Australia is one of the world’s ultimate yachting destination and welcomes superyachts from across the world.
Explore the pristine and rugged coastline. Berth in world class marinas and iconic harbours. Encounter the vibrant colours of the Great Barrier Reef. Discover a world-class cruising playground.
For more information on how to visit, and what to do when you are here, read on below.
- Entering AustraliaEntering Australia
Australia has stringent rules and procedures for the arrival of superyachts in Australian waters.
All superyachts of over 24 metres in length, whether for private use or commercial use, are subject to customs, immigration and biosecurity controls when entering and / or departing Australia.
You can find more information on arriving into Australia via Superyacht Australia.
All vessels must enter through a section 15 port - the closest of which to the Whitsundays is Mackay or Townsville.
- Crew VisasCrew Visas
A 408 Superyacht Crew Visa is required for all members of the crew with the exception of Australia and New Zealand passport holders. This visa permits the crew to remain and work with their vessel. Superyacht agents in Australia can assist with this and all other legislative requirements for visiting superyachts.
Whilst we are happy to assist with any legislative queries you may have before entering Australia, we would highly recommend securing the services of an experienced superyacht agent to ensure a seamless and enjoyable visit to the region.
With the exceptional itineraries the Whitsundays allows charter yachts to offer their guest, the team at Coral Sea Marina looks forward to working with you to deliver a very successful season.
- Chartering in AustraliaChartering in Australia
Chartering in Australia
Australia has some of the most spectacular cruising grounds in the world and is the ultimate charter destination waiting to be discovered.
Under a the Superyacht Recreational Vessel Bill introduced in 2019, the Australian Government will introduce a single permit system to provide unrestricted access to coastal movement foreign-flagged vessels for up to 12 months.
The permit protects vessels from importation procedures under the Customs Act 1901, and provides the opportunity for foreign-flagged vessels to charter in Australia without the requirement of an import tax.
You can find out more information on chartering in Australia via Superyacht Australia. Alternatively, visit our agent page for the contact details of superyacht agents who can assist with this process.
- Great Barrier Reef Marine ParkGreat Barrier Reef Marine Park
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has provided a detailed Superyacht Guide to the Whitsundays.
All commercial superyacht operations require a permit to operate within the Marine Park. You can apply for a permit online or for assessment enquiries please contact email@example.com
In addition, it is recommended that all Masters of vessels over 35metres familiarise themselves with the Port Procedure Manual, which outlines the Regional Harbour Masters directions to support safe navigation in relation to the Whitsunday Islands pilotage area.
2017 marked an important year for vessels over 35metres visiting the Whitsunday region, as the marine park has been opened up for cruising superyachts. As of 2 August 2017, the legislation surrounding the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning for vessels over 35metres has been revised to allow better access for superyachts up to 70m throughout the Whitsunday Islands and the unique marine environment that is the Great Barrier Reef.
After extensive lobbying of state and federal government, the Australian government have officially opened up an additional 21 pristine anchorages in the Whitsunday region for superyachts to enjoy. These anchorages have been provided to allow superyachts recreational users and commercial charter vessels a range of anchorage locations to enjoy in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
For a comprehensive list of the anchorages permitted under this new legislation and for additional information relating to the booking process and GPS locations for the anchorages head to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website. Permit requirements for cruising the Great Barrier Reef are in place.
Download -Superyacht Cruising Guide Great Barrier Reef
In addition, for local expertise on where best to visit in the Whitsundays, visit our recommended itineraries page or alternatively speak to our Superyacht concierge and they can assist with planning an itinerary to ensure a premium experience.
- Pilot RequirementsPilot Requirements
When transiting through any part of the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, any vessel with an overall length of 70 metres or more are required to use the services of a licensed coastal pilot in the compulsory coastal pilotage areas.
You can find more detailed information on these requirements and for navigation through the Great Barrier Reef via the Australian Maritime Safety website or discover more on the "Guardians of the Reef" here.
For enquiries and bookings, please contact:
Wel Gamble – General Manager
Australian Reef Pilots/ Auriga Pilots
Welwyn.firstname.lastname@example.org | +61 428 119 152
- Master Reef GuidesMaster Reef Guides
Master Reef Guides
Master Reef Guides are the world's leading coral reef guides and interpreters sharing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area through engaging stories and memorable experiences.
These reef ambassadors can provide up-to-date information on the Reef, share stories of the magical World Heritage Area, and explain what you can do to make a difference.
We are lucky to have multiple Master Reef Guides right here in the Whitsundays who will connect with visiting superyachts and act as an experienced guide to join the crew and impact local knowledge. Should you wish to contact a Master Reef Guide, speak with your Superyacht Concierge.