Discover the stunning beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the rugged wilderness of northern Australia in comfort and style. Start your journey in Cairns, where you will board your luxurious sailboat and set off towards the outer reef. Here, you will have the opportunity to snorkel and dive in the vibrant coral gardens that are home to an array of marine life. Snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef will provide a truly unforgettable experience, as you swim amongst colorful schools of fish and come face-to-face with exotic species of coral. Your journey will take you to private and exotic islands, where you can indulge in the luxury of seclusion and privacy. On board, you will be treated to delicious, fresh meals prepared by your private chef, using only the finest ingredients. As you sail further north, you will encounter remote, deserted islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, perfect for swimming, fishing, and relaxing. You will also visit indigenous communities and learn about the rich culture and history of the local Aboriginal people. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the indigenous way of life, including traditional customs, storytelling, and arts and crafts. Your journey will culminate at Cape York, the northernmost point of mainland Australia. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes of this rugged and untamed wilderness and experience the rich cultural heritage of the local indigenous communities. The luxury sail yacht is equipped with all the latest amenities and technology to provide the ultimate sailing experience, including comfortable cabins, a spacious lounge, and ample deck space to relax and take in the breathtaking views. This once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip offers a unique blend of adventure, culture, luxury, and relaxation, providing an unforgettable experience for anyone seeking to explore the remote and beautiful regions of northern Australia in style.
Waking up in the chic seaside village of Port Douglas, as the sun rises over the horizon, step onto your luxurious 55ft Catamaran and set sail from the gateway to The Great Barrier Reef… Offering World-Class on-board accommodation and cuisine - the exclusive Catamaran was crafted to the highest standards, and boasts just 6 Cabins on board this unique Far North Escape. This is a once in a lifetime experience. The first destination on our luxury sailing adventure is the breathtaking Hope Islands National Park, located 50 nautical miles north of Port Douglas. As we make our way north, we'll pass by the famous Daintree World Heritage Rainforest, offering stunning mountain views as we sail by. The Hope Islands are made up of four islands: East and West Hope Islands, Struck Island, and Snapper Island. East and West Hope Islands are low-lying cays, formed in two different ways. West Hope Island is a shingle cay formed from piles of loose shingle (coral debris), while East Hope is a typical sand cay, developed by currents and waves depositing fine reef sediments. Both islands offer a unique ecosystem, with hardy plants such as mangroves, sea purslane, and native Chinese lantern growing on West Hope Island, and beach almond and red coondoo growing in the center of East Hope Island. As we approach the islands, we'll be greeted by a colony of thousands of pied imperial-pigeons, which make the Hope Islands one of the most important bird-nesting sites in the northern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The islands are also part of the traditional sea country of the Eastern Kuku Yalanji Aboriginal people, who continue to hunt, fish, and collect in the area. We'll arrive at Hope Island just after lunch and have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the island. Beach combing is always interesting, and you can find beautiful shells and flotsam washed up above high tide. You can snorkel directly off the beach, stand-up paddle, or throw a fishing line in. It's also possible to have a fire on the beach and enjoy a cold beer or wine as the sun sets. We'll spend the night under the stars anchored just off Hope Island and set sail to the outer reef the next morning. With the Hope Islands providing a spectacular start to our sailing trip, we'll have plenty of time to explore soak in the natural beauty before we set off for the next destination. With the stunning views of the island and the clear waters of the reef, we're sure to have a memorable first day of our adventure… this is only the beginning…
Waking up on the waves enjoy a fresh breakfast made by the on-board Chef as we set sail for the Ribbon Reefs - considered to be one of the best snorkelling locations on The Great Barrier Reef. Our destination for the day is Steve's Bommie, an incredible snorkelling site located at Ribbon Reef No.3. The bommie rises from 30 meters deep up to just five meters below the water, and attracts schools of Bigeye Trevally, Barracuda, Yellow-lined Snapper, Moses Perch, Yellow-lined Goatfish, and a rainbow of other species… As we make our way to Steve's Bommie, we'll have the opportunity to drop a line in along the way. As we approach Steve's Bommie, we'll be greeted by its impressive pinnacle rising up from 30 meters, home to some of the best reef and wildlife in the area. You can expect to see over 400 species of colourful coral, an array of colourful fish, and Sea Turtles. We'll spend the morning snorkelling at Steve's Bommie, exploring the bommie's diverse marine life, including macro photographers' favourites like Nudibranchs, Flatworms, Pipefish, Scorpionfish, Lionfish, Mantis Shrimps, and other small and spectacular sea life. We will have the option to overnight on the bommie or travel in closer to the main Reef (Ribbon #3) and have another snorkel or two in the afternoon. Fishing is also possible if you feel like catching fresh Dinner. As the sun sets, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner and drinks, reminiscing about the day's adventures and looking forward to the next day's exploration. The Ribbon Reefs and Steve's Bommie provide a spectacular snorkeling experience, this is sure to be a memorable second day of our luxury sailing adventure.
