500km of Southern Queensland coastline, incorporating the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and a few lesser known areas and islands, produces some hot though at times inconsistent waves. But, over the years local crowds have increased to disconcerting proportions, especially at better quality breaks. Consequently, imaginations have drifted to the other 2000km of undisturbed potential of sheltered outer reefs.
But with tremendous potential comes obstacles. Isolation, distance, inaccessibility and knowing where to go as conditions change... has made exploration nonviable.
Details of where, when and how have all been shrouded in mystery.
This is your chance to explore Queensland’s outer reefs with World Surfaris. Our experienced guides are some of the very few surfers to have witnessed and experienced the wave potential in the Great Barrier Reef and because of its "obstacles" very limited charters will operate to the Great Barrier Reef in 2021 for World Surfaris customers.
After many years of knowing its potential and the impact Covid-19 has had on the world, we are stoked to bring this great opportunity to any surfer who wants to give it a go.
Our charters are hosted by expert watermen, surfers and fisherman who bring a wealth of knowledge about the weather, the islands, the currents and what is needed to make this a memorable experience for all.
So if you want to join one of the most innovative surf charter experiences available today, get in touch and lets set up a trip.
Our charter is a 20 meter Aluminum catamaran capable of sleeping up to 18 people including captain and 3 crew. We generally run our charters with 10-12 people for increased comfort level and for spacious living.
There are 2x double cabins as well as 2x 6 berth cabins, fully air conditioned and comfortable. There are 3 well appointed showers (with hot water) and toilets.
The top deck features a comfortable sun awning alfresco area perfect for outdoor dining or afternoon drinks watching the sun go down. The main deck features an open plan living arrangement with galley/kitchen and lounge/dining room spacious with plenty of seating and areas for relaxation.
During your charter all meals are included and prepared by the chef on board.
The boat is also licensed to provide alcohol and BYO. So stock up on drinks before your arrival.
Meals vary in what is offered but one thing you can expect is plenty of it! You will never go hungry.
Obviously fresh fish is a priority but if and when you are fished out, BBQ's, pizza, pasta and other high carb meals are provided to keep you energised for surf sessions and days in the sun fishing.
Our charter is a 20 meter Aluminum power catamaran with a 750hp SCANIA engine enabling top speed of 18 knots and a safe cruising speed of 15 knots.
If we are completely honest... sharing all our secrets on our website is not going to happen! All you need to know is there are waves to suit most conditions so long as there is enough swell. You can expect typical Queensland swell and winds throughout the year. We advise travelling late Autumn and throughout Winter for best crack at favorable conditions.
Waves aren't overly challenging. The greatest comparison we can make is that of the Maldives. The island and reef setups are very similar with roll in take offs and walling lefts and rights that can produce some tasty barrel sections.
Cyclone Season (Late in the year between Nov - Feb) has been known to produce great conditions as the cyclone die down (i.e. the days following a cyclone). We can certainly organise 'strike style' missions for you and your group. Our charter can travel at a top speed of 18 knots making use of these last minute trips to some hot spots closer to Gladstone.
Our team can discuss more over the phone and we are happy to put you in touch with our guides if you want even more information.
But for now, the photos below are going to have to cut it.
We have a roster of guides available who we use based on their availability. These guides are experienced watermen with lots of surfing experience in the Great Barrier Reef and around the world who place a lot of emphasis on surfing in a safe manner.
Charter skipper (Ken) is a 30 year veteran who has spent over 25 years chartering vessels both on tourist vessels and commercial vessels.
Taking a charter to the GBR for a keen fisherman is comparable to a Mentawai Charter for surfers.
If and when the surf conditions aren't cooperating, you can throw out a line and unless you are cursed, pull in a fish bigger than your torso.
GT, Red Emperor, Coral Trout, Barracuda, Jobbies, Mackeral and dogtooth Tuna are the most frequent fish caught in the GBR.