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What We Do

OUR VISION IS: To create positive change in the lives of everyone who experiences South Passage - Adventure Under Sail.

OUR MISSION IS: To operate a voyage program that facilitates and embodies the R.O.P.E.S Program in all Voyagers.

OUR PURPOSE: To provide a safe and challenging experience, using the ship as a medium to develop leadership, initiative, independence and self-discipline.

OUR PROGRAM: ROPES: Respect, Opportunity, Participation, Enjoyment, Safety

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Everyone is a Participant in ROPES

We offer participants from all backgrounds a unique growth opportunity where they are placed outside their comfort zone, experiencing the force of nature and the benefits of team work.

South Passage - Adventure under Sail’s ROPES program is central to the achievement of our Vision and Purpose.

It focuses our efforts on conducting voyages that deliver in terms of the experience for both our crew and our passengers. Everyone is a participant in ROPES.


for others/for the ship’s hierarchy/for the ship


for personal growth / for stepping up / for stepping out


by everyone


in a job well done / in the surrounds / in the company


is maintained whilst personal boundaries are explored

How Participants will Benefit

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    Create positive changes in young people by empowering them to learn about the person that they can be by providing a life changing “Experience of a lifetime”.

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    Build confidence

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    Develop personal skills & team work

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    Team building

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    Delivering a boat load of fun

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    Experience sailing

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    Create lasting memories

Upcoming Day Sails

As Queensland’s only owned and operated sail training tall ship, we spend a lot of our time out on the water…but here’s your chance to come and see how we operate safely tied up at our home base at Manly. William Gunn Jetty is just off the Esplanade at Manly, tucked in behind the Manly Public Pool in the Manly Boat Harbour.

Come and have a look through South Passage – a 100ft gaff-rigged schooner that is sailed traditionally using ropes from deck level – not a winch in sight! Everything depends on teamwork. We will have plenty of our friendly crew on board to show you around and explain how we operate.

The Farmers’ Market will be on along the Esplanade, Bay FM will be joining us on the jetty for a live outdoor broadcast and we’re moored right in front of Tide on the Jetty so there’s a handy spot for coffee or brunch.

Why not make a morning of it and come on down!

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Come and join us for a great day out on the Bay! No experience necessary – we’ll “show you the ropes”. All you need is your picnic lunch, togs and towel for a swim and a sense of adventure! Bring a friend, come on your own or make it a family outing – you’ll have a great day! There’s plenty of days to choose from – click on the link to find what’s available then you can book your spot!

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Upcoming Voyages

This voyage is planned for adults to explore the waters around southern Moreton Bay Islands with plenty of sailing action during the day, but ready to call in to an island pub or sailing club for a cool drink and dinner at the end of each day.

Take the Monday off and come join us for a breath of fresh air!

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This is an adult focused voyage where you will be part of the crew sailing our beautiful 100ft gaff-rigged schooner back from the famous Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race. There will be many beautiful spots to stop, swim, snorkel and explore along the magnificent South East Coast….as well as plenty of sailing! No experience necessary!

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Lend a Hand & Support Us

We have a proud tradition of fulfilling our vision:

"To create positive change in the lives of everyone who experiences South Passage - Adventure Under Sail".

During the last 10 years there have been over
School Students


Public Passengers



- sailing on Queensland's Tall Ship. We want that proud tradition to continue.
We see positive change in the lives of our voyagers who often refer to our voyages as an “Experience of a lifetime”

COVID-19 seriously impacted our operation in 2020. In recent months we have commenced a limited general public and schools sailing program in South East Queensland. To all those who have been on board - thank you for your support. To those that are intending to sail with us - thank you for your consideration. With your support, we will remain viable until such time as our schools’ program is able to resume in 2021.

I would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the South Passage Foundation.

This will be used to sponsor disadvantaged or at-risk people by funding berths on suitable ‘sail training’ voyages to provide them with a personal development opportunity.

I would like to support the operation of South Passage.

This will be used for maintenance and ongoing operating costs to keep South Passage viable.

