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Australia

14 days Luxury Yacht Charter Experience

A continent like no other, Australia has something for everyone.

The varied coastline of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef is an ideal destination for the adventurous charterer. The bright lights of the cities combined with tropical islands provide a vibrant backdrop for an alternative cruise in the southern hemisphere.

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Cairns to Double Island
Day 1

Dotted along the east coast of Australia are some of the country's most cosmopolitan cities, such as Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns. The latter is an excellent place to embark on a charter to the Great Barrier Reef. If you have time ashore before commencing your trip, we suggest skimming the treetops of the rainforest on the Skyrail Cableway, which crosses a section of the Barron Gorge National Park.

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Australia - Double Island to Escape Reef - Luxury Charter Itinerary | C&N
Double Island to Escape Reef
Day 2

The privately owned Double Island is the ultimate hideaway destination and the surrounding waters provide a peaceful anchorage. The pretty village of Palm Cove on the mainland is just ten minutes across the water and is where some of the region's best dining establishments can be found. Cruise on to Escape Reef for some spectacular diving along this barrier reef with distinct 'lagoon' and ocean facing sides.

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Australia - Escape Reef to Cooktown - Luxury Charter Itinerary | C&N
Escape Reef to Cooktown
Day 3

One of Australia's most historically significant townships, discover the unique history and Cooktown's colourful past, learning more of Captain James Cook's arrival, on a stroll around the town. A must-do is a visit to Grassy Hill Lookout where you can experience 360-degree views of the countryside and beaches. From here, there is also a gentle hike from the summit to the nearby beach at Cherry Tree Bay.

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Cooktown to Princess Charlotte Bay
Day 4 and 5

Located at the base of the Cape York Peninsula, Princess Charlotte Bay is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and provides some of the most beautiful dive sites to be found along the coast. Renowned for its marine life, Pixie's Pinnacle in the Great Barrier Reef is another superb anchorage.

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Princess Charlotte Bay to Stokes Bay
Day 6

Trace the coastline and spend a few days swimming and snorkelling around the brilliant coral waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Stokes Bay is an idyllic anchorage with some of the world's most spectacular diving, fishing and snorkelling spots.

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Stokes Bay to Lizard Island
Day 7 and 8

Lizard Island is a national park at the northernmost tip of the Great Barrier Reef. The granite island is the largest of four islands that make up the Lizard Island Group which encircle a deep blue lagoon. Step ashore to the exclusive Lizard Island resort and experience the luxurious desert island idyll.

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Australia - Lizard Island to Ribbons Reefs - Luxury Charter Itinerary | C&N
Lizard Island to Ribbons Reefs
Day 9 and 10

Spend the afternoon snorkelling and diving the Ribbon Reefs. The string of narrow reefs are an almost unbroken barrier running parallel to the Queensland coastline and offer a huge range of stunning dive and snorkelling sites. Alternatively, make the most of a day on deck, enjoying the yacht's facilities.

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Australia - Ribbons Reefs to Opal Reef - Luxury Charter Itinerary | C&N
Ribbons Reefs to Opal Reef
Day 11

The waters off Port Douglas boast just as many wonderful coral walls, fish and pinnacles as those previously visited around Cairns. Spend your days relaxing on board and jumping in to dive amongst the kaleidoscopic marine life.

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Opal Reef to Low Isles
Day 12

The idyllic, unspoilt coral island is a secluded beach paradise in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. The wide beach and calm waters are ideal for swimming and snorkelling. There are over 150 species of hard corals to be found here, and a large variety of fish live amongst them including colourful blue, green and purple parrotfish, angelfish, damselfish, clownfish, trevally, rabbitfish, moon wrasse and you might run into the resident turtles too.

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Low Isles to Cairns
Day 13 and 14

Cruise back to Cairns and spend a few days ashore discovering the city's thriving foodie-scene, bustling bars and spectacular nightlife. Just 20 minutes outside of Cairns is the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and the centre gives guests the opportunity to experience authentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, which dates back more than 40,000 years.

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