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Adventure Cruise Dive and Sail - Southern Cross Sailing Adventures specialise in overnight sailing holidays. Sail and dive the beautiful Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park on one of their fully crewed sailing holidays. Choose from activities such as swimming, snorkelling, diving, taking a guided island bush walk with one of their eco certified tours or simply relax on the beach. The fleet offers a choice of Adventure Sailing holidays for the 18 to 35's with daily departures, Tall Ship and Deluxe Cruises, which operate in three and four star markets and offer tours for families to couples of all ages.

With the purpose built diving vessel Tornado Dive, they can offer rendezvous diving for all of their boats with introductory diving and certified diving available. If you don't want to dive there is plenty of snorkelling, sailing, beaches to explore and walking tracks to walk.

Activities

  • Sailing
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

Hamilton Island Race Week

Have you ever dreamed of Sailing in a Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race? Well here is your opportunity to join in one of Australia's premier yachting regattas, and become part of a Maxi Crew for Hamilton Island Race Week. They have put together a Nine Day Package for guests who want to really be apart of the action of Hamilton Island Race Week. No experience is necessary, as a Package includes a few professional crew, however, by the last race they are pretty sure that guests will be looking like seasoned professionals. Please email enquiries.

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$2300 $2700
Tallship Sailing 3 Days and 3 Nights, 6 Days and 6 Nights

Australian Tallship Cruises - Explore the Whitsundays aboard this famous Tallship built in Holland in 1902. Solway Lass has an amazing history, serving in the World Wars for both sides, and at different stages of her life has sailed in: Holland, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, Fiji and Sydney Harbour. Since the 1990's Solway Lass has been lovingly maintained and today is in exceptional condition, with 11 air-conditioned guest cabins and a licensed bar and saloon. Solway Lass has 11 sails and guests are welcome to help, or relax and take in the unspoilt Island views. This tour is available as a six day six night itinerary. Note the six night option consists of two three day three night cruises.

Solway Lass recently had an interior refit and has 10 guest cabins: two double/twin with ensuites, one six share; three four share; three Double/Twin; one Double with share bathrooms.

Guests joining a cruise on Solway Lass can go snorkelling on Coral Reefs, take an excursion in their glass bottom boat, or do an optional scuba dive when they meet with their Dive Boat. Their crew also offer guided island walks to spectacular lookouts and they visit Whitehaven Beach.

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$529 $579
3 Day And 2 Night Adventure Sailing Daily Departures

Join one of their three day two night Sailing Adventures around the Whitsunday Islands. Tours are aimed towards 18 to 35s and the young at heart travellers looking for a small group adventure around the Whitsunday Islands. Having three full days provides extra time to really explore the Whitsundays, including three to four hours at Whitehaven Beach, plus snorkelling excursions on two or three different coral reefs, including the reefs at the northern end of the Whitsundays, around Hayman Island, Hook Island, Langford Reef. Plus guests will enjoy a guided island walk to the spectacular Hill Inlet Lookout.

Guests on these tours are welcome to get involved with the sailing, have a turn on the wheel, or just sit back and relax. These yachts are maintained in exceptional condition and have been extensively modified downstairs to provide comfort for their guests. Interiors are open plan, with single bunks, and double berths. (private double/twin cabins only available on Eureka). Bathrooms are share facilities. Large shade awnings are available on deck. An Introductory or Certified scuba dive is available as an optional extra.

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$509 $659
2 Day And 1 Night Maxi Yacht Tour Daily Departures

If you are travelling on a budget, or have limited time, their two day one night sailing adventure aboard a Maxi Racing Yacht may be just for you. The vessels have been extensively refitted to accommodate up to 22 guests and two crew in open plan accommodation, double or single berths are available. Their vessel Hammer does have a private double with shared bathroom facilities available. There's also a large saloon/dining area downstairs, plus a large fully shaded cockpit on deck. These Maxi Yachts still sail fast, so they can get to the islands quickly, which means guests get to see more in just two days.

Visit Whitehaven Beach, plus sail to the northern end of the Whitsundays for snorkelling. Introductory and certified diving is available as an optional extra. Guests are welcome to get involved with the sailing, have a turn on the wheel, get that terrific adventure photo, or just lay back and take in the scenery as they sail by the Whitsunday Islands.

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$349 $399
2 Day And 2 Night Maxi Sailing Adventures Daily Departures

Join them on one of their two day two night Maxi sailing tours around the Whitsunday Islands. Choose between British Defender, Broomstick, Boomerang or Condor. Vessels are 83 feet long by 20 feet wide. Accommodation is open plan double and single berths. However Condor does have a private double with shared bathroom facilities. If you are up for a good time, and would like to meet other travellers then this tour could be just for you. With the Maxi's sailing pretty fast, you will get to see more of the Whitsundays in two days, including a visit to Whitehaven Beach, a guided walk to Hill Inlet Lookout, plus sail to the Northern end of the Whitsundays, around Hayman Island, Hook Island and Langford Reef where the most amazing coral reefs are located. Snorkelling on the Reefs is included, or Introductory and certified diving is available as an optional extra.

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$359 $539

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Bedourie, Diamantina Area
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