All about the 3 day / 3 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 3 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.

Highlights on this 3 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

For guests who wish to Scuba Dive, we rendezvous with our Dive Boat at one of the Fringing Coral Reef locations. Optional introductory or certified dives are available. 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.

3 day / 3 night Solway Lass Sailing Adventure
Tour itinerary - 3 Days

  • Day 1 Airlie Beach
    Check in at our office, Shop 1, 4 Airlie Esplanade Airlie Beach by 12.00pm. After check-in, guests are welcome to leave there luggage in our office, prior to the shuttle transfer to the Marina. Guests may then explore Airlie Beach, grab a bite to each, enjoy a walk along the beach. Courtesy pickups from Airlie Beach at 6.40pm for transfer to the marina.

    Depart the marina at 7.30pm and sail to overnight anchorage. Light supper is served around 9.30pm.
  • Day 2 Tongue Bay and Whitehaven Beach
    After Breakfast, make way to Tongue Bay for a guided bush walk to the Hill Inlet Lookout. A spectacular lookout over looking Whitehaven Beach. Back on board Solway Lass enjoy lunch before heading around to Whitehaven Beach.

    Enjoy an hour on the beach before setting sail and heading north along the eastern side of Hook Island. Overnight anchor in one of the many bays on Hook Island.
  • Day 3 Snorkel, swim or relax
    After Breakfast enjoy snorkelling and/or an optional Scuba Dive on the fringing coral reefs which extend right from the edge of the islands. Enjoy lunch, before sailing off to another anchorage for a second snorkel, swim or simply relax at the beach. This evening will be spent anchored in Blue Pearl Bay of Hayman Island or in the Langford Reef Area.

    Both locations offer spectacular sunset photo opportunities as the Solway Lass is silhouetted against the sunset over the water.
  • Day 4 Whitsunday Islands
    After Breakfast enjoy snorkelling, swimming or relaxing on the beach before lunch. At around 1:00pm set sail and sail across the Whitsunday Passage arriving back to the marina around 4.00pm with the courtesy shuttle transfer arriving back to Airlie Beach around 4.30pm.

    This Cruise Itinerary is an example only and will differ depending on weather, tides and the Captains judgement.
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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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3 day / 3 night Solway Lass Sailing Adventure Price information AUD per person



Tour code: 3D3NSL
Double / Twin Cabin.
Double / Twin Cabin (Family rate 2 Ad / 1 Ch 3-14 yrs)
Double Cabin (for 1 Adult)
Double / Twin Cabin with Ensuite.
Double Cabin with Ensuite (for 1 Adult)
Multi-share Cabin. For Travel April 1 2019 to March 31 2020

Departure information


7.30pm Tuesday and Saturday from Airlie Beach, Queensland, Australia except for 21-29 November 2017 and month of May, 3 Jul, 17 Nov, 22 Dec, 25 Dec 2018, additional departures 21Dec and 26Dec )

Check in by 4.30pm the day of departure at Shop 1, 4 The Esplanade, Airlie Beach.

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.
  • In May 2018 Solway Lass will be out of the water for maintenance

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