Travel to the Whitsundays
What to Pack
Airlie Beach is located in North Queensland, 1150km’s north of Brisbane and 630km’s south of Cairns.
Airports - Whitsunday Coast Airport at Proserpine [PPP]. 30 minute shuttle or taxi transfer to Airlie Beach.
Guests are asked to pack in a soft bag. We suggest: Swimmers, Sarong, Beach Towel, Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Jacket or Sweater, Hat, Camera (& batteries), Sandals/Joggers/Thongs, Toiletries and your favourite music CD’s or iPods.
Great Barrier Reef Queensland
Reservations, Confirmations, Check-in
- Services are available to Airlie Beach. Oz Experience also stops in Airlie Beach.
Queensland Rail - Services to Proserpine from Brisbane or Cairns, with Bus or Taxi transfer to Airlie Beach.
We are open 7:30am to 7:00pm. All Guests are asked to check-in for a briefing & to pick-up boarding passes at Shop 1, 4 The Esplanade Airlie Beach. (See map on page 14)
Sailing Adventures Intro & Cert Diving Private Charters Airlie & Hamilton Island Race Weeks Learn to Sail Courses
Web Check-in: to speed up the check-in process, before arrival into Airlie Beach guests can go on-line to our Web Check-in. Sailing Guide
** Eureka & Sail Training Changes effective 1 Apr 2014 MAXI SAILING 18 to 40(ish) & young at heart Duration Boat Siska 2d1n Hammer
Accomm Type Multi Share or Open Dbl Multi Share or Open Dbl Double Cabin Boomerang Multi Share or Open Dbl British Defender Multi Share or Open Dbl 2d2n Broomstick Multi Share or Open Dbl Multi Share or Open Dbl Condor Double/Twin Cabin ADVENTURE CATAMARANS 18 to 35s & young at heart Duration Boat Accomm Type Multi Share Powerplay Open Double Double Cabin 2d2n Multi Share Adventurer Open Double Double Cabin ADVENTURE SAILING 18 to 40(ish) & young at heart Duration Boat Accomm Type 1 day tour Southern Cross NA 3d2n Ragamuffin 2 Multi Share or Open Dbl Multi Share or Open Dbl 2,5d2n ** Eureka Double/Twin Cabin Multi Share Prima 2d2n Ensuite Cabin
DELUXE SAILING - Couples / Friends Duration Boat 2d2n
SAIL TRAINING COURSES ** 3d2n Sail Intro Course ** Commercial Crew 6d5n 6d5n Sail Learn to Earn
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Explore Whitsundays Shop 1, 4 The Esplanade Airlie Beach Queensland 4802
HAMILTON ISLAND AIRPORT transfers - At time of booking tours, please advise Hamilton Island pick-up or drop-off (Additional Cost). Transfers are via Ferry and schedules are aligned with most flights. Cancellations between booking & 14 days before travel will result in loss of deposit; between 13 days to 72 hours 50% of ticket price loss applies, less than 72 hours before departure 100% charges apply. Accommodation Cancellations, 7 nights before check-in, cancellation fee of 1 night applies. Sailing and snorkelling can be dangerous activities & while crew take every effort to ensure guest safety, we cannot be held responsible for the actions of guests beyond our control. Vessels which offer diving meet with our Dive Boat Tornado and diving is extra. We reserve the right to change vessels to a similar standard or alter tours for guest comfort/safety. Alcohol is BYO for all vessels except Solway Lass. Solway Lass is licensed and offers bar service at reasonable prices. We recommend travel insurance to protect against loss of valuables, illness, late cancellations or failure to meet departure time. Prices are a Guide and may increase at anytime.
Website: www.explorewhitsundays.com Email: email@example.com From Overseas In Australia Ph: +617 4946 4999 1800 675 790 or 4946 7533
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Captain and Crew, all meals (includes special diets), snorkel gear and instruction, wetsuit, linen. Tours on Solway Lass also include local courtesy transfers to / from Airlie Beach to Marina.
