Private Yacht Charters

Experiences & Destinations

Moored at Townsville, the M.Y. Flying Fish can be chartered for day use or for a longer overnight charters. Located in the dry tropics region of Queensland, Townsville is a gateway to the central section of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and provides the perfect blend of languid sea breezes, 300 days of sunshine a year, endless holiday appeal and a playground of experiences waiting to be explored.

Hinchinbrook Island

Explore Australia’s largest island National Park by tender boat from the M.Y. Flying Fish. A kaleidoscope of colours and landscapes, Hinchinbrook Island showcases rugged mountains, pristine rainforests, secret waterfalls, natural infinity pools, white beaches and mangrove-line estuaries. If you want to walk on the wild side, consider hiking a section of the Thorsborne Trail, an epic 32km hike considered one of the best hiking experiences in the world showcasing mountainous terrain, meandering creeks and stunning waterfalls.

John Brewer Reef

The John Brewer Reef ‘Coral Greenhouse’ is located in the heart of the Greater Barrier Reef Marine Park and is the largest Museum of Under Water installation, sharing a message of reef conservation and restoration. It is the first-ever underwater building created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. Weighing more than 58 tonnes, the ‘Coral Greenhouse’ is filled with and surrounded by 20 “reef guardians” who are caring for coral to spread the message of reef conservation. Guest can dive impressive installation when in the local waters.

Orpheus Island

Imagine floating in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef on a glamorous yacht moored outside one of Australia’s most exclusive island hideaways. A stay aboard M.Y. Flying Fish presents guests with the unique opportunity of coupling the privacy and exclusivity of a yacht with the experiences, amenities and chef-hatted meals of world-class Orpheus Island Lodge.

Magnetic Island

Snorkel or dive some of the most beautiful and captivating tropical waters in Australia at Magnetic Island. Home to 23 bays and golden beaches there is a vast amount to explore while moored at Magnetic Island. From Florence, Alma & Arthur Bays to the enchanting coral trails around Nelly and Geoffrey Bay, Magnetic Island is renowned for its vibrant fringing reefs. Take a hike to stunning views amongst eucalyptus woodlands, steeped in military history or secluded bays on more than 20km of walking trails. A haven for uniquely Australian wildlife, spot rock wallabies, vibrant birds, and Northern Australia’s largest colony of koalas living in the wild. For the golfers, hit the island’s golf course for a few holes.

Palm Island

Located 65km north-west of Townsville, the Palm Island Group is home to the traditional owners, the Manbarra people and the Indigenous Bwgcolman people meaning ‘many tribes, one people.’ Flourishing with clear waters, small bays, sandy beaches, excellent fishing and pristine coral reefs, Palm Island is the perfect spot for those cultural enthusiasts and nature devotees.

Dunk Island

Known as the island of peace and plenty, Dunk is the perfect spot to explore the many facets of nature. From the wildlife and reptiles that call the island home, to the many arrays of sea corals and life, Dunk is spread across 1000 hectares of National Park. Dunk Island offers a diverse range of experience including a well-earned trek up the hill of Mount Kootaloo, snorkelling at Muggy Muggy Beach in search of turtles, tropical reef fish, and dugongs and nearby Beaver sand cay.

Fantome Island

Venture just 20 minutes from Orpheus and you’ll stumble upon Fantome Island. A stunning shallow bay with crystal clear water, a sandy bottom and beautiful coral garden with a good variety of hard corals including large plates, boulders, and staghorn. With a max depth of 10m and little to no current, this is a great spot for beginners or a refresher dive.

Expect to see shoals of tropical reef fish including large bat, angel, damsel, and parrot fish. White tip reef sharks, turtles and stingrays are also sometimes spotted in the waters surrounding Fantome Island, with manta rays common in the winter months.

Pelorus Island

Head to Pelorus Island to view the incredible array of sea whips, fans and other soft corals side by side with big boulder and plate corals; this unique dive site really gives divers the best of both worlds. Pelorus Island is full of surprises as the changing current brings new marine life on a daily basis. Leopard rays, guitar sharks, turtles and even mantas rays in the winter time, have all been seen among plenty of colourful tropical reef fish.

With a max depth of 18m, a dive around the top corner of Pelorus Island can be perfect for advanced drift divers or a gentler option for an introduction dive depending on the tides.

Bramble Bommie

Bramble Bommie is one of the most spectacular coral sites on the Great Barrier Reef and a favourite with our dive instructors. This large pinnacle starts at 5-7m on the top and has amazingly healthy coral coverage down to 25m where it flattens out to a sandy bottom.

