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Crys­tal Blue

4 bed­rooms; sleeps 8 | $$ From $4990 per night | crys­tal­blue yachtchar­

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.

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