- Hamilton Island Airport [HTI]. Transfer via ferry to the mainland and Shuttle to Airlie Beach.
TALL SHIP SAILING - Fun for all Ages Duration Boat
Cruise Index Scuba Diving
Introductory or Certified Scuba Diving options.
Great Fun, Larger Social Groups, Yachts 22 to 24 metres, Open Plan Accommodation, Dorm Style or Open Doubles.
Smaller Group Experiences, more time to unwind. Open Plan Accommodation, Dorm Style or Open Doubles.
Whitsunday Catamarans Langford Reef
Sail Training / Season of Sailing page 11
The Islands Typical Anchorages for 2 or 3 day tour
Main Rendezvous Dive Stops
Fringing Reef Snorkel Areas
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HAYMAN Island Cairns
Luncheon & Mantaray Bays
Blue Pearl Bay
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Rockhampton Fraser Island BRISBANE
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Hill Inlet Whitehaven Beach WHITSUNDAY Island
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Since 1985 we have been providing Whitsunday Sailing Tours. Guests can choose between Maxi Sail, Adventure Sail, Tall Ships or Deluxe Sail and Cruise. Whether travelling independently, as a couple, or with a group we have a tour option available. Our experienced crew take the worry out of sailing around the islands and reefs. With all Marine and Park Permits, we will take you to the best locations planned around the prevailing wind and tides. There are many smooth water stops nestled around the islands, so overnight anchorages are pleasant for sleeping and offer spectacular scenery!
During a typical 2 or 3 day tour, along with the Sailing, there will be time to: > Snorkel coral reefs teeming with marine life > Visit stunning sand and coral Beaches > Go for Guided Island Bush Walks > Meet our dive boat â€˜Tornadoâ€™
If you want to participate in the sailing, you can help hoist the sails, trim the sails, or take
Proserpine Whitsunday Coast Airport
The Whitsundays consist of 74 islands located in the middle of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. These islands are pristine, with 66 in their natural state. The area is well protected for future generations through programs such as the Ecotourism Certification, administered by Ecotourism Australia.
Choice of 3 vessels, from youth adventures to deluxe sailing.
Learn to Sail to Commercial Training Courses, beginners to professional.
Tall Ship Sailing
Leisurely Paced Sailing, Tall Ship Fun, casual, more comfortable accommodation, multi share, double or twin cabins. Air Cond.
Tailored Charters for groups, weddings, team building.
Airlie Beach Accommodation
Accommodation options for pre and post sailing.
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Deluxe Sail & Cruise Options for the more discerning guest. 18 to 40 ish & young at heart adventure seekers. Like minded social travellers.
Back cover Leisurely paced sailing for all ages. Get involved or just relax. Diving available when we meet up with our Dive boat Tornado (1 dive)
Open Share and Open Double Accommodation is in a dormitory, open style share based.
Our crew will freshly prepare all meals, breakfast, morning tea, lunches, pre-dinner snacks and hot dinners. Feedback sheets completed by guests generally rate meals at 10/10 for all tours.
Multi Share Cabin
Multi Share Cabins and Private Double Cabins are available. Cabins have doors offering extra privacy.
2 Day 1 Night Maxi Adventures
Introductory or Certified Diving
The Whitsundays is blessed with having many bays and coves which are well protected from prevailing winds and large ocean swells or waves. This protection helps to foster the growth of many soft corals, such as the Coral Fans. These vivid soft corals attract many species of colourful fish. Our 58ft purpose built dive boat is located at the best Whitsunday dive locations and our yachts meet up with the dive boat. Guests have the option to complete Introductory or Certified Dives. For Introductory Dives, guests will be guided with a qualified instructor and enjoy a Dive experience which will last 25 to 35 minutes.
Powerplay offers 2 Dives (see page 9)
with daily departures.
