Yacht and Boat Hire for the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island

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The Cumberland team are committed to delivering best-in-class experiences for in the stunning surroundings that we’re lucky to call home. Based in the Whitsundays, our services gives customers the chance to cruise around 74 islands, including the infamous Hamilton Island, to see the true, iconic beauty that the region is known for.

Hire a vessel and get going – choose from catamarans, yachts and more

With over 40 anchorage spots to choose from and a complete fleet comprising of yachts, catamaran and various boats to hire, we have a number of options to suit each occasion. Best of all, our team have a collective 30 years’ experience within the industry, allowing us to share both an insight and knowledge into the very best of a boating experience.

All of our vessels are fully-equipped with all the luxuries and facilities that you require, allowing you and your good company to enjoy a peace of mind, comfort and convenience.

Unforgettable beauty

There’s a lot to see around Hamilton Island and the Whitsundays that will more than create ever-lasting memories. With flawless environments, pristine waters and some of the very best in tourist destinations, each cruise around the region offers impressions that won’t quickly be forgotten. It’s with this at the forefront of our business that we continue to offer our customers tailor-made experiences with flexible boat, catamaran and yacht hire.

Read what our customers have to say about their time with Cumberland, below.

Most Recent:
Brett - DAVIDSON, NSW AUSTRALIA
06 Oct 2017
Perry 43 3 Cabin
Mango Tango

Chartered: 26 Sep 2017


We chartered Mango Tango a 3 cabin 43 foot "Perry" sailing catamaran with two families of teenage and grown-up children (total of 8 - and we didn't feel too squashed) and what a wonderful way to see the Whitsundays. Eight days of gentle northerlies with lovely bays on the southern sides and good snorkelling up north. We sailed and motored, saw dolphins, plenty of turtles and of course lots of fish and coral. whilst there is coral damage in places, snorkelling highlight was Luncheon Bay and favourite anchorage Chance Bay. CCY was great and made our whole trip an easy, organised and stress-free experience. Their planning website is very useful and their friendly advice and service around places to go, transfers etc for a first-time charterer makes CCY a definite "do again" for us.

Tracey - ,
05 Oct 2017
Lightwave 38 Sail
Fluffy Muffy

Chartered: 30 Jul 2017


Our trip around the Whitsunday Islands was absolutely perfect from start to finish thanks to the team at Cumberland Charter Yachts. We hired the luxurious Lightwave 38 "Fluffy Muffy" catamaran which was well equipped for our group of four. It offered ample room with 3 cabins, 2 toilets, spacious onboard shower and plenty of space for our afternoon BBQ'S and drinks. The sailing catamaran was a pleasure to sail with clear onboard navigation and the crew at Cumberland Charter Yachts was always there to lend a hand if required.
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to head to the Whitsundays.

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Paul - BROADBEACH WATERS, QLD
05 Oct 2017
Tasman Ocean 35
Serendipity

Chartered: 22 Sep 2017


The Whitsundays offer some of the best sailing and snorkelling in the Qld North. If you want to make it even better try a bareboat charter on a Sailing Catamaran.
This is our 8th hire since 1986 (all with Cumberland) and even though the Cyclone has left its mark it is one of the best pieces of water in the world.
Great anchorages every night and despite 'no network' our 19, 16 and 14-year-old could not have been happier. Big days of sailing and snorkelling and managed to find some beautiful fish, Turtles, Cuttlefish, Dolphins, whales (a first for us in the Whitsundays) and even a very pretty little black tip shark.
Cumberland Charter Yachts is excellent, with the boats well cared for and the staff very responsive to any concerns. Special thanks to Megan and Terry for all the work they do.

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Rachel - HOPE ISLAND, QLD
05 Oct 2017
Lightwave 38 Powercat
Charisma

Chartered: 02 Sep 2017


This is the second time bareboat chartering with Cumberland Charter Yachts and we wouldn't go with anyone else!
Whilst the Reef is certainly showing signs of trauma from the cyclone and of course global warming; it didn't negatively impact on our holiday. We chartered Motor Catamaran "Charisma" and from start to finish Cumberland charter Yachts were caring and accommodating.

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Bill - MCLEANS RIDGES, NSW AUSTRALIA
05 Oct 2017
Lightwave 38 Powercat
Charisma

Chartered: 09 Sep 2017


We have rented with Cumberland Charter Yachts in the past and were happy to have the same boat again - CHARISMA is a comfortable Lightwave 38 fly-bridge cruiser that accommodated our family of 5 ( kids 14, 12 and 11) very well. Lots of room and very well appointed would definitely look at doing this again on the same boat next time.

