Pirates of the Caribbean

How to have a Disney ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ adventure on Queensland’s high seas

Ahoy! Grab your first mates and deckhands and treat them to a night on land to watch Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Spoiler alert: You’ll see lots of Queensland. That’s right! The movie was filmed across Queensland’s coast, including the Whitsundays. Ahem, or should that be ‘The Caribbean’?

Alongside the likes of Johnny, Javier, Orlando, and Geoffrey (our hometown hero!), the movie also features upcoming actor Brenton Thwaites as Will Turner’s son. #NewAussieHeartthrob

If you want to experience the #PiratesLife, here’s how you can have yourself a real-life swashbuckling adventure in Queensland.


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*Well, not really.

Just as Jack Sparrow acquires the Interceptor in Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, you too will need to acquire your own ship and a loyal crew.

Forget The Black Pearl, Queensland has its own sailing vessels that ooze the magic of a bygone era.

Try the Solway Lass, a 1902 Dutch-built classic tall ship, or the Derwent Hunter, an elegant 1946 Australian-built vessel, and ply the waters of the Whitsundays dropping anchor at some of the best known treasures of Queensland like the Great Barrier Reef and TripAdvisor’s 2017 Traveller’s Choice Awards Best Australian Beach; Whitehaven Beach.


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*Or sunken treasure.

Take a deep dive off the coast of Townsville to discover the SS Yongala shipwreck. You won’t find gold bullion here, but you will find a three-metre thick wall of precious marine life wriggling around the wreck of the 1903 steamer. Sunk in 1911, the Yongala is hailed as one of the best dive sites in the world and home to feeding turtles, rays, giant gropers, clown fish and thousands and thousands of colourful fish.

Closer to Cairns lies the Lady Bowen, an elegant old girl who met her fate in 1894 when she crashed into a shoal just off Dunk Island.


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Or did the Brethren Court mean the Great Eight?

In Queensland, the Great Eight is our answer to an African safari’s Big Five. They’re the most stunning marine creatures you can find on the Great Barrier Reef and around Queensland’s Islands.

These beauties are; the clownfish, giant clams, manta rays, the Maori wrasse, potato cod, sharks, turtles and whales! And, you can make it your mission to see them all. From Magnetic Island to the Tangalooma Wrecks on Moreton Island, you’ll be able to find most of the Great Eight all year round.


The sea contains many mysteries, like mermaids. We have those in Queensland, however, they don’t sing and instead of calling them mermaids, we call them dugongs.

In fact, the myth of mermaids was derived from ancient seamen tales when female-deprived sailors mistakenly took dugong sightings for something more human-like.

Today you can find dugongs grazing along seaweed patches off Dugong Beach on Whitsunday Island, near Claireview in Mackay and further south in the protected waters of Pumicestone Passage in the Bribie Island Recreation Area.


In the upcoming Disney film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Jack Sparrow’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon.

A sailor needs to be well-fed so that they can batten down the hatches and battle strong winds and high seas. So, when you need a wholehearted meal, dock into Port Douglas and get some food on your trident (a.k.a fork).

The Reef Marina in Port Douglas offers ocean views and delicious meals. And to wet your palate, try the micro Hemingway’s Brewery and enjoy handcrafted beers.