From the sparkling sands of the Whitsundays to the colorful coral of the Great Barrier Reef, there are few better places in the world to charter a yacht than Australia.
Internationally renowned as a land of adventure and excitement, the Indian and Pacific Oceans surround this coastal nation so on-water pursuits are always on the agenda. From scuba diving to snorkeling to surfing, the water is a playground and main attraction for owners and guests during any charter in Australia.
One of the most famed locations is the Coral Sea, located off Cairns, Queensland, along the northeast corridor. Below the waterline is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World. This Australian national treasure is the earth’s largest coral reef system, home to a bevy of sea life, and as well as 400 varieties of coral, you'll see sea turtles, dolphins and rays.
Further south along the east coast, you will come to the cosmopolitan capital city of Brisbane. Nestled along the Brisbane River with close access to the coast, this original European settlement is now a thriving metropolis and a popular stop for charter yachts. Bordered by Australia’s favorite playground, the Gold Coast, there's fun and adventure for the whole family, from beaches, theme parks, nature reserves and bushwalks, to boutique shopping and fine dining.
Further south still is the Land Down Under’s most recognized city, Sydney. Home to the iconic Sydney Opera House, this thriving and glamorous urban center is an exciting destination not to be missed. Enjoy a true taste of Oz at one of the city’s critically acclaimed restaurants and indulge in some of the unique and exquisite wines from local vineyards. There is shopping at Darling Harbour and history at The Rocks, an historical preservation of one of Sydney’s first settlements. Meanwhile the adventurous set can scale Sydney Harbour Bridge for a heart-pounding ascent and sweeping views over the city and magnificent harbour.
The Western coast of Australia also has some incredible wonders to behold, from the Margaret River's wineries, the charming Rottnest Island and the West Coast’s largest city, Perth, where the stunning Swan River meets the ocean. Heere you can visit the State Ballet and opera, as well as the Western Australian Museum and a number of art galleries. If you're feelng energetic you might want to climb to the top of Mount Eliza.
Northrop & Johnson’s new office in Burleigh Heads on Australia’s stunning Gold Coast, has an extensive fleet of charter yachts captained by seasoned professionals with excellent local experience. For more information and advice please contact Australia@NorthropandJohnson.com.
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