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Raelene - SUNBURY, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
25 Sep 2017
Seawind 1000xl
Mintaka

Chartered: 27 Aug 2017


Once again we enjoyed 7 nights charter in the beautiful Whitsundays!  Thank you to all the Cumberland Charter Yachts crew, from our first booking to leaving our charter the staff were extremely attentive and helpful, hopefully we'll be back in the not too distant future.

Thank you again Cumberland Charter Yachts!
Rae & Tony

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Warwick - CROMER, NSW AUSTRALIA
23 Sep 2017
Leopard 38
Mary Ann

Chartered: 04 Sep 2017


Having recently returned from 5 magical days aboard Cumberland Yacht Charters' Leopard 38' Mary Ann, I would suggest everyone put the Whitsundays bareboat experience on their bucket list...
We had perfect weather the entire time, with 24c-26c daytime temperatures, and 10-15 knots.
The sailing was amazing, as was the abundant sea life. Whales, dolphins, turtles and fish.
Mary Ann was perfect for us, a group of 5 adults.
She was easy to sail and very manageable. There was plenty of room both inside and out, and we never felt overly cramped.
The booking process and ongoing communication with Marg and the other office staff at Cumberland Charter Yachts leading up to our charter were excellent.
The bareboat brief on the first morning was informative and went very quickly, and the debrief at the conclusion of our charter was simple and fast.
There were a couple of minor maintenance issues we brought to Cumberland's attention, but they are not worth mentioning here.
We are already planning our next Cumberland Charter Yachts adventure...


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Pam - GRIFFITH, NSW AUSTRALIA
20 Sep 2017
Beneteau 34
Trinity Reign

Chartered: 29 Aug 2017


Our 5 days sailing around Australia's Whitsunday Islands was just stunning and lots of fun. Cumberland Charter Yachts were very helpful in making sure we were aware of everything in the charter planning stages, and gave lots of instruction before with took the yacht. "Trinity Reign" was clean and well fitted out, making sailing, motoring and catering during our trip easy. I'd recommend it for a couple, but it could be a bit cramped for 4 as there is only one bathroom and the aft bedroom is small. The charts and digital info made navigating around the islands quite easy and the staff were only too keen to help.

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Bernie - strathmore, VIC
20 Sep 2017
Seawind 1160
Destiny

Chartered: 28 Aug 2017


Cumberland Yacht Charters provided excellent service in preparing and during the charter. We thoroughly enjoyed everything.
The bareboat was well presented and in good condition.

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Gregory - NORTH WILLOUGHBY, NSW
20 Sep 2017
Seawind 1000
Kick N Back

Chartered: 22 Aug 2017


Set out for a 6 night sail in the Whitsundays with 3 people. We have sailing experience, and the handover briefing was very thorough.

No problems and good weather with a couple of windy days thrown in made it the perfect holiday. Cumberland Charter Yachts looked after us very well through the whole experience. Looking forward to returning for our next bareboat charter holiday.

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Graham - BUDERIM, QUEENSLAND
20 Sep 2017
Aquila 44
Aquila Sunrise

Chartered: 25 Aug 2017


Three novice couples dreamed of cruising around the Whitsundays. As unlikely as it seems Cumberland Charter Yachts made it happen.

From the first scouting trip where we were shown the range of boats available before finally settling on their newest but at the time still on order Aquila Sunrise, The support and service were exceptional. "Aquila Sunrise" a 44ft motorised catamaran was perfect for 3 couples. Well appointed with little bits of luxury everywhere. Easy to steer, just make certain you understand the electrics better than we did.
Thank God for the wonderful Operations support team. Great safe harbours abound with the water perfect for swimming etc.

Special thanks to Megan and Marg in the office...a delight to deal with albeit with Megan trying to steal aboard as we departed Airlie Beach!

