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Whitsunday Radio Channels

Sailing Whitsundays Radio Communications

When sailing anywhere it is of the up-most importance that you are adequately prepared for the worst and have your safety equipment on board for use in the event of an emergency.  This includes suitable communication equipment for the type of waters that you are in. You must also have the relevant licenses held to operate such equipment as well.

We want to provide you with the relevant information in regards to communication that is local to the Whitsundays. This is so that you can be prepared for any event that might happen while you’re at sea in these magical waters.

Furthermore most bareboat companies, resorts and marinas in the Whitsundays are now conducting all communication on the water on VHF. The channels are monitored by Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday and Airlie Com-Stat.

Airlie Com-Stat is a local radio station which conducts radio operations on behalf of a number of bareboat companies particularly during night hours. Airlie Com-Stat broadcasts local weather on VHF channels 22,81 and 82 at 0803, 1203 and 1603.

NB – Mobile phones will work in some locations around the islands, but these are not to be relied upon. If you do have sight of mainland or Hamilton Island there is usually some reception.


  • Auto and manual VHF CH 8 and 86
  • Manual Only VHF Ch 25 and 83

Island resorts

  • Club Crocodile Long Island VHF Ch 16/11
  • Club Med Lindeman Island VHF Ch 16/60
  • Daydream Island VHF Ch 16/12
  • Hamilton Island VHF Ch 16/68
  • Hayman Island VHF Ch 16/10
  • Hook Island VHF Ch 16/74
  • Peppers Palm Bay Long Island VHF Ch 16/10
  • South Molle Island VHF Ch 16/74


  • Abel Point Marina VHF Ch 16/9
  • 27 MHz Ch 88
  •  Monte’s Resort VHF Ch 16/74
  • Shute Jettymaster VHF Ch 16/81/74
  • 27 MHz Ch 88

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