Husband and wife team, Warren & Jo Ladd have 25 years’ experience in running tourism experiences in the Whitsundays. Their vision was always to focus on sharing with guests the experience of sailing a heritage Tallship combined with the underlying theme of sustainability and eco tourism. In recent years, young family member Ena has also joined the family business to carry on the enterprise into the next generation.
The tours tread lightly on the fragile environment of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, allowing guests to relax guilt free and get involved and learn about the Great Barrier Reef with the passionate crew.
Back in the 1990’s Tallship Adventures lead the way to became the first sailing tour in the Whitsundays to obtain ecotourism accreditation (formally NEAP), and went on in later years to become the first Advanced Eco Accredited overnight sailing tour, proudly today Tallship Adventures is listed as a Green Travel Leader with Ecotourism Australia.
Originally specialising in overnight sailing tours, since 2012 Tallship Adventures has focused on low impact day tours delighting guests of all ages and nationalities. The Derwent Hunter Tallship Reef Adventure operates to private moorings at dedicated sites where the crew help monitor the reefs through the Eye on the Reef programme for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
The passion to sustain a heritage ship goes hand in hand with sustainability within natural areas.
At Derwent Hunter, our people are as important a part of your day as the ship itself, and we’re lucky enough to have a team of fantastic staff, who are as passionate about sailing in the Whitsundays as we are.
Our crew spend their days ensuring that your sailing experience of the Whitsundays is the best it can be. They sail the ship, steer the course, hoist the sails, monitor the reef, and love showing our guests how to do the same. They prepare the food, drive the tender, fit your snorkelling equipment, and generally help you to have an amazing day out in the Whitsundays.