Southern Cross was built by Perth entrepreneur Alan Bond for the Americas Cup and designed by the famous yacht designer Ben Lexcen. She is 68ft long with a 97ft mast and was built for wind conditions of 10 - 18 knots, which is perfect for sailing the Whitsunday Islands.
If you are after an exciting sailing experience with a smaller group, then Southern Cross is perfect.
Example Itinerary (this is a guide only as itinerary is subject to weather and tidal conditions).
Meet your crew at Coral Sea Marina at 8am for a head count, to depart the marina at 8:30am. Feeling energized? Help hoist the sails! Otherwise, sit back and relax as you float across the Whitsunday Passage to Whitsunday Island, finding anchorage at Tongue Bay. Take a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout to the view of Whitehaven Beach before heading down and spending an hour or two exploring. In the afternoon you’ll sail north to another island where you’ll anchor just before sunset. After dinner, grab a drink and enjoy the evening.
Early rise for breakfast, and kit up with snorkelling gear, ready to jump in over the fringing coral reefs to see the fish and coral. Time for morning tea before heading to another location for a swim, snorkel or a beach stop. After lunch, it is time to set the sails once again and make way across the Whitsunday Passage. Arrive back into Airlie Beach at 4pm.
Departs: Departs on even days of the month (e.g. 4th, 16th, 28th) at 8.30am
Returns: 4.00pm on the second day – duration of 31 hours
What to Bring: clothes, towel, toiletries, hat, swimwear, sunscreen, jacket/sweater, camera, sunglasses, runners or sandals for island walks, alcohol and soft drinks. Guests can bring your own alcohol, no glass or red wine please. Soft drinks are sold on board, but guests may bring their own. Guests are asked to limit luggage. Please pack in soft sided zipless bag. We provide dry bags hire; for a deposit of $50 (cash only) which will be refunded on return. We also provide luggage storage at the Explore Whitsundays Reservations Office for $10 per person.
Children: This cruise is suitable for 15+ years. Under 18’s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Guests: Minimum 8 - Maximum 14
Operated By: Explore Whitsundays