Direct to South Passage - Non Tax Deductible

via the Australian Sports Foundation - for those that wish to claim a Tax Deduction


We're Looking for Volunteers

South Passage is a not for profit organisation, wholly run by its volunteer members. Membership of South Passage - Adventure under Sail is open to anyone with an interest in sailing, adventure or with a desire to make a difference in the lives of young people.

There are opportunities to sail on South Passage as a Watch Leader or paid crew or to assist in the many other roles required to keep South Passage sailing.

Download a Membership Application Form

Please refer to our Code of Conduct before completing your Membership Form


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  • Avatar Alison Anderson ★★★★★ a week ago
    After completing a 7 day Sail with Friends, where we sailed out of Townsville , I would highly recommend South Passage. We visited the Islands in that area for 7 days, walking to see spectacular vistas and waterfalls, swimming and snorkelling … More - the coral was amazing as were the fish and turtles. Seeing whales and dolphins, sea snakes and gorgeous sun sets and rises. The crew and volunteers made the journey good fun, and we met some terrific fellow ‘sailors’. The cook kept us all well fed too. A week to remember.
  • Avatar Julie Streatfield ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Fabulous day on board. This experience really gives you the feel of being an old world schooner. Loved the fact there was no machinery above deck so all the tasks are done by hand.
  • Avatar Rebecca Heard ★★★★★ 2 months ago
    Absolutely loved our day out on The South Passage. Skipper John and his crew were helpful & friendly and made it a memorable day for us. As motorboat owners it was good to see how a sail ship operates and I loved joining in with all … More aspects of it......Just wish we had more wind, but maybe next time!
  • Avatar Nancy Timms ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    Great way to celebrate 50th Birthday. Had a near full moon very calm sailing experience. Got some time on the helm. You can help out as much or as little as you like. Thank you for the experience.
  • Avatar Susan Brady ★★★★★ 6 months ago
    I enjoyed a wonderful day sailing with South Passage! The Skipper and crew were so friendly and engaging. They went above and beyond to make sure everyone had a great time. You can be as involved as you want and help hoist the sails and … More steer or just sit back and relax and enjoy the day. I would love to do this trip again!
  • Avatar David Smith ★★★★★ 10 months ago
    This was a great day out for those who like to be involved. The staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. It was relaxing while allowing you to help with steering and pulling up and down the sails.
    Recommended for young and old alike.
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  • Avatar Shelley Dark ★★★★★ 11 months ago
    Our cruise on board the South Passage was absolutely perfect. The weather was glorious, the volunteer crew so professional, encouraging and communicative. We were able to see up close first hand how a big sailing ship operates. It’s not … More your normal sit about drinking wine, trailing your hand in the water sort of trip. It’s more a pull on that rope, would you like a turn at the helm, take your own sandwiches, nearly forgot to eat them, kind of thing. A wonderfully engaging experience, don’t miss your chance while Covid is keeping it in Qld.
  • Avatar Michelle ★★★★★ a year ago
    Had a fantastic day out on the water on South Passage. For those who wanted to help with the sailing you could, which only really took a couple of minutes, then it was just a lovely trip to anchor off Peel Island and jump in the water for … More a swim.
    Couldn't believe it was so cheap for a whole day out on the water. The crew were great and will definitely do it again. Highly recommend.
  • Avatar Germaine Lecei ★★★★★ a year ago
    It was everything I expected and more.
    The crew were passionate about the work.
    Loved that we got to help and experience working the ship or we could just sit back and watch it all happening. I could not recommend this more as a great
    … More family day out.
  • Avatar FNQ Volunteer Tutors ★★★★★ a year ago
    I have had experience of South Passage over several years. Initially through taking several groups of senior students on an exciting adventure sail from Cairns to Townsville. Also buying South Passage sailing shirts for use on and off the … More water. Both their adventures and products are excellent value. The staff and volunteers are highly skilled and lovely people to deal with. Products are value for money and service is exceptional. I highly recommend this company on all levels.

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