The Captain’s Log

Langford Island Aerial after cyclone Debbie by Brooke Miles Photography

Derwent Hunter is back on the water!

Debbie can’t keep us down

On Saturday 8th April Derwent Hunter took her first group of passengers out sailing around the Whitsundays after Cyclone Debbie.

Conditions were beautiful for sailing. We had a lovely 15-20 knots of breeze, it was delightfully warm, and the sun was shining.

We found some lovely coral still healthy at Stonehaven Anchorage, and saw lots of fish and some turtles!

We invited some local families to come out with us for a free trip after a hard couple of weeks, and they had a ball!

DH Kellie and Liam 080417


The Debbie Special!

For a limited time only, we are offering the Thrill & Chill 2-Day Package for last year’s price of $319.

Visitors to the Whitsundays can enjoy the best of both worlds. A fast and thrilling ride with Ocean Rafting one day, and a relaxed chilled out sail with Derwent Hunter the next. Both award-winning in our field – the perfect pair.

While all the overnight backpacker boats are heavily booked up, try the Thrill and Chill package as an alternative. You will get to experience all the wonders of the Whitsundays, from the comfort of land-based Airlie Beach accommodation at night.

Derwent Hunter Tallship Whitsunday Adventure and Ocean Rafting Chill and Thrill 2 day sailing island package

What’s even open in Airlie Beach?

We have a good selection open already, with more to come in coming weeks. Book the Thrill & Chill package, and book some budget accommodation. Win-win!

Some of the backpacker hostels that are open for guests right now:

  • Backpackers by the Bay
  • YHA Airlie Beach
  • Magnums

Other budget accommodation that is currently open:

  • Kipara Rainforest Retreat
  • Whitsunday Terraces
  • Island Gateway Caravan Park
  • Mantra Club Croc

For more options, check the daily updates being posted on Tourism Whitsundays’ Facebook page.

The perfect alternative if you can’t get onto an overnight boat!

Tourism Whitsundays


Langford Island Aerial after cyclone Debbie by Brooke Miles Photography

Aerial photos after the cyclone

Local photographer Brooke Miles flew over the islands in a helicopter to survey the islands form the air and report back with some photos. She captured some beautiful shots which show our favourite locations and how they are faring.

Good news: Langford Island, our favourite deserted island beach and sand cay is looking quite alright!

The tidal movement in this area seems to naturally push sand onto this sandbar, so it seems that no matter what, nature will have its way.

While the water is still a bit cloudy, it is settling is expected to clear up even more over the next few weeks.

See more of Brooke’s aerials


The latest customer review

“What a great day out. So happy to get out and about after cyclone Debbie. The vibe on the boat was great the staff so friendly and professional. Loved getting involved pulling up the sails and seeing the crews enthusiasm and love for their jobs. Thank you so much.”

-Kellie Chart, Facebook


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