Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

Sailing in Australia offers some of the best life-changing yacht charter experiences to be had on Earth. From the stunning Sydney Harbour to the tropical Queensland waters, visiting the Land Down Under on board a luxury catamaran or sailing yacht will leave you with memories that last a lifetime. But where should you go?

We’ve found 7 of the most beautiful destinations, whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, to help make your decision easier!

Sunshine Coast

Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

Located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Noosa is a must-see spot when visiting Australia. With a lively marina, world-class fishing and sailing, great beaches, stunning coastal drives and cafes scattered throughout; you won’t run out of things to do.

There are plenty of Sydney yacht hire companies who provide boat tours around Noosa which gives you an opportunity to see one of Australia’s most beautiful regions from sea level. It also provides an opportunity to stop off at some picturesque coves if you decide to take it easy for a day or two.

Gold Coast

Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

The Gold Coast offers a unique yacht charter experience. With over 100 sunny days a year, there are plenty of opportunities to sail around Queensland’s south-east coast. There are dozens of sailable rivers, ports and marinas – you can take your boat right into urban centers.

Whatever kind of vessel you want to charter, there’s something on offer on The Gold Coast – yachts, catamarans, dinghies and even fishing boats. If you want to combine your sailing holiday with some tourism and great nightlife attractions, The Gold Coast is a good place to start.

Brisbane River

Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

Sailing around Australia is a great way to explore its vast coastline, with many regions still relatively unexplored. One of our favorite sailing destinations is Brisbane River, home to many unique attractions such as historical buildings, parks and art galleries. A highlight of any visit to Brisbane River should be taking a ride on a river ferry.

Cruise along Australia’s longest river in an open-air top deck or cozy cabin cruiser; either way you can’t go wrong! If you have some extra time, take a day trip from Brisbane River to one of Queensland’s world-famous islands including Moreton Island National Park or Stradbroke Island. If it’s your first time visiting Brisbane River we recommend hiring a yacht from Sydney Yacht Hire and sailing up from Sydney Harbour.

Harbour Town/Port Douglas/Cairns

Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

Harbour Town, Port Douglas and Cairns are among Australia’s top destinations. It is not a surprise that all three of these cities, which are situated on Australia’s north coast are popular with tourists who want to sail on Australia’s renowned Great Barrier Reef. This is especially true when it comes to chartering boats in Australia during peak season. These holidays offer plenty of excitement, action and adventure while you find yourself surrounded by pristine beaches and tropical lagoons.

In addition to wonderful sailing conditions, these areas also offer many activities including swimming at gorgeous white sand beaches or hiking along breathtaking nature trails.

Sydney (includes Manly, Watsons Bay, Sydney Harbour)

Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

Sydney is one of Australia’s most famous cities, perhaps because it serves as a gateway to other famous destinations around Australia. Sydney Harbour is arguably one of the most beautiful in all of Australia, filled with iconic landmarks like The Sydney Opera House, The Royal Botanic Gardens, and Taronga Zoo. All three are great destinations for sailing enthusiasts looking to get a closer look at some exotic wildlife on their yacht holiday.

Travelers can also enjoy some time shopping in Queen Victoria Building or dining out at one of many seaside restaurants overlooking Sydney Harbour. Manly Beach is another great spot if you’re looking to spend some time relaxing on your yacht holiday in Sydney.

New South Wales Far North Coast (includes Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie)

Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

Not only does Port Stephens offer some of the most breathtaking views, you can also choose to have a relaxing time cruising around on your yacht. With several places to moor your yacht, there is no shortage of choices as to where you can set up camp.

When it comes to sailing around Australia, Port Stephens is an ideal spot if you are looking for something with great natural beauty while also being able to do so while taking in fresh air. Another fantastic thing about New South Wales’ Far North Coast is that it offers something unique with just a bit of a difference compared to other parts of New South Wales and Australia.

Newcastle (includes Gosford, Lake Macquarie)

Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays
Sailing in Australia: Top 7 Destinations for Yacht Holidays

Newcastle is located just three hours from Sydney and there are a number of yachting clubs around Newcastle. While yachts can also be anchored off shore, most choose to tie up at one of Newcastle’s many marinas which offer good protection from southerly winds.

While Newcastle’s large industrial port means that it is not an ideal location for small boats or quiet holidays, it does make Newcastle an excellent place to explore on a yacht. Gosford (includes Lake Macquarie): Located two hours north of Sydney, Gosford boasts wonderful sailing conditions with easy access to nearby beaches such as Murrays Beach, Avoca Beach and The Basin.

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