book covers the activities, local history and environment - the marine habitat, wildlife, geology and vegetation. Available direct from the publisher, a bargain at only $32.95 (AUD).
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  • A trailer sailer in the Whitsundays

    Boating in the Whitsundays

    Australia’s finest cruising grounds, the Whitsundays, offer scores of protected anchorages each within easy reach of the next. The area has the largest bareboat charter fleet (power and sail) in the South Pacific.


Welcome to 100 Magic Miles!

Learn about a magical stretch of the Queensland coast inside Australia's Great Barrier Reef known as 'The Whitsunday Islands' - what to do, where to go and how to get the most out of the area.

This site is named after the book of the same name by David Colfelt, known locally as "The Bible" for its exhaustive information for boaters about every nook and cranny of the islands. If you are looking for 100 Magic Miles of the Great Barrier Reef - The Whitsunday Islands the book, you can buy it direct from the publisher here.


Introduction to the Whitsundays

Photo of Langford Island taken from the air

The Whitsundays are a group of more than 150 islands and islets off the sub-tropical central Queensland coast of Australia between approximately 20° and 21° south latitude.

Among the world’s best cruising grounds, the islands offer an abundance of yacht anchorages each within easy sailing distance from the next.



Bareboat Yacht Chartering in the Whitsundays

Charter Yacht - The Hustler in the Whitsunday Passage

Bareboat is a term coined in America where the hiring out of sail-it-yourself yachts was first developed. 'You are the skipper, your friends the crew'. Bareboating commenced in the Whitsundays in the late 1970s, and today the area has the largest bareboat fleet in the South Pacific. Bareboats are usually quite luxuriously appointed, and due to their being licensed as commercial craft, are constructed to more rigorous standards than are many private yachts.