Sailing La Vagabonde takes you to The Whitsundays
Have you ever imagined packing up your life, quitting your job, buying a yacht and sailing around the world? Yep, me too. And wouldn’t that be the life!
Unfortunately for me, the chances of this actually happening are as slim as the New South Wales team taking out next year’s State of Origin, so I’ll just keep on dreaming.
The dream is more real for some, however, as Riley and Elayna have spent the past three years sailing around the world on their very own yacht, La Vagabonde, and share their journey weekly with over 300,000 subscribers on YouTube. The best part? They get paid to do it!
Follow their journey as they set sail around the Whitsundays. If this doesn’t give you a serious case of wanderlust, I don’t know what will.
Airlie Beach to Hook Island
Picking up the new yacht from Abell Point Marina, Riley and his dad test the waters (literally) as they hoist the sails for Stonehaven Anchorage on Hook Island. Dropping anchor at this scenic spot means watching the sun set over Whitsunday Passage and it’s one of the best anchorages for dolphin spotting at dusk.
Airlie Beach to Whitsunday Island
Riley picks up Elayna from Airlie Beach and Sailing La Vagabonde set sail to explore the 74 islands of The Whitsundays for three weeks. After just two hours sailing time from Airlie Beach, the duo anchor at Sawmill Bay, Cid Harbour. If you’re feeling adventurous there is a 1.1 km bush walk from Sawmill Beach to Dugong Beach. This is a great place to spot, you guessed it, dugongs as well as turtles as they feed on the seagrass flats nearby.
Riley and Elayna then sail towards Hook Island, anchoring at Nara Inlet. The steep hills of the island were once home to the Ngaro Aboriginal people and within the hills of the inlet you can uncover ancient rock wall paintings and learn the history of the Whitsundays Islands at the Ngaro Cultural Site.
Sailing La Vagabonde moor at Hamilton Island Marina and swap their boat for a buggy as they explore picture perfect Hamilton Island. Apart from the buzzing village atmosphere on the island, it’s also a great spot for provisioning with an abundance of shops to re-stock your supplies.
Hamilton Island to Whitehaven Beach
Crowned Australia’s best beach by TripAdvisor, one look at this place and it is obvious why this pristine paradise attracts travellers year-round. We don’t mean to boast, but Riley describes their sail into Whitehaven Beach as one of the top three sails he has done in his life. Aww shucks.
Sailing La Vagabonde journey on to Tongue Bay where they explore Tongue Point towards the Hill Inlet lookout. The white sand and blue hues of the water combine to make a perfect mosaic known as Hill Inlet, which is actually the northern end of Whitehaven Beach.
Mays Bay to Airlie Beach
Riley and Elayna leave their quiet anchorage at Mays Bay (which is the perfect spot for snorkelling and stand-up paddle boarding) and head towards Airlie Beach to hand over their home for the past three weeks. It’s not over for Sailing La Vagabonde just yet as they shake off their sea legs with a helicopter ride over the Great Barrier Reef and spend some time exploring this buzzing coastal town.
Feeling a little green with jealousy? Discuss that work hiatus with your boss and start brushing up on how you’re going to go bareboating the Whitsundays. And guess what? You don’t even need a license.
Ah, wouldn’t it be nice?