Tailored to your own adventure

about aroona

Launched in 2010, Aroona a 70ft (22m) motor yacht cruising out of Half Moon Bay Marina at Yorkeys Knob, Cairns, in Far North Queensland. She has been designed for optimum space and comfort with stabilizers for smooth travelling.

Charter your private yacht on a Great Barrier reef tour

Accommodation for up to 9 guests in three staterooms all with ensuites:

  • Master suite with a king size bed which can convert into two king bunk beds or four single bunk beds
  • VIP suite with a double bed which can convert into two single beds
  • Guest room with a double bed and a single bunk
  • Individually controlled air conditioning in every room
  • All linen including beach towels supplied
  • Flat screen LCD televisions and DVD players in each stateroom and lounge
  • Spacious living area spread over three decks
  • Latest navigational and communications systems
  • 3 Fully equipped tenders – The Hornet 80hp 5m side console, The Southwind 100hp 5.2m Centre console and The Swift 60hp 5.2m RIB
  • Light tackle and reef fishing equipment supplied
  • Snorkelling and scuba gear, including a dive compressor on-board
  • 2 Stand Up paddle boards
  • 1 kayak

Specifications

  • Length: 22 m (70ft)
  • Beam: 5.6 m (18’6″)
  • Draft: 1.8m (6′)
  • Engines: Twin Caterpillar C-9 500hp
  • Fuel capacity: 8500L (2300 US gallons)
  • Water captivity: 1500L (400 US gallons)
  • Water maker 6600L (1800 US gallons) per day
  • ABT ‘Trac’ 220 stabilizers
  • Stern and bow thrusters

aroona’s home port

When Aroona isn’t at sea, you’ll find her docked at the Half Moon Bay Marina in Yorkeys Knob, just 15 minutes north of the Cairns CBD.

Gateway to the great barrier reef

A city of more than 120,000, Cairns is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and arguably the gamefishing capital of the world. An ideal embarkation point, served by busy domestic and international airports, Cairns is only 40 minutes from luxury resort town Port Douglas and 90 minutes cruising from the reef.

The Crew

Ross Miller

Manager, Captain and Logistics Coordinator

Ross is what some may call the ultimate expert in adventure on the Great Barrier Reef and tropical north coast of Australia. While he grew up exploring the mountainous coastline and marine life, his passion for the wind drove him as a teenager to be an early pioneer in kitesurfing along Cairns’ northern beaches. Needing to conquer bigger feats, he followed in his dad’s footsteps and took up hang gliding and has been taking to the skies for over 20 years when not on or under the water. An avid diver, spearfisherman, kitesurfer, hang glider, photographer and now skipper, engineer and business manager of Aroona, this has made him the perfect guide for guests and scientists exploring the remote Great Barrier Reef coast in what Ross calls his “backyard”. He believes in expanding upon every opportunity to blend individual amazing experiences into one big ultimate adventure.

Ross has run Aroona Luxury Boat Charters as manager and skipper since its inception in 2011 and has successfully made it the most sought-after tailored experience on the Great Barrier Reef. He is also devoted to advancing research through his access to these remote reef areas. Ross has long-running collaborations with scientists on minke whale migrations and behaviours, shark movements, nautilus populations, seagrass monitoring and coral assessments from Cairns up to the Torres Strait.

Joe Buck

Captain, Engineer, Diver Master

Joe started with Aroona in 2013 and has led expeditions to some of the most remote reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. His drive and passion for showcasing a slice of paradise to guests, saw Joe leading expeditions as a very capable captain, engineer, dive master and kitesurfing guide from the early days as part of the crew.  He led trips to the far northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef in 2016 and 2018 also touring the jaw dropping coastline of the Kimberley region in 2017. Joe has a great deal of experience in all aspects of keeping Aroona running smoothly as well as providing a personalised and unforgettable journey on board for guests. Joe truly is an integral part of the Aroona team.

Chef

A professional Chef will be employed to provide you with the standard of culinary delights you require.  See our gallery section for examples of our cuisine. Our chef can cater for specific food requirements or allergies just let us know your preferences when booking.

Host

Our Host will be there to work with the Captain and Chef to ensure you have a memorable experience on board Aroona.

Dive and Kitesurfing Instructors, Fishing Guides and other Specialists crew

Aroona has a selection of crew to suit each type of charter. When booking we will make sure that we have the best team to give you the safest relaxing and enjoyable trip.