Bronze Award in the New Tourism Development category at the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards.


TTNQ Winner for New Tourism Development and Business Award

Snorkelling Port Douglas… Sailaway Team are absolutely delighted to be the TTNQ WINNER for New Tourism Development and Business Award. The initiative of the additional sister vessel Sailaway V Afternoon Low Isles Tour, 1.00 to 6.30pm, Snorkelling, Turtles, Coral Viewing and Sunset Sailing back to Port (Adults Only) is successfully established and known as “The most relaxing experience on our GBR” This award complements being an Eco Tourism Climate Action Leader and National Sustainability Award Winner 2013. We see this industry recognition supporting our destination promotion to our valued agents and visitors.

Press Release

We are extremely pleased to announce Sailaway V is the winner of the TNQ New Tourism Development Award! This category recognises excellence in the planning of tourism infrastructure and services with a focus on entrepreneurial vision, harmonious integration with the environment, design and functionality and uniqueness of the service.

Sailaway V commenced operation on the 1st April 2014 and is an innovative new product offering “The Most Relaxing Experience on the Great Barrier Reef”.

Seeing the need for an adults only, late departure tour to Low Isles, Steve and Katrina Edmondson had a desire to grow the already successful Sailaway brand offering first class service with a luxury sailing and snorkelling experience to Low Isles, a Coral Cay Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

Sailaway V has been very successful since it was launched this year, a sister vessel to Sailaway IV, this new Sailaway V is also a proven Lagoon 500 sailing catamaran, and fills a gap in the marketplace offering a 1.00pm departure with a late return at 6.30pm, to incorporate the highly popular Sailaway Sunset Sail on the homeward journey.

The cruise is for adults only and offers 3 hours at idyllic Low Isles to snorkel with turtles on the guided snorkel tour, enjoy a glass bottom boat tour and explore the island with an island heritage walk, or simply relax on the beach. Once returning to the vessel, guests are treated to a spectacular afternoon tea, followed by a complimentary beverage and a delicious selection of canapés. Add a relaxed friendly atmosphere, ambient music and first class service from Sailaway’s experienced crew, this is a recipe for a memorable experience.

“We would like to extend a very big thank you to our team of dedicated crew who have been fully committed to ensuring this new tour is a success. Also to the many local suppliers who have contributed to this new venture.  The many 5 star ratings on Trip Advisor is a testament to the success of this great new innovative product.  We look forward to a busy year ahead. Go Sailaway!” says owner Steve Edmondson.


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