Ahoy Yacht Club this week unveiled their top 5 charter destinations in and around Australia and the list itself shows how much we have on offer right here, in a time where international travel is still currently impossible.
Covering an area of 7.692 million km² and perfectly positioned in the Southern Hemisphere for year-round yachting, Australia is home to a whole host of wildly different landscapes, cultures and experiences. From the lush, tropical paradise landscapes of Queensland to the natural wonders of the Cairns, there’s something for everyone – all year-round.
Spend your summer exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef or dancing the night away on Sydney Harbour. Island hop your way around the Whitsundays – or make your way off the beaten path and into the Torres Straits. No matter the season, there’s a destination ready and waiting for your next yacht charter adventure.
Whitsundays: Made up of 74 lush, tropical islands on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays is one of the most popular yachting destinations in Australia. Home to pristine white sand beaches, crystal clear waters and a dizzying array of colourful marine life, it’s a little slice of paradise on Earth. Hamilton Island is by far the largest and most popular of the Whitsundays, but it’s by no means the only place to make a stop. From Whitehaven Beach and Hook Island to the beautiful Bait Reef Lagoon and Butterfly Bay, each island serves up the tropics in its own unique way. Spend the Summer island hopping with the yachting crowd – making the most of your time both above and beneath the waves. If it’s tropical you’re looking for, it’s tropical you’ll get right here.
Moreton Island, Brisbane: Located off the coast of Brisbane, Moreton Island is the third-largest sand island in the world. Vast sandy beaches, warm blue waters and plenty of activities to enjoy, make this island a must. Nestled just off the coast of Moreton Island is the famous Tangalooma Wreck, a cluster of ships scuttled by the Queensland Government between 1963 and 1984 to provide a safe anchorage spot for recreational boat owners. Snorkel through the colourful array of coral and discover the haven of fish and marine life, including dolphins, wobbegongs and dugongs. In the evening, dolphins make their way towards the shore of Tangalooma Island Resort, waiting to be hand-fed fresh fish. In the centre of the island, the freshwater Blue Lagoon is perfect for a refreshing dip and alfresco picnic, while quad biking and 4WD tracks can be found across the island. Fantastic for families and groups of friends searching for adventure, this gem in Brisbane is well worth dedicating a few days too.
Cairns: Often referred to as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns brings the beauty of the tropics and the excitement of diving some of the most breathtaking reefs together perfectly. Explore the lush forests of the Daintree National Park and soak up the vibrant atmosphere of upscale restaurants, beachside bars, and nightclubs at Cairns Esplanade. Families tend to head to Parramatta Park and Trinity Beach which are within easy reach to beautiful beaches, a buzzing social scene and gorgeous views. If you prefer something a little more low key and laid back, nearby Port Douglas is a great hub to explore from.
Sydney Harbour: What better way to spend the Summer than surrounded by some of Australia’s best beaches, most iconic landmarks and best nightlife? Sydney Harbour is perfect for decadent lunches, event charters and experiencing the fireworks display overnight at New Years Eve. Delight in the golden pastel magic that showers Sydney Harbour at sunset whilst sipping on fresh cocktails and treat your guests to a luxury alfresco dining experience. Uncover the hidden coves of the surrounding suburbs and take advantage of the abundance of water toys at your disposal. From paddleboarding on crystal-clear waters, learning to water ski or enjoying the cooling waters from a floating playground, fun of the water is never-ending. Make sure to sail past the affluent suburb of Rose Bay where you can take a refreshing dip at peaceful harbourside beaches such as Milk or Queens Beach.
Torres Strait: Located between Australia and Papua New Guinea, the Torres Strait Islands are a paradise for the yachting crowd looking for isolated tropical islands, stunning seascapes and culture galore. Only a small handful of the islands are inhabited and of these, just a few allow visitors to make their way on land. This guarantees there won’t be hordes of tourists getting in your way as you navigate your way around some of the most beautiful island waters in the country. Spend a day exploring Thursday Island before making your way to Poruma, then watch the sunset over the ancient volcanic backdrop of the archipelago while sipping on a flute of bubbles and freshly prepared seafood on your private luxury yacht charter.
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