Australia Tall Ships Sailing

4 days from £419

Trip Highlights

  • Experience sailing as it was a century ago and cruise the Whitsunday Islands on board a fabulous Tall Ship around the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
  • Assist the crew hoist the sails and steer the ship, or just relax on the huge decks and take in the views that the Great Barrier Reef provides 
  • For the adventurous, find the Tarzan in you as you drop from the rope swing into the ocean! 
  • For those seeking serenity, close your eyes and listen to the waves lap beneath you as you lay in the bow net

Trip Summary

Three lovely relaxing days, one group of beautiful Islands!  Our Tall Ship sailing trip is perfect for those travelling along the East Coast and ideal for those who want to explore the outstanding Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef in style!

Your experience of the Whitsundays will involve exploring the bays, coves and islets aboard a 105-year-old Tall Ship. With 10 sails and 5500 square feet of sail area your ship will provide you with an authentic Australian shipping adventure! As a fully Eco Certified operator, your crew can provide knowledgeable and informative talks about the Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life, so that you can fully appreciate your surroundings.

You'll get the chance to snorkel, swim, discover the area and learn the basics of sailing - or just relax and soak up the sun. You're in for a never-to-be forgotten cruise!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

The Whitsunday group has a total of 22 islands, all named by Captain Cook on his voyage on the Endeavour in 1770. The islands remain relatively unspoilt with only eight of them now with resort style developments. All islands are truly magnificent and offer an abundance of colourful sights and scenes, which you will discover on one of the guided hikes, bush walks or beach relaxation times!

The Whitsundays are the perfect place for you to have this sailing experience, as the conditions are terrific!

The consistent South Easterly breezes and calm water anchorages that are situated among the islands make overnight stopovers especially relaxing and provide you with a comfortable nights sleep, as well as a steady deck to sunbath on, all year round!

As you can see from the typical day above, you will have plenty of time to snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef, examining the huge amount of marine life, visiting the gorgeous sandy beaches (Whitehaven Beach being a highlight), swimming, throwing yourself overboard on the rope swing and of course, relaxing.

Typical Anchorages: (1) Bauer Bay. (2) Nara Inlet at Hook Island. (3) Cataran Bay on Border Island. (4) Whitehaven Beach on Whitsunday Island. (5) Mantaray Bay on Whitsunday Island. (6) Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island. (7) Langford Reef. (8) Blue Pearl Bay on Hayman.

Please Note: Trips will differ depending on the prevailing breezes and tides so we are unable to provide you with a concrete itinerary and route. Itineraries are planned by the Captain considering the safety and well being of guests and crew.

If you would like to, the crew will be more than happy to let you get involved in the actually sailing of the ship, and will take the time to explain the basics to you. One of the activities to get involved with is the hoisting of the sails, something that will take some very co-operative teamwork! Of course if you’d rather sit back in the bow net with a nice beverage from the bar, that is fine too. As a fully Eco Certified operator, your crew can also provide interpretive talks and information about the Islands, the Great Barrier Reef and the marine life, so that you can fully appreciate your surroundings. 

Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
When the ship is on anchor, there are organised on-island activities for you, such as island walks, as well as time for you to spend as you wish. The ship has a stock of mask and snorkels that you are able to use to explore the underwater world. The ships crew will provide you with an introduction to snorkelling and give you any advice you may need, especially if you are a beginner. They will then stand by and watch while you snorkel to ensure that guests are safe and provide any advice or assistance you need while snorkelling.

The snorkelling locations are well protected and generally they are relatively close to the beaches. While snorkelling you can expect to see a large variety of tropical fish, colourful soft corals, manta rays, and maybe even the occasional turtle.

If you need a mask with a prescription lens, these can be hired from local dive shops in Airlie Beach, prior to departure.

Scuba Diving will be made available through a dive company that you will meet up with during the trip. It is not a requirement for you to already be a certified diver as introductory dives are available (subject to the completion of a medical questionnaire). Diving sites will be on the Fringing Coral Reefs that extend from Hayman Island or Hook Island. Your dive will last approximately 25 to 30 minutes, providing you with enough time to explore the marine wonderland.

Please note: This is an optional activity and will therefore be at your own expense. It is also worth noting that dives may be cancelled due to strong winds and bad weather. However, this only occurs occasionally.

Your days will generally start at around 8am with breakfast and a swim or bush walk. This will be followed by one to two hours of sailing to either a snorkelling, diving or beach destination. You then have 1½ hours to explore the coral reefs, swim in the sea or relax at the beach.

Lunch will be at around 1pm and then at 2.30pm you will continue sailing around the Whitsundays, arriving at an overnight anchorage by 4.30-5.30pm. Time to enjoy a pre-dinner snack and watch the sunset over the islands before dinner at 7.30pm. After dinner the evening is yours to either have a few drinks under the stars or call it a day and chill out in your cabin.

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Whats Included

  • 3 day/3 night sailing trip
  • 3 nights accommodation on-board
  • Meals while on-board
  • Guided Island walks
  • Snorkelling

What's Not Included

  • Flights and transport to Airlie Beach
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Visas

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Accommodation & Meals

You can choose between multi-share cabins or twin/double cabins (the cost of the programme will vary accordingly). The cabin accommodation is comfortable and air conditioned and has 11 double, twin or shared cabins. The cabins have comfy beds, personal reading lamps and there are separate male and female bathrooms with hot showers and domestic style toilets.

We can also offer you pre and post trip accommodation for an additional cost so that you can make sure you don’t miss the ship’s departure! This accommodation is in a backpacker’s hostel in Airlie Beach with shared or twin/double options available.

On-board you will be provided with freshly prepared meals that you can enjoy in the open-air restaurant, which benefits from spectacular ever-changing Whitsunday views. Meals will include a continental breakfast, morning tea, buffet style lunches, pre-dinner snacks and cooked evening meals. The ship also has a fully covered Saloon/Bar area serving cold drinks.

An example of a day’s menu:

  • Continental breakfast
  • Morning tea – fruit cake, tea and coffee 
  • Lunch – Quiche, bread, pasta, salads
  • Mid afternoon – fresh tropical fruit 
  • Dinner snacks – Nachos, dips, cheese and crackers 
  • Dinner – Chicken cooked on the BBQ, rice, salad and bread 
  • Dessert – Fruit and ice cream

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Visa Information

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum 18 years, maximum decided on potential participants health.

What Ages Are Those That Book The Sailling?

Average ages are between 21 to 35 but anyone over the age of 18 is welcome!

When Is The Best Time To Go?

All year round it's pretty warm in the islands

Can You Arrange An Airport Transfer?

Yes! For a small fee this is possible.

I Have Certain Dietary Requirements, Will This Be A Problem?

Not at all! Special diets can be catered for at no extra cost.

I'm Travelling With A Friend, Can We Book Together?

Absolutely! Just mention it at the time of booking and we will get you onto the same boat.

Do I Need To Take A Sleeping Bag?

You won't be allowed to take sleeping bags and pillows onto the tours, all bedding will be provided for you.

Do I Need To Take A Mosquito Net?

You will be more than welcome to take mosquito nets however there are luggage restrictions and you will only be able take a carry-on bag with you so we would recommend insect repellent.

Will There Be A Safe/safety Deposit Box Available?

There are no safety deposit boxes on-board and so you will need to take responsibility for your own belongings. It is recommend they you valuables into waterproof/zip lock bags to prevent them from getting wet.

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