What we'll do
Have the ultimate sailing experience on one of the top-rated boats on the Whitsundays!
If you are looking to escape large crowds and party boats, while still having an awesome time, then Waltzing Matilda is the boat for you. You'll see all of the attractions of the area in comfort with a great group of 14 travellers, as your expert captain and crew sail you around the Whitsundays.
You'll visit and swim at the world-famous Whitehaven Beach, bushwalk up to Hill Inlet lookout for the best holiday photo, snorkel at the most amazing fringing reefs, relax, run barefoot on an unspoilt beach and anchor at a picturesque bay. In the evening, you can relax on deck with your group, enjoy some drinks and take in the epic night-time views above.
Waltzing Matilda is a 60ft (18 metres) sailboat with plenty of deck space, as well as a spacious saloon area downstairs. Choose from a single bed or double bed in the shared area, or upgrade for an extra $100 per person to a private double cabin.
Combine comfort and adventure in the Whitsundays, book your spot on Waltzing Matilda today!
What to know
Tour days: Departs Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
- Price includes:
- 2 full days of sailing
- Experienced captain and crew
- All meals including snacks
- Wetsuits and snorkelling gear
- Stand-up paddle boards
- Tea and coffee
- Linen and beach towel
- Marine and National Park fees
Language: Tour is given in easy to understand English.
Perfect for: Solo travellers, couples or small groups. You'll be in a fun and friendly group consisting of locals and travellers.
Group size: 14 people
Age range: This tour attracts a mix of travellers, with most being in their 20s, 30s and 40s. This is not a party boat however and everyone is welcome! Families can be catered for on request, contact us for more information.
Open Date bookings: must be confirmed at least 14 days in advance.
About your guides
Waltzing Matilda is part of the Whitsundays Sailing Adventures group. Whitsundays Sailing Adventures represents several vessels and is dedicated to offering world-class, quality live aboard sailing adventures in the spectacular Whitsunday Islands of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. As an owner-operated vessel, this means that Waltzing Matilda focuses on vessel and crew standards, fantastic food, personalised service and truly individual and unique experiences. Check out the reviews below for more information.
Day 1: Your sailing adventure starts at 8:15 am where you'll meet your captain and board the vessel. Then it is time to head out from Airlie Beach for the start of your amazing two-day Great Barrier Reef sailing adventure. Your first stop will be visiting pristine bays with coral gardens, exotic fish and aquamarine waters. Snorkelling is the best way to see this amazing underwater marine life. Whether you are a beginner or a bit more experienced, your crew can give you instructions on how to use your snorkel equipment and advise you on the best snorkel places at each stop. Or if you just want to kick back and relax, you can lounge on the spacious decks on the boat or sunbathe on the white sand of Whitehaven Beach. You'll also go on a short bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout to get some stunning holiday snaps! After an amazing day and toasting the stunningly beautiful sunset as it sets at the end of a fun-filled sail you’ll be ready to sleep well in your comfortable quarters.
Day 2: Wake up to the gentle rocking of the boat on the calm waters of the Whitsundays. In warmer months, you may have even slept overnight on the deck. Ease into the day as Waltzing Matilda slowly sets sail out of the sheltered bay to explore and discover more of the beautiful Whitsunday Islands. After enjoying a delicious continental breakfast, your second day will be spent very much like the first one – exploring exotic tropical islands with pristine bays and beaches. You will arrive back at Airlie Beach at approximately 4:00 pm.
What should I bring? We recommend a small soft bag containing your beach towel, bathing suit and sunhat, practical clothing, footwear and sunscreen (at least 30+ SPF). You can bring your own alcohol but no glass bottles are allowed. Don't forget your sense of fun and adventure!
Where do we start and finish? Tours start and finish at Airlie Beach. You'll meet at the Whitsunday Sailing Adventures office at 402 Shute Harbour Road at the start of the tour.
How long does the tour go for? Tour departs on Day 1 at 8:15 am and returns on Day 2 at approximately 4:00 pm.
What days does the tour operate? Tours depart on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, returning on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays respectively.
What do we eat? All meals are included and you'll enjoy some delicious food. For lunch, you may have quiche, green salad, potato salad, a selection of breads, chicken, cabbage and noodle salad and pasta bake. For dinner, expect meals such as BBQ steaks, steamed greens, honey carrots and potatoes oven baked and served with sour cream. Breakfast includes tea, coffee, juice, fresh fruit, a variety of cereals as well as a range of breads and spreads including jam, Vegemite, honey, peanut butter. Please note this just an example of a sample menu and is subject to change and amendments.
Do you cater for specific diets? The tour can cater for a range of dietary requirements, as well as medical conditions/food allergies. Please contact us when booking if you have any specific dietary needs.
Can I bring alcohol? Yes, you're welcome to BYO (bring your own) but no glass bottles are allowed.
Who can come? Everyone is welcome on this tour! Families can be catered for on request, contact us for more information.
I don't like sailing. That wasn't really a question, was it?
- Cancellations made 14 days or more before the activity starts will receive a full refund.
- No cancellations can be made within 14 days of the activity.
- Sailing tours are dependent on the weather, so once or twice a year there may be a cancellation by the operator due to extreme weather conditions. If your trip is cancelled for any reason by the operator, we will refund you 100% of your payment.