Leg 8

Mackay, Airlie Beach, Whitsundays, Darwin, Lombok

16 August 2020 – 15 September 2020

From Mackay we have a wonderful, relaxed cruise up to Airlie Beach and to the popular tourist destination of the Whitsunday Islands. The archipelago which has been mostly designated as national parks, is full of spectacular scenery with its warm turquoise waters, local wildlife and hiking trails.

We will then spend time out on the Great Barrier Reef diving and snorkelling and fully exploring this marine UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is home to one of richest ecosystems on the planet. There is a whole world to discover under the sea with thousands of different types of flora and fauna, including over a 1000 species of different fish and 400 categories of coral.

We then sail inside the shelter of the Barrier Reef as we explore Queensland’s coast and round to Darwin to meet up with the rest of the fleet, with a few stops along the way.

We will have a few days to explore the unique city of Darwin, which is home to over 50 different cultures. This multicultural landscape provides an opportunity to experience their unique Asian-style markets, local Aboriginal artwork, innovative museums and an exotic mix of culinary styles, music and language. Darwin also provides easy access to well-known wilderness sites and towns such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kakadu National Park and Alice Springs.

We then cross over to Lombok, our final port on this leg, a 945nm sail away from Darwin.

Lombok was previously called the sister island to the nearby, world-famous island of Bali, but its pristine unspoiled nature has made it rise in popularity. In Lombok, you can experience the beautiful beaches with some top surf breaks or swim in the deep pools of the many waterfalls. There is also some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities in Indonesia and it is also the home of the famous Mount Rinjani, where you can hike to the summit of the active volcano.