1 Day Adventure Sailing on Southern Cross

Relax and Experience the Whitsundays on ex America’s Cup yacht the Southern Cross


Enjoy this day sailing tour on the famous ex-America's Cup Racing Yacht 'Southern Cross' to the Whitsunday Islands. With a maximum of 22 guests on-board, you will be avoiding the crowds as this tour on Southern Cross is one of the smallest group size tours sailing the Whitsunday ...

Southern Cross’s length of 68ft / 20 metres, combined with her distinctively sleek lines and race yacht performance, provide for an exciting, yet safe sailing experience for all ages as we explore the Whitsunday Islands.

Our friendly crew are focused on making your day enjoyable from both the sailing and the service perspective. Guests are invited to experience the thrill of hoisting and trimming the sails as well as taking the helm.

Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: Children 4 and above permitted

Fitness Requirement: Normal fitness and independent mobility required

What's included

  • Snorkel gear
  • Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon tea
  • Courtesy Transport to and form marina
  • Experienced crew
  • Marine and National Park Fees

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen
  • Beach towel
  • Hat
  • Swimmers
  • Jacket/sweater during cooler months
  • Runners or sandals for island walks
  • Cash for drinks
  • Guests may also bring their own snacks and water


Day 1 : The magnificent Whitsundays
Upon boarding the vessel, the crew will provide a vessel safety briefing before departing the marina at 8am. Once in the bay, set and trim the sails, enjoy the scenery and morning tea as we make way to Tongue Bay on Whitsunday Island. Once anchored, guests are transferred to the island in the five-metre tender and then taken on a guided bushwalk to Hill Inlet Lookout. Watch for birds and lizards on the walk before arriving at the viewing platform overlooking Whitehaven Beach and the Whitsunday Islands. Photos taken, it's time to follow your crew along the path to the northern end of Whitehaven Beach. This is the widest section of Whitehaven Beach where the blue swirling waters flow and the sand is pure white. Guests can stroll along the beach, explore the seashore which abounds with marine life from small crabs to mantarays, enjoy a swim or lay out a towel and sunbathe. At around midday follow your crew onto the walking trail and make our way back to the yacht for lunch. After lunch, we set sail to either Dumbell or Hook Island where the crew will provide a snorkel brief. Wetsuit and snorkelling gear on and ready to snorkel the island coral reefs, lookout for Clown Fish or other popular marine life, including turtles. Snorkelling done and back on-board Southern Cross, enjoy afternoon tea and watch the islands pass, before arriving back to the marina at Abell Point between 5:00 and 5:30pm. Please note the above itinerary is an example, and may change, based on the weather and guest comfort.
Meals :Lunch


Departs: Abell Point Marina South End  Airlie Beach at 8.00am
Returns: Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach at 5.00/5.30pm

Guests can check in at Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade Airlie Beach by 6pm day before departure to pickup Boarding Passes. A Web Check-in service is available for guests who cannot make the check-in office, and guests who check-in using the web service should meet the crew at Abell Point Marina at 7:40am. Courtesy transfers can be arranged from Airlie Beach beginning at 7am.

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Sailing

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Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Real Aussie Adventures

    Great 1 day tour to visit the Whitsunday Islands if you are short on time from Airlie Beach. Snorkle, swim and explore plus time to explore Whitehaven Beach.