Thanks a lot. The Myers Group

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Stephen - MISSION BAY, AUCKLAND 1071 NEW ZEALAND
20 Sep 2017
Mahe 36
Skedaddle

Chartered: 27 Aug 2017


We have just completed an 8day/7night sailing charter on "Skedaddle" a 2 berth sailing catamaran. The charter boat is very well presented - large beds, plenty of storage for clothes and having the separated shower cubicle is fabulous. The living area is large, well-equipped kitchen including BBQ, fridge, freezer and ice chilly bin meant we had plenty of storage for perishable food.
Stern has very comfortable seating & table, perfect for our drinks while watching the amazing sunsets. The staff of Cumberland Charter Yachts was extremely helpful, Margaret in the office while we organised which boat etc and Craig & Chris who supervised our departure and return. The daily reporting on the radio was excellent giving helpful suggestions of where to go, night anchorages and weather reports - very useful information. We stopped at Hamilton Island halfway through our charter which meant we could fill up on water, & food/drink and good onshore showers, - nice to have an ice cream while exploring some of the resorts. We would thoroughly recommend Cumberland Charter Yachts to everyone who is interested in sailing in the Whitsundays, thanks also for arranging the most perfect weather.

We would also recommend staying the night before boarding and at least one night after your sailing at The Coral Seas Resort, beautiful setting, delicious meals, lovely sunset suites and very attentive staff - added bonus just a short boardwalk around to the marina & Cumberland Charter Yachts office.

Thanks again to Cumberland Charter Yachts for a dream come true bareboat sailing experience.

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Paul - TOOWOOMBA, QLD AUSTRALIA
20 Sep 2017
Beneteau 37
Little One

Chartered: 20 Aug 2017


Spent a week on "LittleOne" which was a 37 foot Monohull. Recommend anyone who enjoys sailing to put this one on your must do list. We went early Sept 2017 and the weather was perfect with moderate winds for the whole week of charter which was great for us as it was the first time we had chartered a boat by ourselves. The view from the lookout of Whitehaven beach (Anchor in Tongue Bay) was definitely the most scenic part of the trip.

Lots of Whales this time of year and 3 times we saw them within 100 meters of the boat as we were sailing. Very happy with the bareboat, the only fault was the TV wasn't working at the time...Seriously who needs a TV anyway??.

We were given 3 or 4 hours of instructions at the start with David who was absolutely brilliant and gave us lots of tips on where to go for the week. By far the best weeks holiday I have had so far and already planning the next sailing charter holiday.

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Katie - HOWRAH, TASMANIA AUSTRALIA
20 Sep 2017
Perry 43 3 Cabin
Mango Tango

Chartered: 20 Aug 2017


We had 11 nights on the Mango Tango at the end of August. Mango Tango was huge for 2 couples.
I had been hoping to get Skedaddle or Serendipity but by the time we booked, Mango Tango was our next best bet for availability on our dates.
Researching your boats preferences and nailing down your leave dates so you can book as early as possible is definitely the way to go!

Although we ended up with more boat than we may have needed, it was just brilliant to have it too. Along with the extra human space was an excellent freezer, fridge and beer fridge space which we put to good use. We self-catered for the 11 nights, buying almost everything in Airlie Beach before we left on our charter. We arrived the day before our charter and were able to take up the Sleep Aboard option for the night before our departure.

Provisioning: although I would have loved to take up the provisioning option and have all the work taken out of it for us for 11 nights at the standard we would prefer to eat it was more cost effective to do it ourselves. Luckily I had the time to put into the meal planning (and online shopping) in order to cater to everyone's tastes. (Meat and eggs [genuinely free-range, sourced locally] from Master Butchers Whitsundays ordered in advance, Coles Canonvale online order for the rest of food, and there's a bottle-o in the same shopping centre as Coles).
Although we grabbed a few more things from Hamo on day 5 or 6 (bread, milk, teabags, and booze) Mango Tango easily fitted our provisioning for the entire trip - and I'd argue we probably ate enough for 6 people throughout!

This was our second charter with Cumberland Charter Yachts and the team is wonderful to deal with. From answering all of my questions in the lead-up to our charter to the warm welcome and informative briefing we received on arrival, to storing our bags for a few hours before our departure - fantastic service. and we would happily book again through them.


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Graeme - , WESTERN AUSTRALIA
20 Sep 2017
Leopard 46
Seaduction

Chartered: 27 Aug 2017


The boat was well prepared for us by Cumberland Charter Yachts and the staff was most helpful. Had a wonderful 10 days chartering the Whitsundays. Handover on return was very smooth.
Would highly recommend Cumberland Charter Yachts.

