What a 'Ketch'! Traditional sailing combined with top comfort on Waltzing Matilda.
- Waltzing Matilda is a 60ft Roberts Ketch, designed for the ultimate sailing experience!
- Enjoy the beauty of the Whitsundays from on board an Australian icon
- Spacious deck area offering lots of room to take in the scenery, with still plenty of space below!
- Both private and shared accommodation for a blended and interesting crowd
- Only 14 guests per trip, making it great for those who want to escape the crowds
Waltzing Matilda welcomes you to one of the world's most spectacular natural playgrounds, the breathtaking Whitsunday Island group. With no less than 74 tropical islands, it's not surprising this is one of the world's most desirable vacation destinations. Home to not only islands, but also beaches, reefs, and stunning scenery, it attracts people from all over who come to explore, sail, and sightsee. The welcoming tropical climate of the Whitsundays rivals that of Fiji, Tahiti and the Bahamas with an average annual temperature of 27C and a minimum of 21C.
- Aussie BBQ
- Roomy interior
- Personalised service
- Wide flat decks with shade awnings
- Meals prepared onboard using fresh local produce
- Very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly crew
- Snorkelling equipment and tuition provided
- Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Visit the swirling sands of Hill Inlet lookout
- Spend ample time on Whitehaven Beach
- Fresh linen provided for each guest
- All marine & park fees included
- Very stable boat
- BYO Alcohol
If you would like to get away from the larger crowds, then Waltzing Matilda is perfect for you!
This 60ft sailboat provides a spacious and relaxed atmosphere to cruise our northern tropical waters, on board you will find a spacious saloon area with 8ft of headroom, plenty of deck space with room to stretch out, comfortable cabins with a choice of private or shared cabins with no sleeping in common areas with the added bonus of hand basins in most cabins.
- Shared single: Single bed (sleeps one person), usually a bunk bed
- Shared double: Double bed (sleeps two persons), usually with a single bunk on top
- Private double cabin: One double bed (requires 2 persons) in a private cabin
*Private triple and private quad cabins available upon request. Please ask us for more information.
Most of the Whitsunday Islands are World Heritage Listed, offering the opportunity for true exploration in some of the world's most beautiful scenery. This amazing part of Australia is a sailor's paradise, offering the ideal place to enjoy the art of sailing. As you make your way around the islands, you will get to enjoy your amazing surroundings and look forward to all the fun activities your crew has planned for you! With fewer distances to travel and Waltzing Matilda to get you there, there's an array of experiences possible each day.
You will get to visit the amazing Whitehaven Beach while on your tour with Waltzing Matilda tour. This world famous beach is known for its soft silica sands, warm waters and calm shores and is a top bucket list item for any beach lover! It stretches over 7km in length, giving all of its' visitors plenty of space to relax and enjoy its unique beauty. Be sure to bring along your beach towel to enjoy the water, sunshine and sandy shore.
Hill Inlet Lookout
Guests on Waltzing Matilda can look forward to a short bush walk through Whitsunday Island to visit the stunning Hill Inlet Lookout! Immerse yourself in the forest and trees, keeping an eye out for goannas, butterflies and other animals along the way. From Hill Inlet, you will make your way back through the bush down to the famous Whitehaven Beach.
Sailing in the Whitsundays is an experience unlike any other! Waltzing Matilda offers you the opportunity to experience traditional sailing around the islands, where you can come to understand the excitement and enjoyment of making your way around with sails up above and ocean below. This sailing experience combines comfort and adventure as your crew takes you around this stunning island chain to explore and have the adventure of a lifetime.
The crew on board Waltzing Matilda will take you to some of the best snorkelling reefs in the Whitsundays to ensure an amazing underwater experience! All your snorkelling equipment and tuition are included to ensure you feel comfortable in the water, so you can enjoy the reefs at their best! The Whitsundays are full of protected coves and bays that are ideal for snorkelling and are teeming with marine life. You can look forward to seeing fish, corals and even sea turtles!
*There are no set itineraries as the trips vary according to the weather, allowing for a customised and personalised experience. Waltzing Matilda has a fantastic sailing ability and your crew of two will show you the best locations of the Marine Park to ensure your trip is truly memorable.
On arrival: Tea and coffee when guests arrive
Morning tea: Tea and coffee and an assortment of biscuits
Lunch: Quiche, green salad, potato salad along with a selection of breads
Sunset snacks: Carrot sticks, dip, cheese, olives, Jatz crackers, and corn chips
Dinner: BBQ steaks, steamed greens, honey carrots and potatoes oven baked and served with sour cream
Breakfast: Tea, coffee, juice, Fresh fruit platter- oranges, melons, apples. A variety of cereals such as Cornflakes, Weet-bix and muesli, as well as a range of breads and spreads including jam, Vegemite, honey, peanut butter.
Morning tea: Tea and coffee and an assortment of biscuits
Lunch: Chicken, cabbage and noodle salad and pasta bake
Afternoon tea: Tea and coffee and an assortment of biscuits
Please note, this is a sample of menu and is subject to change and amendments
Each passenger must have a clear understanding of safety directions and instructions given in English by the crew and be able to complete the required safety forms in English. A passenger is only able to participate in water activities if they have a level of swimming experience. If a passenger is unable to swim they will still be able to participate in the sailing trip, but will not but able to participate in water activities such as snorkelling. In order to meet our minimum safety standards, passengers must be able to exit the vessel unassisted in the unlikely case of an emergency. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask us
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What To Bring
Upon checking in, you will be given a souvenir environmental bag to pack your belongings in for the sailing trip. They ask that you only take these bags on board with you as luggage. Ensure you pack clothes, a hat, swim-wear, beach towel, sunscreen 30+, warm pullover for the evenings (seasonal) and cash/card for onboard purchases. You will also need to bring your own alcoholic beverages, in town but please no glass bottles.
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.
- Drinking water
- Meals, linen
- Wetsuit hire
- Snorkelling equipment
- All Marine Park fees
BYO alcohol (no glass). Soft drinks are available for purchase on board.
Terms and Conditions
To enable us to meet our duty of care and establish an acceptable level of risk, EACH passenger must have a clear understanding of safety directions and instructions given in English by the crew and be able to complete the required safety forms in English. A passenger is only able to participate in water activities if they have a level of swimming experience. If a passenger is unable to swim they will still be able to participate in the sailing trip, but will not but able to participate in water activities such as snorkelling. In order to meet our minimum safety standards, passengers must be able to exit the vessel unassisted in the unlikely case of an emergency.
All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Tour Operator. 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
All client cancellations forfeit 25% of the total ticket price and all client cancellations made less than 30 days prior to departure will result in complete forfeiture of the full price of the sailing holiday. 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.