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South Passage Day Sail

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by Kevin Liepins (subscribe)
A lover of Brisbane, the wonderful Wynnum Manly Bayside, and and the beautiful Scenic Rim. A freelance writer always looking for the new and quirky places and events in my own backyard.
Magical day on Moreton Bay
Feel the bay breeze as you sweep across Moreton Bay as part of a Day Sail with South Passage.
South Passage
South Passage - Image from website

Tours depart from Manly Harbour Marina and you can enjoy a full day sailing across the waters of Moreton Bay on the 30m Tall Ship South Passage. Which direction it sails is weather dependent but it usually heads for the sand hills on Moreton Island or Horseshoe Bay on Peel Island.

Full tilt...!.
Full tilt...!.

The sailing is exhilarating and the wind in your face. With the ship at full tilt you are gripping the handrails and have the feeling of bygone sea-fearing days. On calmer days the sea is like glass and even more conducive to marine life spotting. Look out for dolphins, dugongs and sea turtles.

Pack a picnic lunch, refreshments and swimmers to enjoy a dip as it moors somewhere majestic in the bay for a lunch break.

A dip in the bay
A dip in the bay

There is plenty of crew to sail, however, all passengers are welcome to join in and be "shown the ropes" or even take the helm under the skipper's watchful eye.

All hands on deck.
All hands on deck.

Alternatively, you are welcome to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

South Passage
Take a ride on the bow

The day sails departs from the William Gunn Jetty on Manly Harbour Marina near the Information Centre and the popular Tide Wine Bar & Restaurant.

William Gunn Jetty
William Gunn Jetty - Manly Harbour Marina

Ship at Jetty
Ship at Jetty

The cruises are very popular and book out quickly. They also offer Twilight sailings and some longer voyages. Check out the Facebook and website for videos and postings of past and future trips

South Passage is Queensland's own Tall Ship designed and commissioned to train young people to undertake adventure under sail. They are almost totally reliant upon volunteers to crew their sails and to raise extra funds for day sails and longer voyages.

Day sails are from 10am to 4pm and the prices are:

Adult $ 87
Student (U18) $45
U5 Free
Family $200
(2 Adults 2 Children)
Group Bookings of 5 or more $65 per Adult

For details of all day sails and other voyages or to book check out the Webpage at
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Why? South Passage Day Sail
When: Sunday 26th February and Saturday 11th March 2017
Phone: (07) 3893 3777
Where: William Gunn Jetty, Manly Marina
Cost: Adults $85 Concessions
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