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Bill - TORQUAY, VICTORIA AUSTRALIA
05 Sep 2017
Latitude 1035
Latitude Lady

Chartered: 29 Aug 2017


We had a great time and Chris and David helped us get on our way with minimal fuss even though under pressure from past hirer problems.
All expectations exceeded for Latitude Lady. Six of us had a great trip with room for privacy when needed.
The Whitsundays provide a rich place for all experiences from sailing, living aboard, photography, fishing, eating and chilling.
Will be aiming to do this again soon.
Plenty of great sites to visit yet.
Thx again to the Cumberland Charter Yachts team. The readymade support is confidence giving.
Chocolates for all.

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REES - tallebudgera, q
31 Aug 2017
Lightwave 38 Sail
Fluffy Muffy

Chartered: 30 Jul 2017


We had an awesome week sailing the Whitsundays, Whale season was in full swing, every day we had multiple sightings, breachings, mothers and calves, fin slapping, some surfacing very close to us. They were the stars of the week, but also saw many turtles, dolphins and large fish hanging around at some moorings. Bat fish, Giant Trevally, and Wrasse, happy for us to feed them by hand, good fun to snorkel with. In August it's more comfortable with a wetsuit. Our boat was Fluffy Muffy, a 38ft sailing cat, perfect for 4 of us. She was handed over to us spotlessly clean and in good condition,well-equipped galley, sheets & towels. For us novice sailors she was easy to handle and we had some good sailing. Loved the big cockpit fridge, great for our sundowners. So many great spots to see here. Some favs were Cateran Bay, Sawmill Bay and Whitehaven of course. Managed to catch a few fish for dinner and a couple feeds of rock oysters.
Cumberland Charter Yachts was great to deal with from early enquiries through to handover and hand back. The charter boat seemed well maintained and everything worked fine.
Looking forward to doing it again in the future and would not hesitate to recommend Cumberland Charter Yachts to anyone bareboating here.

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Roger - TOOWONG, QLD AUST
31 Aug 2017
Tasman Ocean 35
Serendipity

Chartered: 07 Aug 2017


Six of us on one of the bareboat sailing cats for six nights. Cumberland Charter Yachts staff was great and went out of their way to help us out. There were a few little issues with the charter boat (wind speed and direction not working) but nothing major. It was obvious the wind speed gear had been damaged by the cyclone coming through 2 months previously and they hadn't had time to get it (and other issues) all sorted out. Nothing that marred the trip but we had to make a couple of repairs and adjustments. Once we told them about the problems they seemed keen to get them sorted out. We might have been the first charterers of the boat since the storm. All in all, we had a great sail and commend Cumberland Charter Yachts staff for their help and professionalism. Thanks, all.

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Julie - DUBBO, NSW
31 Aug 2017
Leopard 46
Seaduction

Chartered: 11 Aug 2017


Cumberland Charter Yachts makes it possible for novice sailors to take a luxury bareboat yacht on the trip of a lifetime. Tony gave us excellent tuition and some practice with the controls and the sails then off we went for a fabulous week at sea in the clear, warm, tropical waters off Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday Islands.

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Kathy - SEVILLE, VIC
31 Aug 2017
Leopard 46
Seaduction

Chartered: 31 Jul 2017


We had a great time on the sailing catamaran "Seaduction" she was perfect for our bareboat trip with friends. 8 of us enjoyed a wonderful 7 nights charter with no problems it was easy to sail and motor cruise under the instruction from Cumberland Charter Yachts were perfect would recommend this trip to any adventurous group snorkelling, bush walking, fishing, whale watching we did it all !!

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Henk - S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NL NL
31 Aug 2017
Dehler 34
Treasure

Chartered: 07 Aug 2017


We chartered a 34 ft Dehler for 6 days and had an awesome time. The Cumberland Charter Yachts team is very professional and the onboarding and debriefing were both efficient and stress-free.

Needless to say that sailing a bareboat in the Whitsundays is a great experience. We loved the sailing, snorkelling, anchorages and whale watching. The Dehler 34 sails very well, but is not very roomy for its length.

