PAGE 74 I LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE CRUISES ON THE GIPPSLAND LAKES Cruises depart mornings and afternoons from Metung and Nungurner jetty. Bookings essential. Phone 0427 924 450 *weather permitting. E: firstname.lastname@example.org / www.pearlluggercruises.com.au ’ PEARL LUGGER ‘PAM’ Our yacht “Calypso” has been operating on the Gippsland Lakes for over 15 years. We ask what experiences you desire on “Calypso” , and tailor a cruise package to suit you and the time period of the charter. Destinations may include Metung, Ocean Grange, Rotamah Island, SpermWhale Head, plus several sheltered bays and inlets, and the Paynesville Canal system. For info and arrangements phone skipper, Doug on 0418 343 622 Email: email@example.com www.sailsafari.com.au Sail Safari All aboard for water-top adventures Hire a boat and travel the great expanse of the Gippsland Lakes, going where and when you like. Or if you’d rather someone else take the wheel so you can sit back to enjoy the scenery and watch as dolphins escort your boat, then jump aboard a skippered vessel and listen as the wonders of the watery expanse are bestowed upon you. PEARL LUGGER PAM Enjoy a cruise around the Gippsland Lakes on board Pam , Broome’s oldest surviving pearl lugger that now calls the Lakes its home. She is also Australia’s oldest commercially operated sailing ship. At more than a century old, Pam has had a tumultuous history. Harvesting mother of pearl shell in her early life off the coast of Broome (and the odd pearl here and there), she was used during World War II as a surveillance ship off the coast of Darwin and sunk twice in the cyclonic weather of the north, including Cyclone Tracy in 1974. She has been rebuilt five times. Deregistered in 1970, Pam is the last lugger from a fleet of more than 400 luggers registered in 1924. Learn more about her history and the early pearling industry while sailing around the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Cruises depart from Nungurner and Metung jetties with other pickup points negotiable for large groups. Pam is also available for pleasure cruises, group bookings, break up parties, weddings, photo shoots, family reunions, schools and clubs, three-hour and all-day cruises. Bookings are essential. MV LADY JODIE Originally named Jody, MV Lady Jodie was built in 1976 as a Sharpie Prawn Trawler to operate out of Bundaberg, Queensland, but now spends her days in holiday mode on the beautiful Gippsland Lakes. Suitable for up to 35 passengers, Lady Jodie is available for all types of charters including school and church camps on Banksia Peninsula, weddings, birthdays, Christmas parties and special events including being a part of the annual Paynesville Music Festival with a three-piece band on board. Head out on the MV Lady Jodie for a three-hour 90 Mile Beach or a one-hour Paynesville local tour. Custom charters, general water taxi and cargo carriage are also available. SAIL SAFARI Sail Safari offers a variety of experiences from a full ‘learning to sail’ adventure to a more sedate and relaxed canal cruise around the Paynesville area. Sail Safari allows the delightful paradise of the Lakes to be truly appreciated and is a simply perfect way to enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Calypso is a 34-foot fibreglass fractional rigged yacht. Designed by Robb Legg, she features a drop keel (similar to that of a trailerable yacht), enabling her to get to many shallow and beautiful parts of the Gippsland Lakes. Doug Haynes is the skipper of Calypso and brings to Sail Safari years of nautical experience and local knowledge of the area, making your sailing adventure truly something to remember. Doug is a fully qualified skipper with coxswain ticket and sailing endorsement, and skippers all of Calypso’s adventures. Get out and explore the great expanses of the Gippsland Lakes on a boat.