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Waltzing Matilda Whitsundays

Island Relaxing, Sailing and Snorkelling

Why we Love Waltzing Matilda Whitsundays

Waltzing Matilda Whitsundays 2 days and 1 night classic cruise has a reputation for comfort and value, sailing to the highlights of the Whitsunday Islands

Built in Queensland combining comfort with adventure, this 60ft (16.5m) Roberts Ketch offers a spacious and relaxed atmosphere. 

On-board you will find a comfortable saloon area with 8ft (2.4m) of head room, plenty of uncluttered deck area with room to stretch out, comfortable cabins with a choice of private or shared options with no sleeping in common areas and the added bonus of hand basins in most cabins.

Of a night sit back and relax under the Southern Cross while the crew cooks up a lovely evening BBQ meal and then stargaze the night away.

Waltzing Matilda Whitsundays is ideally suited for those travellers that are looking to escape the large crowds. With just 14 passengers and 2 crew, this classic cruise will ensure your visit to the Whitsunday Islands is truly memorable.

Your cruise will include the following highlights;

  • Visit Whitsundays Best Destinations
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Hill Inlet Lookout
  • Classic Sailing
  • Snorkel Fringing Island Reefs
  • Discover Marine Life
  • Stargazing
  • Island Walks
  • Escape large crowds and relax


Departs from Abel Point Marina;

  • Tuesday – Thursday – Saturday
  • Departure Time: 8:30am
  • Returns: 3:00 – 4:00pm
Check-in: Passengers are encouraged to check in the day prior to travel between 7am-5pm at Whitsunday Sailing Adventures office in Airlie Beach.
What is Included:
  • Shared Accommodation on board
  • Private Cabin available
  • Freshly prepared meals on-board
  • Fresh Linen for each guest and bath towel
  • Snorkelling Equipment & Wetsuits
  • Stand Up Paddle Boards (SUP)
  • Marine Park Fees
  • National Park Fees
  • Best Destinations including Whitehaven Beach

Sleeping and Cabins:
  • Only 14 passengers
  • 2 private double cabins
  • 2 twin share cabins (or 4 share single)
  • Comfortable saloon area
  • Spacious deck area & shade awnings

Waltzing Matilda Whitsundays_Boat Layout

What you need:
  • Footwear for short hikes
  • Appropriate clothing (in winter pack a hoody/jacket for evenings)
  • Swim wear and beach towel
  • Hat and Sunglasses
  • Please consider a Re-useable/Sustainable Water Bottle
  • Please use Reef/Coral Safe Sunscreen
  • Camera/Phone
  • Alcoholic Drinks BYO (No alcohol is sold on-board)
Please Note:
Every guest is issued with an eco-bag upon check-in at the Whitsunday Sailing Adventures office when checking in. This is to pack your belongings and these bags are permitted on board only.
Waltzing Matilda Whitsundays Itinerary:
Airlie Beach → Airlie Beach | Departs Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

With such a small group of only 14 passengers maximum, your skipper has the flexibility to sail wherever he feels you will get the best out of your Waltzing Matilda Whitsundays classic cruise.

You will have several opportunities to snorkel the beautiful fringing reefs of the 74 Whitsunday Islands including famous Blue Pearl Bay and Hook Island. Your crew will be on hand and point out some beautiful underwater must sees. Back on board id the new marine life you have just encountered for the very first time while enjoying some well earned snacks.

As you sail form beautiful location to beautiful location take the helm and try out being skipper for a while. Alternatively sit back and watch the world go by in this perfect paradise.

There is always a visit to one of the worlds best beaches, Whitehaven. Bush walk up to the Hill Inlet lookout and get a real feel for Whitehaven’s perfectness with sweeping elevated views with outstanding photo opportunities.

Note: There are no set itineraries as the trips vary according to the weather, allowing for a customised and personalised experience.
Accommodation and Meals
  • Available Cabin and Sleeping Arrangements:
    – Shared single – single bed in a dorm situation
    – Shared double – double bed in a dorm situation
    – Private double – double bed in a private cabin
  • Meals & Allergies:
    – Most additional Dietary Requirements can be catered
    – Please ask us about dietary requirements before booking

Luggage and Packing
  • Every guest is issued with an eco-bag to pack their belongings. These bags are permitted on board only.
  • Luggage Storage is offered at WSA’s check-in office at a one off minimal charge.
  • BYO alcoholic drinks allowed on this vessel

Important Information
  • Itineraries may be subject to change dependant on weather and other circumstances
  • Prices are in Australian Dollars (AU$)
  • 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.

Cancellation/Refund Policy
  • If you cancel at least 15 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 14 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • Unless otherwise stated all refunds will incur a 10% administration fee

We recommend you purchase travel insurance which would cover for such things as Road Closures, flight,  bus or tour cancellations
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Eco-Certification Awards

The following Eco-Accreditation from Eco Tourism Australia had been achieved.

✓ Eco Certified Advanced Ecotourism

Australia’s leading and most innovative ecotourism products, providing an opportunity to learn about the environment with an operator who is committed to achieving best practice when using resources wisely, contributing to the conservation of the environment and helping local communities.


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Tree Hugger Travel invest in rebuilding biodiversity hotspots around the world by funding land acquisition through the highly respected World Land Trust and their projects.

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How Do We Do That ?

We fund it with Your travel bookings and our eco-rewards programme.

  • Every dollar earns an eco-reward
  • For example: Spend $100 ⇢ Earn 100 eco-rewards
  • Reaching 750 eco-rewards will enable us to fund the permanent protection of 1/4 Acre of Real Rainforest in Real Places.
  • Continue earning and every 750 eco-rewards Tree Hugger Travel will continue protecting.

☆ Recognising Your Contribution ☆

You made this happen and in recognition, You will receive a colourful and informative gift pack by post.

This includes a personalised certificate, information about the project you supported and a letter from World Land Trust thanking you for Your support.

More information? Head to our Eco Rewards Programme page.


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Your Bookings Save Rainforest

Earn Eco-Rewards that fund the purchase of biologically important threatened rainforests around the world.

We partner with the World Land Trust to make this happen and you, our customers, will receive a personalised certificate in recognition of the land you have helped to save.

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