Whitsunday Wanderings - Sail, Hike, Explore
Airlie Beach Queensland - Thu 4th May 2023

Max Participants:
Airlie Beach Queensland
Thu 4th May 2023
Start Time:
End Time:
3:00pm approx
6 Days
5 Dinners 5 Breakfasts 4 Lunches
Non-Member Cost:
$2990.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2890.00 per person
Deposit Required:
hiking sailing

This adventure takes you to far north Queensland to spend time exploring our Great Barrier Reef on board a 120-year-old Tallship for a wonderful mix of sailing, hiking and water sports!

There is even the opportunity to be a citizen scientist or an eco-warrior helping to clean up debris from the many beaches you will be stopping at. Get as involved as you like, or sit back and enjoy the wind in your hair, as you sail around the magical islands of the Whitsundays.

The Whitsunday Islands National Park and surrounding waters are located in the protected Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Australia’s first ....and the world’s largest World Heritage Area. Immerse yourself in the exquisite natural habitats as you traverse impressive, age-old walking tracks including the Ngaro Sea Trail. These age-old trails aren’t connected to the mainland, the only way to access the remote island tracks is by water.

This trip includes the Whitsunday highlights of swimming at Whitehaven Beach, walking up Hill Inlet lookout and snorkelling around coral formations located in safe anchorages around the islands. Solway Lass, your very comfortable liveaboard tall ship acts as your floating home. Let her transport you between secluded bays and tropical islands. There is no better way to see the islands than to harness the power of the wind and sail from one location to the next. Get as involved as you want, grab the helm or hoist the sails. Alternatively, sit back and feel the breeze on your face as the wind carries you to your next location. 


N.B. To ensure your safety and comfort, the itinerary may change according to tides, wind and weather conditions. Your skipper will decide the best route and places to stop to ensure you get the most out of your stay in the Whitsundays.



Please note map locations and route are approximate only


● A holiday aboard historic tall ship, Solway Lass - older than the oldest living human

● Sailing & Snorkelling the Whitsundays, with its stunning beaches, azure waters, marine life & coral

● National Park tracks we hike are almost exclusively accessible by boat, making for a unique experience

● Amazing walks and lookouts ... all pack free (carrying only a day pack)

● Learn to Sail Introduction

● Taking part in Citizen Scientist and Marine Debris programs

● Being part of something exciting, inclusive and fun....an Adventurous Women Tour of course!


Today is an arrival day. Arrive any time to the Whitsundays, with complimentary airport pick-ups available from Proserpine Airport to our accommodation at Airlie Beach if required. At 5.00 pm meet your guide and fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

If you have time before dinner, feel free to head to Honeyeater Lookout (unguided). This trail is located at the back of Airlie Beach but is quite steep at the start, so make sure to keep hydrated and bring enough water for a 3-4 hour trek. It is part of the Whitsundays Great Walk and offers fantastic views of the islands we will be exploring over the next few days.

Meals: Dinner

Enjoy breakfast before making our way to the marina to meet the crew of Solway Lass, who will be looking after us on our floating home for the next 4 nights. Time to set sail on our Whitsunday cruise through the islands, surrounded by inquisitive marine life and breathtaking island scenery. Arriving at Cid Harbour and enjoying lunch before being transferred to the island for the Whitsunday Peak walk, the views at the top are worth every step. Climb through diverse vegetation, from rainforest gullies to windblown heaths, and be rewarded with spectacular vistas on the “Roof of the Whitsundays”. After taking in the stunning views and making your way back down to the beach. Back on board in time to watch your first sunset over the Whitsunday Islands, complemented with a welcome platter and complimentary drink as you unwind from your first walk. Dinner under the stars in Cid Harbour which will be your anchorage for the evening.

Hike: Whitsunday Peak 5km or 4 hours / Difficult.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy your morning coffee and breakfast on board as we set sail to South Whitehaven Beach where we’ll walk to or from Chance Bay (depending on tides). Escape the sun and follow this track through some of Whitsunday Island’s more secluded forests to the peaceful Chance Bay.

