Winter sun – a yacht charter to Australia and beyond
by Stewart Campbell
A fantastic alternative to the winter Caribbean yacht charter season is heading further afield and out to Australasia. Both Australia and New Zealand have a strong maritime history and are excellent yacht charter destinations.
A luxury yacht charter in Australia offers pristine waters, white sand beaches and incredible diving opportunities whereas a New Zealand yacht charter offers dramatic scenery with picture perfect fjords.
The Whitsunday Islands
Starting with the east coast of Australia. This region is synonymous with yachting dating back to the 1700’s when Christopher Columbus first stumbled across the 150 tropical islands that make up the Whitsundays to the mid- 1970s, when Queensland entrepreneur discovered, and acquired the largest of the Whitsundays, Hamilton Island, while cruising the area on his motor yacht, and turned it into a luxury holiday destination.
Famed for pristine beaches, the Whitsunday Islands offers a stunning seascape with all the services and transport links of Australia. You’re also on top of the Whitsundays’ Great Barrier Reef, one of the world’s Seven Natural Wonders. Many of the outlying islands are safe for swimming and snorkelling, making this a perfect yacht location. With a strong sailing heritage, you won’t be alone, but the anchorages, attractions like the Hamilton Island Yacht Club, and whitest beaches on the planet make up for this.
Nearest airports: Cairns airport offers the easiest route in, and can be accessed simply from more major hubs like Sydney and Brisbane
Climate: It will be hot, being the Southern Hemisphere summer, and expect some rain, but the downpours quickly clear to leave blue skies in their wake
Charter: Contact a yacht charter broker for available yachts
New Zealand is an outdoor-lover’s paradise and with its coastline spanning 14,000 kilometres, it is ripe for a super yacht charter. With wild, dramatic beaches and craggy inlets, there are few more beautiful countries than New Zealand. The North Island weather is superb for exploring New Zealand’s most cosmopolitan cities, with great cruising near Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf and Bay of Islands. The sparsely populated South Island is where you get away from it all, with wild landscapes, particularly on the southeastern coast where deep fjords and towering mountains abound.
Nearest airports :The two largest airports are Auckland and Christchurch, with the former offering the best access from European cities
Climate: The most ideal weather in New Zealand occurs from November to April, as it offers the best chance for settled sunny weather. Next to that, the country is spared from the Pacific’s cyclone season.
Charter:Silencio through Camper & Nicholsons.