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Queensland Coastal Cruise
Whitsundays to Mooloolaba

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 down 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 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. 

After arriving and provisioning on day 1 (25 Aug) we depart Hamilton Island early on day 2 and sail to Whitehaven Beach for a swim before heading to Goldsmith Island. From here we make the short, 23 NM hop to Keswick Island with time to enjoy the delightful anchorage. On day 3 we sail 66 NM to Middle Percy Island, which has long been an important stopover for coastal cruisers. From here we head to coast and overnight at Island Head Creek, enjoying the serenity and isolation of this remote stretch of coastline. Roslyn Bay (Yeppoon) provides two night’s respite, a chance to replenish our stocks and some lovely eateries.

On day 8 (1 Aug) 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’  there is time to swim and snorkel next morning before a 3 hour sail to Lady Musgrave Island. We have some time ashore, walking the island and snorkelling close in. 

Next day is a 9 hour sail to Bundaberg and on day 11 we cross Hervey Bay for Kingfisher Bay at Fraser Island. Next morning there is opportunity to share the cost of a 4WD and visit Lake Mackenzie and other sites on Fraser Island before heading 3 hours south to Garry’s Anchorage.

Our last big day (6 Aug) takes us out through the Wide Bay Bar and along the coast to Mooloolaba for our final celebration and night on board.

We will sail with just 4-5 crew plus the instructor, so we are not too crowded. We have a berth in the saloon available.

Above: Lady Musgrave Island – June 2021

Dates: 

25 Aug-7 Sept 

Cost: $4,600 saloon berth 

Crew: 4-5 only

Inclusions:

  • 13 nights twin share accommodation, fuel and consumables, snorkelling & fishing gear, marina fees, PFD, jacket, bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket & towel), sunscreen, breakfast, lunch & 8 dinners.

Exclusions:

  • Flights and transfers at arrival and departure ports, personal items, Fraser Island 4WD, alcohol, 4 dinners ashore.
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