Locations cherry picked for their stunning array of Coral and Marine Life. As you set sail on the outer Reef, you'll be greeted with relatively calm seas and fast broad reaching, allowing for a comfortable and enjoyable journey. Along the way we will be trawling for Mackerel or Tuna. There are some great Drift snorkelling to be experienced in this location, with some Reefs in the passage between #9 and #10. On an incoming tide, we start out on the pass and finish up in the shallows at least 1 to 2kms away. Drift Snorkelling is easy with out high speed tender, and experience professional Crew always with you. In this area, there are some spectacular underwater peaks with various large schools of fish circling in the current. Relax and drift away in the tide… Lunch on Day 3 is generally served whilst underway and the Night on a mooring, or anchor in the shallows of Ribbon #10. After a day of diving, drifting, and exploring the Ribbon Reefs, you'll return to your luxury sailing vessel for a delicious dinner prepared by the Chef, and a settle in for a comfortable night's sleep. On a scenic sailing journey, and unforgettable Reef experiences, this day is sure to be one of the highlights of your trip.
As you sail towards Lizard Island, you will have the opportunity to visit the world-famous Cod Hole, located 20 to 25 nautical miles from Ribbon # 10. The Cod Hole is home to numerous Potato Cod and is one of the most popular dive sites on the Ribbon Reefs. These huge fish are quite used to visitors, offering the chance to get up close and personal, and are quite willing to pose for a photo whilst visiting one of the many cleaning stations. The shallows of Cod Hole offer excellent coral life to explore and the chance to search for many hidden treasures. Marine Life you may be treated to include: Giant Potato Cod, Flowery Cod, Spine Cheek Anemonefish, Lionfish, Pygmy Sea Horse, Reef Sharks, Red Bass, Nudibranchs, Lacey Scorpionfish, Ghost Pipefish. After your visit to the Cod Hole, you will have lunch on the mooring before setting sail for Watsons Bay / Lizard Island. You will arrive on the beach by the afternoon around 4pm, giving you plenty of time to explore this beautiful island and its surroundings. Lizard Island is a popular destination for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities. With a wide range of activities and facilities available, you can spend your afternoon relaxing on the beach, swimming in the sea, or exploring the island's many trails. Secluded within a National Park and enriched with diverse Australian wildlide, and boasting private white sandy beaches – Lizard Island is like nowhere else. This is an experience of a lifetime.
As you spend the morning on Lizard Island, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy some of the amazing walks and reefs that the island has to offer. With its stark, rugged beauty and sparkling blue waters, Lizard Island offers a contrast of natural beauty that is truly breathtaking. With more than half of the island covered in grasslands and a variety of other habitats such as Eucalypt and Acacia Woodlands, heaths, paperbark swamps, and mangroves, there's plenty to explore. After a leisurely morning on Lizard Island, you'll set sail for Eagle Islet in the afternoon. Located several kilometres west of Lizard Island, Eagle Islet is part of the Lizard Island National Park, which comprises Lizard, Osprey, Palfrey and South islands and Seabird Islets along with Eagle Islet. It is the only continental island group close to the outer Great Barrier Reef. As you arrive on Eagle Islet, you'll have the opportunity to walk around the Island and snorkel the reefs. With its clear waters and rich fringing reefs, Eagle Islet offers the perfect opportunity for a relaxing afternoon of exploring. You'll have the chance to see a variety of Marine life, from colourful fish and Coral to Sea turtles and Sharks. In summary, Day 5 of your luxury sailing trip in Far North Queensland, Australia will take you from Lizard Island to Eagle Islet, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the beautiful island and its surroundings. With its rugged beauty and sparkling blue waters, Eagle Islet is a must-see destination for anyone looking for a remote and unique adventure in the Far North Queensland. With plenty of activities to enjoy, including walks and snorkelling, this day will be one that you'll remember for years to come.
