At Bare Travels we are always in search of great ways in which your can experience many of the beautiful locations Australia has to offer. Sailing the Whitsunday Islands is without a doubt one up there on the list of things to do and choosing the best way to do it is an important decision. One of our favourite tours is sailing with Summertime and below you can find out more!
Sailing on Summertime
A beautifully restored 65 foot, classic timber ketch that was handcrafted in 1945 by master shipwrights in South Australia which is now the perfect amalgamation of adventure and comfort. Recent refurbishments have made her fully equipped with modern technology such as: a DVD/PC system, air conditioning throughout the vessel, spacious deck space – perfect for having a nap or enjoying the view – and even an aft deck freshwater jacuzzi!
The wheelhouse still has it’s traditional hand turned wheel and is fitted out with rich timber which maintains Summertime’s classic ambience. Your skipper will helm your adventure from here but if you ask them to explain some of the navigational and sailing aids, you might even get to experience being a captain and navigate yourself around the islands.
Below deck is the saloon which is the ideal place to watch a film or a slideshow of your days adventures and relax out of the heat. Summertime has two large toilets and showers which are all equipped with modern appliances don’t worry. The cabins are simply sensational and you’ll experience the best night sleep with the ocean rocking you to sleep.
Activities on Summertime
Summertime is the only vessel in Whitsundays that offer a guided kayak tour. The team promotes eco-friendly explorations of the islands and their hidden alcoves and inlets. A friendly turtle might join you as you paddle towards secluded beaches edged with ancient trees.
Snorkelling in this local area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is rated among the best in the world and with the temperature staying around 25 C year round, it’s no wonder why. The comfortable temperature allows you to relax and really focus on the sealife swimming alongside you.
Fancy trying your hand at diving? With an onboard dive compressor, tank fills are unlimited and you can opt for a diving experience straight from the side of the vessel to swim with turtles and schools of tropical fish.
The Menu on Summertime
All meals are prepared, fresh, on board. With an assortment of freshly baked rolls, meats, salads, fruits & condiments ready for you at lunch and oven-baked snacks available throughout the day. And if you’re British you’ll certainly love the afternoon tea served with an Aussie favourite, coconut lamingtons. Dinner has a variety of specialities such as tender chicken thigh fillets, marinated in succulent honey mustard and mixed herbs or the Porterhouse steak in a secret marinade.
About The Whitsunday Islands
The 74 Whitsunday Islands lie between the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, and the Great Barrier Reef, a massive stretch of coral teeming with marine life. Most of the islands are uninhabited and are characterised by dense rainforest, hiking trails and white sand beaches.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most popular areas of the world to visit but here you won’t feel crowded in by other tourists. The expansive ocean between and around the islands make you feel like you have the islands all to yourself.
So what are you waiting for?! Get in touch today to book your tour.