Tallship Sailing in the Magnificent Whitsundays

Set sail for the day with the graceful and magnificent traditional tall ship Derwent Hunter on this Whitsunday 1 Day Sailing Adventure.

Take in some of the best scenery above and below the water level that the Whitsundays and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have to offer.

This tour is one of a kind and has won multiple awards for Adventure and Eco Tourism.

Derwent hunter is a full day tour visiting two of the most pristine snorkel locations in the Whitsundays the first being a private mooring at Langford Reef and the other beautiful Bali Hai.

After a delicious morning tea of chocolate cake, biscuits and seasonal treats you will then head ashore in our tender to our two daily locations.

Snorkelling is right off the beach where you can see a variety of colourful corals, fish life and even Green Turtles.

On Langford Island take a guided Eco walk along Langford spit where the crew can share their knowledge of the local flora and fauna.

Once back aboard Derwent Hunter you are treated to a sumptuous buffet lunch of cold cut meats, salads and tropical fruits before either helping the crew to “set sail”, or just to sit back, relax and bask in the majesty of sailing the Whitsunday Passage on this historic timepiece.

On the return journey keep your eyes open for a lucky sighting of Humpback and Pilot Whales which are regulars in the Whitsundays area during the months of June – September.

Enjoy a chilled beer or glass of wine from our licence bar to pair with our cheese and tropical fruit platter.


  • Private mooring at Langford Reef
  • Snorkel Tuition
  • Exploration of Bali Hai and Langford
  • Spit Fully licensed bar


  • Snorkel equipment including stinger suits fees/charges environmental management fee and national park charge
  • Morning tea, smorgasbord lunch, afternoon tea, cheese, biscuits and fruit.
  • Bus transfers from Airlie Beach
  • Beer, wine $5. Soft drinks/bottled water and chocolate bars $2.50.

Boat Specifications

  • Length over all: 90ft
  • Length on deck: 74 ft
  • Beam: 19ft
  • Draft: 9ft
  • Rig: Gaff Rigged
  • Topsail Schooner Working sail: 2,400 square feet

Tallship History

The year being 1946, the Derwent Hunter was the final vessel designed and built by Walter Wilson. He was in his 80th year and had established the title of Master Shipwright and earnt a respectable reputation with the regards of the building of ships. It took 18 months for four men to craft the Derwent Hunter from the Australian timbers of Blue Gum, Tasmanian Oak, Celery Top Pine and Huon Pine using only hand tools.

After completion she was then towed to Hobart for her final fittings. Derwent Hunter was designed to be a fast sailing grand banks style schooner used for the pure enjoyment of sailing and to supply fish to a local restaurant at Wrestpoint on the Derwent River.

She still stuns onlookers and turns heads leaving many modern designed yachts in her wake.

The Derwent Hunter has been utilized  for many undertakings.

Used as a marine and oceanographic research vessel she has seen the waters of Antarctica, New Zealand, Bass Straight, Tasman Sea, NSW and finally making her home in the Whitsundays where she has remained for the last 20 years.

She is still currently assisting in marine research and guests can still help crew collect data for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority  Eye on the Reef Program, testing water clarity and analysing areas of the reef.

Derwent Hunter has also had her spot in the limelight.  She starred in the hit family series “The Rovers” in which she starred as the Vessel “Pacific Lady”.  The Rovers was based on the adventures of the crew aboard the Pacific Lady that cruised the east coast of Australia with story lines concerning the native flora and fauna.

Today her infamy continues sharing the experiences and memories of all who board her on the Whitsundays trip of a lifetime!

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