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Sail and Sleep On The Reef


Departure Times

Departs: 8:00am - Daily
Returns: 5:30pm and 6:00pm - Daily

Sail and sleep on the reef with Southern Cross and Reefsleep!

  • See both the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef
  • Snorkel on both the Outer Reef and Inner Fringing Reef
  • Sail on a tall ship around the Whitsunday Islands
  • Sleep overnight on Great Barrier Reef on a pontoon!

Sail and Sleep On The Reef for an amazing 3 days in the Whitsundays! You will begin your action-packed tour by getting to experience the thrill of authentic sailing on board an ex-racing yacht, Southern Cross. During your day tour,  you will get to visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and get to enjoy snorkelling on the fringing reefs of the Whitsunday Islands, where you will enjoy amazing marine life, stunning corals and even friendly turtles. The next day, hop on board a comfortable catamaran and make your way the Outer Great Barrier Reef for even more fun on Reefsleep! Spend 2 days and 1 night exploring from the pontoon, located 40 nautical miles offshore. From here you can snorkel, scuba dive, relax, and enjoy one of the most unique overnight tours around. Sleep on the deck of the pontoon in a comfortable swag, taking in the beauty of the stars, ocean and reef.


  • Authentic sailing on board Southern Cross
  • 2 days on board pontoon on the Outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Overnight stay on Reefsleep
  • Snorkelling included
  • Option to scuba dive
  • Unique accommodation
  • Sleep under the stars
  • Delicious food
  • Opportunity to see both the Whitsunday Islands and Outer Reef


Experience Reefsleep and see what happens at the Great Barrier Reef at all hours of the day! Reefworld is located on Hardy reef, one of the most spectacular stretches of the Great Barrier Reef, off the Queensland coast. It is the destination of the Airlie Beach day trippers and also a lucky 30 guests can have an overnight experience never to be forgotten! From here you can snorkel, swim, relax, scuba dive and enjoy the beauty of being in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Reefsleep Map


  • 30 guests
  • 2 days on Reefworld pontoon
  • 1 night on Reefworld
  • Meals, teas and coffees
  • Use of Reefworld activities
  • Extra costs drinks, alcohol, scuba diving and scenic flights

Departs: 8:00 am - Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat
Returns: 6:00 pm - Sun, Mon, Tue, Fri, & Sa

Southern Cross

Sail around the Whitsunday Islands on board a tall ship for a unique sailing experience! This day trip will bring you to Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout and also bring you to a beautiful fringing reef to snorkel and explore the underwater world!


  • Takes maximum 22 guests
  • Visit Whitehaven Beach and Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Snorkel gear and instruction all included
  • Morning tea and afternoon tea included
  • Lunch freshly prepared on board by your crew
  • Authentic sailing experience 
  • Snorkelling at an amazing reef
  • Great for couples, friends and families
  • On board toilet and both indoor and outdoor seating
  • BYO alcohol

Departs: 8:00 am - Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat
Returns: 5:30pm - Sun, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat

BOOK WITH US TODAY! CALL 1800 550 751 OR (07) 4914 2425 IF LOCAL

More Information

What To Bring

Reefsleep: Please bring only a small bag with: change of clothes, hat, swim-wear, beach towel, camera, sunscreen 30+, cash or credit cards for on board purchases including alcohol, warm clothes for the evenings (seasonal).

Southern Cross: Swimmers, sunglasses, sunscreen, jumper (if weather is cool), towel, camera. Guests may also bring their own snacks and water. Southern Cross is BYO alcohol, no glass please.

Excess luggage can be stored at several places in town including most boat check-in offices, a 24 hour locker shop on The Esplanade, most hostels, or at your accommodation. Most charge between $5-10pp for the duration of your trip.

What's Included

Reefsleep: Snorkelling equipment, wet/stinger suit, 2 buffet lunches, BBQ Dinner (see menu), breakfast, morning and afternoon tea/coffees

Southern Cross: Morning tea and afternoon tea, lunch, snorkel equipment, mask, snorkel and wetsuit

What's Extra

Reefsleep: Drinks, alcohol, snacks, photographs, souvenirs, scenic flights and guided snorkelling tours.

Scuba diving is also available to purchase on board for certified or introductory divers, is subject to medical conditions and age restrictions.

Southern Cross: All included

Terms and Conditions

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. The Operator also reserves the right to alter the tour or the itinerary of any of it's tours and organise alternative carriers to those advertised if necessary. It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 2.5% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


All cancellations made result in 25% cancellation fee of the recommended retail price (RRP), not discounted or sale prices. Any cancellations made 60-30 days prior to travel will result in a 50% cancellation fee and any cancellations made inside of 30 days to departure will result in forfeit of full trip fees. If the sailing company has to cancel the trip (prior to the boat's departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

Please note it is the responsibility of ALL passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of ANY medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

Thank you for booking with Mr Travel/Sailing Whitsundays. If you would like any advice or assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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