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Tallship Adventures

Whitsunday Tallship Adventure Sailing, on board Defender, Derwent Hunter and Alexander Stewart. These three magnificent Australian timber tallships are multi award winners for Adventure and Eco Tourism. Enjoy the thrill of tallship sailing, snorkel over coral reefs, bushwalk and visit icons of the Whitsundays such as Whitehaven Beach. Their guides will help you discover and appreciate why the Whitsundays are World Heritage listed. Take the voyage of a life time on an icon Australian Tallship and experience the difference. Choose from private cabins, share accommodation or unique “beach sleep”.

Touring Options

Derwent Hunter “Style, Grace, Pace”

Cruise the Whitsundays with style and pace aboard this graceful 22 metre timber Tall Ship. The Derwent Hunter is a rare maritime treasure and has a rich Australian history. Built to last of Tasmanian Oak and Huon Pine, she is now yours to enjoy. Boasting five private cabins with ensuites plus a range of share accommodation, for up to 19 passengers, along with large permanent shaded deck areas with deck chairs, the Derwent Hunter is one of the best appointed traditional yachts in the Whitsundays. Join in or just soak up the atmosphere on this intimate award winning eco adventure.

Defender “Live the Legend”

Live the Legend and help set the sails on this magnificent Tall Ship. Australia’s oldest island trader and the largest Tall Ship in the Whitsundays at 26.8 metres. The heritage listed Defender is the story of Australia’s maritime history with a colourful lineage spanning more than 100 years. Choice of 25 sleep aboard berths or seasonally, enjoy the unique ability for twelve guests to ‘Beach Sleep’ onshore in private twin tents on exclusive beach front island locations. Join in or just soak up the atmosphere on this award winning eco adventure.

Alexander Stewart “Romance of Sail”

The classic charm and rich timber fit out along with huge open decks make for a perfect 19 metre vessel for island exploration. Private double and twin cabins, large open saloon, air-conditioned cabins and relaxed cruising style make “The Stewart” great for couples. The Alexander Stewart was hand built over 17 years by three generations of the one family and is said to be the largest cold-mounted timber hull in the southern hemisphere. A magnificent vessel styled after the famous ship in which Joshua Slocum achieved the first solo circumnavigation of the globe in 1898. A cruise length of three days and two nights gives the crew of three plenty of time to share with you their knowledge of the region and take you to the best places that the Whitsundays have to offer in traditional style and comfort. Experience the award winning romance of sail aboard Alexander Stewart.

Activites and Experiences at Tallship Adventures

  • National Ecotourism Certification Program (EcoCertification)
  • Astronomy
  • Cruising
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Flora
  • Sailing
  • Sightseeing
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Bush Tucker
  • Walking
  • Water-based
  • Direct
  • Inbound
  • Retail
  • Wholesale
  • Active
  • Adventure
  • Beach
  • Cruise
  • Cultural
  • Diving
  • Eco Tourism
  • Environmental
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Honeymoon
  • Island
  • Marine
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Rainforest
  • Reef
  • Relaxation
  • Remote
  • Romance
  • Soft Adventure
  • Water based
  • Wildlife
  • World Heritage
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Backpacking/Unstructured
  • Business/Trade/Corporate
  • Meetings Incentive Conventions
  • Romantic
  • Single
  • Wedding
  • Tourism Whitsundays
  • Bankcard
  • Cash
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

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Australia's Best Islands

Around the coast of Australia there are many amazing islands that are an unforgetable pleasure for all who visit. Naturally, the Great Barrier Reef dominates any list of great Australian islands, with pristine wonders like the Whitsundays, Dunk Island and Lizard Island. Further off the east coast is the spectacular Lord Howe Island and off the coast of South Australia is the unspoilt Kangaroo Island. See if you aggree with our selection of Australia's best island escapes.

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