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MELBOURNE To DARWIN

AUSTRALIA expedition cruise Silver Explorer

Vast and wildly beautiful, Australia is a country whose red-hued palette is complimented by its surrounding blue seas. Home to so much and so many, join us on this semi circumnavigation of the Land of Oz. Explore the Kimberley region, taste some of the best wines and seafood on offer and snorkel with sea lions. Add an in-depth exploration of Aboriginal rock art and you have a voyage of superlatives.
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Cruise itinerary

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Consistently rated among the "world's most livable cities" in quality-of-life surveys, Melbourne is built on a coastal plain at the top of the giant horseshoe of Port Phillip Bay. The city center is an orderly grid of streets where the state parliament, banks, multinational corporations, and splendid Victorian buildings that sprang up in the wake of the gold rush now stand. This is Melbourne's heart, which you can explore at a leisurely pace in a couple of days.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Kangaroo Island is with 1,740 square miles the third largest island off the coast of Australia. It is 96 miles long and 34 miles wide, and known for its outstanding natural beauty. Due to its remote location, Kangaroo Island was less affected than the mainland by the impact of European development. To this day, the island is rich in diverse flora and fauna seldom found elsewhere. As one of the world’s last unspoiled wilderness places, about 30 percent of the island has been designated as National Parks.

Port Lincoln is the second-largest city on the lower Eyre Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia. Nestled on the shore of Boston Bay, Australia's largest natural harbour, Port Lincoln opens eastward into Spencer Gulf. Port Lincoln is the largest city in the west coast region, and located approximately 174 miles (280 kilometres) from the capital city of Adelaide. Port Lincoln has a contrasting coastal landscape, ranging from sheltered waters and beaches to surf beaches and rugged oceanic coastline.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Bordering the Indian Ocean, Geographe Bay’s Busselton has a Mediterranean style climate. The region features national parks, towering forests, caves, historic lighthouses and some of the best surfing beaches in the country. Other attractions include wineries and micro-breweries in the Margaret River wine region to the south. Busselton’s iconic jetty –at over 1.8 km the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere- has an ‘Underwater Observatory’ that descends 8 meters to the ocean floor via a spiral staircase to see tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.
Some 190 kilometers north of Perth, Jurien Bay is a small town along the Indian Ocean Drive. Several national parks and nature reserves exist in close proximity. At the Lesueur National Park hundreds of endemic plant species thrive, while the Jurien Bay Marine Park with its extensive reef system and huge shallow lagoon is the perfect place to see Australian sea lions, the rarest sea lion in the world, as well as dolphins and juvenile fish. Close to the town of Jurien Bay Boullanger Island and the surrounding islands host many seabird colonies.
Three island groups make up the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. The Wallabi, Easter and Pelsaert groups stretch across 100 kilometers from north to south with a total of 122 islands. Named Houtman after the Dutch captain who first described them in 1619, the Portuguese word “Abrolhos” refers to the reefs and dangers they posed to unsuspecting seafarers –sometimes taken to mean “open your eyes”. The Houtman Abrolhos are known for cray fishing and pearling activities, as well as for their bird and marine life.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Within the Cape Range National Park Turquoise Bay is considered one of Western Australia's best beaches. Turquoise Bay is in a sanctuary zone in Ningaloo Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and an excellent snorkel site easily accessible in most conditions. Here one can swim and snorkel within a few meters of Ningaloo Reef’s rich diversity of coral, fish and other marine life close to shore. The beach lends itself to relax after swimming or an exhilarating drift snorkel across the reef.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Some 300 kilometers northwest of Broome, the Rowley Shoals consists of the three reefs Imperieuse, Clerke and Mermaid. The first two reefs form the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and have sandy cays that will still be visible at high tide. Bedwell Island, a small sandy cay inside Clerke Reef, is home to one of Western Australia’s two colonies of Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Other birds nesting on the island are Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, White-bellied Sea-Eagles, Eastern Reef-Egrets and terns. The Mermaid Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve is slightly further northeast and is the closest to land.
Roughly 800 islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago surround and shelter the impressive spread of Yampi Sound (from the aboriginal word for water, “Yampee”). The area was named in 1821 by Captain Phillip Parker King, in commemoration of William Dampier’s visit in 1688. Pearlers began visiting the area in the late 1800s, and more recently mining operators established open-cut mines on Koolan Island on the east side of the Sound. Some of the richest iron ore in the world is extracted here to this day. The coastline of Yampi shows rock layers wildly twisted and contorted into great folds.
