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Explore Australia’s West Coast

Australia’s west coast is home to some of the country’s most extraordinary wonders – many are only accessible by sea. Explore Australia’s west coast on a small ship cruising in true expedition style to remote archipelagos, offshore coral reefs and remote coastlines that few have the opportunity to visit. Our knowledgeable Expedition Team and Guest Lecturer program provide expert guidance and insightful presentations into these far-flung destinations, enhancing the expedition cruise experience while helping to create memories to last a lifetime.

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Our Western Australia Cruises:

Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast | Departs Broome & Fremantle | 12 Nights

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This expedition explores Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea. With a fascinating maritime and Indigenous history, this region is layered with stories. The natural coastal reserves harbour abundant birdlife and marine species. Explore the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Ningaloo Reef, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands and Dampier Archipelago.

> Departs Oct-Nov 2022, Mar & Oct 2023, Feb & Mar 2024
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Across the Great Australian Bight | Adelaide to Fremantle | 13 Night

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cross the Great Australian Bight, this voyage will visit hard-to-reach islands and iconic National Parks along the south coast. Enjoy guided walks along secluded beaches at locations such as Cape Arid National Park, Cape Le Grand, and Bremer Bay.  Among the scattered islands and outcrops of the Archipelago of the Recherche, discover the homes of sea lions. Enjoy time ashore with sunset drinks with the kangaroos at Lucky Bay, see the stingrays at Hamelin Bay, and taste the wines of the Margaret River region.

> Departs 16 Nov 2022
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Across the Great Australian Bight | Fremantle to Adelaide | 13 Nights

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A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cross the Great Australian Bight, this voyage will visit hard-to-reach islands and iconic National Parks along the south coast. Enjoy guided walks along secluded beaches at locations such as Cape Arid National Park, Cape Le Grand, and Bremer Bay.  Among the scattered islands and outcrops of the Archipelago of the Recherche, discover the homes of sea lions. Enjoy time ashore with sunset drinks with the kangaroos at Lucky Bay, see the stingrays at Hamelin Bay, and taste the wines of the Margaret River region.

> Departs 23 Oct 2022 & 21 Oct 2023
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Kimberley Icons, Ashmore Reef & Rowley Shoals | Departs Darwin & Broome | 12 Nights

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New Release: Departing Darwin, this new itinerary combines our classic 10-day Kimberley itinerary with a visit to the spectacular Rowley Shoals Marine Park and Ashmore Reef. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements. Finish off the voyage at a chain of coral atolls offering some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities in the world.

> Departs 12 & 28 Sept 2022 > 13 & 26 Sept 2023
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NINGALOO & THE BLUEWATER WONDERS OF AUSTRALIA'S WEST | Broome to Broome | 12 NIGHTS

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Join an extraordinary voyage down Western Australia’s Coral coast onboard Coral Discoverer. Departing Broome, we will visit the spectacular Rowley Shoals Marine Park, the Dampier Archipelago and the historic Montebello Islands. An exploration of the renowned Ningaloo Reef completes our voyage. Our marine experts and guides lead our discovery of this pristine coastal habitat.

> Departs 18 Sept 2023 & 16 September 2024
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The Solar Eclipse Expedition | Darwin to Broome | 13 Nights

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Join us aboard Coral Adventurer on our special ‘The Solar Eclipse Expedition’. Experience an unobstructed view of the rare hybrid solar eclipse event from isolated Ashmore Reef. Continue on to visit iconic attractions along the Kimberley coast including legendary waterfalls, awe-inspiring tidal phenomenon and soaring rock formations carved by immense tectonic pressure.

> Departs 15 April 2023 – Fully Booked
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AUSTRALIA'S GREAT SOUTHERN COASTLINE | MELBOURNE TO FREMANTLE | 14 NIGHTS

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Set sail on a 14-night expedition into Southern Australia’s rugged coast on a 14-night expedition into the wild nature, rich history and delicious produce of the region. Cast off from Melbourne to explore the unique natural beauty of Apollo Bay and the famed Twelve Apostles. Learn the history of Port Fairy with its Georgian style merchant homes and visit the character-filled township of Robe.

> Departs 8 Feb 2024
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ART OF THE KIMBERLEY AND TIWIS: SPECIAL EDITION | DARWIN TO DARWIN | 9 NIGHTS

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New Release: On a one-off art themed expedition, be led by experienced guides to discover ancient rock art hidden in natural galleries amongst the rugged islands and escarpments of the Kimberley. Venture deep into the King George and Berkeley River systems to witness a landscape carved by powerful forces of nature. At the Tiwi Islands, enjoy art and craft workshops, visit a local art gallery and interact with the vibrant community.

Departs 2 September 2022
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THE KIMBERLEY CRUISE | DEPARTS DARWIN & BROOME | 10 NIGHTS

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As the Kimberley Expedition pioneers, we have perfected our itinerary over 27 years. Our classic 10-day voyage is an immersion into an ancient land. You will explore this rugged land carved by powerful forces of nature, on a thrilling adventure as you enjoy a zodiac ride through Horizontal Falls, shower underneath King Cascade, marvel at 60,000-year-old rock art, and spot crocodiles basking on the shoreline.  Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements.

> Departs March to September 2022, 2023 & 2024
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WORLD HERITAGE LISTED NINGALOO REEF

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast with Coral Expeditions on voyages along Australia’s west coast.

The Ningaloo Coast is recognized by UNESCO for its abundance of outstanding natural features. For starters, one of the world’s longest near-shore reefs runs along the length of its coastline. While Ningaloo Reef (260km) is much shorter in length than Australia’s other World Heritage Reef, the Great Barrier Reef, (2,300km), the biggest difference between the two is proximity to shore. Ningaloo Reef is close enough to shore in some places that it’s possible to step off the beach and be snorkelling over the reef within a couple of swim-strokes.

Another UNESCO criterion is the diversity of marine life that Ningaloo Reef. This extraordinary coastline attracts whale sharks, the largest fish in the sea, on their annual migration from March to August. This spectacular migration also coincides with mass coral spawning events on the reef. More than 700 reef fish, approx. 650 molluscs, 600 crustaceans and over 300 coral species have been documented on Ningaloo Reef. A significant site for breeding turtles, each year from around November to March, an estimated 10,000 active nests are dug on the beaches of the Ningaloo Coast by mature female green and loggerhead turtles. Tens of thousands of turtle hatchlings make their way from the nest to the sea from January to March. From June to November an estimated 30,000 humpback whales are in Ningaloo waters on their annual migration north from Antarctica to breeding and calving grounds off the Kimberley coast.

Explore Australia’s Ningaloo Coast on an unforgettable small ship expedition cruise along a World Heritage-listed coastline where nature takes centre stage. Coral Expeditions is a member of Ecotourism Australia and is recognized with Green Travel Leader status after at least ten consecutive years of Advanced Ecotourism accreditation, prioritising the long-term conservation of the natural environment.  Coral Expeditions has 35 years’ experience as Australia’s pioneering cruise line with a knowledgeable Expedition Team providing insightful interpretation.

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