Where you'll have the opportunity to enjoy a day of fishing and exploring the wild, natural beauty of this remote island. As you set sail from Eagle Islet, you'll be treated to a comfortable downwind sail towards Ingram Island. The journey will take you approximately 36 nautical miles, and you can sunbake on deck as you sail, or try your luck at catching a Spanish Mackerel along the way. With the wind at your back, and the sun shining, it's the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery that Far North Queensland, Australia has to offer. As you arrive at Ingram Island, you'll find a comfortable anchorage that is perfect for fishing and exploring. The island is wild and remote, and you'll likely have the place to yourself… Spend the afternoon fishing, drifting, snorkelling, and exploring the area. With its clear waters and rich marine life, Ingram Island is a fisherman's paradise. You'll have the chance to catch a variety of different fish, including Spanish Mackerel, Tuna, and many more. And if you're not interested in fishing, you can spend your time exploring the island's rugged beauty and discovering the many different species of marine life that call this island home. A wooded sand cay nearly surrounded by beach rock; Ingram Island is stand out natural beauty.
Where you'll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty and rich cultural landscape of these remote islands. The day begins with another smooth downwind sail to Cape Melville, approximately 42 nautical miles away. Along the way, you'll sail past Watson Island, named after Mary Watson – Australian Pioneer and folk heroine – after she was shipwrecked there with a Chinese worker Ah Sam in 1882. The rock formations of Cape Melville are spectacular, and the long wild beach of Bathurst Bay offers a beautiful place to stop for lunch. You'll spend the time exploring the area and fishing from Boulder Rock, with a beautiful sandy beach to swim off, flick some lures, and enjoy. After lunch, you'll set sail for Flinders and Stanley Island, where you'll have the opportunity to explore some amazing Aboriginal Rock Art. The Flinders Group National Park comprises of seven remote and ruggedly attractive islands, with a rich cultural landscape. The islands contain important Aboriginal story and burial sites, along with nationally significant rock art showing early contact with Europeans. The islands lie adjacent to Cape Melville and are within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. This is a truly authentic indigenous experience. As you explore the islands, you'll have the chance to walk the 2.8-kilometer interpretive trail to learn about the Yiithuwarra 'saltwater people' and contemplate their rock art in the Ship and Yindayin rock shelters on Stanley Island. You'll also have the opportunity to bush camp on Flinders Island and watch seabirds and look for Turtles and Dugong. The remoteness of this unique park will provide a truly unforgettable experience. It is imperative that if you visit this area, you access the caves and take a look. The caves are on Stanley Island and depict early European contact. The island group has been successfully claimed under the Aboriginal Land Act (Qld) 1991 and is jointly managed by the local Aboriginal Corporation and the Queensland Government. Day 7 of your luxury sailing trip in Far North Queensland, Australia will take you from Ingram Island to the Flinders and Stanley Island, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the natural beauty and rich cultural landscape of these remote islands. With its spectacular rock formations, wild beaches and rich shared history, the Flinders and Stanley Islands offer a truly unforgettable experience.
