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Whitsundays Anchorages & Moorings Qld

Information supplied by the Department of Environment and Heritage for the Protection of our fringing reefs
Whitsundays fringing reefs now have extra protection from anchor damage with a series of marker buoys being installed at sensitive sites.

Locations targeted have high conservation value and are currently under significant anchoring pressure.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage, and volunteer group the Order of Underwater Coral Heroes are surveying sights and in certain areas marker buoys have already been installed.

The marker buoys mark an area within the bays in which you are not allowed to anchor. For people boating in the Whitsundays it is easy to remember that you must not anchor inshore of the marker buoys.

Sensitive sites to have marker buoys are:

Cateran Bay
Blue Pearl Bay
Eastern Bays
Pinnacle Bay
Maureens Cove
Butterfly Bay East
Luncheon Bay
Manta Ray Bay
Mackeral Bay
Saha Bay
Black Island
Langford Island
White Bay
Deloraine Island
Sunlovers Bay

Border Island
Hayman Island
Haymann Island
Hook Island
Hook Island
Hook Island
Hook Island
Hook Island
Hook Island
Hook Island

Haslewood Island
Daydream Island

Public moorings available in the Whitsundays are at Luncheon Bay and Manta Ray Bay on Hook Island. These moorings are for daylight use only to enhance Reef Appreciation. Moorings are

  • Luncheon Bay - for vessels up to 18m in length.
  • Manta Ray Bay - Two dinghy moorings for dinghies up to 6 metres in length. Two moorings for vessels up to 10 metres in length,
  • In Manta Ray Bay a person must not moor a vessel to a public mooring in the Special Management Area for more than 2 hours in an 8 hour period.

See also Islands of Australia for more holiday information on the region

Whitsunday Travel Service
Region Travel Map
Region Travel Information
orpheusHamilton Island
long islandHayman Island
holidaysHook Island
hamiltonDaydream Island
bareboatSouth Molle Island
chartersLindeman Island
mooringBrampton Island

keppelLong Island

bramptonBareboat Charter

haymanFully Crewed Charter

islandsAnchoring and Mooring

islandsWhitsunday Islands Maps
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