All about the 2 day / 2 night Solway Lass Sailing Adventure

Cruise the Whitsunday Islands aboard the 2 Masted 110-year-old Tall Ship Solway Lass. Cruises explore the islands and allow you to snorkel or dive on the Fringing Coral Reefs which surround the Islands. A perfect 2 day adventure out to the Whitsunday Islands from Airlie Beach

Solway Lass has an amazing history being built in Holland in 1902, 1st registered in Hamburg, serving for Britain as a ‘Q’ Ship in WWI and a supply ship for Germany in WWII. Named Solway Lass after the Solway Firth in Scotland where she carried cargo to Liverpool and Dublin. Solway Lass was Sydney’s Tall Ship from 1985 to 1999, participating in the 1st fleet re-enactment in 1988. Today beautifully restored and maintained and perfect for Whitsunday Cruising with comfortable guest accommodation, with full air conditioning, private cabins appointed with brass lamps, cedar and oak timbers and even your own reading lamp.

New for 2019 on Solway Lass are stand up paddle boards for you to use.

Highlights on this 2 day Whitsunday Sailing Adventure:

Snorkel Coral Reefs teeming with marine life
View the Coral Reefs from the Glass Bottom Boat
Swim in the tropical waters of the Whitsundays
Enjoy Guided Bushwalks on the islands
Visit magnificent beaches, such as Whitehaven Beach

You are welcome to join in and help set the massive sails or just relax and enjoy the sailing experience from a bygone era. There is space to relax on the Upper Sunbathing Deck or sit in the shade on the mid deck area and enjoy a good book, an icy cold beer or wine from the bar. Or relax out in the bow net and watch the water lap the front of the ship. While at Anchor, try the tarzan swing, a unique way to enter the water! 

Relax and explore the Whitsundays on this perfect tall sailing ship.

2 day / 2 night Solway Lass Sailing Adventure
Tour itinerary - 2 Days

  • Day 1 Airlie Beach
    Depart from Abell Point Marina at 5.30pm and sail to your first anchorage of the trip in Hook Passage in between Hook and Whitsunday Island. Feeling energetic? Get involved with setting the sails! Enjoy the first sunset of the trip as you sit back and relax, floating across the Whitsunday Passage and meet your fellow holiday makers.
  • Day 2 Tongue Bay and Whitehaven Beach
    Have breakfast whilst on the move to Tongue bay, the gateway to Whitehaven Beach. Take a short, guided bush walk up to the Hill Inlet Lookout to take in the 7km stretch of the remarkable Whitehaven Beach below you. After taking in the breathtaking views, walk down to the beach itself and feel that silica sand between your toes.
    Once back on board, you’ll sail north to one of the beautiful bays in the area where you’ll kit up with snorkelling gear, ready to jump in and explore the fringing coral reefs. Colourful tropical fish and maybe even a turtle, will welcome you into their home as they flurry about in the water. Stop again in another secluded bay over night to the golden hour as the sun sets over the Whitsundays. During dinner get stuck into a conversation with your new-found friends whilst on deck under the stars.
  • Day 3 Whitsunday Islands
    The final morning will be spent snorkeling in another one of the northern bays, leading on to the final sail back to Airlie Beach, arriving back at the marina 2.30pm.
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Real Aussie Says:
When the engine turns off you feel like you are back 100 years ago on Solway Lass. Sailing on her evokes 'Pirates of the Caribbean' vibes... Cabins are compact so take as little as possible on this trip. Book an ensuite to feel more comfortable.

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Multi-Share Cabin. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
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Double/Twin Cabin. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021
Double/Twin Cabin. If booked 90 days prior to travel. For travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Departure information


Departs 5.30pm Airlie Beach Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday except for 25 Dec and 1 May-14Jun

Returns: 2.30pm

(Except 1 May - 12 June (due refit) plus Apr: 6, 20; Jul: 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30; Aug: 6)

NOTE: a surcharge of $40 applies 24-26 Dec - paid locally"



Airlie Beach

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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour
  • Check in by 4.30pm the day of departure at Shop 1, 4 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach.
  • Please note that families with children under 18 wanting to sleep in a multi-share cabin aboard Solway Lass must pay for exclusive use of that cabin. Explore Whitsundays will not allow other passengers outside of the family to share a cabin with children under 18, even under the supervision of their parents/guardians.
  • Solway Lass is a licensed vessel, therefore, BYO alcohol is not permitted.
  • Running as a 3 day 3 night Sailing boat : Apr: 06, 20, Jul: 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30 and Aug: 6.
  • The guest accommodation is designed to feel 'old world' and consists of 4 or 6 Share, Twin or Double Cabins, all with Air Conditioning. Family cabin option is available, double berth, with single bunks above the double.
  • We are an Eco Certified operator.

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