We then head to Whitehaven Beach South, you can grab a SUP or go beachcombing and volunteer to be a part of the marine debris clean-up program. Back on board to refuel with a hearty lunch before we set sail over to Chalkies Beach on Haselwood Island for a short walk up to a lookout. Here we will have plenty of time for our first snorkel - this area is teeming with colourful tropical fish and coral and sea turtles. Up anchor once again heading for Tongue Bay and Hill Inlet lookout - with its spectacular views over Hill Inlet’s turquoise waters and white sweeping sands, this is a highly significant area to the Ngaro people and most people’s highlight of their trip to the Whitsundays.

We sail north for tonight's anchorage in Hook Passage.

Hike: Chance Bay 3.5km or 1.5hr / Moderate; and Hill Inlet Lookout 1.3km or 40mins / Easy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast on the top deck surrounded by the Whitsunday Islands, we then prepare for the Whitsunday Cairn walk, a four-hour walk rewarded with stunning views of the 74 islands that make up the Whitsundays. After lunch on board, we sail over to Hook Island to a magical inlet called

Nara Inlet. Enjoy a leisurely walk up to the Ngaro ancient sea caves where to this day you can view ancient paintings before sailing to the other side of Hook Island to our overnight anchorage - Stonehaven.

Hike: Whitsunday Cairn 4km or 3.5hrs / Difficult.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After an early breakfast on the top deck surrounded by the Whitsunday Islands, we prepare for a snorkel safari with a few locations to choose from depending on the day’s conditions. Locations could include Cockatoo Point and Mantaray Bay.

Enjoy lunch before we head over to Langford Island, near Hayman Island in the northern Whitsundays, which is a popular spot with snorkellers. Langford Island is relatively small but features a long sand spit that all but disappears at high tide. This is an excellent spot for a short walk, sunbathing, swimming, paddleboarding and snorkelling. Langford Island is an ideal place to be a part of the citizen scientist program - Eye on the Reef or Coral Watch.

How do you spend the last sunset in the Whitsundays? Sunset drinks on a private beach as you watch the sunset over the islands for the last time. Back to Solway Lass to set sail for South Molle Island for tonight's last anchorage.

Walk: Langford Sandbar and Lookout 300m or 30min / Easy (Snorkel & Eye on the Reef Day)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we start our day by enjoying a hearty breakfast on the top deck while sailing to South Molle Island for our last hike. Here, we go for a hike to Spion Kop Lookout and back. Offering spectacular views, this track traverses rainforest, grassland and open eucalypt forest to lookouts over the resort and Whitsunday Passage. This track also passes an ancient Ngaro stone quarry, an area of shattered rock high on the hillside and spilling toward the sea. The track is relatively flat and easy, and generally smooth.

Hike: Spion Kop 4.7 km or 3hrs / Moderate Options to Balancing Rock 0.35km or 12 mins

After morning tea on board, we head back to Airlie Beach around 11:30 pm, with plenty of time to connect with your afternoon flight. N.B. Please do not book any flights before 2:30pm.

Meals: Breakfast


1 Night Twin Share Comfortable Motel Style Accommodation at Airlie Beach

Complimentary return airport transfers from PPP airport to your accommodation

Hotel Transfer to the marina

Private Charter for AW Group - NO overcrowded cabins (MAXIMUM of 2 ladies in each)

Use of Solway Lass Tall Ship and her tenders

5 Local Experience Ship Crew

Guided Hikes as Per the Itinerary

Adventurous Women Host/s

Welcome Dinner at Airlie Beach

All freshly prepared meals as indicated in the itinerary, plus pre-dinner snacks, chilled filtered tap water, tea & coffee

Welcome sunset drink aboard the Solway Lass

Free water activities: snorkelling, Stand Up Paddle Boards, Tarzan Rope

Snorkelling tuition - equipment & stinger suit

Introduction to Sailing

Linen including bath towels

Marine and national park fees and marina Levies

Post Departure - Transfers from the marina to PPP Airport

5 Dinners

5 Breakfasts

4 Lunches


Drinks on board the Solway Lass - no BYO as it is licensed (drinks very reasonably priced, can provide bar menu example if required)

Flights to/from Airlie Beach to meet the tour

Travel Insurance (recommended)


Everyone will have their own bed in the cabin or motel, however there are a couple of different configuration options for you to choose from depending upon your preference.  If you are travelling solo and are happy to twin share, which many of our guests do, your name will be placed in a draw to allocate your room buddy.

