Monday 20 September 2010

Sail Away on a Queensland Holiday

Now's the ideal time to find your sea legs on Queensland's tropical waters with some of the best-value stay and sail holiday packages on offer.

Local hero Jessica Watson is no stranger to the sea and even she couldn't resist the opportunity to promote Queensland's perfect year round sailing conditions, when she came onboard as Queensland's Season of Sailing ambassador during the recent Hamilton Island Race Week.

"It is still cold in most regions of Australia which is why the Season of Sailing campaign is so attractive," said Jessica.

"You can visit these beautiful destinations and the weather is perfect for both sailing and just getting away for a break."

You don't have to be a professional sailor to enjoy the packages. Whether it's learning to sail on a bareboat adventure or joining a crewed charter, there is an experience that is sure to suit. Take your pick from a range of charter boat experiences ranging from catamarans to 20 foot racing yachts; day sail options including reef and sunset cruises; and sail and stay packages that include accommodation at some of Queensland's best tropical island resorts and luxury beachfront apartments.

The Seven Night Sail & Island Stay Bonus Deal for example includes two nights on Daydream Island Resort & Spa plus five nights on a fully 'skipper yourself' vessel with Whitsunday Rent a Yacht allowing you to explore the hidden bays of the Whitsunday Islands.
Or perhaps the Peppers on Blue Magnetic Island and Providence Day Sail Cruise Package from $1,050 per couple is more your style. It includes three nights' accommodation in a deluxe room on beautiful Nelly Bay (including breakfast) and a magical day sailing around Magnetic Island on a beautiful 62 foot tall ship. There's even time to anchor at a secluded bay for a picnic, swim and bushwalk and the package is valid until February 8, 2011.

Starting at $402 per night, the four-and-a-half-star Beaches on Lammermoor Apartments at Yeppoon in Central Queensland is offering accommodation for two adults and two children plus a full day's sailing around the beautiful Keppel Islands on the luxury yacht 'Grace'. The whole family can snorkel in crystal clear waters, enjoy a delicious lunch and discover the 18 unspoiled islands of the Keppel Group. This package is valid to March 31, 2011.
Proposed race event dates for Queensland's Season of Sailing 2011 include:

Brisbane to Gladstone: 22 - 24 April
Brisbane to Keppel: 30 July - 3 August
Airlie Beach Race Week: 12 - 18 August
Hamilton Island Race Week: 19 - 27 August
Magnetic Island Race Week: 3 - 6 September

For more information on Queensland's Season of Sailing and to book packages visit

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