What a wonderful few weeks we’ve had. While there has been a little bit of rain about, it’s not gotten in the way of us enjoying our day trips out to the northern bays of the Whitsundays at all. The days have been mostly sunny, and the winds have been moderate, which is exactly what we want!

March has been  busy time in Airlie Beach with lots of visiting cruise ships. We’ve welcomed cruise ship guests from the Sea Princess, Pacific Dawn and Queen Mary II.

Cruise ship guests love having a good look around their enormous cruise liners as we sail past her on our way north. They always tell us that they can’t wait to come back to the Whitsundays and Airlie Beach and spend more time here on their next holiday.

Derwent Hunter cruise ship excursion in the Whitsundays

Geelong Wooden Boat Festival

Owners Jo and Warren headed south this week to Victoria and went to the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival. Attending festivals and sharing stories and passion with other like-minded “woodies” is an important part in keeping our Australian marine heritage alive.

Some of you might remember that we used to own a number of other timber tallships in the Whitsundays, and over the years they have been sold and left the area. We found some old Whitsunday favourites on our trip down the coast, it was a wonderful sight to see.

We found our very own Alexander Stewart in Sydney, and the lovely Coral Trekker in Melbourne. So good to see them in tip top shape, preserving their history.

small yacht at the Geelong Wooden Boat Festival 180310

More on the Hunter’s history

Great guest photos!

We’ve received some great visitor photos lately on our Facebook page, check out some of these beauties!

“I’ve been out on your awesome vessel and loved it – had a fantastic time on it with my grandson, daughter and son-in-law – you guys gave a pretty special and memorable time. On another trip I took this photo of the Derwent Hunter which Charmaine (my daughter who works at Shingley Beach Resort) said I should post to your page pretty OK shot.”

-Rusti Gardener

Derwent Hunter Whitsunday tall ship under full sail

Thanks to Monica Hsieh and Judy Washington for sharing their day with us:

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