2 Day 1 Night Cruises
23 Metres, 22 Guests 3 Crew Departs 8:30am Odd Days e.g. 3rd, 5th Siska was built in Perth WA, and her impressive career includes winning the Sydney to Hobart Race and circumnavigating the world twice. This performance allows Siska and her guests to experience a lot of the Whitsundays in just 2 days. Siska’s interior was custom built for Whitsunday charters and features a large guest lounge and dining area with over 2.3m headroom. The spacious deck includes a roll out shade awning.
Fun and Adventure
Maxi Sailing is great fun and high on adventure. Maxi’s are large yachts over 22 metres in length, their sheer size and power makes for a memorable sailing experience. Group sizes 22 to 29 guests, meet other like minded travellers. This is a Social Experience and don’t be surprised if there’s a bit of a party in the evening.
2 Day 1 Night Cruises 22.5 Metres, 22 Guests 3 Crew Departs 8:30am Even Days e.g. 4th, 6th Hammer is a true Australian Yachting Legend. Throughout her racing career Hammer competed in many ocean racing events, and is best known for 5 consecutive placings in the Sydney to Hobart. At the end of Hammer’s racing career her interior was refurbished with a comfortable saloon area and open plan accommodation. Hammer is sleek and her sailing speed still remains and in just 2 days you will see more of the Whitsundays than other longer tours do.
2 Day 2 Night Maxi Sailing with daily departures. Broomstick 15
2 Day 2 Night Cruises 23 Metres, 25 Guests 3 Crew Departs 2:00pm Mon, Wed, Sat
2 Day 2 Night Cruises 24 Metres, 29 Guests 3 Crew Departs 2:00pm Tue, Thur, Sun
Broomstick was built in South Africa to win the Cape Town to Rio Race. From there she went on to compete in many famous events including the Sydney to Hobart. Broomstick finished racing in 2000 and in 2001 was converted for charter tours. Be aware, the racing spirit remains.
Condor is one of the most famous maxiâ€™s in history, winning races all over the world, such as the Sydney to Hobart, Fastnet, Bermuda Cup, Antigua Race Week. Downstairs, Condor has space galore and there are two private cabins which can be booked for a little extra.
British Defender 16
2 Day 2 Night Cruises 24 Metres, 28 Guests 3 Crew Departs 2:00pm Mon, Thur, Sat
2 Day 2 Night Cruises 24 Metres, 28 Guests 3 Crew Departs 2:00pm Sun, Wed, Fri
Raced under the name Ondine VII & achieved great success, including 1st place in World Maxi Series Races. Boomerang was built in Italy and was still racing in NZ until 2001. Boomerang has deck space galore, large cockpit with grinder winch towers, roll out shade awning. Downstairs is large, light and airy.
Sailed by the British Armed Services during the 1989/90 Around the World Race. British Defender is a high tech. Maxi that allows for high action sailing. The yacht was named by The Duke of Edinburgh on the Thames. Roll out shade awning on deck. Downstairs is comfortable, light and airy.
MAXiâ€™s offer MAXiMUM space... on deck and in the cabin area.
Adventure Sailing Prima 2
Small Groups... More Time. Eureka
3 Day 2 Night Cruises 18 Metres, 15 Guests 2 Crew Departs 9:30am Mon & Thu
2 Day 2 Night Cruises 15 Metres, 12 Guests 2 Crew Departs 1:00pm Mon, Wed & Fri
From 1 April 2015, Eureka changes to 2.5 day 2 night tour. Departs 9am Monday returns 11am Wed. Departs 2pm Wed returns 4pm Fri.
Prima was purpose built to operate charters in the Whitsundays and
she is perfect for individuals, couples or Private Charter groups. With a maximum of 12 passengers and 2 crew Prima will provide a comfortable home for your Whitsunday experience. Prima has 2 private double cabins with private ensuites, and 2 doubles with share bathroom. A major refit in 2012 included air conditioning to the main cabin area. Prima presents in wonderful condition.
This ex-racing yacht was designed by Famous Australian designer and yachtsman Iain Murray. Eureka is a Sydney 60, which is a fast and modern race yacht with comfortable appointments. With a maximum of 15 guests, Eureka is perfect for guests seeking a smaller group experience. Eureka, has two private double/twin cabins which can be booked for a little extra.
