Southern Cross Day Tour

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Departure Times

Departs: 8:00 am - Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Returns: 5:30pm - Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat

Pricing Options

$179 AUD per Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$549 AUD per Family - Family (2 adults + 2 children) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$129 AUD per Person - Child (4 -15 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)

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 to the most beautiful parts of the Whitsundays with the chance to try your hand at helping hoist the main or trim the sails, even joining the captain at the helm to steer - Southern Cross offers a fun day on the water with real sailing and an amazing itinerary. You will also get to a opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax as you cruise around the Whitsunday Islands. Southern Cross was built for all wind conditions, making her the perfect boat for sailing around the Whitsundays.

*Southern Cross Day Tour is currently undergoing a a refit, in her absence, the original maxi racing yacht, Bumblebee 4, will be operating Southern Cross tours between Friday 29th June - Wednesday 25th July.

The Southern Cross Day Tour offers not only an exciting day of sailing, but will also take you to the best parts of the Whitsundays. Guests will get to visit 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 have everything you need during your day in the Whitsundays. Southern Cross is a fast, spacious sailing boat with a maximum of 22 passengers, for a sociable and relaxing day. 

Southern Cross Day Tour Features:

  • Takes maximum 22 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
  • Great for couples, friends and families
  • On board toilet and both indoor and outdoor seating
  • BYO alcohol

Jump onboard this popular all inclusive day tour around the Whitsundays.

Boat Layout
Southern Cross is a 68ft sail boat designed for cutting through the water at speed. With seating for everyone on deck, she is able to accommodate up to 22 guests at a time for a fun day of exploring the Whitsundays. Southern Cross has an onboard bathroom, downstairs lounge area, and shaded cockpit, ensuring guests' comfort during their day on the water. 


Southern Cross was the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup by successfully out-sailing competitors to make it to the final of the Americas Cup, a world-famous and prestigious sailing race. Southern Cross was built specifically to race against the Americans in Newport to win the Americas Cup. The race itself is held in a different location each year, attracting competitive sailors from all over the world. 

Built in Perth in Western Australia, Southern Cross measures 68ft in length with a single mast which is 97ft high and is made of aluminium, making her ideal for sailing at top speeds.  As a true Aussie icon, her name represents the Southern Hemisphere's most famous constellation, the Southern Cross, which is easily spotted from the Whitsundays. The constellation itself is so bright and well known, it has been used traditionally in navigation, aiding sailors to make their way across the seas. Now its your chance to join this legendary vessel and sail around the Whitsundays at speed!

Sample Itinerary

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 will  arrive at Tongue Bay around 11:00am, where you will 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 will get to see the stunning swirling sands below with waters abundant with stingrays, shark pups and sunbathers! Head on down to northern end of the famous Whitehaven Beach afterwards, where you can relax and enjoy the warm blue waters and silica sands. After some quality beach time, it is time to head back to Southern Cross for lunch. Afterwards sail 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. Set sail back to land and arrive back at the marina around 5:30pm.

Please note:

  • 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

  • Swimmers
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Hat
  • Jumper (if weather is cool)
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Cash for drinks
  • Guests may also bring their own snacks and water
  • BYO Alcohol, no glass please

What's Included

  • Morning Tea and Afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Snorkel equipment, mask, snorkel and wetsuit
  • Marine and National Park Fees

What's Extra

All included

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


Any cancellations made more than 48 hours prior to departure will forfeit 25% of the total ticket price. Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to boarding will result in forfeit of full trip fees. Any passenger may elect to transfer their travel to another day with notice prior to 3pm the day before departure. No refunds will be given on transfers. An Admin Fee ($40) may be applied to postponements or transfers. Card fees are non-refundable.

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 traveling 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 need any advice or assistance making arrangements for your accommodation or transfers please do not hesitate to ask.