This sailing option is a great option for those seeking a fast, action-packed adventure! If you're up to the challenge get busy on board and help set the sails, have a turn on the wheel and get some awesome sailing photos. The captain and crew will provide interpretive information on the Whitsunday Islands and the Marine Park. The itinerary will cover a great distance around the islands and is achieved because of the sailing performance and ability of this well decorated, ex-racing yacht. Sailing is the most ‘eco-friendly’ way of exploring as wind power is used as much as possible. Southern Cross is spacious and comfortable with a cushioned deck space. Make friends with the other travellers and maybe enjoy a party in the evenings. Great if the guest is tighter on time.
Experience true Aussie-style camping in a location unlike any other, with the new camp-ashore option! Available from May - November.
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.
As an alternative to staying overnight on the boat, guests can choose to camp ashore. Swags will be set up and put away by the crew. Camping facilities in the campsites are very basic (composting toilets only). Campers may use the shower on the boat. For everything except the sleeping arrangement, the passengers who book to camp will be part of the normal activities of the 2D1N trip onboard Southern Cross. Campsites visited include (but are not limited to) South Whitehaven, Maureen’s, Crayfish Beach and Chance Bay.
Departs: Departs on even days of the month (e.g. 4th, 16th, 28th) at 8.30am
Returns: 4.00pm on the second 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