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3 Day 2 Night Cruises 16 Metres, 13 Guests 2 Crew Departs 9:30am Wed & Sun
1 Day Tour to Hill Inlet Lookout - Whitehaven Beach 20 Metres, 30 Guests 2 Crew Departs 8:00am Daily ( Except Wednesday )
This ex-racing yacht was designed for the Admiral’s Cup by Australia’s famous America’s Cup Yacht Designer, Ben Lexcen. The yacht has a comfortable interior with a welcoming warmth & feel created by rich timber finishes. With a maximum of 13 guests, Ragamuffin II is perfect for guests seeking a smaller group experience.
Australia’s 4th challenger for the America’s Cup. Winner of the America’s Cup Challenger Series, racing at Newport Rhode Island in the USA. If you are after an exciting sailing experience with a smaller group, then Southern Cross is perfect. Southern Cross has a permanent shaded cockpit. Southern Cross is available for extended private charters for up to 14 guests.
Relaxing... Small Groups Adventurer 2 Day 2 Night Cruises 12 Metres, 12 Guests 2 Crew Departs 2:00pm Tue, Thu, Sat
Whitsunday Adventurer is a late model 40ft Catamaran which offers a small group adventure around the Islands. Guests can go snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, bushwalking, visit Whitehaven Beach or just relax on board. Adventurer also has a heated foredeck spa.
Catamaran Sailing is a great way to experience the Whitsundays: These 2 or 3 night tours offer: • Choice of 3 different style of tours • Modern vessels with comfortable interiors • Plenty of space for sunbathing or relaxing • Latest in technology, including DVD Players & WiFi
Powerplay 2 Day 2 Night Dive Tours 12 Metres, 18 Guests 2 Crew Departs 12:00pm Mon, Thur, Sat
Powerplay is a sleek Catamaran built to cruise fast around the Islands. While our guests can go snorkelling, bush walking or visiting Whitehaven, this tour has a focus on Scuba Diving, either Introductory or Certified. Powerplay also has a foredeck Spa and stand up paddle boards.
Whitsunday Blue 2 or 3 Night Cruises 12 Metres, 8 Guests 2 Crew 2 Night Departs 4:00pm Tue, Thur 3 Night Departs 4:00pm Sat
3 Night Cruise
Whitsunday Blue is a late model French built 41ft Lagoon Catamaran
which offers a relaxed sailing tour around the Islands. Enjoy sumptuous gourmet meals, air conditioned dining / lounge area, double guest cabins with ensuites and hatches, clear bottom kayaks and professional crew.
Deluxe Sail & Stay Package - see page 14.
Intro Sail Course 3 Day 2 Nights 9:30am Mon, Thu Fun practical way to introduce participants to the overall running of a yacht, including safety, regulations and manoeuvres. (Code: 3D2NINTRO). From 1 April 2015 course is 2.5 days, 2 nights departing 9am Monday and 2pm Wednesday.
Commercial Crew Course 6 Days 5 Nights 9:30am Mon Provides the skills to be an active crew member on a yacht. Covers: Nautical Knowledge, Seamanship, Boat Handling Engineering, Weather, Passage Planning and Navigation. (Code: 6D5NCREW). From 1 April 2015 course is 5 days, 5 nights.
Sail Learn to Earn
Solway Lass 3 or 6 Night Cruises 28 Metres 32 Guests 6 Crew Departs 7:30pm Sat or Tue
23 Days 9:30am Mon
Designed for the Working Holiday Visitor and those seeking a career in Marine Tourism. 23 Day Course includes, 6 Day 5 night Commercial Crew Course, 12 nights as extra crew on our Maxi Adventures, 6 Nights Backpackers Accommodation in Airlie Beach, 17 Days of Meals, Crew Uniforms, Tuition, Notes, Log Book and Certificate. After completion of Course a meeting will be arranged with our Human Resource Manager. Successful candidates may be employed. (Code: 23DLTE)
Season of Sailing Each August the Whitsundays comes alive with Australia’s most popular and colourful sailing regattas. August is Winter, but you wouldn’t think so with sunny days around 26c and generally 10 to 20 knot breezes making for some amazing sailing. Whether a total novice to sailing or an experienced sailor we welcome guests to join us.
