It’s just before lunch and the wind is starting to pick up. The skipper cuts the motor and hoists the sails as the catamaran rocks and slices its way through the Coral Sea. At the bow, a pod of dolphins break the surface, playfully taking advantage of the temporary aquatic playground created in the boat’s wake.
It’s a badly kept secret. The tropical waters of Australia’s north eastern seaboard are a long serving port of call for well-heeled yachties looking to turn their back on the corporate grind.
And for good reason. Stress simply doesn’t belong here.
Rush hour here means turtles greeting you at island anchorages, manta rays leaping out of the water, and whale pods joining you during their annual migration across the world’s largest reef.
The good news is you don’t have to be Richard Branson to get some wind in your hair. The ports along Queensland’s coastal towns and islands offer sailing experiences for all levels. Learn to sail, take a tour or charter a skipper and crew.
Your voyage starts at the Gold Coast and stretches around and through the sheltered islands of the Great Barrier Reef up to Magnetic Island.
Your pace. Your rules. Your adventure.