Freight Train Whitsundays Tour Information
Sail around the islands on an ex racing yacht. Freight Train Whitsundays is a 2 Day 1 Night tour of the Whitsunday islands and visits Hill Inlet Look out at Whitehaven Beach plus 3 snorkel locations. This is an owner operated tour that takes 18 guests with 3 crew in accommodation dorm style with a mixture of singles and doubles. This Whitsundays tour is best for guests that want a chilled out trip with a small group, seeing the best destinations the Whitsundays has to offer
Freight Train Whitsundays Tour Details
Departure and Return
This Tour Departs Abell Point Marina, Airlie Beach, every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 8.30am. and returns the next day at 4.00pm
Guest and Crew Numbers
Freight Train takes 18 guests and has 3 crew
Whitehaven Beach including the famous Hill Inlet Lookout on the Northern End. Snorkel locations can include Luncheon Bay, Caves Cove, Blue Pearl Bay plus plenty of other Awesome destinations
Included in the price
All meals, Linen, Snorkel Equipment, Wetsuits
Freight Train Whitsundays Tour visits Whitehaven Beach for around 2 hours. During this time you embark on a bush-walk from Tongue Point (northern end of Whitehaven) this walk takes around 15 minutes, once at the top you will experience Whitehaven Beach above on the viewing platform . This breathtaking view from here lets you see all 7 km of the beach as well as the world famous swirling sands that form the inlet
Snorkeling The Reef
During your 2 day tour you will get at least 3 opportunities to snorkel the coral filled bays on the coastal fringes of the islands. Here you can see turtles, Maori rasse, bat fish, parrot fish , clown fish (nemo) plus plenty more! in most bays the coral starts close to shore and is easily accessible by the small tender boats. For the non confident swimmers there are noodles and flotation devices available for safety.
Learn to Sail
The crew are more than happy to teach you the basics of sailing. Get involved helping the crew hoist the main sail and head sail. The qualified team on board will give you lessons, and if you’re lucky you may get to stand at the helm and steer the boat towards your next destination. This is optional if you do not wish to participate you can just lye back and enjoy the ride.
Pre-Departure Information For Freight Train Whitsundays Trip
MEETING TIME/PLACE ON MORNING OF DEPARTURE
8.30am @ Abel Point Marina Roundabout (North End Meeting Point under the Umbrellas see map below)
Freight Train does not have set itineraries, as we are dependent on weather & tidal conditions. When you board Freight Train, the crew will sit down with you and go through information specific to the vessel as well as where you may be going in the coming days.
No large backpacks or suitcases are allowed on Freight Train, Please bring bags the same size bag as carryon luggage for a plane. Every hostel and accommodation venue in Airlie beach has bag storage starting at $5 while you are onboard Freight Train. There is NO bag storage at the marina and you face missing your departure if you bring bags that are not allowed
WHAT TO BRING:
In a small soft bag (enviro safe), we suggest that you bring the following –
Light Clothing / Warm clothing in cooler months (May – September) Swimsuit
Sunscreen (30+ highly recommended) Bath Towel and Beach Towel Sunglasses
Alcohol (no glass please) NO MORE THAN 24 cans of beer OR 4ltrs cask wine OR 1 ltr spirits
All meals are included. However, If you think the fresh air might make you extra hungry, you may want to bring crisps, chocolates etc as well as any other flavoured drink such as orange juice or coke.
WHAT NOT TO BRING:
Glass bottles or Red Wine Sleeping bags or pillows Passport, Travel Documents
Shampoo and Conditioner (for environmental purposes)
Plastic Bags (They kill our wildlife and smother our coral!) – Goon is not a plastic bag!
Freight Train is not responsible for any property you take on board the vessel. In particular, we strongly encourage you to take waterproof cameras rather than expensive digital cameras. Your electrical equipment will be ruined if it comes in contact with seawater.
Welcome to the tropics! Although our winters are unbeatable in terms of weather, our summers can be hot and wet. November – March can be extremely hot and humid, especially downstairs on a boat. Unless you are accustomed to living in this climate, you may find it slightly uncomfortable, especially at night when you are sleeping. Please be prepared for this.
