Australia Yacht Charters
Discover breathtaking Australia on a luxury yacht charter
Why are Australia yacht charters so spectacular? The land Down Under pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. Here, the summers are laid-back, the adventures are far and wide, the views are incredible, and the people are friendly.
In Australia, everyone lives close to the water, and the continent has developed a suburban, southeastern arc that extends from southern Queensland all the way to Adelaide. The weather is always sunny in Australia, which has paved the way for a decidedly outdoor lifestyle; one where hikes, BBQs and days at the beach are the norm.
While it rivals America’s size, Australia has one of the lowest population densities on Earth. This contributes to its beautiful natural surroundings, many of its important landscapes are still untouched. Yet, luxury Australia yacht charters tend to stick to the waters of the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsunday Islands, two coastal oases that offer prime cruising conditions.
Australia Yacht Charters: What to Do
Australia is home to every type of landscape you could imagine. From coastal rainforests, to arid deserts. And you’ll find many hidden gems off the coast of Queensland near the Great Barrier Reef. Unique and awe-inspiring ports of calls and stunning tropical environs await. Just be sure to pack the sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Wildlife Tours
Where else in the world can you see a kangaroo hopping along the beach? Where else could you cuddle a Koala bear? Australia offers plenty of opportunities to get lost in nature. Check out the Hamilton Island Wildlife Park for up-close encounters with Australia’s cuddly and not-so-cuddly wildlife.
- World-Class Snorkeling
The Great Barrier Reef is on any diver or snorkeler’s bucket list. And for good reason: The reef boasts an underwater area the size of Italy to explore – the world’s greatest underwater rainforest. Swim with the reef’s tropical fish, sea turtles, and experience a natural wonder of the world. If you’re a diver, hotspots like Challenger Bay and Acropolis offer great warm-water diving.
- Beaches and Swimming
Australia is home to some of the world’s most majestic, untouched and secluded beaches. Spend the day enjoying a beach picnic on any one of the region’s white-sand beaches. Whitehaven Beach – named Australia’s best beach – is a must visit. Located in the Whitsundays, Whitehaven offers warm waters and soft sand (and incredible sunset photos).
- Explore the Coastal Rainforest
Located north of Cairns, a yacht chartering hub, the Daintree Rainforest is Australia’s largest tropical rainforest. Known for its incredible biodiversity and miles of hiking trails, the Daintree rivals the splendor of the Amazon with its own unique flora and fauna. The Daintree makes a perfect daytrip during a stopover in Cairns.
- Helicopter Reef Tours
After you experience the reef by sea, explore it by air. All along the Queensland coast, especially in Cairns and the Whitsundays, you’ll find interesting and exciting helicopter tours. A tour by air will leave you awed at the sheer magnitude of the Great Barrier Reef.
- Whale Watching
Australia and the Great Barrier Reef are unparalleled in their ocean flora and fauna. Yet, the region’s population of cetaceans (dolphins and whales) is truly incredible, with 30 species breeding and playing in these waters. May through September is prime whale watching season, where it’s not uncommon to see Dwarf Minke whales, Humpbacks and bottlenose dolphins.
- Island Hopping
The Great Barrier Reef is dotted with hundreds of islands and island chains. Australia yacht charters are guaranteed to explore many of the best. The Whitsundays – a network of nearly 70 islands – offers a playground for exploration. And other must-see destinations like Green Island and Hamilton Island will take your breath away.
- Hot Air Ballooning
There’s nothing quite like rising above the Great Barrier Reef in a hot air balloon. Perfect pictures. Panoramic views. And a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Most trips take place in north Queensland and offer great views of the turquoise waters and colorful reefs below.
- Watersports Galore
Australia is a mecca for all things watersports related. Surfing is a favorite Australian pastime, and you’ll find great spots to catch waves up and down the Queensland coast and in the Whitsundays. Plus, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, waterskiing, windsurfing – you name it – there are great plays to do it in Australia.
- Sample the Cuisine
Australia has a thriving culinary scene, and you’ll find dishes influenced by European techniques and Pacific-rim flavors. Seafood, beef, lamb and chicken are favorite menu options. And Australia’s unique wines – including Barossa Valley shiraz and Tasmanian sauvignon blanc – have achieved international acclaim.
Australia Yacht Charters: When to Go
Australia’s winter – between May and October – is the best time for a yacht charter in Australia. There are two main zones:
1. South: the Whitsundays
– May through October are the most popular months, with the famous sailing race in August (Audi Hamilton Island Race Week)
– December will cater for some great charters, including Christmas and New Years charters and into January. The weather is very stable, winds are low, rain is generally not prominent, water is warm.
2. North: The Northern part of the Great Barrier Reef
– May through October are the most popular months for charters
– October – November are renowned for marlin fishing
– December, Christmas and New Years are a little more risky is terms of weather stability, but the water is warm and winds are low. However, there are jellyfish in the water, and an easy way to avoid them is for guests to wear Stinger Suits.
Australia: A Charter Destination Unlike Any Other
Australia’s main cruising grounds along the Queensland coast is a charterer’s dream. From Great Barrier reef explorations, to island hopping in the Whitsundays, there’s an itinerary for everyone. A few recommended Australian yacht charter itineraries:
- Great Barrier Reef: Explore all that the Great Barrier Reef has to offer – incredible corals, spectacular islands, and Queensland’s most iconic ports of call. This round-trip tour takes you from Cairns to the Ribbon Reefs, to Lizard Island. A world-class cruise around the stunning landscape.
- Whitsundays: Discover the majesty of the Whitsundays, the stunning network of islands off the coast of Queensland. This itinerary takes you to all the hotspots, from the main Whitsunday Island, to Hook Island and the iconic Whitehaven Beach. You’ll find relaxation, incredible vistas and secluded beaches along the way.
Private Australia yacht charters with Worldwide Boat will let you experience the fantastic world of the Great Barrier Reef and fascinating landscapes of Australia. A world-class yachting experience awaits. Contact your broker with Worldwide Boat to learn more.