Host an Unforgettable Christmas Party: Sailing the Whitsundays

Did somebody say Christmas party?! Yep, it’s that time of year already: time to start the Christmas shopping, thinking about decorations, and planning that corporate or family Christmas party to send the year off, the right way. But this year, how about you do something a little different from your usual camping trip, getaway, or dinner party? It’s been a long one, and you and your crew deserve to have some real fun. 

And there’s nothing as unique, special, and unforgettable as a Christmas party spent sailing the Whitsundays with Waltzing Matilda.

They won’t be thinking about any of their troubles as they float across the pristine marine, experiencing views like never before, listening to the sound of the water lapping against the boat… 

Christmas in the Whitsundays: full day sail

If you’re up for a proper sail with time to enjoy all the beaches of the Whitsunday Islands this summer, book a full day sail. You’ll have a chance to kick back on deck and experience what it’s like with the sails up – with a knowledgeable local skipper that will look after everything. And, don’t worry, you’ll come back with plenty of photos to share. 

Waltzing Matilda is renowned for its day sails in the Whitsundays. These sails are designed to cater for celebrations for guests who wish to spend some quality time on the water with friends, family, or work colleagues. We’re licensed to carry 30 guests on day sails around the tropical Whitsunday Islands, meaning you can bring your entire workplace or family along for the ride!

You’ll get to experience a sail down to Woodwark Bay, where you can then swim, snorkel, or just laze around on the white sand beach while the crew make your choice of a nice BBQ or a picnic lunch that will truly surprise your senses. 

That’s right – no need to worry about cooking or catering for this one!

We have plenty of padded room on deck and below deck, with a shower, 2 toilets, free photos and a great crew. We are BYO but we have 2 large eskies with ice, 2 fridges and a great atmosphere for drinking. I mean, what more could you ask for this Christmas?

My time on Waltzing Matilda was the best! The Skipper Dave and owner Steve whom was our chef, both really looked after us. I honestly felt like the rich m famous for a weekend . Tasty, delicious food, Dave was so knowledgeable.  Astronomy, poetry, history etc, etc. Fantastic photographer too. Certainly a weekend to treasure. Xx”
– Sheryn Glasspool

And, don’t worry, we’ll have all the space and accommodations needed for George the Giraffe and other inflatables to come along!

Don't worry - we'll have the space to bring George the Giraffe along with you!

Christmas in the Whitsundays: half day sail 

If you don’t have time for a full day out? Don’t worry, we offer day sails for as little as 2 hours, 3 hours, or even 5 hours if you’d prefer. You and your Christmas crew will enjoy a relaxed few hours on deck, with loads to see, even if you’re just joining us for 2 short hours. 

You can pop on your swimsuit, pick up a glass of something and step abroad! Even if it’s just a small part of your Christmas celebration, it’s one you won’t forget… and one that’s as classically Australian as you can get!

(You may even catch Santa in his singlet and thongs out waterskiing if you’re lucky!)

“What a day to remember whales turtles fish and stingrays all on show. Amazing crew aboard and a beautiful boat what a way to spend the day in the Whitsunday with family and friends thanks Matty and Steven for an amazing day.”
– Todd Hunt

A half day sail will still give you all the time you need to celebrate in style

Christmas in the Whitsundays: Sunset sail/cruise on Waltzing Matilda 

If you’re planning to spend a few days in Airlie Beach for Christmas, a sunset sail could be just the thing for your crew. Who hasn’t dreamed of sailing off into the sunset? With a bottle of wine, a few beers in the eskie, and all the Christmas cheer you need. 

Except with Waltzing Matilda Sailing, there’s no need to disappear properly – you’ll be back in time to unwrap your presents and call your parents to wish them the best. 

Late afternoon is one of the most magical times to be out on the water, and nothing beats sailing at this time. We wonder if you’ll spot any Christmas lights starting up while you’re out there!

The best part about a sunset sail/cruise on Waltzing Matilda is that we mean it when we say our skipper is super knowledgeable. He knows the best time to see the sunset and the best coral viewing locations for the conditions, so your time isn’t wasted looking around trying to sort out where you are or where you should be. 

It’ll truly make for a magical experience your crew won’t be soon to forget.

“This is a must if you’re in the Whitsundays and want to see this incredible region in style !!! Absolutely gorgeous boat with the most amazing friendliest crew loved it!!!We  can’t recommend it enough thanks guys.”
– Teena Webb

Our knowledgeable skipper will ensure you experience the best time, and location, for your Christmas sunset sail

Christmas in the Whitsundays: overnight sailing charter 

Now THIS is where your Christmas adventure can be next-level. Just imagine anchoring for the night in a quiet bay, leisurely enjoying a Christmas dinner on deck, seeing the stars sparkling through the hatch (maybe catch Santa flying past on his sleigh…) and waking to the sound of the water lapping outside of the hull and knowing you still have loads of time to enjoy everything the Whitsundays has to offer. 

An overnight charter for your Christmas party means you get to explore more and really unwind – we think it’s an experience like no other and one definitely worth trying out!

“Excellent 2 days. Friendly helpful crew. Just fun.”
– Michael Cox

Just imagine getting to stroll the white-sand beaches of the Whitsundays, before the crowds come in.. What a perfect morning!

Christmas in the Whitsundays: covered with Waltzing Matilda Sailing 

Waltzing Matilda has a great reputation that we’ve earned through many years of time and effort invested in our passenger experience. We’re known as one of the Whitsundays most safe and comfortable charter boats. As a 60ft Ketch design, she is super stable and she sails very well. Her size means she is very stable in the water and that means less movement and a more comfortable sail – especially for those who may be prone to a little bit of motion sickness… 

For extra safety? Waltzing Matilda has oversized (both in height and in diameter) side rails. This is most important especially if children are sailing on board

So, if you’re looking for a memorable sailing trip around the Whitsundays in a beautiful yacht, with plenty of charisma, comfort, all inclusive this Christmas give us a call – I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

We’re perfect for kids, families, friends, workplaces and so much more!

Book your Whitsundays sailing charter now

Booking a full, half day, sunset or overnight sailing adventure is easy – just phone or email Stephen Aldred, the owner/skipper, and he’ll make sure every detail is looked after.

“One of the best experiences my friend and I have done in Australia so far.

Relaxing on the boat, snorkelling on the reef and sunbathing at Whitehaven Beach make this adventure unforgettable.”

~ Francesca Bandini

“Wow best time ever on board the old girl waltzing matilda. Only complaint is time went too fast. Food was great thanks to Doug for looking after us and Cap’n Damien for making us feel at home on board legend!! Also saw dolphins and the snorkeling was great…liked the way everyone was encouraged to join in the sail. John n Lesley cheers guys!!!”

~ John McGuire

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