4 bedrooms; sleeps 8 | $$ From $4990 per night | crystalblue yachtcharters.com.au
Featuring sporty lines and sea-blue accents, the 80-foot Crystal Blue slices its way through the Gold Coast’s waterways, passing under bridges, slipping into isolated coves and even venturing into the open ocean, offering ever-changing perspectives of the skyline, islands and beaches. Each of the four state-of-the-art bedrooms has a porthole, flatscreen TV and ensuite. There’s a swanky galley, too – but no need to lift a finger, as the charter includes two crew members.
Crystal Blue Yacht Charters offers bespoke itineraries. Spend the day fishing in the Broadwater (or on the outer reef for a big catch) or swim and snorkel in the sheltered bay off Wave Break Island. Alternatively, you could just plonk yourself at the bow while the skipper takes you for a spin around Paradise Point, a neighbourhood dotted with extravagant waterside mansions. A champagne cruise takes in the Nerang River by evening, all the way to Chevron Island, where the glassy skyscrapers glow orange with the setting sun.
All meals and drinks are included in the charter, with the aft of the vessel doubling as an alfresco dining room. Dinner is a threecourse affair that kicks off with a generous platter of oysters and Moreton Bay bugs. Other meals are more casual – big serves of freshly chopped fruit for breakfast, for example, and barbecued salmon or beef with sautéed greens for lunch.