Blue water charters with Escape Yacht Charters

Imagine the possibilities, cruising within the greatest of all the seven natural wonders of the world – the Great Barrier Reef.

Departing Fraser Escape base at Urangan Boat Harbour (Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast), sail to Lady Musgrave, a 14-hectare uninhabited coral cay with over 1,000 hectares of surrounding reef and an azure lagoon to dive, swim, snorkel, fish and explore.

How does relaxing alongside a coconut palm-fringed anchorage at Middle Percy Island sound? Strolling the shimmering beach at sunrise and taking a dip in the crystal clear waters. Check out the memorabilia shack at West Beach, where for decades, passing boaties have left a little ‘treasure’ for others to find. You might leave some of your own.

Is fishing Swains Reef on your bucket list? This massive reef system off the central Queensland Coast is a revered location for reef and pelagic fishing.

Maybe your itinerary takes you to Great Keppel Island, for reprovisioning or a crew change perhaps?

Head north to the myriad of islands, cays, beaches, inlets up to the Whitsundays group of islands, where you’ll have your own perfect floating base from which to explore this aquatic wonderland.

Anchor up at a deserted island. Dive, swim, snorkel, fish, relax, beach walk, snooze or explore the beautiful Coral Sea under the infamous Queensland sunshine. Get that barby going.

If this sounds like your boating dream, but definitely outside the limits of your recreational tinnie or runabout experience, talk to the Escape team to discuss your eligibility to embark on a Great Barrier Reef blue water cruising adventure.

Of course, some previous experience is required but if you’re a practical and confident person with some experience up your sleeve or have a crew member that has the confidence and/or experience, Escape Yacht Charters would like to hear from you.

If you need a guide or skipper to brush-up on your competence, the Escape team can help with that too. Escape can also provide anaccredited sail training instructor so learning the ropes becomes part of the adventure.

Get your Inshore Skippers certificate or go on to obtain your Yachtmaster Coastal Skipper certificate. Escape can get you all the way to your Yachtmaster Open Ocean certification. All this while you are navigating the wondrous Great Barrier Reef with your family and friends.

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Your blue water charter vessel

Choose from an impressive range of 4C/2C surveyed sailing catamarans and motor cruisers approved for Coastal Cruising to 50 nautical miles off the Queensland Coast. See here the existing and arriving fleet vessels: Ying Yang, Sea Life, Saba (Salina 48) or power with Margaritaville.

Escape Yacht Charters recommends a minimum seven day charter to sail to Lady Musgrave and return to base but you can cruise for a week, a month, three months or even longer if you wish.

Pick-up and delivery of your vessel to any port in Queensland can be quoted and arranged. For example, sail from Hervey Bay to Cairns and the Escape team will collect your vessel in Cairns.

Costs will be determined by the length of charter and whether you require a guide, skipper or an accredited instructor.

Direct flights to Fraser Coast Airport are available from most capital cities in Australia.

Try before you buy

If you are thinking about buying your own boat, a blue water charter with Escape Yacht Charters can help you acquire the skills you need to identify the right boat, plan passages, navigate, read the weather, wind, and confidently skipper your own vessel.

It is also an opportunity to really consider whether becoming a boat owner is right for you and/or your partner or family.

If your retirement plans include owing your own boat, Escape team can provide the invaluable training you need with an accredited trainer in the lead-up to your experience.

Expert guidance and tuition will ensure you have the skills required to head offshore with confidence, and the knowledge and ability to safely and assuredly navigate your intentions.

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 Watching

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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