Southern Cross Day Tour
Set sail on the famous America's Cup Yacht, Southern Cross, and experience all the beauty of the Whitsundays in just one day!
If you want to experience an authentic day of sailing in the Whitsundays, Southern Cross is perfect for you. Sail around to the most beautiful parts of the Whitsundays with the chance to try your hand at helping hoist and trim the sails, even taking the helm and steering the boat - Southern Cross offers an amazingly fun day on the water. You'll also get to a chance to snorkel, swim and relax as you cruise around, cutting through the water. Southern Cross was built for wind conditions of 10-18 knots, making her the perfect boat for sailing around the Whitsundays.
The Southern Cross Day Tour is offers not only an exciting day of sailing, but will also take you to the best parts of the Whitsundays, visiting Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and remarkable reefs for an unforgettable snorkelling experience. Your trip includes snorkelling gear, a delicious lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, ensuring you make the most of your day in the Whitsundays. Southern Cross is a fast, spacious sailing boat which takes just 30 passengers, for a sociable and relaxing day.
Southern Cross Day Tour Features:
- Takes maximum 30 guests
- Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout
- Snorkel gear and instruction all included
- Morning tea and afternoon tea included
- Lunch freshly prepared on board by your crew
- Authentic sailing experience
- Snorkelling at an amazing reef
- Different experience to a fast, powerboat
- Great for couples, friends and families
- Marine and National Park Fees included
- BYO alcohol
Jump onboard this popular all inclusive day tour around the Whitsundays.
Southern Cross is a 12 metre sail boat designed for cutting through the water at speed. With seating for everyone on deck, she is able to accommodate up to 30 guests at a time for a fun day of exploring the Whitsundays. Southern Cross has an onboard bathroom, downstairs lounge area, and shaded cockpit for extra comfort, meaning you'll have everything you need for a day on the water.
Southern Cross was the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup by successfully defeating the French, Swedish and British challenging syndicates to make it to the final of the Americas Cup against the USA. Built in Perth, Western Australia of aluminium, weighing 32 tonnes with a single mast which is 97 feet high, Southern Cross was built to the Americas Cup 12 metre rule specification.
Depart from Abell Point Marina at 8:00am and sail across the Whitsunday Passage where you will pass by many of the Whitsunday Islands, including the beautiful Hook Island. Next you'll arrive at Tongue Bay around 11:00am, where you'll be tendered to the beach before making your way up to Hill Inlet Lookout - one of the most photographed points in all of Australia. You'll get to see the stunning swirling sands below with waters peppered with stingrays, shark pups and sunbathers! Head on down to the famous Whitehaven Beach afterwards, where you too can relax and enjoy the warm blue waters as silica sands. After some quality beach time, it is time to head back to Southern Cross for lunch. Afterwards motor over to Dumbell Island, where guests will have time for a snorkel and swim on the amazing coral reefs, checking out the local marine life and sea creatures! Set sail back to land and arrive back at the marina for 5:15pm.
- This is a sample itinerary, and will vary based on the weather and tides and professional judgement of the Captain. Sometimes, we do not make it to Hill Inlet, however we have terrific alternate itineraries available.
- Please note Southern Cross does not depart on Wednesdays.
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What To Bring
- Jumper (if weather is cool)
- Cash for drinks
- Guests may also bring their own snacks and water
- Morning Tea and Afternoon tea
- Snorkel equipment, mask, snorkel and wetsuit
- Marine and National Park Fees
Terms and Conditions
All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. The Operator also reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of it's tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.
Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. Also please note that you need to allow time prior to the boats departure to check in, please ask us for more details
All cancellations made result in 25% cancellation fee of the recommended retail price (RRP), not discounted or sale prices. Any cancellations made 60-30 days prior to travel will result in a 50% cancellation fee and any cancellations made inside of 30 days to departure will result in forfeit of full trip fees. If the sailing company has to cancel the trip (prior to the boat's departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.
Please note it is the responsibility of ALL passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of ANY medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.
Thank you for booking with Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.