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Southern Cross Day Tour

FROM: $179

Departure Times

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

Pricing Options

$179 AUD per Person - Adult (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$549 AUD per Family - Family (2 adults + 2 children) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)
$129 AUD per Person - Child (4 -15 years) (Between: 01 Apr 2018 and 01 Apr 2019)

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

If you want to experience an authentic day of sailing in the Whitsundays, Southern Cross is perfect for you. Sail to the most beautiful parts of the Whitsundays with the chance to try your hand at helping hoist the main or trim the sails, even joining the captain at the helm to steer - Southern Cross offers a fun day on the water with real sailing and an amazing itinerary. You will also get to a opportunity to snorkel, swim and relax as you cruise around the Whitsunday Islands. Southern Cross was built for all wind conditions, making her the perfect boat for sailing around the Whitsundays.

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. 

Southern Cross Day Tour Features:

  • 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

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

Boat Layout
Southern Cross is a 68ft sail boat 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. 

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!

Sample Itinerary

Depart from Abell Point 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.

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. 
  • Please note Southern Cross does not depart on Wednesdays.

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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

What's Extra

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.

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 traveling 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.

"We had a great time and would go back any day. Totally recommend it."
October 2018
Thu 18 Oct 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."
Wed 01 Aug 2018
"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
Thu 31 May 2018
"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."
Thu 19 Oct 2017
"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."
Wed 05 Jul 2017
"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!!!"
Tue 14 Mar 2017
"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
Tue 03 Jan 2017
"Nice trip, nice crew, keep it up!"
Tue 15 Nov 2016
"Dolphins, stingrays, turtles and many more! A consider myself lucky to have seen this, and Whitehaven Beach was paradise - I loved the sailing. "
Tue 08 Nov 2016
"Crew was extremely friendly, very accommodating. They made sure everyone was comfortable and safe. I would definitely recommend!!"
Tue 01 Nov 2016
"Loved the tour! Crew was very friendly and informative. Excited for the after party!"
Wed 12 Oct 2016
"Enjoyed the day. Good to experience sailing! I enjoyed the snorkelling."
Wed 28 Sep 2016
"A fantastic day. The crew was terrific!!"
Lindy and Ella
Mon 12 Sep 2016
"Memorable day. Throughly enjoyed the whole experience!"
Wed 17 Aug 2016
"Beautiful sailing and beautiful day. Loved Whitehaven Beach especially!"
Tue 26 Jul 2016
"The crew were great! They made it really fun and had heaps of interesting stories and facts!"
Jessica Fortune
Tue 05 Jul 2016
"Great experience overall. A bit of everything... I would definitely do it again!"
Tue 07 Jun 2016
"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)."
Tue 08 Mar 2016
"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"
Wed 04 Feb 2015
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