10th July 2022 to 20th July 2022

Southport to Airlie Beach

£2195 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
Sail to Airlie Beach through the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef on a 600nm+ ocean passage from Southport, on the Gold Coast.
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Intermediate. Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
9
Vessel type
Steel-hulled Ketch
Vessel length
70ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single Bunk

Visit Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island

9 nights: 10 - 20 July 2022

Price: £2,195 per person

Sail to Airlie Beach through the Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef on a 600nm+ ocean passage from Southport, on the Gold Coast. The weather will decide whether we sail up the eastern or western side of Stradbroke Islands, Moreton Island and the world's largest sand island, Fraser Island, and overnight at a couple of islands and/or coastal marinas along the way.

The Australian East Coast is home to thousands of whales this time of year, and you can usually spot whales, dolphins and sea turtles.

On the 10th of July 2022, you will fly into either Brisbane or Gold Coast. During the night of the 10th, we will have a crew dinner nearby, and final preparations for departure will be completed the next morning. In the morning of the 11th of July, we’ll leave Southport Marina and head north, up the Queensland East Coast, through the Whitsunday Islands to Airlie Beach. Navigators face a minefield of islands, reefs, whales, commercial ships, pleasure boats and the Australian Navy.

Our route usually takes 6-7 days to complete, but we’ll stop at islands, bays and marinas along the way for overnights. Weather conditions and tide times will determine whether we sail down the eastern or western sides of the Stradbroke Islands, Moreton Island, and the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Among the challenges of the inside (western) route is crossing the notorious Wide Bay Bar at Fraser Island’s southern tip.

We would expect to arrive at an Airlie Beach Marina on the 19th of July and you are welcome to stay onboard the entire time and should plan to fly out of Airlie Beach (Proserpine) on or after the 20th of July.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, crew meals ashore in Southport and at Airlie Beach, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt, marina fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel is also included along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear.
You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent at least 1 month prior.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules.

S/Y Salt Lines

Salt Lines is a 70ft, steel-hulled, 30-ton, ketch-rigged sailing vessel. Built to Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) unlimited survey requirements, she was the second of the Laurent Giles Shipwright 70 class built on Tyneside by AMARC (TES) Ltd in 1990 for the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT). She was launched and named the John Laing by Lady Laing in Poole, UK.

Over her many years of service, she has sailed under multiple names including, “John Laing”, “Yacht Discovery” and most recently “eXXpedition”. Although the name may have changed, what has always been common is every owner has used Salt Lines for true adventure sailing. From sailing around the world, collecting plastic samples with Emily Penn, to exploring Antarctica with the British Army, Salt Lines has done it all.

Gold Coast, Australia

Airlie Beach, Australia

On the 10th of July 2022, you will fly into either Brisbane or Gold Coast. During the night of the 10th, we will have a crew dinner nearby, and final preparations for departure will be completed the next morning. In the morning of the 11th of July, we’ll leave Southport Marina and head north, up the Queensland East Coast, through the Whitsunday Islands to Airlie Beach. Navigators face a minefield of islands, reefs, whales, commercial ships, pleasure boats and the Australian Navy.

Our route usually takes 6-7 days to complete, but we’ll stop at islands, bays and marinas along the way for overnights. Weather conditions and tide times will determine whether we sail down the eastern or western sides of the Stradbroke Islands, Moreton Island, and the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island. Among the challenges of the inside (western) route is crossing the notorious Wide Bay Bar at Fraser Island’s southern tip.

We would expect to arrive at an Airlie Beach Marina on the 19th of July and you are welcome to stay onboard the entire time and should plan to fly out of Airlie Beach (Proserpine) on or after the 20th of July.

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