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About Fraser Escapes Bareboat Yacht Charters

Fraser Escape is a family-owned business that has operated from Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Strait Marina for more than seven years. Our cruising area encompasses an area much more vast than Whitsunday bareboat charters and much more sheltered and serene than many rent-a-yacht destinations around the world.

Our mission is to provide our discerning clientele with outstanding, reliable service and world-class chartered yacht and cruiser holidays in one of the world’s most idyllic maritime destinations.

We offer our clients the unique opportunity to sail or cruise the pristine waterways of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, where sightings of sea turtles, dugongs and dolphins are a daily occurrence. From July to November, your vessel is your own private viewing platform, where you can watch the magnificent humpback whales frolic in Hervey Bay with their calves.

Many of our astute clientele have chartered vessels from charter companies around the world, including the popular Whitsunday yacht charters, and they all agree, the incomparable experience afforded by Fraser Escape, the peaceful solitude of the destination, the natural beauty of the waterways, the superior vessels in our fleet and the experienced professionalism of our staff, make us their first choice for charter holidays.

Meet the team

Steve Robson, the Director and Operations Manager, has over 40 years experience in boating and boat building (Phoenix Cruisers), and more than 30 years knowledge of the Fraser Coast waterways as the former owner and operator of other local charter operations. Steve’s key role, other than overseeing boat maintenance and improvements, is literally showing our charters ‘the ropes’, conducting all briefings of the vessels operations and safety and ensuring that our charter’s enjoy their time out on the water.

Reservations Manager Ashlea Robson has been taking care of charterers for more than three years. Ashlea can share her expert knowledge about what to bring, food, supplies and logistics, and can answer any questions you may have pertaining to your charter. Ashlea is also hands-on in the day-to-day running of operations and is our main point of contact when you charter with us.

Assistant Operations Manager, Keira Robson BBus (Marketing), manages marketing, marina staff and administration for Fraser Escape and has been taking care of charters for more than 8 years. Whilst working mostly behind the scenes these days, Keira loves to get out of the office and head down to the marina to share in the excitement of our charter’s holiday whenever possible.

Maintenance man Rohan Skennerton (Keira’s partner in crime) is another friendly face down at the marina, who looks after some of the repairs and upkeep of the vessels to ensure they run smoothly for our charter’s trip. A keen boating enthusiast, Rohan loves to get out on the water as much as possible and occasionally conducts extended briefs and sail training.

Skipper Yourself

You don’t require a licence to charter one of our cruisers. We brief you completely before you set out and are on hand to help you with all aspects of skippering during your time with us.

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Sailing the Fraser Coast

The Fraser Coast is only 3 hours drive north of Brisbane, while Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Qantas have direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne into Fraser Coast airport, just 5 minutes from our Hervey Bay marina.

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Charter Rates

We have a wide range of cruisers available for an unforgettable sailing holiday from $83 per person per night.

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Whale Season

The sheltered waters of Hervey Bay offer a unique opportunity to see the magnificent humpback whales and their calves taking a ‘breather’ from July to October each year on their annual migration south after calving in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

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