Great Barrier Reef2018-04-06T03:09:10+00:00

GREAT BARRIER REEF

EXPLORE
Sample itinerary

CRUISE AND EXPLORE THE GREAT BARRIER REEF

STUNNING CORAL REEFS

The Great Barrier Reef stretches over 2,300 kilometres from Tropical North Queensland in the North, right down to Bundaberg in the South. With breathtaking coral reefs, brilliant marine life and majestic blue water as far as the eye can see, the Great Barrier Reef is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed.

Covering over 344,000 square kilometres, the sheer size and grandeur of the reef resulted in it being listed as one of the original Eight Wonders of the World. The Great Barrier Reef is the first coral reef to be awarded World Heritage Status.

The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. The Queensland National Trust named it a state icon of Queensland.

EXPLORE THE AREA

  • Access the reef easily from Port Douglas, Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Seventeen Seventy and Bundaberg.
  • Find Nemo and all of his friends including over 30 species of whales and dolphins, 1,625 species of fish, 33 species of sharks and rays and 600types of hard and soft coral.
  • Island hop through The Whitsundayǯs or the Capricorn Islands or stay right on the reef at Heron Island or Lady Elliot Island.
  • Dive a world-renowned dive site like “The Cod Hole” off Lizard Island, Osprey Reef in the far north, Heron Bommie near Heron Island or the S.S. Yongala off Townsville.
  • Snorkel your way around Fitzroy Island, Green Island, Magnetic Island or the Low Isles off Port Douglas. This area is a diverǯs dream, with some of the worldǯs most pristine sites, ripe for exploring.
  • Get on a boat and sail, cruise, bare boat, or charter an expedition through paradise.

FLEXIBLE CHARTER OPTIONS

Charter options are flexible, whether you are planning your next luxury adventure charter or corporate gathering, we can customise your itinerary. CORROBOREE I‘s impressive leisure and entertainment facilities make her the ideal charter yacht for socialising and entertaining with family and friends.

DAY 1 CAIRNS – LOW ISLES

Join CORROBOREE I on the Great Barrier Reef in the cosmopolitan city of Carins, and set a course for north towards the exciting adventure that awaits. First stop is the Low Isles, some 35 nautical miles from Cairns, at the marine state park where you will enjoy lunch at anchor before putting on a snorkel and swimming with the local population of sea turtles at the end of the reef. A trip ashore and a walk along the nature trail takes you to the island’s lighthouse, from which you can enjoy a sundowner with views of the Tableland Mountains of the mainland on the horizon.

DAY 2 OPAL REEF

Head to the protected Opal Reef for the first taste of the ‘outer’ Great Barrier Reef, which is home to an extraordinary abundance of tropical sea life. Whether you are snorkelling or scuba diving, you will be richly rewarded. In the afternoon, head out in the tender for some sport fishing or simply unwind on board and enjoy the peaceful anchorage, as you are protected from the Coral Sea by the outer reef.

DAY 3 RIBBON REEFS

Making your way into the Great Barrier Reef, the first stop is the Ribbon Reefs, which offer fantastic diving sites like the pinnacle at Steve’s Bommie, home to hard and soft corals as well as many pelagic fish species. Snorkellers will be enchanted by the coral heads in the protected lagoon. After a fresh fish lunch on board, the scuba divers in your group will head to Ribbon Reef No. 5, or Andy’s Postcard, for another memorable dive. Those left on board can grab a pair of binoculars and look out for the migrating minke whales that pass by – sometimes just metres from the yacht – in June and July. Put on your snorkel and mask and swim next to these majestic sea mammals.

DAY 4 DIVING DAY

Another day, another world-class diving or snorkelling opportunity. Spend the day in the water at Pixie’s Pinnacle, Dynamite Pass and Cod Hole, with lunch on board between dives. As evening draws in, the yacht will set a course for Lizard Island where it will anchor in Watson’s Bay for dinner under the star-packed sky.

DAY 5 LIZARD ISLAND

After breakfast on board and an early morning swim, head ashore in the tender for a walk up to Cook’s Lookout, the highest point on Lizard Island, and then on to the ‘Blue Lagoon’ on the other side of the island where you will enjoy a delicious picnic lunch set up by the crew. After lunch, have a little snorkel in the sheltered bay’s clam gardens or play some beach games, before heading back out on a deep sea fishing trip or a visit to the ‘snake pit’ dive site. After a busy day, enjoy a fun themed dinner on board before the yacht weighs anchor and sets off towards Stanley Island in the Flinders Group, the northernmost point of your charter in the Great Barrier Reef.

DAY 6 STOKES BAY & BATHURST HEAD

A trip ashore at Stokes Bay will reveal the remarkable aboriginal cave paintings in the national park. Explore the local flora and fauna before cruising on to Bathurst Head in Prince Charlotte Bay in time for lunch and an afternoon snorkel or fishing for barramundi in the Normanby River.

DAY 7 COOKTOWN

On the return leg of the trip south, stop in at Cooktown, famous landfall of Captain Cook, in the late morning. From here you can take a 4-wheel drive inland to the Wet Tropics of Queensland, a tropical rainforest with huge ferns and trees, marsupials and singing birds. Return to your yacht for a delicious meal of fresh fish and lobster cooked by the chef.

DAY 8 ESCAPE REEF

Time to get back in the water! The snorkelling and scuba diving around Escape Reef is truly remarkable, and a little afternoon fishing will no doubt provide fun as well as the ingredients for a delicious dinner.

DAY 9 PORT DOUGLAS

After breakfast and an early morning swim, a visit ashore at the Mackay Sand Cay to the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park rainforest is a must. Marvel at the indigenous bird species and the beautiful tropical plants. Moving on to Port Douglas, there is a choice of excellent restaurants for a late lunch in this fashionable port, as well as shopping, an excellent day spa and golf course. Slip the dock lines before sunset and enjoy an evening cruise to a quiet anchorage from which you can enjoy the final night of your magical Great Barrier Reef yacht charter. The crew may put together a fun themed night to celebrate.

DAY 10 PALM COVE & CAIRNS

On your final day, head south to Cairns by way of Palm Cove and enjoy a little retail therapy or a walk by the beach, before you return to the Cairns Marlin Marina and bid farewell to your crew and yacht.

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