Come sail the Whitsundays in 1 day on "Southern Cross", the ultimate MAXI experience!
Enjoy a thrilling sail through the Whitsundays with Southern Cross. A true Maxi vessel, Southern Cross is a racing legend, being built for the America's Cup Yacht Race as Australia's fourth challenger and the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup. Today, while Southern Cross still holds the spirit of a racing yacht, she has had considerable modifications to make her more comfortable, with features such as a shaded cockpit, comfortable cushioned deck area and downstairs lounge area and guest bathroom. Southern Cross carries 22 guests and promises an unforgettable sailing experience for those with only one day to see the Whitsundays.
This Whitsundays sailing tour is perfect for families, couples, groups of friends, time-savvy travellers and those on a budget who are looking for a fun action-packed tour. Your exciting itinerary includes a visit to the famous Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout, an incredible snorkel over some of the best reefs in the world and a delicious lunch on-board. Choose to relax and sunbake on the deck, or get involved and take the wheel, hoist the sails and grind the winches on this famous sailing yacht.
Speed does matter when you only have one day on the Whitsundays! See what it is like to cruise across the sea at great speeds, as you sail around the beautiful Whitsunday Islands.
Book your Whitsundays sailing adventure on Southern Cross online with us today!
Your 1-day sailing adventure begins at 8:00 am, departing from Abell Point Marina. You'll immediately set sail across the Whitsunday Passage where you will pass by many of the Whitsunday Islands, including the beautiful Hook Island. Next you will arrive at Tongue Bay around 11:00 am. Enjoy some time on the beach before making your way up to Hill Inlet Lookout - one of the most photographed points in all of Australia. You will get to see the stunning swirling sands below with waters abundant with stingrays, shark pups and sunbathers!
Afterwards, you'll head on down to northern end of the famous Whitehaven Beach, where you can relax and enjoy the warm blue waters and silica sands. After some quality beach time, it is time to head back to Southern Cross for lunch. Afterwards sail over to Dumbell Island, where guests will have time for a snorkel and swim on the amazing coral reefs, checking out the local marine life. Set sail back to land and arrive back at the marina around 5:30 pm.
(Please note this a sample itinerary only. Itineraries are flexible and will differ depending on weather conditions and tides. Itineraries are planned by the Captain considering the safety and wellbeing of guests and crew. Sometimes, the tour does not make it to Hill Inlet, however there are terrific alternate itineraries available.)
Southern Cross is a 68ft sail boat designed for cutting through the water at speed. With seating for everyone on deck, she is able to accommodate up to 22 guests at a time for a fun day of exploring the Whitsundays. Southern Cross has an onboard bathroom, downstairs lounge area, and shaded cockpit, ensuring guests' comfort during their day on the water.
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To confirm your participation, please check in at Explore Whitsunday store one day in advance before 6:00 pm.
Address: Explore Whitsundays, Shop 1, 4 The Esplanade Airlie Beach, Qld 4802
For customers with transfers:
Free return transfers are available for certain Airlie Beach hotels, please enter your hotel name when booking.
For self-drive customers:
Meeting point on the day: Abell Point Marina. Please see your tour voucher to confirm the meeting point.
Please make your way to the meeting point at least 30 minutes in advance of your scheduled departure time.
Meals are included. Click see below for a sample menu.
Please note that this is a sample menu and is subject to change and amendments.
Morning tea: Either fresh fruit platter or tea, coffee and biscuits
Lunch: BBQ sausages, pesto pasta salad, potato salad, garden salad and bread
Afternoon Tea: Fresh fruit platter or tea, coffee and biscuits
Child tickets: Ages 3 – 14
We recommend this tour for guests of all ages.
Please note this tour is conducted in English. To fully enjoy the tour and engage with your fellow passengers, we recommend this tour for passengers who are comfortable communicating in English.
You should be a competent swimmer to take part in this tour.
Tour duration: Depart 8:00 am, return at 5:30 pm (approximate times)
This tour only operates on most Australian holidays.
This activity requires a minimum of 8 people to proceed. If the tour is cancelled due to lack of numbers, you will have the option of an alternative date or a full refund.
If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know at the time of booking.
If you have any medical conditions, please let us know at the time of booking.
Please note that most trips will still depart if rain is forecasted, with showers generally passing quite quickly. In the case of a storm or high wind warning, it is at the discretion of the skipper to cancel the trip. Guests will be notified as soon as possible and will be issued a refund if an alternate arrangement cannot be made.
If your boat is unable to sail due to mechanical issues or any other reason than the weather, you will have the option of another suitable vessel or being issued with a refund.
We recommend purchasing travel insurance which includes covers for this tour. We recommend that your travel insurance includes cover for illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure.
Please note that luggage cannot be stored a the Explore Whitsundays store. We recommend contacting your Airlie Beach hotel or storing your luggage at Airlie Beach Bag Storage (350 Shute Harbour Road, Airlie Beach).
Please note that a $20 AUD to $40 AUD per person Public Holiday Surcharge is applicable to tours where the vessel is at sea on Christmas Day or New Year's Day.
What to bring:
Jumper (if weather is cool)
Alcohol (no glass bottles)
Seasickness medication (if required)
Please bring only a small soft bag. Large luggage or suitcases cannot be brought on the vessel.
Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.
Please print the voucher and present it on the day of the tour.
The supplier's contact details are included on the tour voucher.
Please note that you need to re-confirm your place on the boat trip 48 hours prior to departure on the phone number provided. You also need to check in at the check-in office located in Airlie Beach on the day prior to departure.