With an abundance of marine life, it’s not uncommon to find yourself surrounded by a large school of silvery fusiliers, face to face with a curious white tip reef shark or floating past the many anemones and colourful tropical reef fish around this site.

Walker Island

Walker Reef is best described in two parts. Known for its ‘Crevice Wall’ and swim-throughs, the reef makes for a great introductory dive site. The ‘Crevice Wall’ boasts a 14m scaling of multiple openings for divers to explore. Visitors to this exceptional site will find exotic fish hiding in the safety of the crevices including red bass, spotted sweetlip, coral trout, and barramundi cod, and red emperor. The other alluring part of Walker Reef is the series of swim-throughs on a group of bommies off the main reef wall, they start at 18m and gradually shallow towards the edge of the reef. Here you can find schooling fusiliers, white tip reef sharks, grey reef sharks, anemones, parrot fish, turtles, batfish, damsel fish, and moray eels are just a few of the beautiful species that visit the Walker Reef.

Curacao Island

Curacao Island is famed for both its East and North-West locales. Its Eastern side being dominated by plate corals of all colours, shapes and sizes and its North-West for its large sloping wall and being home to arguably the biggest diversity of corals of all the inner sites. In all its glory, Curacao Island is home to an abundance of beauty and biodiversity waiting to be explored. A collection of large sea whips, fans, barrel sponges, enormous patches of spaghetti coral, plates, staghorn boulder and brain corals cover the secluded section of the North-West Bay, while the Eastern Side is ruled by large boulder corals and stunning fish species including parrot, trout, butterfly, angel and surgeon fish. With so much to discover and an incredible uniqueness that complements it, Curacao’s fringing reefs are full of diverse and incredible sea life.

Far North Queensland Yacht Charters

Bespoke Sample Itinerary

Northern Escape Collection offers truly unique and tailored yacht charters in Far North Queensland, Flying Fish is our most luxurious and completely customisable offering and the epitome of first class holidaying in Australia. Get in touch with our friendly reservations team to create the ultimate personalised itinerary, whether your interests are fishing, scuba diving or simply relaxing and enjoying total privacy aboard your own luxury motor yacht whilst experiencing the best of Queensland.

 

4 night/5 day sample itinerary ex Townsville

Day One depart mid-morning from Townsville to Palm Island, which will take around 4.5 hours. Your chef will prepare a lunch underway served on the aft deck for you to enjoy the scenic journey along the coastline and scattered islands.

Arriving at Palm Island for a guided afternoon snorkel among picturesque coral and marine life. After this short one-hour cruise you will arrive at Hazard Bay, Orpheus Island for sunset drinks on-board.

Day Two Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on-board and an optional snorkel around one of the many spectacular sites around the Palm Island Group. A short two-hour trip sees us arrive at Australia’s largest island National Park. Heritage-listed, Hinchinbrook Island is world-renowned for mysterious wetlands, scenery and pristine beaches. The afternoon will be spent fishing in the mangrove-lined estuaries for seasonal Barramundi or around Lucinda Jetty for pelagic fish. Anchor in Zoe Bay overnight.

Day Three the Flying Cutlass tender will transfer you to a remote beach where you’ll commence a 20-minute guided hike on Hinchibrook Island to Zoe Falls, a picturesque set of waterfalls with an amazing natural infinity pool with views overlooking the bay. After returning to the vessel for breakfast we depart for Dunk Island, another of Australia’s National Park islands with spectacular views, flora and fauna. This leg is approximately three hours and lunch will be enjoyed during the journey before arriving for a guided afternoon snorkel at Muggy Muggy Beach for a chance to see abundant tropical reef fish, turtles and dugongs. After all this, there will be sunset drinks in the bay on the helicopter deck.

Day Four an opportunity to hike the summit of  Dunk Island’s Mount Kootaloo for sunrise and breakfast on board before departure. On the hike there’s the chance to see Ulysses butterflies, native birds, turtles and dugongs from the viewpoint.

A four-hour journey south will bring us to Pelorus Island for afternoon canapés and drinks on the beach with stunning snorkelling available directly from the sand among plentiful soft and hard corals and tropical reef fish.

For your final evening, the crew will put together a fun-themed dinner to celebrate your memorable charter under a star-speckled sky.

Day Five On your final day, savour breakfast whilst steaming towards Townsville Breakwater Marina where you will bid farewell to your crew around midday.