Restrictions ease for Superyachts in the Whitsundays

It should come at no surprise that Australia, even more so the Whitsundays, has some of the most spectacular cruising destinations and natural attractions in the world yet superyachts   (35m+) up until recently, have been deterred from heading to our stunning Whitsundays waters due to the restrictions on access for the vessels.

Paul Darrozet, owner of the award-winning Abell Point Marina (Luxury Yachts Whitsundays base) quoted “the increased access for superyacht anchorages in the Whitsundays is a huge boost for the local economy and the superyacht industry across Australia. Superyacht captains now have the flexibility to develop a comprehensive itinerary in the Whitsundays which has a direct benefit to our marina business and connected local services. The new amendments are very timely for the upcoming cruising season in the Whitsundays.”

The Minister for the Environment and Energy 21; The Hon Josh Fryenberg, has assured the Government that the Superyacht anchorages will be established at carefully selected locations with no corals or other sensitive habitats and this will enable further tourism opportunities and still protect the area’s core values.

In the past, Australian Superyacht owners have been unable to explore their own backyard, travelling to other Pacific countries rather than spend the time and tourism dollars in Australia. With marine tourism taking a big piece of the Australian economy pie Superyachts Australia has been tirelessly lobbying for the last nine years to bring this to fruition.

The changes will be implemented in stages over the next 12 months and will be updated and formalised through updates by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to the Whitsunday Plan of Management an area-specific plan that manages use in our highly visited region.

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New level of unique luxury on water

Cumberland Charter Yachts (CCY) launches a new level of unique luxury on water, catering to the ever-increasing demand for Luxury Yachts in the Whitsundays. 

Luxury Yachts Whitsundays brand creator, CCY General Manager Sharon McNally said; “Over the past 3 years we have seen an increase in demand for larger and more luxurious vessels. We made a strategic decision to target the luxury market, offering clients higher levels of service and more luxurious experiences whilst bareboating in the Whitsundays. It’s really exciting for me to finally launch our new Luxury Yachts Whitsundays website and product range.  In doing so we have developed fantastic local partnerships and introduced new programs to cater for our client’s high expectations.”

“I am absolutely delighted with the end product.” added Sharon.

Traditionally Cumberland Charter Yachts are recognised innovators in the Whitsunday charter industry. During 30 years in the bareboating business they have strived for excellence, believing in their products quality, service and commitment to tourism in the region.

“At the very heart of Cumberland Charter Yachts (CCY) is great passion for sailing and courageous explorers which drives us to create unforgettable adventures.  We believe in challenging the status quo, we believe in going further than the rest, we believe in team work and mutual success. This is why we exist and this is what has driven and inspired us every day since we started in 1985.” Sharon added.

The Aquila Catamarans are the next level in luxury bareboat accommodation. The Aquila 44, “Aquila Sunrise” is the newest addition to Luxury Yachts Whitsunday (LYW) power catamaran line up. Boasting Aquila's signature fresh evolution of classic boating traditions, where efficiency in design and performance compliment her luxurious living and was named "Best New Multihull” in the 2014 AIM Media Editor's Choice Awards. The Aquila 44 vessel features 3 spacious cabins all with ensuite, climate control and high-end finishes, the master stateroom is simply enormous.

Due to the overwhelming demand for the Aquila Power Catamarans, CCY signed a second Aquila 44 to arrive early 2018. Sharon added. “We plan to include more products in the LYW range including luxury sailing catamarans and crewed luxury yacht charters.”

Andrew McLeod, Multihull Central Product Manager - Aquila said; “This really is fantastic news for those wishing to experience one of Australia’s premier locations onboard a luxury vessel. The market has been screaming out for a product offering where clients can treat themselves to a truly luxurious holiday with fun and adventure thrown in. The feedback from the clients who have chartered Aquila Sunrise has been amazing. Clients cannot believe the level of luxury delivered at such an affordable price point. Sharon’s idea is proving to be a game changing initiative.”

“Congratulations to CCY, they truly are a team of proven innovators in the Whitsunday charter industry.”

Abell Point Marina Marketing Manager, Joscelyn O’Keefe said “It’s encouraging to see our marina operators raising the bar in terms of their product and service offering. The demand for premium products and services within Australia is increasing and for our tenants to be innovating within their businesses to meet this demand aligns with the strategic direction of the marina moving forward. We wish Cumberland Charter Yachts every success with the launch of their luxury brand and website.”

If you’re interested in chartering a luxury yacht in the Whitsunday, enquire today for availability, free call 1800 075 101. 

Vessel inspection available by appointment at Abell Point Marina or view a sister ship at the Sydney Boat Show 3-7 August, Darling Harbour.

Speak to us about investment or list your luxury vessel on the Luxury Yachts Whitsunday website, speak to Sharon today on 0427 419 114.

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