Queensland Coastal Cruise
Mooloolaba to Whitsundays
Be part of the crew for an unforgettable adventure along some of Australia’s most remarkable coastline. You will enjoy plenty of fishing, snorkelling and swimming along the way as we island hop up the Queensland coast. Take a turn on the helm, navigate through some challenging waters and build your experience and sea miles.
Typically this time of year offers perfect conditions, with SE trade winds, and the reef protecting us from swell. The following itinerary, which is subject to the conditions, is for our northerly expedition, just read it in reverse for our southerly sojourn.
We depart Mooloolabah and head north to cross the Wide Bay Bar, picking the tide and conditions carefully as we cross this challenging stretch. Once inside we head for Garry’s Anchorage (see header photo above taken there in 2021). Next day we cruise the Great Sandy Straight picking the high tide to cross the shallow middle section. Overnight near Kingfisher Resort. Next morning we explore Fraser Island, with the option of hiring a 4WD to visit Lake Mackenzie. That afternoon and evening we sail across Hervey Bay, entering the Mary River at night and stay at the Port of Bundaberg.
Next day we head due north for Lady Musgrave Island – one of the Reef’s most southern coral islands, signalling the start of the Great Barrier Reef. We have some time ashore, walking the island and snorkelling close in.
On day 5 we follow the reefs trying our luck trolling for Spanish Mackerel as we head to Fitzroy Reef, entering the narrow passage into this magnificent lagoon. Regarded as Australia’s best ‘get-away-from-it-all reef anchorage’ the short hop gives us plenty of time to swim, snorkel and relax on arrival. Next day is also a short hop to another spectacular anchorage – the stunning North West Island. Here we tuck in under the fringing reef and enjoy a swim and the sunset.
Time to head back to the mainland to the wonderful marina of Roslyn Bay (near Yepoon), where we have a two night stop, giving us time to do our laundry, refuel, restock and undertake any repairs. On day nine we sail for Island Head Creek, stopping at the beautiful Pearl Bay for lunch. Day 10 is a 50 mile hop to Middle Island which offers remote and relaxed anchorage, and the opportunity for a fire on the beach. We start early the next day to sail for Brampton Island, just south of the Whitsundays. From here we make our final leg up the famed Whitsunday Passage to Airlie Beach for our final night.
We will sail with just 4-5 crew plus the instructor, so we are not too crowded. You have the choice of a cabin to yourself (extra cost), a shared cabin with a lee cloth divider, double cabin for a couple or single saloon berth.
Above: Lady Musgrave Island – June 2021
6-17 July (northbound), 25 Aug-7 Sept (southbound)
Cost: $4,600 twin share (single cabin $5,900)
Deposit: $500. Balance due April 1.
Crew: 4-5 only
- 13 nights twin share accommodation, fuel and consumables, Blue Water Sailing rashie, snorkelling & fishing gear, marina fees, PFD, jacket, bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket & towel), sunscreen, breakfast, lunch & nine dinners.
- Flights and transfers at arrival and departure ports, personal items, Fraser Island 4WD, alcohol, dinners ashore.