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Matthew - CHARNWOOD, ACT
31 Aug 2017
Lightwave 38 Powercat
Charisma

Chartered: 13 Aug 2017


Fantastic charter, loads of fun. The motor catamaran was very comfortable, heaps of space and great amenities. Already planning next trip up!!! AAA++++

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Karen - SEVILLE, Victoria Australia
31 Aug 2017
Leopard 46
Seaduction

Chartered: 31 Jul 2017


We recently spent 8 nights sailing the Whitsundays aboard Seaduction.
We hired a sailing catamaran and enjoyed bareboating around some of the most beautiful islands in the world, it was an incredible experience. We saw turtles, an abundance of fish and whales. It was only a few months since the cyclone and the damage was still very evident.
We had a few minor issues with the boat, freezer didn't freeze and 1 of the 4 toilets didn't work properly.
But overall it was the experience of a lifetime and I would recommend it to everyone.

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Mark - PARKDALE, VIC
22 Aug 2017
Lightwave 38 Powercat
Charisma

Chartered: 05 Aug 2017


This is our second time chartering a bareboat from Cumberland Charter Yachts. We were onboard the powered catamaran "Charisma". This is a well-finished charter boat with all the mod cons required to make our holiday memorable. We were well looked after by the experienced staff at Cumberland Charter Yachts, checking on our progress daily and giving regular advice on anchorages that best suited the weather. The highlight was spending the afternoon with a Mother Whale and her Baby. We can't wait for our next charter.
Many thanks, CCY.


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Paul - BURLEIGH HEADS, QLD AUSTRALIA
22 Aug 2017
Voyager 1040
Finnigan

Chartered: 04 Aug 2017


"Finnigan" motor cruiser was the perfect choice for us, would book same again, if we hadn't bought our own fly bridge cruiser.
Tip - get a mooring buoy or anchor up by 2:30 - 3 pm or you miss best spots, also anchor up next to the owner yachty's - they know best spots in what winds in each bay.
14 nites would be perfect, we had 10 nites.

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Mark - LIGHTWATER, SURREY UK
22 Aug 2017
Perry 44.5p
Cumberland Majical

Chartered: 13 Aug 2017


This trip was the second time we've used Cumberland Charter Yachts and would go back again. Great service and an excellent boat (Majical) despite its age. The Whitsundays is a wonderful place but now in recovery mode following the cyclone (both trees and reefs have suffered damage). Despite this still a fantastic destination and experience!

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Greg - DUBBO, New South Wales
22 Aug 2017
Leopard 46
Seaduction

Chartered: 11 Aug 2017


We hired the "Stardust" (Perry 43+4 cabin) yacht for seven nights in August 2017. The Whitsundays are so incredible, and the weather this time of year is just magic. There were whales and turtles and dolphins we spotted every single day. The bareboat was spacious and well-appointed. The capacity is 10 people, but we had just two couples, which was really lovely. We were fairly conservative with our freshwater supply and ran out literally in the marina as we were coming back to port on the last day, so more people would likely require a resupply at Hamilton Island, but that wouldn't have been a problem. Cumberland Charter Yachts was excellent from start to finish - very communicative and friendly in the lead-up to and during our trip. Each person we dealt with in regard to our charter was just lovely. We would absolutely book with Cumberland Charter Yachts again, and are already making plans for when we might do just that.

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Andrew - , AUSTRALIA
22 Aug 2017
Seawind 1160
Destiny

Chartered: 03 Aug 2017


Magnificent weather unreal charter boat "DESTINY" from Cumberland Charter Yachts.
We saw whales dolphins turtles and had great advice from Terry which made handling the boat a breeze.

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Luke - ELANORA HEIGHTS, NSW
22 Aug 2017
Leopard 47
Double Play

Chartered: 06 Aug 2017


We hired a sailing catamaran with another family (friends of ours from London). I don't know what bareboat we booked, but we ended up on a 47ft boat called "Double Play". It was a brilliant setup and the briefing from Cumberland Charter Yachts was very professional and helpful. CCY was flexible and accommodating with our requests and helpful with any charter questions. Would recommend to ANYONE!

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Nick - KINGSTON, ACT AUSTRALIA
10 Aug 2017
Latitude 1035
Latitude Lady

Chartered: 10 Jul 2017


Cumberland Charter Yachts was a great charter company to do business with and we thoroughly enjoyed our week in July 2017 on board "Latitude Lady." My wife and I from Canada were joined by a couple from the US and despite the last minute change in the number of guests and (who our main organizer/point of contact was), Cumberland Charter Yachts ensured that our group had all the details needed to enjoy our time in the Whitsundays. Cumberland was recommended to us from another Canadian couple who sailed with them in 2015 and I would gladly recommend them to anyone looking for a bareboat charter in the Whitsundays - Thanks again Cumberland!

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