Motel rooms contain two single beds and are fully self contained with own bathroom and toilet.  Cabins configurations are below and will be allocated upon preference stated when booking.  All cabins except for the two ensuited ones (8 and 9) do not have their own toilets or bathrooms.  Shared group toilet / bathroom facilities are available for the group's use  - AW is the only group, this is a private departure.



OPTION 1 (5 AVAILABLE) - $2890pp member/ $2990pp non member - SOLD OUT

Twin Share Motel Room and Twin Share Cabin

OPTION 2 (ONLY TWO ENSUITE CABINS AVAILABLE)  - $3090pp member / $3190pp non member - SOLD OUT

Twin Share Motel Room and Twin Share Ensuite Cabin 8 SOLD

Twin Share Motel Room and Twin Share Ensuite Cabin 9 SOLD

OPTION 3 (ONLY 2 SINGLE MOTEL ROOM & CABINS AVAILABLE) - $3250pp member / $3350pp non member - SOLD OUT

Single Ensuited Motel Room & Single Cabin (shared group bathroom / toilet)  SOLD OUT

solway lass boat configuration


Private Charter for AW Group - NO overcrowded cabins (MAXIMUM of 2 ladies in each):

Cabin #1 - Private Single (shared bathroom/Toilet)  SOLD 

Cabin #2 - 2 Singles SOLD

Cabin #3 - 2 Singles SOLD

Cabin #4 - 2 Singles SOLD

Cabin #5 - 2 Singles (can put another 1 or 2 in here if a group of 4 prefer to be together) SOLD

Cabin #6 - Private Single (shared bathroom/toilet) SOLD

Cabin #7 - 2 Singles (sharing bathroom/toilet)  SOLD

Cabin #8 - 2 Singles (sharing ensuited bathroom/toilet)  SOLD

Cabin #9 - 2 Singles (sharing ensuited bathroom/toilet)  SOLD

Cabin #10 - 2 Singles (Bunk) - AW HOSTS

What To Bring/Wear

- Pre-departure information will be provided in advance to help you plan and prepare

More Information

This is an active holiday and includes some fabulous walking, swimming and  snorkelling opportunities, however if you are happy to sit and read a book on the deck, eat, drink and be happy ... (not a walker), then that's ok too - it's your holiday and we cater for everybody.  You will however need to be mobile without assistance.


No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience' (Once in a Lifetime)! You should be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, as the itinerary could change should weather and tide conditions deem our route on any given day to be unsafe.  You are also living on board a tall ship in cabins / shared bathrooms, so please don't expect luxury - yes clean and tidy, however not luxury!   Good news is that this is a private charter just for Adventurous Women meaning that you're not sharing with anyone else other than our group!

You will also need to be mobile without assistance - We are hiking as part of this tour - these walks can be achieved by anyone with a general level of fitness, but again mobility is the key, as with all of our tours.

Cancellation & Refunds

This is a Private Charter Tour and as such you are bound by the Booking Terms and Cancellations of our Third Party Tour Operator, Explorer Whitsundays as per the following conditions:

Booking will be confirmed on payment of deposit

Balance payments are to be made in full 45 days before commencement of tour

• Cancellations more than 60 days before departure result in a loss of 50% of the deposit.

• Cancellations 30 to 60 days before departure result in loss of deposit.

• Cancellation within 30 days of departure date will result in forfeit of Full price

No refund is available after departure of a walk or tour has commenced.


We RECOMMEND ALL GUESTS have Travel Insurance which covers cancellation for a variety of reasons, including Pre-trip COVID cancellation cover. Cancellation due to contracting COVID or as a close contact will now no longer be considered a valid reason to cancel or postpone a trip and receive any refund.


The Operator strongly recommends that guests have travel insurance to:

• cover valuable items (e.g. Cameras, Luggage)

• protect against unforeseen flight or coach cancellations, road closures or late arrival into Airlie Beach for any reason which subsequently leads to missing the scheduled departure time,

• cover medical conditions that may occur during carriage, and the associated extra costs of accessing medical care around the islands, including returning to port or emergency air evacuation.

• cover against an emergency where you need to return to port urgently, e.g. a family member becomes very ill,

• cover against full ticket refunds, including the agent commissions component

• Please ensure that you understand the details of the cover included for the Travel Insurance to ensure that it covers the above for your peace of mind.

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