MARITIMO MIGRATION TRIP | 2nd – 16th Oct 2023

Welcome to the official Maritimo Migration trip page. We’re excited to have you join us for an experience of a lifetime on the migration from the Gold Coast to Hamilton Island. This page will be updated with any changes that are required so please bookmark this page.

The official hashtag of the event is #maritimomigration and @maritimomotoryachts for all social posts of your journey up.

Your lead skipper will be Isaac Marshall P: 0499 808 944 E:

VHF Channels: Monitor CH16.
Ship to Ship: CH72, Backup Ship to Ship CH73
Radio Schedules whilst underway: 0800, 1500
Distance between vessels: Maintain a safe distance between vessels of at least .3nm
Departing Marinas/Anchorages between 0700-0800 (depending on location and weather)

Whilst the lead vessel will monitor these channels at all times these radio schedules will provide updated weather and information regarding the migration. If vessels are already anchored at the location for the day, these schedules will still run.


Day 12nd Oct. Gold Coast – Double Island for 1 night
Double Island is a beautiful, protected anchorage offering stunning views and an easy trip the following day to cross the wide bay bar.

Day 2/3 – Double Island to Fraser Island (Kingfisher) for 2 nights (3rd,4th)
This is a scenic trip with a bar crossing turning into a trip up the inside of K’gari, better known as Fraser Island. A protected anchorage awaits just off Kingfisher bay resort. 2 nights here allows for any fuelling and also a chance to explore the waterways of K’gari. Sunset drinks and relaxing with other Maritimo Migration crew members.

Day 4/5 – Kingfisher to Lady Musgrave for 2 nights (5th,6th)
Weather permitting, we will aim to get to Lady Musgrave to enjoy 2 nights at this stunning reef anchorage.

Day 6 – Lady Musgrave to Yeppoon. Fuel and 1 night at Roslyn Bay marina for group dinner (7th)
Arriving at Roslyn Bay marina this is another great opportunity to get some fuel onboard and stop at a marina for our only marina stop of the trip. The restaurant will accommodate us for a group dinner. Stock up on some of the best locally caught seafood in Australia.

Day 7 – Move from Yeppoon to Great Keppel Island anchorage 10nm for 1 night (8th)
Once fuelled and stocked full of fresh seafood we cannot travel north without enjoying the beautiful waters of Great Keppel Island for an evening.

Day 8/9 – Great Keppel to Percy Isles (Middle Percy Island) 2 nights. 9th/10th
Middle Percy Island in the Percy group is a tropical anchorage with a small beach and protected waters for swimming and even a potential fish.

Day 10 – Percy Isles – Scawfell Island (Refuge Bay) for 1 night (11th)
Scawfell Island is the closest thing to Jurassic park in Australia. Refuge Bay at Scawfell Island sits roughly 40 nautical miles off the coast which is the most easterly island in the lower Whitsunday group. This is a beautiful, protected anchorage and is protected from strong southerly winds. Hiking, snorkelling and fishing are all the adventurous activities however it is truly a magnificent anchorage for sitting back and taking it all in.

Day 11/12 – Scawfell – Shaw Island (Beach Sunset drinks) 12th, 13th
Shaw Island is just south of Hamilton Island and is a great anchorage for a number of vessels. A beautiful beach for sunset drinks and a protected shallow water anchorage gives the tropical reef feeling as the white sand meets the light blue water.

Day 13/14 – Shaw Island – Whitehaven (vessels can fuel if needed whilst passing Hamilton Island 14th/15th

DAY 15 | 16th Oct

Hamilton Island
Hamilton Island Tides 16th Oct:
For those of you who have a berth booked at Hamilton Island we’ll move into the allocated berths listed below;

Vessel Name ARM MARINA NO.
Arija F TBC
Shifty Business F TBC
Dirty Deeds F TBC
Elysium F TBC
Pau Hana F TBC
Miss Nancy F TBC
Omega TBC


Migration Notes:

• Maritimo will guide the vessels up the East Coast stopping at appropriate anchorages along the way with marina berthing in Roslyn Bay

• Owners are reminded to ensure they have enough supplies for this trip as stops for resupply will be limited. Maritimo is not supplying dinner and drinks for the trip.

• Owners to ensure vessels are serviced ready for the migration North.

• Owners to ensure vessel safety gear is up to date and EPIRBS tested before departure.

• Maritimo will be carrying basic spares onboard their lead vessel in the event of migration vessels need emergency works.

• Maritimo lead vessel will be carrying an offshore first aid kit and a defibrillator. It is still recommended that vessels carry their own first aid kits and applicable safety gear for the trip North.

• Customers to ensure they bring snorkel gear if wanting to get in the water. It is recommended that whilst within the great barrier reef a protection suit is used whilst in the water to avoid coming in contact with Irukandji jellyfish.

• Phone reception on the trip North will be in and out. Maritimo will have a satellite phone onboard for emergencies however VHF communication will be the primary means of communication whilst travelling through the reef.


If you have any questions regarding the overall Migration Event at Hamilton Island please contact: Simon Stewart P: 0403031431