Top 5 Sailing Australia Experiences

Australia is full of wondrous sights, from spectacular beaches, unique wildlife, lush rainforests and winding waterways, and what’s more, there are plenty of places to visit victoria whilst you are there. Sailing the coastline or waterways are great ways to not only see the country, but to really experience all that is offered. These are our suggestions for the top 5 sailing experiences in Australia:

1. The Whitsundays

The Whitsundays are a group of 74 islands located off the coast of north Queensland, boasting magnificent beaches and crystal clear waters. An ideal way to discover the Whitsundays is by sailing around the islands, stopping wherever you find an interesting hideaway.

There are many commercial charter boats available, from cruisers, yachts and catamarans, or you can hire a boat or arrange a private charter complete with a captain and full crew and have more control over your journey. You will feel like you’re staying at a five star resort.

For the ultimate sailing holiday, why not indulge with Pacific Sunrise – Whitsunday Coral Cruises. Pacific Sunrise specifically keep guest numbers at a minimum in order to maintain superb levels of service. These tours are fully crewed and cater to a maximum of 21 guests.

Just imagine lazing on a luxury tour sailing these spectacular islands, being waited on hand and foot. Sip champagne from the deck of your yacht while watching the magnificent colours of the sun setting behind an island paradise.

2. Sydney Harbour

Sydney Harbour is world-famous with a variety of exciting things to discover. Sail beneath the Sydney Harbour Bridge, beside the white sails of the Sydney Opera House, past the bright entrance of Luna Park and alongside Taronga Zoo.

To experience five star sailing in Sydney Harbour book a sailing date with prestigious Champagne Sailing on Sydney Harbour. You will spend a day aboard the elegant 31ft Catalina yacht, enjoying full use of the equipment and hot showers, along with a gourmet barbeque lunch.

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Sydney. Photo by Jamie Davies on Unsplash

3. Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay lies off the coast of Brisbane, Queensland, and is home to a myriad of small islands, along with larger islands such as Moreton Island and Stradbroke Island.

While sailing around Moreton Bay make sure you look out for turtles, dolphins and manta rays that can often be seen swimming and playing in these waters. During June to September each year you may be lucky enough to spot the majestic humpback whales as they migrate.

To live sailing experiences Moreton Bay in five star comfort you can’t beat Charter Yachts for luxury catamaran or bareboat yacht hire. There are a variety of vessels to choose from, with spacious double cabins, showers, TVs and DVD players. Catering is also available so you don’t have to do anything but sit back and relax.

4. Hinchinbrook

Hinchinbrook Island, off the coast of Cardwell in Queensland, is a stunning wilderness full of amazing wildlife. The waters around Hinchinbrook Island are just as mesmerising, abundant with a diverse range of marine life.

Sailing around Hinchinbrook Island’s coastline and along the pristine Hinchinbrook Channel is truly a once in a lifetime experience that will leave you speechless. This island is a National Park and is highly protected in an effort to preserve its untouched beauty.

Many parts of the island are not accessible to visitors, however sailing the surrounding waters is superb, particularly if you charter a fully crewed luxury yacht from Marcrista.

With personalised itineraries, Marcrista allows you the flexibility to decide where you go and what you do, all in air-conditioned five star resort style accommodation.

5. Port Phillip Bay

Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay is a hub of activity as locals and visitors love to get out on the water and discover the absolute beauty of this region.

Port Phillip Bay is very shallow but can still be navigated quite easily. For a totally indulgent holiday, why not enjoy a luxury sailing holiday and charter a fully crewed yacht or cruiser and leave all the work up to the captain and crew who are familiar with these waters? Baysail Cruises offer you just this, onboard a luxury yacht, catamaran or elegant timber couta boat.

Baysail Cruises can cater to groups of up to 49 people or are perfect for a romantic getaway for two. Everything is done for you – all you have to do is sit back and sip champagne or dine on gourmet cuisine while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Whether you are looking for a romantic weekend getaway or a month-long luxury sailing holiday, you’re sure to enjoy your journey by sailing Australia. 


Karen Cooke is a professional consultant with Travel Associates, an exclusive Australian travel agency catering to the premium travel market. More helpful travel tips and suggestions are available at

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