Purpose built for celebrations
Sundowner is a purpose built catamaran with a spacious open plan entertaining area that can accommodate 48 passengers comfortably. She is very stable, making her perfect for those who may not have their sea legs or may be a little unsteady on their feet.
Sundowner is a fully licensed floating bar, designed for socialising. The flat layout has high and low seating, a high table, one toilet, the bar, and plenty of room for walking around (or dancing!).
Guests can come aboard dressed for dinner and ladies are welcome to leave their heels on.
Sundowner departs from Coral Sea Marina, North Village which is only a short 10 minute walk from the main street of Airlie Beach. Coral Sea Marina is a vibrant precinct which includes a North and South Village, Sorrentos Restaurant & Bar and The Garden Bar & Bistro.
We circumnavigate Pioneer Bay and as we have very little draft we are able are able to get up close and personal to the many points of interest along the Airlie Beach coastline, and enjoy a bit of turtle spotting in Turtle Bay.
Airlie Beach and the Whitsunday islands provide the perfect back drop for our sunset cruises, as well as our other cruises including private charters for birthdays, corporate groups, weddings or any celebration.
In 2023, a new umbrella company was born: Iconic Whitsunday Adventures.
Iconic Whitsunday Adventures incorporates Sundowner Cruises, Viper Whitsundays, Lady Enid Sailing, and a new land-based bus tour called Coastal Explorer, exploring the hinterland and beaches of the Whitsundays.
While Sundowner the company and concept has been creating wonderful memories for many guests for more than 15 years in Airlie Beach, the vessel herself has been operating in the Whitsundays for over 25 years.
Originally built at Sea World on the Gold Coast for use as a floating camera platform for the making of a movie, it was brought to Hamilton Island by developer Keith Williams. She was refitted and extended, and was then put to work ferrying Hamilton Island guests to Dent Island and of course Sunset Cruising.
After a few years it was taken over by the Harvey Family, owner/operators of Hamilton Island Water Sports who developed if further and made it a great family favourite. Twenty odd years later it was brought to Airlie Beach where she worked as a backpacker party boat for another couple of years before being put out to pasture on a mooring in Pioneer Bay.
Jeremy and Nicole Graham took ownership of her in 2006 from their friends, the Harveys, and after 11 months in refit, and a lot of blood sweat and tears, the Polynesian war canoe was transformed into Sundowner.
“It is the atmosphere that we have created we are most proud of – social like an old English pub. We welcome and chat to our guests as if they were in our home.” said Jeremy.
Our philosophy at Sundowner is about providing a great product, fantastic service in a friendly social atmosphere that gets your holiday off to a great start and allows you to truly unwind and bask in a fantastic Whitsunday sunset while enjoying your favourite tipple from our fully licensed bar.
Iconic Whitsunday Adventures WON GOLD for best Tour & Transport Operator at the 2023 Whitsunday Tourism Awards.
This award covers our whole group of tours:
- Sundowner Cruises
- Viper Whitsundays
- Lady Enid Sailing
- Coastal Explorer bus tour