Flinders and Stanley Island are agroup of natural and historical treasures before embarking on a 30 nautical mile smooth sail to Pelican Island. Pelican Island is low sand cay of the inner complex of Reefs of the northern Great Barrier Reef Province, is situated at the western end of an oval coral reef. P. P King landed on Pelican Island on 10th August in 1820 and remained overnight and recorded 380 Pelicans breeding. The cay is roughly triangular in shape, with intertidal sandspits and boasts an array of Birdlife and Marine Life. You will spend the afternoon exploring the Pelican Island and closeby Morris Island via the Catamaran and dingy. Here we take a flexible approach, fishing, snorkelling, exploring at your leisure and dining under the stars before our big sail day tomorrow…
This would be a big days sail similar to the first day with us arriving in to Restoration island in the afternoon and meeting up with Dave the local caretaker. Fire on the beach and relax. Day 10 will take you to the idyllic Morris Island to Restoration Island, where you'll have the opportunity to explore the island's rich history and natural beauty. This is mostly a sailing day, covering 55 nautical miles before arriving at Restoration Island and meeting the iconic caretaker “Dave”. Restoration Island has a rich history dating back to 1789, when Captain Bligh and the men who remained loyal to him arrived on the island after the famed mutiny on the Bounty. The island was named Restoration Island because the food they found (oysters and native fruits) greatly restored their spirits and because that date was Oak Apple Day, the anniversary of the restoration of King Charles II. Captain Bligh also saw evidence of the local aborigines using the island and wondered if the aborigines brought kangaroos from the mainland to breed, since they would be easier to catch later in the confined space of an island. Today, Restoration Island is not just a National Park, but one third of the island is leased to David Glasheen, a former mining tycoon, who, after losing his fortune in the Black Friday market crash, decided to live a solitary existence on the island. The millionaire castaway is an icon of the Far North, a real character, and welcomes visitors to experience his off grid lifestyle where he is the sole resident of the island. The island is an idyllic coastal island with a granite and volcanic peak of 116 meters height and a beautiful shark tooth-shaped beach spit where guests will enjoy water activities, some of Dave’s homebrew, and explore the island. As you explore the island, you'll have the opportunity to learn about the traditional custodians, the Kuuku Ya’u people (including the Kungkay people and Kanthanampu people) who are the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Ma’alpiku Island National This is an opportunity to experience the raw and natural beauty of the island, a humble existence, as well as its rich history. Enjoy the scenic sail from Morris Island to Restoration Island and take in the beautiful views of the coast. This is a chance to reconnect with nature and leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind – take it from Dave – life is about the little things… a stunning sunset, a quiet beach, a shared story with friends… This day promises to be an unforgettable experience, filled with adventure, luxury and relaxation. With the idyllic island setting and the natural beauty that surrounds you, you'll be able to fully unwind and enjoy the tranquility of the island. With a rich history and natural beauty, Restoration Island is truly a hidden gem that is not to be missed.
As our sailing adventure comes to an end, we set sail from Restoration Island towards Portland Roads, where we will be greeted by the stunning views of the Temple Cape York. This architectural masterpiece was once an emplacement for a 155mm gun turret, used during World War II as the Australian military's front line defence. Today, it serves as a luxurious retreat, nestled into the Iron Range hillside with panoramic views of the Coral Sea. As we dock at Portland Roads, we will be transported to the Temple, where we can spend the remainder of our days relaxing and taking in the breathtaking views. The sound of the waves crashing against the beach and the birdsong emanating from the surrounding bush will provide the perfect ambiance for a peaceful and tranquil stay. This off grid property is unlike any other…
Choose to flop and drop and enjoy a day at leisure on the stunning sands of Chilli Beach at THE TEMPLE CAPE YORK. Or choose your own adventure, with optional extras available to book in advance:- Private Cape York Fishing Charters (up to 4 persons)- Heli Fishing with Bungie Helicopter- Dirt Bike Hire- One Day Dirt Bike Tour including Bike, Lunch, Guide- Blo Kart Hire- Trip to Restoration Island- Trip to Great Barrier Reef- Trip to Forbes Island includes camping overnightSpeak with the team at Far North Escapes about arranging activities prior to arrival.
For those looking for a some adventure, we have a variety of activities available such as snorkeling, diving, stand-up paddleboarding, fishing, dirtbiking, waterfall hunting and spearfishing. For those who want to take it easy, we can arrange a 4WD tour to explore the surrounding areas. After 2 nights of experiencing The Temple’s perfect blend of relaxation and adventure, your return flight from Lockhart to Cairns awaits. As we say goodbye to our fellow travellers, new friends and crew, we will take with us memories that will last a lifetime. This sailing is available as an exclusive one-off September departure, either North Bound to The Temple: or Southbound starting at The Temple. With just 6 Cabins on board, a vast array of unique experiences and the very best scenery in North Queensland- this is the ultimate Far North Escape.
Please note: All itineraries are subject to change due to weather, road conditions, unexpected circumstances or Tour Guides decision based on what is best for the group and preferences. This itinerary is ONLY a guide. Our itineraries are flexible, at Far North Escapes we modify our itineraries based on our guests needs and requirements. We believe in accommodating all our guest's needs and creating a remarkable Far North Queensland Adventure.
Luxurious Sail Yacht. Embark on a 12-day sailing adventure in comfort and style.
Experienced Crew. Benefit from the expertise and guidance of an experienced crew.
