A 10 Day Luxury Charter Vacation in The Land Down Under
Australia is the South Pacific’s
largest island, a rustic and original slice of paradise boasting
scenic land and seascapes, mesmerizing beaches and a wonderful
casual lifestyle. Australia is a vast territory of a rich
biodiversity and plush shores where you will be able to visit such
world renowned locations as the Great Barrier Reef ideal for all
water activities and admiring awe-inspiring coral formations.
One of the best sailing
destinations in Australia is the state of Queensland, home to
Whitsunday Islands just off the east coast on the Coral Sea. This
region boasts 74 pristine and mostly uninhabited islands where your
days will be drenched in sunlight and your nights will be
impressively moonlit. Bask in the sun on a chosen secluded beach
and breathe pure unspoiled air or snorkel and dive in safe
anchorages where you will find yourself in a utter terrestrial
Ready? Pack your luggage and see
you in the Land of Oz!
Embark on your tantalizing charter adventure in the coastal town of
Airlie Beach, just a short drive away from Whitsunday Airport
offering connections to the bustling southern city of Brisbane.
When you will have made yourself comfortable aboard your luxury
charter yacht waiting for you in Port Abel Marina, take a
moment to stroll around this quaint town lined with boutiques,
cafes and restaurants, explore nearby verdant peaks, sunbathe on
the beach or take out water toys available aboard your yacht and
play in the surrounding plush azure lagoon.
In the afternoon, head to the
southern part of Hook Island, fjord-like Nara Inlet, where you will
spend the first night. Drop anchor and hop off board to explore a
whimsical cave at the northern end of the inlet featuring
Aboriginal rock paintings and lovely waterfalls nestled in plush
subtropical flora. Spend the evening onboard with freshly prepared
cocktails and a sumptuous alfresco meal as you admire the setting
sun leaving the island bathed in a warm palette of oranges, reds
Enjoy a delicious breakfast onboard before heading to the northern
coast of Hook Island to explore the lush Langford Reef, just off
Langford Island. You will spend an adventurous morning snorkeling
with vibrant fish and corals in translucent turquoise waters before
sailing to Stonehaven Anchorage.
This panoramic site is a perfect
backdrop for your elegant charter catamaran and it offers unique
vistas of surrounding islands, Hayman, Langford, Bird and Black,
eternally bathed in sunlight. As you unwind aboard your yacht and
sip a fresh drink, marvel at the sun setting over mainland on one
side and over Whitsunday Passage on the other. Bliss and serenity
of this destination will be a retreat for the five senses and you
will be left stupefied by the glory of these idyllic islands.
Wake up to warm morning sun shining through panoramic windows
aboard your luxury yacht and enjoy a delicious breakfast of
fresh produce before setting sail to the north-western tip of
Hayman Island with fabulous conditions for a noon session of
snorkeling or diving among robust corals, an unforgettable
submarine experience in these warm waters. One of the best diving
sites in the country, Butterfly Bay features vibrant corals and
small fish and will leave all water amateurs under its spell.
Today you will leave Hayman Island as your Captain sets sail to the
neighboring, larger Hook Island letting you choose which bay to
explore. This rugged island is almost completely encompassed by
Whitsunday Islands National Park and tourists usually drop anchor
at one of two notable fjord-like bays on the island’s southern
coast. If you wish to stay on the northern coast, discover the
Maureens Cove, Luncheon Bay and Mantaray Bay before sailing east to
Border Island and spending the night at Cateran Bay.
You will thrill at the possibility
of snorkeling in the bay featuring a shallow hard coral and with a
number of gullies and ledges to explore with favorable minimal
currents, this site is safe for all family members to discover,
especially children. Dine onboard or let your crew prepare a
delicious meal on the beach, whether you are looking for a romantic
celebration or a lively family feast.
Anticipate another glorious day as you head to Whitsunday Island
for an idyllic day on the beach where you will simply not want to
get out of the glistening clear sky blue water. On the island’s
east shore lies one of the world’s most spectacular beaches,
Whitehaven Beach, sporting over six kilometers of white silica
sands harmoniously blending in with warm azure waters where water
sports are a pure joy and where you will lounge around on the sand
and soak up the sun while taking in languid surroundings. You will
feel at peace with robust beauty of the beach, a genuine sanctuary
for the senses.
