We want our next Queensland holiday to be on a superyacht
They’re the floating playgrounds of the rich and famous but slipping into the superyacht world is easier than you might think. That sophisticated world of privacy, luxury, style and exclusivity can be yours for a few days, or weeks, as you cruise aboard one of the sleek vessels that ply the waters of the Queensland coast.
Whether you have your sights set on the calm waterways of the Gold Coast, the turquoise blue waters of the Whitsundays or the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns or Port Douglas, a superyacht getaway assures an unforgettable experience and top-class service.
Apart from luxe interiors – think fresh flowers, gleaming mahogany, chilled champagne, gourmet meals, and butler service – superyachts also offer the chance to reach remote waters that ensure privacy or to spend time ashore checking out the best restaurants and shopping your destination offers.
Queensland is the perfect place to take a superyacht holiday, with 10 dedicated marinas at the Gold Coast, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas providing many options as Australia’s superyacht industry welcomes new vessels to meet growing demand.
Discover the (One)world
The newest superyacht on the Australian charter scene is the $10 million 31.5 metre Oneworld, owned by former hotelier and racing car driver, Rod Salmon, who says the vessel offers “six-star luxury Mediterranean-style service” for up to 12 live-aboard guests. Oneworld was the star of the show at the 2018 Australian Superyacht Rendezvous at the Gold Coast City Marina and Shipyard this year, and operates in the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef between August and October.
Salmon describes Oneworld as “the ultimate travelling private resort and on-water events venue, with second-to-none service including full concierge, strictest client confidentiality, tailored itineraries or events, silver service dining and luxury guest benefits including hot towels, nightly turn-down service, welcome drinks, personalised letters and more”.
Captain Matt Baily heads Oneworld’s five full-time crew (a chef is on board for overnight charters) and extra staff are employed for large charter events. Rates start at $2800 per hour or $49,000 (plus provisioning) for opulent three-night escapes.
Oneworld is just one of the superyachts – between 24 and 50 metres – that cruise Australian waters, each with its own “toys” including tenders, jet skis, jacuzzis, and sometimes a helicopter. And nothing is too much to ask for, right down to services like your own onboard yoga instructor – for a price, of course!
Fly to the Flying Fish
One of the few superyachts for charter in Australia with helipad facilities is Flying Fish, based at Queensland’s northernmost marina, Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, at Port Douglas. With accommodation for eight guests, Flying Fish’s helipad allows guests to transfer to or from the vessel while at sea or have friends join you mid-journey.
Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina has 135 berths, welcoming vessels of up to 50 metres, and is the gateway for exploring the northern Great Barrier Reef, the wonders of the Coral Sea, the Daintree rainforest, and local Indigenous culture. Owned by Crystalbrook Collection, it is also home to the 27-metre superyacht Bahama, which provides exclusive charters throughout the spectacular reaches of the northern Great Barrier Reef, offering tailor-made itineraries that can include snorkelling, diving, island-hopping, whale watching and fishing.
Sipping spritzes on superyacht Silentworld
One of Australia’s most popular charter yachts, the 40-metre Silentworld cruises the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef in November and December, often working in partnership with private jet company Adagold Aviation to create exclusive travel itineraries for clients.
Another north Queensland option is Mustique, which accommodates up to 12 guests in six staterooms (oh, and the master stateroom has a jacuzzi). Based at Yorkeys Knob, north of Cairns, Mustique is set up for fishing, diving, snorkelling, kayaking and other water sports and activities and is ideal for remote exploration. You can work with the captain to design a custom itinerary taking in anywhere from the Whitsundays to the top of Cape York.
Ohhh, it’s so GC baby
On the Gold Coast, Atlantic Princess is a classic luxury 26-metre superyacht with overnight accommodation for eight guests in three staterooms, each with their own ensuite. Atlantic Princess is popular for cruising the waterways of the Gold Coast and Moreton Bay in luxury and comfort but is also able to cater for a wide range of preferences that may include two or more weeks’ liveaboard adventure in deeper seas.
How to choose your superyacht or destination? Specialist brokers and booking agents Ocean Alliance and Bray Management have comprehensive details on vessels and charter itineraries to help make it easy.
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