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Great Barrier Reef - Gold Coast to Cairns



15 - 23

Apr 2022

Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, consisting of 2900 individual reefs spanning 14 degrees of latitude and stretching 2100 kilometres from north to south. We cruise through the reef over 10 nights in comfort and luxury, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. Highlights of this voyage include a scenic seaplane flight over heart reef and a visit to the stunning Whitehaven Beach.

Day 1

Gold Coast

Passengers who arrive in the Gold Coast on early flights or have an early hotel check-out may drop their bags at the yacht by 10am and may explore the area until we are boarding from 2pm. Freshen up and be on deck when we sail at 3pm. Our welcome dinner is served as we become acquainted while sailing to Fraser Island.

Day 2

Fraser Island

Fraser Island is one of the world’s most unusual islands. Not only is it the largest sand island in the world, being 120 kilometres long and 20 kilometres wide, but it’s the only place on Earth where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes. It also has half the world’s perched lakes, being lakes formed when depressions in dunes fill permanently with rainwater. Also home to the most pure strain of dingoes remaining in eastern Australia. The island has superb scenery, with massive shifting sand blows and superb swimming spots. No visit to the island is complete without a long leisurely float in Eli Creek, a clear freshwater creek. You can walk along its boardwalk then float with the current about a kilometre to the beach. Champagne Pools, where the surf crashes over a series of rock walls into a calm but bubbly rock pool below the headland on the northern tip of the island, is another top spot to cool off after walking the miles of dune trails on this very special nature island.

Day 3

Swain Reefs National Park

This reef complex has over 250 reefs with more than 25 cays. The reefs range in size from a few hundred metres to 20 kilometres in length. The reefs are rich in sea life while the cays are important as seabird rookeries and nesting areas. It is usual to see trout, cod and whitetip reef sharks in the gutters. Angelfish, butterfly, damsels, surgeonfish wrasse and parrotfish are commonplace. Snorkel, swim and kayak to your hearts content in this enormous reef system. We sail during dinner for Percy Islands.


Day 4

Percy Islands

This morning we wake up in the Percy Islands. These pristine islands were named in September 1802 by Captain Matthew Flinders, commander of the British sloop HMS Investigator, are uninhabited and protected by National and Conservation Park status. Head out in the zodiacs to explore the bays and beautiful beaches.

Days 5 and 6

The Whitsundays

In the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, this group of 74 tropical islands are highly regarded as a holiday haven. Days are filled with kayaking, paddling a stand-up board, a stroll on the white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, and snorkelling over the reef. A highlight of your voyage will be the scenic seaplane flight from Whitehaven Beach over the spectacular heart reef. This will be a dream come true for many. We will experience selected parts of the Whitsundays Ngaro Sea Trail, this journey allows walks through some of the most magical sites as we weave our way through Haslewood Island, Whitsunday Island, South Mole and Hook Islands. Along the way, there are opportunities to sight the native flora and fauna and really appreciate the beautiful view of the islands and aqua coloured Coral Sea.

Day 7

Orpheus/Palm Island

At Orpheus Island, in conjunction with James Cook University, marine scientists are busy working to preserve the Great Barrier Reef system. We anchor in Pioneer Bay and have an overview of their activity before continuing onto Havannah Island. Uninhabited, here spend the afternoon in the zodiac boats sightseeing, swimming in clear waters, snorkelling the reefs and beachcombing the white sands. Dinner is served from 7pm as we cruise towards Fitzroy Island.

Day 8

Fitzroy Island/Sudbury Reef

Wake to the tropical island backdrop that is Fitzroy. Breakfast on the aft deck and a refreshing swim are a great way to start the day. The crew will be on-hand to introduce you to the island environment. Fitzroy is a continental island 4 square km in size while 97% of the island is National Park, covered in tropical rainforest and accessible via an established network of clearly marked walking tracks. The gentle, hilly terrain inland makes for great walking throughout the whole island, including to the two main beaches, Welcome Bay and Nudey Beach, the Summit the highest vantage point on the island and the historic lighthouse at the Eastern end. The island is a major sponsor of the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre; to ensure sick and injured sea turtles are able to recuperate in clean waters of Welcome Bay. During lunch we lift anchor and sail to Sudbury Reef.

Day 9


Our incredible, memory-filled journey through the Great Barrier Reef concludes in Cairns this morning at 9:00am. We serve breakfast alfresco as we sail into Perth and it is now time to say goodbye to your new friends, captain, and crew onboard Island Escape. We look forward to seeing you onboard soon for another adventure in the near future.

Due to the nature of the areas where we are cruising, there may be alterations to activities and timings at the Captain’s discretion.