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Solway Lass

Holidays aboard the historic ship

Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Your next holiday aboard historic tall ship Solway Lass

Solway Lass is older than the oldest living human. This magnificent tall ship is the longest continuously operated tourism vessel globally. Charm and history ooze from bow to stern. Ghost stories, true or not, are shared with passion. It’s a superb marine experience.

The Whitsundays, with its stunning beaches, azure waters, marine life and coral, is a wonderful backdrop for this sailing adventure. Activities change with the seasons. Solway Lass becomes a floating hotel in the summer and offers a range of longer specialised trips in the winter.

Plan your next holidays in the Whitsundays on Solway Lass.
Choose a trip full of fun and activities to suit your friends and family.

Create remarkable memories.

Summer Activities on Solway Lass | December to May


Enjoy the very best of the Whitsundays this summer.

Live aboard Solway Lass, enjoy the air-conditioned comfort and completed shaded deck. Our floating hotel anchors in stunning locations and then combines with the Explore Whitsundays’ fleet to provide the most diverse and exciting island and marine experiences.

Winter Activities on Solway Lass | May to November


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The winter turns the Whitsunday islands into a wonderland. The mild, sunny days are perfect for walking. The National Park tracks are almost exclusively accessible by boat, making this trip unique. Join a group of like-minded walkers as you hike to amazing views of the islands and the azure waters of the Whitsundays.

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Your trip your way. Private charters are a great way to reconnect and unwind with friends or family. Each winter, we organise around ten private charters, from reunions to 60th birthdays to yoga retreats.We tailor each charter to meet your requirements.

Perfect for groups of up to thirty people.

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Annual school trips on Solway Lass have become a tradition for schools across Australia. From three to seven nights, groups of 20 to 30 students experience Solway Lass as their floating classroom.

There are limited opportunities available in the next year.

Summer Activities on Solway Lass | December to May

Enjoy the very best of the Whitsundays this summer. 

Live aboard Solway Lass, enjoy the air-conditioned comfort and completed shaded deck. Our floating hotel anchors in stunning locations and then combines with the Explore Whitsundays’ fleet to provide the most diverse and exciting island and marine experiences. 

Winter Activities on Solway Lass | May to November

The winter turns the Whitsunday islands into a wonderland. The mild, sunny days are perfect for walking. The National Park tracks are almost exclusively accessible by boat, making this trip unique. Join a group of like-minded walkers as you hike to amazing views of the islands and the azure waters of the Whitsundays.

Your trip your way. Private charters are a great way to reconnect and unwind with friends or family. Each winter, we organise around ten private charters, from reunions to 60th birthdays to yoga retreats. We tailor each charter to meet your requirements. Perfect for groups of up to thirty people. 

Annual school trips on Solway Lass have become a tradition for schools across Australia. From three to seven nights, groups of 20 to 30 students experience Solway Lass as their floating classroom. There are limited opportunities available in the next year.

Guests love Solway Lass for a variety of reasons

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Great experience with a great crew

"My husband and I have just experienced an excellent 2 nights, 3 days aboard this wonderful ship. We enjoyed our time very much. The crew kept us safe, well-fed and well informed about the area and the itinerary. The snorkelling was great, the paddleboarding was fun, the rope swing exciting and Whitehaven Beach was glorious. I would highly recommend this trip to others, it was great."

Melissa (September 2020) – 2D2N Cruise

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Would recommend to everyone

"This is my second time on the Solway Lass, I said I’d come back one day when I had kids and 8 years later they loved it as much as me!! The food was perfect for both adults and kids with more than enough for seconds, the bar was very well priced and stocked. The staff were engaging, helpful, great with the kids and super friendly. The cabins are comfy enough, tiny but that’s to be expected on a ship of that age. So much history, Lots of activities and lots of chill time. Whitehaven beach was amazing! Would recommend this trip to anyone!"

Beeyanker (October 2020) – 2D2N Cruise

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A big thank you

"Your " Walk the Whitsundays" was fabulous right from the beginning to the end. The little details you thought of, like having a stroll down to Solway Lace in the sunset, meeting the owner and the lovely welcome dinner which gave us the opportunity to talk to each other before the sailing trip was a great beginning. The trip itself was a wonderful mix of sailing, walking, snorkelling and enjoying the ride on the boat. The crew was extremely skilled, funny, very friendly and great support when needed. The food was delicious and always there when we were hungry. It was one of the best trips I have ever done. A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU ALL!"

Dr Barbara (November 2020) - Walk the Whitsundays

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Incredible sailing experience

"We chartered the Solway Lass to celebrate my Mum’s 70th Birthday. We did a 3day 4nights sail experience with 19 family members and friends We absolutely loved it. All the staff were professional and helpful. We didn’t want it to end. Thank you for the wonderful memories made."

Almandla (August 2020) - Private Charter

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Excellent

"Such an awesome experience! Myself, my husband and 3 friends booked this trip very last minute and did not know what to expect but we were not disappointed. The staff were so accommodating, Dan kept us entertained from the get-go. Shout out to Sully who made the most incredible food, catering for all dietary requirements and not a chance of us getting hungry as he was always cooking up a storm. Beth the sweetest barmaid makes incredible cocktails. Skipper Reece and deckhand Ross such nice guys who gave us great local tips.All in all, it was a great experience, we felt incredibly lucky to have such a good group of people on the same trip as us. Everyone up for having a good time and some drinks but yet it wasn’t a party boat.Thanks again! "

Christine (December 2020) – 2D2N Cruise

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Honeymoon delight

"The crew really went beyond what was expected to give us a better tour than any of the others. Hats off to the lads and a great skipper. The Solway is loaded with history and charisma, it made our little honeymoon experience really special. :-)"

Kelly & Monica (October 2020) – 2D2N Cruise