Designed for the Americas Cup by famous yacht designer Ben Lexcen and built by entrepreneur Alan Bond, the Southern Cross measures in at 68ft long and features a towering 97ft mast. Built to withstand wind conditions of 10-18 knots, this comfortable yacht is ideal for sailing the Whitsundays. Sail to Tongue Bay and enjoy a walk to the lookout. There is also a snorkel stop and lunch is included. Guests are also invited to experience the thrill of hoisting and trimming the sails as well as taking the helm!
The Southern Cross offers plenty of space and comfort making her a popular vessel to discover the beauty of the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef.
Example Itinerary (this is a guide only as itinerary is subject to weather and tidal conditions).
Meet your crew at Abell Point Marina at 8am for a head count, to depart the marina at 8:30am. Feeling energized? Help hoist the sails! Otherwise, sit back and relax as you float across the Whitsunday Passage to Whitsunday Island, finding anchorage at Tongue Bay. Take a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout to the view of Whitehaven Beach before heading down and spending an hour or two exploring. In the afternoon you’ll sail north to another island where you’ll anchor just before sunset. After dinner, grab a drink and enjoy the evening.
Early rise for breakfast, and kit up with snorkelling gear, ready to jump in over the fringing coral reefs to see the fish and coral. Time for morning tea before heading to another location for a swim, snorkel or a beach stop. After lunch, it is time to set the sails once again and make way across the Whitsunday Passage. Arrive back into Airlie Beach at 4pm.
Departs: Departs on even days of the month (e.g. 4th, 16th, 28th) at 8.30am
Returns: 4.00pm on the third day – duration of 31 hours
What to Bring: clothes, towel, toiletries, hat, swimwear, sunscreen, jacket/sweater, camera, sunglasses, runners or sandals for island walks, alcohol and soft drinks. Guests can bring your own alcohol, no glass or red wine please. Soft drinks are sold on board, but guests may bring their own. Guests are asked to limit luggage. Please pack in soft sided zipless bag. We provide dry bags hire; for a deposit of $50 (cash only) which will be refunded on return. We also provide luggage storage at the Explore Whitsundays Reservations Office for $10 per person.
Children: This cruise is suitable for 15+ years. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Guests: Minimum 8 - Maximum 14
Operated By: Explore Whitsundays