With an overall length of 127ft, (28m) and 100ft on deck, Solway Lass is the largest Tall Ship sailing the Whitsunday Islands. Built in Holland in 1902 of German Blue Steel, major works keep this world renowned Tall Ship in beautiful condition. In 1999 eleven new guest cabins were built for Whitsunday Island Cruises.
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15 to 22 August 2015. Price $2100. We offer a full live-aboard experience for 9 days. Includes accommodation on yacht each night at Hamilton Island Marina, then by day guests become part of the crew and enjoy the Racing.
(3 night Code: 3D3NSL - 6 night Code: 6D6NSL)
Hamilton Island Race Week Hamilton Island Race Week is held 2nd to 3rd week of August each year.
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1st registered in Hamburg, carried cargo between Europe, Nordic & UK; served in both World Wars; sailed Fiji during the 1970s; Sydney’s Tall Ship for the 1980/90s, involved in the 1st Fleet re-enactment celebrating 200 years of settlement. Whitsunday cruises are casual and offer a Tall Ship experience from a bygone era. • 10 Air Conditioned Guest Cabins • 2 x Private Double Cabins with Ensuite • 8 x Double, Twin, 4 or 6 Share Cabins with Share Bathrooms • Male/Female Bathrooms • Enclosed Bar and Lounge Area • Deck Space Galore with Bow Net • Large Shaded Mid Deck Area • Snorkelling Gear and Instruction • Glass Bottom Boat for Coral Viewing • Tarzan Rope Swing • Services of Captain and crew • Local transfer from Airlie Beach to Marina and return
In 2010, our Maxi Condor won Cruising Division of the regatta. Packages racing by day and staying each night at the Resort are also available on request.
Airlie Beach Race Week Join us sailing this regatta from Airlie Beach. This event generally falls the week before Hamilton Island Race Week. Check our separate Rate Sheet for Race Dates.
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Tall Ship Sail & Stay 5 Night Package available - see page 14.
Sail & Stay Whitsunday Packages Ideas To Get You Started
Tailor Your Experience
Your agent can design a package to get the most from your Whitsun-Stay.
Vessels are available for Private Charter and we can tailor tours for groups as small as a couple up to 200 guests. Day Charters or Extended Charters for Education Groups, Weddings, Conferences
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Deluxe Charters Whitsunday Blue is available for up to 8 guests, with 4 air conditioned guest cabins all with ensuite. Including Crew, Gourmet Meals, priced from $7160 for 3 days and 3 nights.
* Package start day is based on 1 night’s accommodation before and 1 night after the sailing. # Package starts with day 1 on the cruise & the accommodation is a 2 or 3 night block after the cruise. ^ Package stay with Apartment option, only available as a 2 night block after the cruise.
Our Adventure and Maxi Sailing Yachts which feature in this brochure, for 12 to 29 guests, complete with Crew and Meals from $6300 for 3 days and 2 nights.
Local Accommodation Airlie Beach offers accommodation options from Backpackers to Caravan Parks, 3 and 4 star hotels to Resorts and Luxury Apartments.
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Corporate Charters The opportunities are endless…. Having a Conference or Business Meeting in the Whitsunday’s. We can supply Maxi Yachts for Team Building Events for up to 180 guests for Day Breakout sessions. We can also supply mothership arrangements for meals aboard
Educational Groups We supply services across our fleet depending on numbers of guests and requirements. We have vast experience with this market, with everything from Duke of Edinburgh award development programs to Scout Group excursions, to Research charters on the Great Barrier Reef for University Groups.
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Published on Nov 15, 2014
Whitsunday Islands Queensland is a sailing paradise, with the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach