VMR Whitsunday operates from Gloucester Island/Passage (West of this is covered by VMR Bowen) to Cape Conway and Shaw Island in the South (Out from Midge Point and Repulse Bay. South is covered by VMR Midge Point and VMR Mackay).
The map above shows the approximate extents of our operational area.
We own and operate a 9.8m KevlaCat and our organisation is made entirely of volunteers, including boat crew, radio operators, management, fundraisers, trainers and every other person in our organisation.
Our Radio Base
The VMR radio base operates a dedicated listening watch each weekend between 7 am and 5pm.
Frequencies monitored are channels VHF 16, 67, 81, 82 and HF 2182 & 4124
Additionally VMR Whitsunday operates with VMR Mackay and Hay Point VTS (Vessel Tracking System) to monitor a 24/7 emergency listening watch on channels 16 and 67. Please note this watch is for emergency calls only and non emergency calls are generally not responded to out of operational hours.
In an average year we are activated 75 times, about 6 times a month, for a mixture of training, tow assists, search and rescues, medical evacuations from boats and island resorts (and campers), transfers of Queensland Fire and Rescue, Queensland Ambulance Service and also the Queensland Police Service to emergency situations.
We operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and to maintain this we need the support of more dedicated volunteers. We are always after any extra support so if you can spare 5 hours a month then this would greatly assist in keeping the radio room operational at all times. Become a volunteer now.
Other radio frequencies used in the Whitsunday region include:
09 Abel Point Marina
10 Hayman Island Resort
11 Club Crocodile Long Island Resort
12 Daydream Island
68 Hamilton Island Resort
Download a handy reference sheet for your boat.