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Southern Cross Day Tour

FROM: $179

Departure Times

Departs: 8:00am - Daily
Returns: 5:00pm - Daily

Pricing Options

$179 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 31 Mar 2020)
$129 AUD / Person - Child (4 -15 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 31 Mar 2020)
$549 AUD / Family - Family (2A+2C) (Between: 01 Apr 2019 and 31 Mar 2020)
$0 AUD / Person - Infant (18mths - 2yrs) (Between: 18 Nov 2019 and 31 Mar 2020)

Set sail on the famous America's Cup Yacht, Southern Cross, and experience all the beauty of the Whitsundays in just one day!

  • Sail on famous America's Cup Yacht 
  • Visit Hill Inlet Lookout and enjoy the stunning view
  • Relax on Whitehaven Beach - one of the most famous beachs in the world
  • Snorkel in colourful fringing reefs
  • Perfect for the whole family!
  • Tour only runs during school holidays

The Southern Cross Day Tour offers not only an exciting day of sailing, but will also take you to the best parts of the Whitsundays. Guests will get to visit Whitehaven Beach, Hill Inlet Lookout and remarkable reefs for an unforgettable snorkelling experience. Your trip includes snorkelling gear, a delicious lunch as well as morning and afternoon tea, ensuring you have everything you need during your day in the Whitsundays. Southern Cross is a fast, spacious sailing boat with a maximum of 22 passengers, for a sociable and relaxing day. 

Please note Southern Cross Day Tour operates during Australian School Holidays only. For alternative tour options, check out "Sailing Day Tours" or "Southern Cross (2D/1N Tour)".


  • 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
  • Onboard toilet and both indoor and outdoor seating
  • BYO alcohol

Jump onboard this popular all inclusive day tour around the Whitsundays.

Southern Cross Day Sail

Boat Layout
Southern Cross is a 68ft sailboat designed for cutting through the water at speed. With seating for everyone on deck, she is able to accommodate up to 22 guests at a time for a fun day of exploring the Whitsundays. Southern Cross has an onboard bathroom, downstairs lounge area, and shaded cockpit, ensuring guests' comfort during their day on the water. 

Southern Cross was the winner of the Louis Vuitton Cup by successfully out-sailing competitors to make it to the final of the Americas Cup, a world-famous and prestigious sailing race. Southern Cross was built specifically to race against the Americans in Newport to win the Americas Cup. The race itself is held in a different location each year, attracting competitive sailors from all over the world. 

Southern Cross on Anchor, Whitehaven

Built in Perth in Western Australia, Southern Cross measures 68ft in length with a single mast which is 97ft high and is made of aluminium, making her ideal for sailing at top speeds.  As a true Aussie icon, her name represents the Southern Hemisphere's most famous constellation, the Southern Cross, which is easily spotted from the Whitsundays. The constellation itself is so bright and well known, it has been used traditionally in navigation, aiding sailors to make their way across the seas. Now its your chance to join this legendary vessel and sail around the Whitsundays at speed!

Whitehaven beach, Sailing Whitsundays

Sample Itinerary
Depart from Coral Sea Marina at 8:00am and sail across the Whitsunday Passage where you will pass by many of the Whitsunday Islands, including the beautiful Hook Island. Next you will arrive at Tongue Bay around 11:00am, where you will be tendered to the beach before making your way up to Hill Inlet Lookout - one of the most photographed points in all of Australia. You will get to see the stunning swirling sands below with waters abundant with stingrays, shark pups and sunbathers! Head on down to northern end of the famous Whitehaven Beach afterwards, where you can relax and enjoy the warm blue waters and silica sands. After some quality beach time, it is time to head back to Southern Cross for lunch. Afterwards sail over to Dumbell Island, where guests will have time for a snorkel and swim on the amazing coral reefs, checking out the local marine life. Set sail back to land and arrive back at the marina around 5:30pm.

Snacks on Deck, Southern Cross

Please note:

  • This is a sample itinerary, and will vary based on the weather and tides and professional judgement of the Captain. Sometimes, we do not make it to Hill Inlet, however we have terrific alternate itineraries available. 

