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Great Barrier Reef Yacht Charter

Does a Great Barrier Reef yacht charter inspire images of lazy afternoons, laidback Aussie humor and perhaps a cold beer at dusk?

How about, "Throw another shrimp on the barbie...". Ahh, the distinct memory of summers past. Growing up in Queensland, I'm probably the best person to tell you, exactly what you're missing. I can't say enough about the riches of North Queensland and the benefits of yacht charter around Cairns. It really has got something for everyone, and each attraction could stand-alone and still be impressive.


Photo1: Great Barrier Reef - Australia - Photo by Anson Smart - Credit to Tourism Australia; Photo 2: Snorkelling at Great Barrier Reef - Australia - Photo by Darren Jew - Credit to Tourism Australia; Photo 3: Lizzard Island - Great Barrier Reef - Image credit to Delaware North Companies;

One of the highlights of a yacht charter in North Queensland is The Great Barrier Reef. It is one of the world's seven natural wonders; Bedarra Island Resort is within easy sailing distance: it is one of the worlds top ten. If you'd like a break from your Australia yacht charter and the beautiful oceans of North Queensland, visit the Daintree rainforest: one of the world's most ancient. What better place to go for your sailing vacation?

A little bit of trivia for you - The Great Barrier Reef boasts the biggest structure of living organisms on earth. It stretches for around 2500 km along the coast of Queensland, resting only 50km from the coastline, in the North. As a protected national park, some of the coral and sea life that you'll find here will blow you away. Like the Whitsunday Islands, a sailing vacation in Northern Queensland will provide you with everything you could want, from five star luxury, to idyllic and tranquil perfection. You need not stray far to find sheltered bays for anchoring, resorts with moorings, or fully services marina's.

The types of yacht charter available in The Great Barrier Reef include motor, sailing, bareboat charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, luxury yachts and even the occasional super yacht charter.

Cairns is great for bareboat or crewed yacht charter all year, however the best time for a sailing vacation in Cairns, is from April to September, during the cooler months. The summer months tend to be very hot and humid and are prone to sharp burst of tropical rain and there have been cyclones years ago. Summer is also the high danger season for box jellyfish, which are generally best avoided for maximum enjoyment on your sailing vacation.

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Below is a selection of Great Barrier Reef charter yachts available for rent - for more information and additional yachts, contact us here.

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Charter superyacht Spirit in Australia and the South Pacific
Luxury yacht SPIRIT - Master suite
Head to one of the world's most famous and unique UNESCO World Heritage Sites and charter luxury catamaran SPIRIT in Australia and the South Pacific. Her spacious layout features the design talents of renowned Ken Freivokh, and there are plenty of outdoor spaces both shaded and exposed to make the most of the glorious warm weather. Among her water toys are a great variety of toys with a low environmental impact, including a kitesurf and scuba diving equipment so that you and your guests never miss an opportunity for exploration.
38.7m Motor Yacht Hull 1015 Nearing Completion at Yachting Developments
New Zealand shipyard Yachting Developments is soon to complete the construction of the new 38.7-metre motor yacht. This new yacht is expected to be completed later on this year and will become the largest all-carbon sportsfisher in the world upon delivery.
ERA 80 Superyacht: A unique Superyacht charter opportunity identified by Ricky Smith Designs
80m ERA motor yacht concept by Ricky Smith Designs
New charter opportunities identified in Australia, with the 80-metre Ricky Smith Designs superyacht concept offering the right naval architecture, performance, interior and exterior spaces, and luxury amenities to fully enjoy not only this beautiful part of the world but also other worldwide destinations such as Europe, Asia or America.
Charter superyacht Akiko from the Coral Coast to the Kimberleys in Western Australia
AKIKO - artwork
Discover the awe-inspiring scenery hidden on the western side of Australia on a charter with superyacht AKIKO (ex.VvS1). Built by Alloy Yachts, this award-winning 34m/111ft luxury yacht has an excellent selection of water toys and a teppanyaki grill so you can be entertained while you watch your meal being prepared in front of your eyes.
Charter Spirit, Australia’s newest superyacht, at the Whitsundays and behold the Great Barrier Reef
M/Y SPIRIT - Master suite
Refitted only in 2016, 35m/115ft superyacht SPIRIT from New Zealand Yachts has exquisite interiors from designer Ken Freivokh. Her beam of almost 11m/35ft offers greater interior and exterior space than most yachts of her size and with a maximum speed of 28 knots, she can travel from island to island with time to spare.
Motor Yacht Oscar II available for charters in Australia
Luxury motor yacht Oscar II is available for charters in Australia. Find out more about great facilities and amenities onboard this beautiful yacht.
Shadow Vessel CHARLEY Delivered by Echo Yachts
Charley - main
Echo Yachts is proud to announce the delivery of the 46-metre shadow vessel Charley. This beautiful yacht is meant to support the 84-metre superyacht White Rabbit Gold, which is currently under construction. More details and images of Charley are now available.
102m Trimaran Superyacht by Echo Yachts & Sorgiovanni Desing
102m Trimaran Concept Echo Yachts
One of the world’s largest trimaran concept has been revealed by the Australia-based trio of Echo Yachts, designer Sam Sorgiovanni and One2Three Naval Architects. Featuring striking and progressive contemporary style, innovative interior layout, multihull platform and outstanding performance, the 120-metre project is believed to be a real breakthrough among trimaran concepts.  Sorgiovanni, the luxury yacht designer...