Join us for a journey to partly circumnavigate Australia and to see some of Australia’s hidden treasures.
Explore geological features, taste some of the best wines and seafood Australia has to offer, snorkel with sea lions and whale sharks, feel the thunder of waterfalls, explore spectacular gorges, witness variations of Aboriginal rock art, and look for wildlife in destinations that in many cases are accessible only by ship. Cruise by Zodiac through an untamed wilderness to spot wallabies and crocodiles. Throughout the voyage learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
There are optional flights available to see some of Western Australia’s highlights from the air. Please enquire, as seats might be limited.
Port Lincoln, Australia –
Named by Matthew Flinders in 1802, Port Lincoln is a port and town on the Southern Eyre Peninsula. Home to Australia’s largest commercial fishing fleet, the town also considers itself to be the “Seafood Capital of Australia”. Famous for the white shark cage dives, the area surrounding Port Lincoln offers Lincoln National Park, Coffin Bay National Park, and Kellidie Bay Conservation Park all in close vicinity.
Esperance, Australia –
The Recherche Archipelago is just east of Esperance and borders the Cape Le Grand National Park with some of Australia’s whitest beaches and kangaroos sunbathing on them at Lucky Bay.
Busselton, Australia –
Yet another town that has its origin in the famous race of Flinders and Baudin circumnavigating Australia, Busselton’s claim to fame is its wooden jetty –the longest in the southern hemisphere- and an underwater observatory beneath it. Busselton is also the gateway to see the Margaret River Wine Region and to taste some of South Australia’s excellent wines. If you are geologically interested you might want to explore some of the caves and an ancient riverbed in the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.
Jurien Bay, Australia –
The area north of Jurien Bay is known as an outstanding wildflower country in spring. Australian sea lions can be found in the Jurien Bay Marine Park, while the Nambung National Park offers thousands of limestone pillars jutting out of the sand of the Pinnacle Desert and coastal dune systems and low heathland rich in flowers for plant lovers.
Abrolhos Islands, Australia –
The Abrolhos Islands’ Wallabi Group is famous for its rock lobsters. At this southernmost true coral reef in the Indian Ocean, the three groups of roughly 40 islands each offer exploration on land looking for Tammar wallabies on East and West Wallabi and seabird colonies –one of Australia’s most important sites. Swimming and snorkeling is possible and Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins can usually be seen. The Dutch East India Company ship Batavia shipwrecked on Morning Reef in 1629, leading to one of the most unusual survival stories in Australian waters.
Turquoise Bay, Ningaloo, Australia –
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Ningaloo Reef has one of the most biologically diverse marine environments and is home to more than 250 species of coral and over 500 species of fish. Ningaloo Reef also permits encounters with manta rays, whales, dolphins, turtles and even dugongs. Turquoise Bay has been voted Australia’s best beach on several occasions and is famous for its drift snorkel.
Buccaneer Archipelago, Australia –
The Buccaneer Archipelago has of over 800 islands and was created millions of years ago by erosion-causing tidal changes. The region’s tides present amazing spectacles that can create seemingly horizontal waterfalls at Talbot Bay. Watch reefs and islands come out of the ocean, only to have them disappear before your eyes again.
Hunter River, Australia –
Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system and soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels serve as shelter to numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the enigmatic saltwater crocodile.
King George River, Australia –
Cruise by Zodiac to the impressive King George Falls, West Australia’s highest twin waterfalls. These magnificent falls drop 80 meters straight down ancient sandstone cliffs into a dramatic gorge, a sight that makes the King George Falls a highlight of visiting the Kimberley Coast.
Wyndham, Australia –
Wyndham is the oldest and northernmost town in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, serving as a key port in the 1886 gold rush. From Wyndham, see the incredible natural sandstone towers of the Bungle Bungle Range from the air, or cruise up the scenic, winding Ord River by local boat.
- Explore the Houtman Abrolhos and learn about the Dutch ship Batavia
- Meet members of aboriginal groups who are the Kimberley’s traditional landowners
- Wandjina and Bradshaw rock paintings can be discovered in cliffs, rock ledges and caves
Wildlife Watch List:
- Bottlenose dolphins, humpback dolphins, whale sharks, lemon sharks, hammerhead sharks, tawny nurse sharks, manta rays, eagle rays
- Green sea turtles and flatback turtles
- Australian sea lions
- Rock and Tammar wallabies
- Saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles, monitor lizards
- Darters, Australian Pelicans, Ospreys, Black and Whistling Kites, White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Comb-crested Jacanas, Little Corellas, Pied Cormorants, Silver-crowned Friarbirds, Crimson Finches, Eastern Reef Egrets, Azure and Sacred Kingfishers, Crested Terns, Red-headed Honey-eaters
Please Note: Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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