Just a few sail boats are scattered in the secluded Nara Inlet at Hook Island.
Just a few sail boats are scattered in the secluded Nara Inlet at Hook Island. Megan Mackander/192052y

Top four quiet anchorages near Mackay

Looking for peace and quiet, just you, your boat and the sea and sun? Here's our pick of the top four secluded anchorages in the Mackay region.

1 Cid Harbour, Whitsunday Island:

GPS: -20.2463077,148.9603828

Why it's great: Cid Harbour is a large anchorage suitable in all weather, all year.

 

Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays. Photo Contributed
Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays. Photo Contributed David Colfelt

Tips: It has beautiful surroundings and is very protected. There is beach facilities access and a track to Whitsunday Peak (not for the faint-hearted). 

Watch out for: Other boats. This is a popular anchorage, so it's not always "away from the crowd". But there's lots of room for everyone.

2 Nara Inlet, Hook Island:

GPS: -20.1348983,148.91137

Why it's great: It's an all-weather, all-year spot in absolutely beautiful surroundings.

Tips: This deep fjord offers excellent protection from all weather and has plenty of room, although it too is popular. 

Watch out for: Access to a 6000-year-old Aboriginal cave art site.

3 Luncheon Bay, Hook Island:

GPS: -20.0778336,148.9292228

Why it's great: Good for most parts of the year, except in brisk northerlies. Public moorings available.

Luncheon Bay in the Whitsundays. Photo Contributed
Luncheon Bay in the Whitsundays. Photo Contributed David Colfelt

Watch out for: Wild goats on the rocks above the anchorage.

4 Minne Hall Bay, Goldsmith Island:

Minne Hall Bay in the Whitsundays. Photo David Colfelt
Minne Hall Bay in the Whitsundays. Photo David Colfelt David Colfelt

GPS: -20.6736411,149.1510928

Why it's great: For those who really want to get away from it all, this beautiful, remote, seldom-visited, small anchorage in the southern Whitsundays has a spectacular beach for fossicking.

Tips: Best in southerly winds (winter season).

Watch out for: Lovely sunsets to the west. 


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