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 also very stable, making her perfect for those who may not have their sea legs or may be a little unsteady on their feet.

Sundowner has a fully licensed fairly well stocked bar but storage space is at premium so we mainly stock the more popular brands, if you would like us to stock something for a special occasion our friendly bar staff are than happy to cater for your needs.

Guests can come aboard dressed for dinner and ladies are welcome to leave their heels on.

Sundowner departs from the new Port of Airlie, which is only a short 200m walk from the main street of Airlie Beach.  The Port of Airlie is a vibrant new development which includes the Boathouse Apartments by Outrigger, Restaurants, Bars, and a variety of shopping experiences.

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, including the ship wreck at Cannonvale Beach and 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.

Company background

While Sundowner the company and concept is only six years new to Airlie Beach, the vessel herself has been operating in the Whitsunday’s 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, refitted and extended, she 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 HI Water Sports who developed if further and made it great family favourite. Twenty odd years later it was brought to Airlie Beach where she worked as a backpacker party boat for another couple years before being put out to pasture on a mooring in Pioneer Bay.

That was almost six years ago. 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.