The Hunter River is home to an immense mangrove system surrounded by soaring red sandstone cliffs. Narrow mangrove channels shelter numerous bird species, mudskippers, fiddler crabs and the infamous saltwater crocodile; the most aggressive crocodile species known to man. Naturalist Island at the mouth of the river has a stunning stretch of sandy beach that makes a perfect landing site for small helicopters that can pick up visitors wishing to explore some of the Kimberley’s vast interior.
The King George Falls is one of the Kimberley’s most magnificent natural wonders. At 80 meters (260 feet), the thundering spectacle of twin cascades are among the highest in Australia. The river weaves through an amazing landscape of near vertical red rock formations and a parade of wildlife — carnivorous saltwater crocodiles and amazing birdlife, including giant raptors and the Brahminy Kite.
Wyndham is a small settlement with the spirit of a Kimberley outback township. It was established in 1886 with the Halls Creek gold rush and sits on the Cambridge Gulf where several rivers converge. Today Wyndham has a population of roughly 900 people and operates largely as a port exporting cattle, servicing the mining industry and hosting a few small ships. For these vessels Wyndham is a gateway to the breathtaking Bungle Bungle mountain range and the nearby Ord River. The Bungle Bungle Mountains in Purnululu National Park are now a World Heritage Site.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Saumlaki is a regional capital city on the island of Yamdena, the main island of the unique Tanimbar archipelago, located in Indonesia between Papua New Guinea and the northern coast of Australia. The Tanimbar Islands have a distinct culture with still-vibrant traditions. They actively produce traditional crafts such as richly-colored ikat cloth and carved wooden statutes, and local residents still carry on their own centuries-old forms of music and dance.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Darwin is Australia's most colorful, and exotic, capital city. Surrounded on three sides by the turquoise waters of the Timor Sea, the streets are lined with tropical flowers and trees. Warm and dry in winter, hot and steamy in summer, it's a relaxed and casual place, as well as a beguiling blend of tropical frontier outpost and Outback hardiness. Thanks to its close proximity to Southeast Asia and its multicultural population it also seems more like Asia than the rest of Australia. Darwin is a city that has always had to fight for its survival.

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Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 26,280 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 23,850 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 21,600 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 20,340 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

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Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

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View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

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Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 11,070 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

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Silver Explorer

Silversea’s purpose-built luxury Silver Explorer expedition cruise ship has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions.  A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables the Silver Explorer Expedition Cruise Ship to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of 12 Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer luxury cruise adventure. 

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Owner's Suite

728 ft² / 67m² including private balcony

From US$ 26,280 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

618 ft² / 57m² including a private balcony

From US$ 23,850 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

422 ft² / 39m² including 2 French balconies

From US$ 21,600 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

400 ft² / 37m² including a private balcony

From US$ 20,340 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

216 ft² / 20 m² including a french balcony

From US$ 17,190 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with large picture window

From US$ 12,420 with early booking bonus
View Suite

192 ft² / 18m² with view window

From US$ 11,880 with early booking bonus
Explorer Suite

190 ft² / 18 m² with view window

From US$ 11,070 with early booking bonus
Adventurer Suite

167 ft²/15 m² with 2 portholes

From US$ 10,620 with early booking bonus
Fares shown are per guest

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Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

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Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

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.

Voyage Highlights:

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.

 

Cultural Highlights:

  • 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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