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What To Bring

  • Swimmers
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun Hat
  • Jumper (if weather is cool)
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Cash for drinks
  • Guests may also bring their own snacks and water
  • BYO Alcohol, no glass, please

What's Included

  • Morning Tea and Afternoon tea
  • Lunch
  • Snorkel equipment, mask, snorkel and wetsuit
  • Marine and National Park Fees
  • Courtesy transfers from select local accommodations

What's Extra

All included

Holiday Surcharges for 2020 onwards:

A once-off fee of $20 per person (payable at check in) applies to departures on the following dates:

  • Between 24 December - 02 January inclusive.
  • Between Easter Friday – Easter Monday inclusive. 

Terms and Conditions

The Tour Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. If you are concerned about the availability of a door-to-door service to/from your accommodation, please contact our reservations team prior to booking.

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 its 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 the 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 note that in the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Mr Travel online department.

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1.5% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. Also please note that you need to allow time prior to the boats departure to check in, please ask us for more details


Any cancellations made more than 48 hours prior to departure will forfeit 25% of the total ticket price. Cancellations made within 48 hours prior to boarding will result in forfeit of full trip fees. Any passenger may elect to transfer their travel to another day with notice prior to 3pm the day before departure. No refunds will be given on transfers. An Admin Fee ($40) may be applied to postponements or transfers. Card fees are non-refundable.

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 need any advice or assistance making arrangements for your accommodation or transfers please do not hesitate to ask.

"Great spent on the Southern Cross. The team is excellent, the tour was awesome, snorkelling is excellent. A serious company to have a fun day, for a reasonable price. Just a perfect day. Thanks guys !!"
"We had a great time and would go back any day. Totally recommend it."
October 2018
"My family and myself went out on a day drip with Southern Cross to explore Hill Inlet and Whitehaven beach. If the weather wasn't fantastic to start with and left us with quite a rough trip to go over, the crew, Mark and Georges, Transformed the situation into a great adventure and sailing experience. Since we had 2 kids with us who were not comfortable with the snorkelling, Georges showed them fishes and Corals from the boat alongside with some good knowledge."
"My family and myself went out on a day drip with Southern Cross to explore Hill Inlet and Whitehaven beach. the weather wasn't fantastic to start with and left us with quite a rough trip to go over. The crew, Mark and Georges, transformed the situation into a great adventure and sailing experience. Since we had 2 kids with us, not comfortable with the snorkeling, Georges showed them fishes and Corals from the boat alongside with some good knowledge. We had a great time and would go back any day. Totally recommend it."
Christopher C
"Fantastic day trip with Southern Cross, the crew were amazing all day. If you are looking for a fun relaxed trip without the crowds then don't hesitate to book."
"Had a great time on this yacht. It is a 1970's former Alan Bond Americas Cup boat. Good for a day trip to get your sailing buzz - it leans right over and gives you the feeling of a racing yacht without being scary. Crew were fantastic. Lunch and snacks were awesome."
"Thank you Southern Cross for this very good time I had on your boat during my trip in Australia, the best service I had on a tour, yet. The boat condition, sailing experience, guide and food were excellent!!!"
"Thanks for a fun day out sailing to Whitehaven, Also a big thankyou for letting our son steer the boat a great day had by all."
Graeme and Nollene
"Nice trip, nice crew, keep it up!"
"Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and many more! A consider myself lucky to have seen this, and Whitehaven Beach was paradise - I loved the sailing. "
"Crew was extremely friendly, very accommodating. They made sure everyone was comfortable and safe. I would definitely recommend!!"
"Loved the tour! Crew was very friendly and informative. Excited for the after party!"
"Enjoyed the day. Good to experience sailing! I enjoyed the snorkelling."
"A fantastic day. The crew was terrific!!"
Lindy and Ella
"Memorable day. Throughly enjoyed the whole experience!"
"Beautiful sailing and beautiful day. Loved Whitehaven Beach especially!"
"The crew were great! They made it really fun and had heaps of interesting stories and facts!"
Jessica Fortune
"Great experience overall. A bit of everything... I would definitely do it again!"
"This was the best day out! The staff were so helpful, had plenty of food onboard and got to spend and hour on Whitehaven Beach and an half hour snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef (Marine Park)."
"Excellent Day, crew made the trip. Enjoyable, friendly, helpful and extremely fun. Felt very safe at all times. Commentary on history and sailing tips added to the overall experience. thank you guys"
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