Posted February 15, 2019 in Charter by Morgan Crowe

If you’ve got your heart set on Sydney, we promise to show you the best of this Down Under destination with a bit of cosmopolitan flair, great gastronomy, a touch of history and plenty of excitement. Start with a visit to the Sydney Opera House, Australia’s most famous landmark. This unique structure is one of the world’s most instantly recognizable and iconic buildings. In 1956, an international competition to design an opera house for Sydney was held. Jørn Utzon had his extraordinary design declared the winner on January 29, 1957.

Next, enjoy a cruise under the renowned Sydney Harbour Bridge, which is sometimes called “the Coat Hangar.” The bridge spans Sydney Harbour, also known as Port Jackson, in New South Wales. If you want to reach the bridge by shore, access is quite easy as it is an integral part of Sydney’s transport infrastructure. Trains, buses, motor vehicles and pedestrians all rely on the bridge to travel between north and south Sydney.

Situated within one of the world’s most intriguing cities, epitomizing the quintessential “Australian” lifestyle, Bondi Beach is one of the most well-known beaches in the world. This impressively long stretch of golden sand is nestled in a sparkling bay. It has long been celebrated for its iconic sun, surf and community. Sydney is a must-do city during any trip to Australia. Be sure to visit this exemplary location while Down Under.

And the other must-visit spot in Australia is the Great Barrier Reef. Get ready to dip your toes in the crystalline blue sea and enjoy the otherworldly sights of the world’s premier reef system during a Northrop & Johnson luxury yacht charter. This ultimate bucket-list item destination comprises more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands, spanning more than 1,400 miles/2,300km; it covers an area of approximately 133,000 square miles/344,400 square km. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest reef system in the world. Built by tiny coral polyps, the reef is the biggest structure made by living organisms and is bigger than the Great Wall of China. It is the only living thing visible from space. Predictably, The Great Barrier Reef is often included as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.

Housing the world’s largest diversity of corals (more than 400 types), more than 1,600 species of fish, 5,000 types of mollusc (such as 100-year-old giant clams), around 125 species of shark and stingray, 23 species of reptile (17 types of sea snakes and six varieties of turtle), 215 types of birds and 30 types of mammals, including whale, dolphin, porpoise and dugong (Sea Cow), the Great Barrier Reef’s vibrant diversity proves unsurpassable. Snorkelers, scuba divers and all round nature lovers agree that it’s true paradise.

Every year, more than two million visitors enjoy the multitude of activities, trips, tours and resort stays in or around the reef. It is arguably the most famous of all Australian landmarks, and no trip Down Under is complete without a visit to this awe-inspiring marvel of nature.

Now that you know a bit about these vivacious destinations, it’s time to get the scoop of the luxury yachts that frequent them.

The 120-foot (36m) luxury motor yacht SAHANA is the ideal yacht for cruising Sydney Harbour and all that it has to offer.

She has four staterooms, including a master with a custom floating king bed, two VIP cabins and a guest cabin, all beautifully outfitted with top amenities. SAHANA caters to eight guests.

Her layout is ideal for entertaining on board. Guests will enjoy three decks of relaxing, stylish salons, lounges and dining areas. She features a state-of-the-art entertainment system. Alfresco dining is a must to enjoy the beautiful cruising locations around Sydney. The yacht also have plenty of space for soaking up the Aussie sunshine. If you’re keen for some adventure, SAHANA has plenty of tenders and toys to enjoy.

Let the 115-foot (35m) motor yacht SPIRIT be your home base while you explore the natural wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. Spirit has accommodations for up to 10 guests in five luxury staterooms, including an owner’s suite, two VIP staterooms and an additional guest cabin.

Her eye-catching design was created by the renowned Ken Freivokh, who translated his vision of sleek lines and a spacious interior into one of the reef’s most resplendent charter yachts. She is complete with lavish European finishing and a top-of-the-line entertainment system.

SPIRIT is best enjoyed on deck with the beauty of the reef as a picture-perfect backdrop. Two alfresco dining areas and a large sunpad on the upper deck are guest favorites. The top deck is outfitted with a wet bar; it also has a shaded section — perfectly positioned for a nap after exploring the reef below.

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