Moor for the night in Chance Bay, a
bit further down the beach, and top the evening off with wonderful
snorkeling before heading to bed in this wonderland.
Commence your day with a rich breakfast aboard your luxury charter yacht or on the beach, topped off with
a morning session of snorkeling or swimming, before visiting
Hamilton Island, the largest inhabited island of the archipelago
where you will spend the day ashore. Hamilton Island is almost
entirely used for tourism however, it rests pristine as motor
vehicles are prohibited on the island, with the exception of public
transportation and commerce vehicles.
The island is lined with
restaurants, cafes and bustling bars where you will enjoy delicious
meals and dance the night away as well as meet adventure-seekers
from all over the world who come to this safe haven to unwind,
recharge their batteries and absorb authentic captivating panoramas
of the untamed South Pacific.
In late August takes place the
annual Hamilton Island Race Week, a week-long yachting event
gathering more than 150 yachts from Australia and New Zealand racing around these islands. The
celebration showcases the best yachts and is a fabulous way of
discovering nooks and niches of these blessed islands.
Sail along Whitsunday’s south-western coast to reach Cid Island
where you will moor in Sawmill Beach in Cid Harbor, quaintly
nestled between these two islands. Your Captain will choose one of
the safe and secluded anchorages with protected beaches for a day
of pure relaxation onboard or ashore.
Ashore you will find a quaint
hiking trail through the bushes lined with terrific verdant
subtropical flora. Take this chance to stroll through the
Whitsunday Islands National Park to discover why this vast spread
of cays is so well protected from mass tourism and what makes this
utopia a unique natural retreat no where else to be found.
Book this excursion in advance and experience the thrill of
discovering the Great Barrier Reef from a sea plane. Although you
have been sailing through the reef and exploring it by snorkeling,
diving and swimming since the beginning of your cruise, no other
way of admiring the islands’ beauty gives it more justice than
bird’s eye view. Marvel at perfectly azure lagoons expanding as far
as the eyes can see dotted with impressive coral formations
creating an unbelievable and beguiling seascape. You will simply
not be able to take your eyes off this beautiful wonder, a UNESCO
World Heritage Site since 1981.
Make sure to take your camera with
you as the plane ride offers spectacular views of this strikingly
immaculate region. And once you get back onboard, take another
chance to admire vibrant sea life from below the water surface
while taking a leisurely bath in these majestic glittering
You are now nearing Queensland’s mainland and your last overnight
stop during your luxury charter vacation in Whitsunday Islands will
be South Molle Island, home to South Molle National Park. This
hilly destination features a number of bays and inlets to discover
through 16 kilometers of walking tracks and the island’s resort,
first established in the 1930’s, is situated on the northern coast
on Bauer Bay. The resort offers not only accommodation for guests
but also a golf course and a restaurant/bar for plenty of
Hike up to Mount Jeffreys on the island’s southern half, and later
continue southwest to Sandy Bay opening up to panoramic vistas of
this robust sun-kissed region with rolling verdant bluffs
overlooking deep and clear azure lagoons.
You may also want to take a short sail to the quaint Daydream
Island, a small stretch of land measuring only 1 kilometer in
length whose highest peak rises just over 50 meters above sea
level. There are two resorts in this sailing mecca, one of them
with an outdoor aquarium exhibiting a lush variety of vibrant fish
Start off your final morning in Whitsunday Islands with a savory
breakfast that you can enjoy either in the dining area or on the
aft deck of your luxury charter sailing yacht. Relax after the
meal and cherish your last moments in this genuine haven, take a
refreshing dip in the soothing waters or snorkel with fish for
last-minute discoveries of plush marine life.
You will disembark your luxury charter catamaran or luxury charter mega yacht right where you commenced
your great adventure, in Airlie Beach. It is time to say your
goodbyes and promise yourself to come back to this pristine land of
plenty during your next charter vacation with Sunreef Yachts
Charter because there is always something new to explore in
this mysterious and surprising idyllic fairyland.
We wish you a safe flight home and
make sure to return soon!