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Past Customer Testimonials

Our family recently went on a sailing holiday with Fraser Escape Bareboat Charters in Hervey Bay.  It was an amazing experience.  My husband and I used to sail quite a while ago, but we stopped sailing when we had kids.  This was the first time we took the kids out on a sailing boat.  They absolutely loved it!!  We hired a catamaran and it was fantastic, fast and easy to sail.  The kids learnt a lot about sailing on our trip.  The feeling of being back on the water with nature as your source of power was great.

Mandy from Fraser Escape was a great help.  She is an excellent communicator providing us with all the information we needed before the hire, and was so thoughtful and helpful when we were making our bookings, definitely a real pleasure to deal with.

When we met Mandy and Steve on the first day, we felt totally at ease.  We knew they loved the boats and could tell by the way they looked after the vessels.  They are so down to earth and so nice.

The briefing and introduction to the boat was quick, simple and direct.  Mandy and Steve made arrangements so that the kids could get used to being on the boat before we actually sailed away.

We would totally recommend a holiday with Fraser Escape Bareboat Yacht Charters.  Not only are the boats in great condition and the area absolutely lovely to sail around, but Mandy and Steve and the rest of the staff are so nice.  Thanks heaps for everything.  We’d love to go back there for more sailing!

We totally recommend going with Fraser Escape if you love sailing, beautiful scenery, and wonderful people.


Elaine & Leigh McGarvie, NSW


I charter yachts from all over the globe and I can easily say that the crew from Fraser Escape Bareboat Charters are the best I have come across. I keep going back – I think it must be 9 years now, in a row, and every time it is a pleasure.

The presentation of the boats is stunning – each time I feel like I am on a new yacht. I always feel safe due to Steve’s impressive attention to detail and availability if we need anything. First class service and excellent boats is what makes this my favourite charter company in the world.

David Clayton, NSW

Thanks again for another awesome family holiday on the water. I have now lost count of the times we have hired our favourite catamaran Orla. She is always very clean and ready to go. Every charter brings us a new surprise on the water with plenty of wildlife and we return nicely relaxed.

We will definitely be recommending Fraser Escape Charters to our friends and to anyone who may be interested in a ‘Fraser Escape’ sailing holiday. Thanks again and we hope to see you again later in the year!

Nicole & Paul Morish, QLD

Ahoy Fraser Escape,

Well, we certainly made the right choice in chartering one of your vessels… 4.5 star accommodation on water.

Our week sailing the Sandy Straits on “Morpheus” was without a doubt, one of the most relaxing and enjoyable holidays yet. With four adults on board, Morpheus proved to be comfortable, clean, easy to handle and with ample “mod cons” to keep everyone happy.

And The Great Sandy Straits has so much to offer… clear and clean to view the abundant wildlife of the water, crabbing for our lunch, fishing for our dinner, beautiful white beaches of Fraser Island just a quick trip in the tender across for a picnic, walk on the beach and chance to explore. And the most breathtaking sunsets to be enjoyed over drinks on the deck each night….just about perfect.

A big thank you Steve and Heather for your friendly personalised service and assistance (once you told us why the bilge pump alarm was going off, Trish could sleep easy), nothing was too much trouble for you and we actually looked forward to texting in each evening with our location.

Congratulations to both of you, (and Mitch of course who was sweet enough to tender us girls across to the boat when the fella’s decided they couldn’t wait to get on to the water) for the condition and presentation of Morpheus and the service you provided from our initial enquiry right through to the end of our holiday.

Forget camping and caravanning, you can do it all on the water. We will definitely be recommending Fraser Island Escape Bareboat Charters to our many family and friends.

Craig, Sandy, Paul and Trish

My name is Robin and my trusty partner is Shelley. In March we decided on a sailing holiday. After much research I chose Fraser Escape as our bare boat charter company. I am pleased to report this decision proved to be a winner. We settled on “Velella” The 40 ft Seawind 1200 catamaran. This boat is simply awesome.

Steve introduced us to Velella and briefed use through detailed yet simple instructions of the “need to know” of the vessel. I found Velella extremely easy to sail. At times single handed even, as Shell was very occupied at some serious relaxing. The boat was set up with automatic pilot, and most of the controls were able to be operated from the cockpit, even raising and lowering the anchor. She almost sailed herself.

Steve made our holiday a most memorable and hassle free experience. The service offered was personal and very professionally run. An example of the superb service was when the water pump decided to stop doing its thing. Of course the boat was fitted with all safety alarms to let me know what was happening. I contacted Steve and in a few moments and by my description he was able to accurately diagnose the problem. We were a long way from Hervey Bay but sure enough first thing in the morning Steve arrived with the replacement part. In only a short time it was all fixed and we were on our way again. At no stage were we stuck.

I loved the freedom of being able to decide where to go for the day and When we could go. We would settle into a sheltered cove about 3.30 to 4.00, have a fish or crack open a very cold tinny. Yep, it does not get any better.

Steve, we wish to thank you and the friendly staff of Fraser Island Escape Bare boat Charter for making our holiday so hassle free and sooooo much fun. To be sure to be sure I will come back and do it all again.


Robin and Shelley

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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