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Sailing Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

Sailing Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia

BIG MAMA, is our beautiful 18 m (60 foot) sailing yacht(ketch rigged) & we live on board( Big Mama is our Home).

Our names are Stu, Lisa, Fletcher and our small dog, Coco. We invite you into our home and offer a unique and memorable sailing experience for up to 12 guests on our day sails and up to 4-5 guests on our overnight sails.

We LOVE sailing MAGNETIC ISLAND, Far North Queensland, Australia, but happy to also sail to Breakwater Marina, Townsville, Australia for Private Charters & larger group bookings.

Big Mama Sailing offer a unique & memorable sailing experience in Far North Queensland!

We are also happy to reposition Big Mama along the North Queensland Coast (or anywhere that is in our capability) to suit your PRIVATE SAILING ADVENTURE, including Mission Beach, Airlie Beach, Cairns and Port Douglas.

BIG MAMA is a Family Friendly vessel and we attract families, couples and solo travellers from all over the world and of all ages.

Whether novice or expert sailor, non swimmer or snorkeler, whether adult, teen or child, we cater to all interests and skill levels within the limitations of safety, your itinerary, weather and ‘ocean sense.’



Snorkelling is one of the most popular activities on our charters. Magnetic Island, the Palm Islands offer fringing reef.

Fringing reef grows near the coastline around islands.

Snorkeling on board Big Mama, is visibility and sea condition dependant, as the best bays to snorkel around Magnetic Island are exposed to our strong south easterly trade winds approximately April to September, but we still have many beautiful days too which allows us to show you the BEST fringing reef & marine life on the island!

Magnetic Island is part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and perfect first any level of snorkeler- Beginner to experienced!


BIG MAMA is a Ketch-rig sailing vessel. Her primary means of propulsion is the wind in her sails. She sails beautifully and guests often take a turn at the wheel. Of course, for maximum efficiency, we also have autopilot(an extra crew member).

As a ketch, BIG MAMA has 2 masts: a main mast and a shorter mizzen mast, rearward of the main mast and forward of the rudder post.

All-in-all it is the ideal rig for comfort in our waters and the enjoyment of guests.


The normal time to see Humpback Whales is their migration period which is around early late June to early October!

A very special time of the sail with the whales is an unforgettable experience!

Humpback whales are an extra bonus on our cruises but we are happy to offer Whale watching cruise ONLY.

Humpback whales are a baleen whale and are renowned for their spectacular behaviour of leaping out of the water,  rolling in the air with their huge pectoral fins outstretched like wings, and crash noisily back into the water. 

This is called BREACHING & it is an amazing sight to see!

News By Adventure Island Sail | Big Mama Sailing

Here is an update on our upcoming sails

Here is an update on our upcoming sails

By Adventure Island Sail | Big Mama Sailing

01 Jun 2017

(of course weather dependent- but we do get shelter from beautiful Magnetic Island, which makes life on the water so much more easier & calmer):
Adventure Island Sail(Departing Townsville)- Friday the 2nd of June;
Sunset Sail( Departing Horseshoe Bay)-Saturday the 3rd of June;
Adventure Island Sail( Departing Horseshoe Bay)- Monday the 5th of June;
Look forward to sailing and meeting you all

Adventure Island Sail | Big Mama Sailing Reviews


0 Sherri Huckstep

We had an absolutely amazing day. We felt so comfortable and well looked after it was like being with family. Anyone who gets a chance should do this tour. I wish there were 6 stars Thanks to Lisa, Stu, Fletcher and cocoa for an amazing Mother's Day!


0 Kelly Knight

There is nothing not to love about this sailing experience. Fantastic/lovely family that can't do enough to make your experience fun and memorable. Can't thank them enough for the experience; from booking to disembarking from the relaxing sunset sail.


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