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Sailing Whitsundays - General - Holiday Tips

WHITSUNDAY WEATHER
The Whitsundays are located a little over a hundred nautical miles north of the Tropic of Capricorn. Therefore we experience warm tropical weather for most of the year. Even in the middle of winter one may be sun baking by day however in the evening jumpers may be needed. If you are on the water and trade winds are fresh, then warmer gear may be in order.

Summer months are warm and sultry and the wet season is from January - March. Cyclones, if they happen at all, are most likely to appear in February/March.

 
WHAT TO WEAR

Daywear during the warmer months should be light and comfortable. Pretty much anything goes on the mainland however some of the island resorts require a bit more decorum.

From the mainland to island resort, evening wear is generally 'good Queensland casual' - neat and comfortable for the tropics. Sports shirts, slacks or shorts for men and slacks and dresses for women. Not a good look is T-shirts and thongs.

Don't forget the swimmers and sarong.

 
NECESSARY ITEMS
Polarized sunglasses - these are an invaluable item to have on holiday not only because they reduce the reflection off the water, you can actually see into the water. The reef will become much more visible and you will be able to check out the underwater wildlife without even getting wet.

Sunscreen - a big definite to have. The tropical sun in the Whitsundays is very strong and catches people out all the time. Even a short time in the sun can have a devastating effect on your holiday. Consider upgrading your normal sunscreen to a greater protection and a waterproof type.

Footwear - reef shoes, sandals or an old pair of sandshoes are a great way to experience the beaches without ending up with coral cuts or oyster cuts. During sailing cruises, you will be mostly barefoot onboard, and slip on shoes for the beach. Around the resorts and mainland comfortable walking shoes are suitable.

Hat - a broad brimmed hat will provide that extra protection when wandering around town, lazing on the beach, sitting on deck or sailing the Whitsundays. It also protects the top of the ears, a place visitors tend to forget with the sunscreen.

 
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