AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND

From the magnificent coral reefs of Queensland to the historical ports of Tasmania or the ancient green peaks of the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand...

...a yacht charter vacation in Australasia is guaranteed to provide a taste of something rare. Whether you choose to commune with nature or enjoy the big-city life, you're never at a loss for activities Down Under. Australia is the world's largest island and its smallest continent, depending on how you choose to look at it. With a climate influenced by ocean tides, Australia offers everything from arid deserts to tropical rainforests.

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Although a close neighbor to Australia, New Zealand sometimes feels like a world apart. Located 2,000 km southeast of its bigger cousin, the island is geographically isolated. Although relatively close to Antarctica, the warm ocean currents help New Zealand maintain a nearly year-round temperate climate perfect for land and sea adventures. Its two extraordinary islands encompass entire worlds, ranging from glaciers and ancient rainforests to hot-water beaches and thermal spas.

The Itinerary

No trip Down Under would be complete without a stop along the Great Barrier Reef. Stretching for 2,000 km along the eastern coast of Queensland, this is the largest barrier reef in the world. Meet nose to nose with its colorful inhabitants through diving or snorkeling, and even choose your dinner straight from the sea. While moving through the reef, be sure to make a stop in the Whitsundays, a group of islands off the coast of Queensland. A mix of national parks and first-class resorts, the area will pamper you in luxury and the warmth and beauty of the South Pacific.

Fraser Island is your next stop, the world's largest sand island and a place of incredible natural beauty. White sand dunes and fresh-water lakes are home to an amazing ecosystem of bird, marine, and wildlife.

Next, move down the eastern coast to Sydney, Australia's most vibrant city. The stunning Sydney harbor is the ideal location for your watercraft, be it a sailboat, powerboat, or corporate yacht charter. The Hawkesbury River, just north of Sydney, winds for more than 50 miles inland through spectacular sandstone cliffs, small towns, uninhabited islands, and woods.

Tasmania is the small island off the southern coast of New South Wales, just across the water from Melbourne. First, enjoy the hustle and bustle of Melbourne before moving to the more relaxed pace of Tasmania, where fabulous wines and culinary delights are ready to welcome you after your ship ride between the islands.

New Zealand has something unique to delight yacht charters on both of its islands. Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel, and the Bay of Islands showcase miles of coastline, freckled with offshore islands and stunning beaches. The south island offers protected waterways and the spectacular scenery of Marlborough and Milford Sounds as well as the natural beauty of the Abel Tasman. New Zealand has some of the very best in world-class cuisine and wine, which means whether you charter a bareboat, crewed, powerboat, sail boat or luxury yacht, you're guaranteed to enjoy it in style.