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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 | Fremantle - Broome | 12 Nights

Fremantle to Broome TH

Sailing Soon: Departing Fremantle, 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 – from the Malgana people of Shark Bay to the exploratory journeys of William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, Baudin and Freycinet – this region is layered with stories. The natural coastal reserves harbour an abundance of birdlife and fascinating marine species. Our guides will help guests explore the renowned Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands and Dampier Archipelago.

Special Offers 2021:  Restart Refund Guarantee, Sole Savings, Group Saving & Xplorer benefits.

> 10 March 2021 >  1 March 2022
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NINGALOO & THE BLUEWATER WONDERS OF AUSTRALIA'S WEST | Broome - Broome | 10 NIGHTS

Join this pioneering 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 renowned Ningaloo Reef completes our voyage. Our marine experts and guides lead our discovery of this pristine coastal habitat.

> Departs 17 May 2021 > 28 May 2021 > 16 May 2022 > 27 May 2022
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Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast | Broome - Fremantle | 12 Nights

New Release: Departing Broome, 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 – from the Malgana people of Shark Bay to the exploratory journeys of William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, Baudin and Freycinet – this region is layered with stories. The natural coastal reserves harbour an abundance of birdlife and fascinating marine species. Our guides will help guests explore the renowned Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands and Dampier Archipelago.

> 27 October 2021 & 7 February 2022
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Across the Great Australian Bight | Fremantle - Adelaide | 13 Nights

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New Release: 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.  Voyage past the majestic Bunda Cliffs, the world’s longest stretch of sea-cliffs forged by the powerful Southern Ocean. Enjoy guided walks along the vast and 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 remote breeding grounds of sea lions and follow the snorkel trail at Shearwater Bay to spot the elusive Leafy Sea Dragon. As we round the southwest edge of Australia discover enjoy time ashore with sunset drinks with the kangaroos at Lucky Bay, a visit to extraordinary Jewel Cave, swimming with stingrays at Hamelin Bay, and walk amongst the vines and sample wines through the Margaret River region.

> 8 November 2021
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THE DEFINITIVE KIMBERLEY | DARWIN - BROOME | 10 NIGHTS

Kimberley Crocodile Coral Expeditions

Our classic 10-day voyage is an immersion into an ancient land. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometres, yet home to just 30,000 people, the Kimberley Region is acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements.

> Departs April to September annually
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THE DEFINITIVE KIMBERLEY | BROOME - DARWIN | 10 NIGHTS

Horizontal Falls Kimberley Western Australia Coral Expeditions

The reverse direction of our Darwin to Broome expedition. Our classic 10-day voyage is an immersion into an ancient land. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometres, yet home to just 30,000 people, the Kimberley Region is acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements.

> Departs April to September annually
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ACROSS THE TOP | CAIRNS - BROOME | 19 NIGHTS | CORAL GEOGRAPHER'S MAIDEN VOYAGE

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New Maiden Voyage of Coral Geographer
The vast northern coastline of Australia is our home. For three decades we have revelled in the vivid reef systems and tropical islands of the Coral Sea, absorbed the culture and traditions of the Torres Strait, marvelled at the remote expanse of Cape York, and immersed in the waterfalls and marine life of the Kimberley. So it is fitting that we take our brand-new ship Coral Geographer on an extended exploration of this unique region of Australia.
> 31 March 2021
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The Kimberley & Rowley Shoals | Darwin - Broome | 12 Nights

Coral Expeditions At The Reef

New Release: This new itinerary onboard Coral Geographer 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. Their shallow lagoons are inhabited by myriad coral species and marine life, including giant potato cod, Maori wrasse, at least 233 species of coral and 688 species of fish – many of which are not found on other coral reefs.

> Departs 15 October 2021
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Red Crab Migration - Christmas & Cocos Islands | Broome - Christmas Island | 13 Nights

Coming Soon: Set sail from Broome on a once in a lifetime voyage to explore the farthest reaches of the Australian territories.  At Christmas Island, witness the red crab migration. This natural phenomenon is a bucket list experience for all nature lovers, including Sir David Attenborough who describes it as one of his greatest TV moments “It’s like a great scarlet curtain moving down the cliffs and rocks towards the sea”. At Cocos (Keeling) Islands, relax on Australia’s best beach, drift snorkel or kayak on a turquoise lagoon and admire the comical antics of Red-footed boobies.  During the voyage, our expert guides will share their wealth of knowledge on the history, rare nature and marine biodiversity of these hard to reach islands.

> Departs October & November 2022
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Ningaloo and the Bluewater Wonders of Australia’s west

Straddling the edge of the continental shelf, the three coral atolls and lagoons that make up the Rowley Shoals are effectively a wild, kaleidoscopic aquarium. Once the summit of mountains before slipping beneath the sea during the last Ice Age, abundant marine life and coral diversity make the Rowley Shoals a divers and snorkelers paradise. At Ningaloo too the treasures are concealed beneath the sea, particularly when the largest fish in the sea, whale sharks, appear on their annual migration.

The attractions of the Montebello Islands and Dampier Archipelago by contrast are mostly above sea level. The Montebello’s are a labyrinth of waterways that twist and wind through 170 islands which are important bird nesting habitat. On Australia’s Pilbara coast, Dampier Archipelago contains the largest concentration of rock art in the world with an estimated one million petroglyphs carved into ochre-hued rock.

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.