A pure shores paradise. Boasting the most famous barrier reef in the world plus dazzling waterfront cities, rainforest framed beaches and tropical waters, the many sides of Australia provide unparalleled cruising possibilities. With such vast and diverse cruising grounds, a luxury yacht charter in Australia has something for everyone. Mix bright lights and iconic sights in Sydney with golden beaches, discover final-frontier beauty in the Kimberley, dive into the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef or swoon over shifting sands and shallows of the Whitsunday Islands.
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LUXURY YACHTS FOR CHARTER IN AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIA YACHT CHARTER ITINERARIES
The majority of Australia charters are taken around the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays where there are many sheltered anchorages for overnighting.
Cairns is a popular jumping off point for Great Barrier Reef charters and Cairns Marlin Marina accommodates yachts up to 140 metres. Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina in Port Douglas accommodates yachts up to 50 metres.
For the Whitsundays, Abell Point Marina near Airlie Beach accommodates yachts up to 80 metres and Hamilton Island Marina has slips for yachts up to 60 metres.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system, comprising more than 3,000 reef chains, coral cays and picturesque islands. Charters are characterised by short hops and a dizzying array of picturesque stops. Set sail from Cairns to the Ribbon Reefs, where tropical fish abound. Scuba dive at Ribbon Reef No.5, nicknamed Andy’s Postcard, and anchor overnight under a jaw-dropping blanket of stars before revelling in more sublime snorkelling and underwater magic at Pixie’s Pinnacle and Cold Hole. Next up, cruise to the bewilderingly beautiful beaches of Lizard Island and the aptly named Blue Lagoon. Around 45 nautical miles south of Lizard Island, sample a little Australian history at Cooktown – the site of Captain Cook’s landing. Your skipper can then cherry pick the best snorkelling spots en route to an idyllic picnic on a private and secluded sandy cay before heading south to the fine dining and five-star spas of exclusive Port Douglas, 30 nautical miles north of your home port of Cairns.
Another exceptional charter ground brimming with easy passages and sublime cruising is the Whitsunday Islands. This spellbinding archipelago boasts more than 70 isles with show-stopping snorkelling and diving, exceptional corals and a dusting of exclusive resorts. Charters often depart from Hamilton Island, where picturesque beaches abound. Cruise 10 nautical miles to the snorkelling paradise of Neck Bay and spend a tranquil night on anchor before making passage to Long Island Sound and the protected waters of Cid Island. Kayak along the mangroves and watch the sun melt into the horizon at Katoomba Bank. Along the west coast of Whitsunday Island, unleash the water toys – this is one of the few areas where jet skis are authorised. Hook Island (10 nautical miles north) offers more incredible diving and snorkeling, with reef fish, turtles, dolphins and manta rays often spotted in the Whitsunday Passage. Don’t miss the Outer Reef, where the dramatic drop-offs are home to turtles, reef sharks and barracuda. Finally, cruise south to the iconic sweeping sands of Whitehaven Beach.
While the Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef are justifiably popular for charters, Australia’s other coastlines offer equally exciting cruising options depending on your interests. Sydney Harbour boasts iconic sights, exceptional waterside dining and ample coves. Hermit Bay, the western shore of Shark Island and Athol Bay offer some of the best sunset views overlooking the Sydney skyline. Short coastal hops bring you to the Hawkesbury River, perfect for exploring by tender.
Alternatively, opt for a final frontier explorer adventure and cruise along the wild and awe-inspiring north-west coastline. The Kimberley is three times the size of England and punctuated by plunging gorges, swirling rivers, rainforested lagoons, and more than 2,500 uninhabited islands. There’s enough to keep you busy here for days, weeks or even months, and it’s a true nature lover’s paradise.
AUSTRALIA BY SUPERYACHT
GETTING TO AUSTRALIA
The main airports in Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns all handle commercial and private aircraft.
For Kimberley, fly direct to Broome from Perth all year round.
In the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island has a small airport, which handles commercial and private aircraft.
Foreign flagged vessels coming to Australia that wish to charter do not require importation under the 2019 Special Recreational Vessel Act. Taxation is only payable on the charter cost (10%), not the value of the vessel.