The Captain’s Log

Derwent Hunter sunset fun

Derwent Hunter is sailing the Whitsundays again and on special

After some time out on the slip for our annual maintenance, Derwent Hunter is back in the water and ready to sail the Whitsunday Islands again.

As a 70 year old lady, she requires a lot of love and attention to keep her looking her finest, and every May we take her out of the water for several weeks while we scrub, paint, polish, fix, upgrade and overhaul her.

The young Derwent Hunter crew really enjoy getting to work on the slip. They get to expand their knowledge and all round education on running and maintaining heritage ships. Having our young crew working with the “old salt” shipwrights and engineers ensures that valuable skills are passed on to the next generation, an important part of our philosophy.

We recommence tours on Tuesday 6th June, after a full cruise ship booking on Monday.

Special deal for June

To show off our sparkly new looking ship, we are extending our $175/$155 special to the end of June, for travel right up until the end of December.

Adults sail for just $175
Concessions for just $155!

Here are some photos of our crew hard at work on the ship while she was on the slip in Bowen. We choose to stay local, to keep our money in the Whitsundays, and Bowen has all the facilities we need for a lengthy session like this. Derwent Hunter enjoys her Bowen holiday every year.

Derwent Hunter sunset fun

Derwent Hunter silhouette sunset

Where are we sailing to?

Derwent Hunter sails to the northern islands of the Whitsundays, which, with our typical south-easterly winds, is an easy, almost guaranteed sail. We don’t have to use the motors much at all, and can always get the sails up for a true sailing experience of the Whitsundays. The Whitsundays is known as one of the best sailing destinations in the world, and we love showing it off in our traditional tallship.

Since Cyclone Debbie, we have adjusted our snorkelling destinations a little. We now stop at sheltered bays in Stonehaven Anchorage, on the inner side of Hook Island, which were very protected during the cyclone and still have some beautiful snorkelling to enjoy.

The fish and turtles are thriving, which is great news, and we are excited to get back out there and find more new locations to snorkel over the coming months.

With recent rains, we’ve also been lucky enough to find a lovely little waterfall in Stonehaven which has been a real unexpected treat for our guests.

Whitsunday island waterfall found by Derwent Hunter


Whale season is nearly here

We’re very excited to get back out and explore the islands, and enjoy the coming whale season! The whales have started migrating up the coast and have already been spotted in Sydney. It won’t be long till they are with us in the Whitsundays and bringing their new calves into the world.

If you have guests enquiring about whale watching tours, you could suggest Derwent Hunter. While we aren’t a dedicated whale watching tour, the destinations we cruise to make it highly likely we will see whales morning and/or afternoon, and moving along under sail means there is no engine noise to disturb and potentially scare off whales. Even if we don’t see whales, we still offer a fabulous day out sailing the islands.

Whale watching with Derwent Hunter sailing trip from Airlie Beach


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