Private Chef. Enjoy delicious, fresh meals prepared by your private chef.
Hope Islands. Visit private and exotic islands for seclusion and privacy.
Struck Island. Discover remote, deserted islands surrounded by crystal clear waters.
Daintree Rainforest. Immerse yourself in the lush beauty of the Daintree Rainforest.
Snapper Island. Relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings of Snapper Island.
Great Barrier Reef. Explore the vibrant coral gardens of the Great Barrier Reef.
Ribbon Reefs. Snorkel and dive amongst the colorful schools of fish at the Ribbon Reefs.
Steve Bommies. Swim with exotic species of coral at the Steve Bommies.
Cod Hole. Encounter massive codfish and other marine life at the Cod Hole.
Lizard Island. Relax on the pristine beaches of Lizard Island.
Eagle Islet. Marvel at the breathtaking landscapes of Eagle Islet.
Ingram Island. Experience the rich culture and history of the local indigenous people.
Flinders Island. Learn about the traditional customs, storytelling, and arts and crafts of the indigenous people.
Stanley Island. Explore the rugged wilderness of Stanley Island.
Cape Melville. Visit Cape Melville, the northernmost point of mainland Australia.
Bathurst Bay. Take in the stunning views of Bathurst Bay.
Pelican Island. Enjoy the serene surroundings of Pelican Island.
Morris Island. Relax and unwind on the beautiful beaches of Morris Island.
Restoration Island. Discover the rich cultural heritage of Restoration Island.
Portland Roads. Explore the remote regions of northern Australia at Portland Roads.
The Temple Cape York. Stay at the amazing world war 2 fort accommodation, The Temple Cape York.
Fishing. Enjoy the thrill of fishing in the pristine waters of northern Australia.
Snorkelling. Snorkel in the crystal clear waters to encounter marine life.
All National Parks. Access all national parks, including fees and permits as per itinerary.
Small or Private Touring Group. Benefit from comfortable and airconditioned transportation in a small or private touring group.
Flights. Enjoy flights from Lakeland to Cairns.
All Attractions. Explore all attractions, including all national park fees and permits as per itinerary.
Unique Accommodation. Stay in unique accommodation immersed within the Daintree Rainforest.
Meals and Snacks. Indulge in meals and snacks as per itinerary.
Monday, 11 September 2023 - Sunday, 25 September 2023
Wednesday, 25 October 2023 - Sunday, 9 October 2023
The sailing trip includes a luxurious 12-day sailing adventure from Cairns to Cape York, aboard a private luxury sail yacht, with all the latest amenities and technology to provide the ultimate sailing experience. The trip also includes snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, visits to private and exotic islands, fresh meals prepared by a private chef, visits to indigenous communities, and a visit to Cape York, the northernmost point of mainland Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef experience is truly unforgettable, as you will have the opportunity to snorkel and dive in the vibrant coral gardens that are home to an array of marine life. You will swim amongst colorful schools of fish and come face-to-face with exotic species of coral.
On board, you will be treated to delicious, fresh meals prepared by your private chef, using only the finest ingredients.
Yes, during your journey you will visit indigenous communities and learn about the rich culture and history of the local Aboriginal people. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the indigenous way of life, including traditional customs, storytelling, and arts and crafts.
The luxury sail yacht is equipped with all the latest amenities and technology to provide the ultimate sailing experience, including comfortable cabins, a spacious lounge, and ample deck space to relax and take in the breathtaking views.
During the trip, you can expect to experience a unique blend of adventure, culture, luxury, and relaxation. You will have the opportunity to snorkel and dive in the Great Barrier Reef, visit private and exotic islands, encounter remote, deserted islands surrounded by crystal clear waters, and visit indigenous communities to learn about their culture and history.
Our refund policy will be provided to you upon booking.
Yes, you may bring alcohol on board, but please drink responsibly.
Yes, snorkeling equipment is provided.
$ 20,500.00 AUD
Sail from Cairns to Cape York on a luxurious private yacht, snorkel in the Great Barrier Reef, visit private and exotic islands, and end your journey at Temple Cape York. Immerse in the rich culture and history of local Aboriginal communities and enjoy delicious, fresh meals prepared by your private chef. Experience the ultimate blend of adventure, culture, luxury, and relaxation on this once-in-a-lifetime sailing trip.
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