ALCOHOL, SOFT DRINKS AND BOTTLED WATER:
An Alcohol policy is in place on Freight Train. Each guest can take a maximum of 24 cans of beer OR 4ltrs cask wine (goon) OR 1ltr of spirits, any more than this will NOT be allowed onboard. All alcohol, soft drinks and bottled water must be purchased prior to boarding your vessel. (Please note, we do not allow glass bottles on board)
WATER, TEA AND COFFEE:
We provide tap water on all our vessels however it isn’t cold and some people don’t like the taste of it. During our summer months, we strongly encourage you bring bottled water. We recommend 2 litres per day. Tea and Coffee breaks are generally in the morning and afternoon.
If you are not quite sure whether or not you may suffer from Travel Sickness please make sure that you are prepared. As our trained crew will assist as much as possible in making you comfortable but they are not allowed to provide you with any medication to help with the problem.
Masks and snorkels are all included in the price of your trip and will be distributed on board.
LYCRA SUITS & WETSUITS:
Wearing a Lycra stinger suit will prevent UV exposure and significantly reduce your risk to marine stingers. Freight Train requires that all passengers wear a full length stinger suit or wetsuit if you wish to swim and or snorkel from our vessels.
You will be fitted for your Suit onboard the boat. These are included in the price you paid.
Please ensure that you read all the above carefully and the map below, you check in at the roundabout seating area at Abel point marina (north end meeting point) at 8.30am on the day of departure, please wait at this point until a crew member arrives (they will yell for Freight Train) to check you in and take you to the boat.
It will take you 15-20 mins to walk there from the main street of Airlie Beach. If the sea is on your right-hand side you are walking in the right direction. Google Maps link for the meeting point is https://goo.gl/maps/cTbGcWicDkC2
Freight Train ABN 36048617191 operates the vessel known as Freight Train. The following terms and conditions apply to travel by you on Freight Train Vessel .
All prices are shown in Australian dollars and are inclusive of GST. Prices are valid from 1st April 2017.
All Freight Train vessel departures and itineraries are subject to weather and may be changed or cancelled at Freight Train discretion. Freight Train reserves the right to substitute vessels without notice at any time and for any reason.
Freight Train reserves the right to cancel any trip, or reduce trip duration, in any circumstances, including those which pose a safety risk to you, the Freight Train vessel or crew, such as severe weather, including cyclones.
If an Freight Train trip is cancelled by Freight Train prior to or on the scheduled departure date, you will be referred back to the travel agent through which you booked your trip on an Freight Train Vessel.
If your trip duration is reduced during the trip due to Unforeseen Circumstances, you may be offered a future trip on an Freight Train Vessel, at no cost to you, depending on the amount of time by which your original trip on an Freight Train Vessel was reduced and, subject to availability. You acknowledge that “Unforseen Circumstances” includes but is not limited to the following; inclement weather, issues pertaining to the Freight Train Vessel and any medical emergency, such as injury to guests or crew.
You acknowledge that if you cancel your travel on an Freight Train Vessel less than 21 days before the trip departure date, this will result in the forfeiture by you of the full trip price.
If you request a transfer of a trip departure date up to at least 72 hours before the day of scheduled departure this will incur a $30 transfer fee. No Transfers will be accepted under this 72 hr. period
We recommend you take out travel insurance
You acknowledge that travel with, and the recreational services provided by, Freight Train (such as all in water activities, sailing and bushwalking) involve risk, including in particular a risk of being stung or bitten by jellyfish and other marine creatures or native fauna. You are advised to wear a stinger suit at all times you are in the water.
Whilst we make every effort to safeguard our passengers travelling on Freight Train Vessels, you acknowledge and agree that Freight Train is not liable to you for personal injury, aggravation of any existing injury or condition, mental injury, contraction of any disease, loss (direct, indirect or consequential) or death (including but not limited to from jellyfish stings) resulting from the recreational services provided by Freight Train , and Freight Train hereby excludes absolutely all such liability to you.
Where the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) consumer guarantees apply you also acknowledge and agree that the liability of Freight Train for any breach of those consumer guarantees is excluded to the maximum extent possible under section 64A of the Australian Consumer Law and 139A of the CCA, where you are killed, injured (physically or mentally) or contract a disease, or an existing disease is aggravated, arising from your trip on an Freight Train Vessel.
Your agreement with Freight Train is subject to the laws of Queensland, Australia If any of these terms is unreasonable or unenforceable for any reason whatsoever, it shall be severed and the remaining terms will not be affected in any way.
Freight Train Whitsundays January 2017