Adventure and Classic Cruising - Whitsundays Sailing Adventures

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Have you tried overnight sailing around the islands of the Great Barrier Reef?

If you are short on time, budget or unsure if you would like to spend more than one night on a boat, then this is the option for you.

Waltzing Matilda only takes a small group of up to 14 passengers, she can cater to the family market (children's ages on request), couples and also the solo traveller. SV Whitehaven is more aimed at the youth adventure market or the young at heart (18 plus) for a little bit more of a social tour.

Waltzing Matilda and SV Whitehaven come equipped with professional crew to guide you around the Islands, on-board accommodation, fantastic food prepared fresh daily (they can cater to most diets), snorkelling equipment including wet suits, fresh linen and kayaks on SV Whitehaven. They have daily departures everyday except Mondays from Airlie Beach.

For the youth/adventure/backpacker, they have their catamaran the Mighty Tongarra, which offers a social two day/two night experience ticking all the highlights that the Whitsundays have to offer on a budget.

Facilities

  • Car park

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

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

Our tours

Eco Sailing Safari - SV Whitehaven

A focus on reef, rainforest and wildlife eco interpretation by formally trained crew. Multi Award Winners in Adventure and Eco Tourism. This 'Beach Boat' was designed to cruise tropical waters in style and comfort. With big open decks to sunbathe on, plenty of deck seating and a spacious aft deck boasting permanent shade, she is the ideal safari boat. With an emphasis on snorkelling, eco guided island exploration and of course plenty of time enjoying Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet.

If you want to spend more time exploring the islands and beaches, this Whitsunday Island sailing safari is for you. The SV Whitehaven was designed and built as a live-aboard charter boat. Space, comfort, shade and speed combine to make her the best budget boat option in the Whitsundays.

Indicative rates

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$395 $395
Adventure Sailing - Tongarra

Tongarra offers great value for money with an on board sailing experience that is hard to match, with plenty of deck space enabling them to show you the best of The Whitsundays. Tongarra is ideal for singles or groups and is geared towards the young, fun loving, adventurous backpacker (with a sense of humour).

Their experienced crew are handpicked for their fun and friendly attitude and happily prepare top-quality meals on the barbecue. Tongarra has a reputation with their guests for being the ultimate fun backpacker experience. Snorkel the best locations in the Whitsundays, experience Hill Inlet and the fine silica sand of Whitehaven Beach.

Sleeping under the stars! As you witness the magnificent sunsets, spoil yourself with a fresh drink. Settle back with your new friends and enjoy the atmosphere while they prepare your evening meal. When you have had enough food and entertainment, they can make you up a bed to lay back on deck and count the shooting stars as you drift to sleep…. Or if you prefer, retire to one of their comfortable bunks inside the vessel to be gently rocked to sleep.

Indicative rates

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$449 $469
Classic Cruising - Waltzing Matilda

Short on time or budget then this quality adventure is for you! Explore Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet lookout walk. Snorkel fringing coral or sun yourself on deck.

With a reputation for providing outstanding value and a sailing experience that combines comfort with adventure. Waltzing Matilda, with a small group of only 14 guests delivers a spacious and relaxed atmosphere. She will carry you to the best locations in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park while the crew will ensure your trip is truly memorable.

With a choice of shared or private double cabins, wide flat uncluttered decks, shade awnings, roomy interior, meals cooked fresh on-board, your cruise on Waltzing Matilda will leave you with Whitsunday memories that will last forever.

Indicative rates

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$395 $429

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Capricorn Caves

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From AU$32 - 90
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Free Entry
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From AU$32 - 35
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Lamberts Lookout

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Free Entry
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Jorgey's Patch Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
Free Entry
Accessible on a day trip from Cairns, Jorgey’s Patch features a variety of terrains for divers to explore, including bommies, ridges, gutters and ledges. In depths between 10 and 25 metres divers will find an abundance of reef fish on this reef, including fusiliers, angelfish, wrasses, anemonefish and rock cods.

Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

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Free Entry
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Keppel Bay Islands National Park

The Keppels,
Free Entry
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