Cid Harbour, located on the western side of Whitsunday Island, is one of the largest harbours and one of the most popular places on the Whitsundays Islands. The best spot for a smooth and calm night under the stars.
Offering a sheltered spot to spend the night and magnificent views, Cid Harbour is usually protected from strong winds. Its proximity to the mainland makes it perfect for spending a half-day exploring the west of Whitsunday Island. The magnificent natural attractions close to Cid Harbour deserve to be visited at least once during your sailing holidays in the Whitsundays.
What makes Cid Harbour worth visiting?
First of all, Hikes!
Amazing and family-friendly hikes can be done in the Cid Harbour area. The effort will be rewarded with breathtaking views and nature gifts along the way. Hikes from Cid Harbour are part of the Whitsundays Ngaro Sea Trail.
Dugong - Sawmill Track
Dugong - Sawmill Track is an easy and satisfying walk between Dugong beach and Sawmill beach. You will need only one hour to complete the track (3 km return).
Kids love it! The giant tropical rainforest and magical collection of moss, lichens and fungi will have everyone mesmerized.
But keep your eyes on the ocean too, as you will probably spot more than one marine turtle!
Whitsunday Peak Track
This challenging walk of 5km is known as the ‘roof of the Whitsundays’. Can you guess why? The panoramic views at the top are unbeatable and 100% worth the effort.
Remember to pack plenty of water, sunglasses, a hat and comfortable shoes. And f course, your camera! You will want to have memories of this unforgettable experience.
During the Second World War, Australian and allied navies used Cid Harbour as an anchorage prior to the Battle of the Coral Sea.
The Battle of the Coral Sea took place in 1942 and it was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air forces of Australia and the United States.
Secluded, wonderful beaches and anchorages
The beaches at Cid Harbour offer the perfect conditions for anchoring and spending the night under the stars.
Sawmill Beach is probably the best spot at Cid Harbour to watch the sunset and wait for the night to come, as it is protected from NE and SW winds.
Not far away from Sawmill Beach, Dugong Beach also offers another safe anchorage at Cid Harbour. Both beaches offer the perfect conditions for an afternoon picnic and family games.
Located at Cid Island, Homestead Bay offers a quiet and pretty anchorage with excellent views of the passage from Cid Island, although is only available during daytime.
Wings Private Charters Whitsundays take you there! Our skippered, private and extended charters are specially designed to spend one, two, three and even four nights on the bests spots of the Whitsundays Islands.