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Cruising Western Australia

Islands & Icons of Australia's West Coast

Cruise Islands And Icons Of The West Coast

Australia’s west coast is home to some of the country’s most extraordinary wonders – many of which are only accessible by sea. Travel by small ship cruising to remote archipelagos, world-famous reef systems, and imposing geological formations that few have the opportunity to visit. Our knowledgeable Expedition Team and Guest Lecturer program provide expert guidance and insightful presentations that allow you to see the big picture.

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West Coast Voyage Logs

Alister - Point Peron Dirk Hartog (6)

Abrolhos Islands & Coral Coast

Broome to Fremantle, October 2021

“After a beautiful lunch we were underway to Cape Inscription, the northernmost point of Dirk Hartog Island. As we passed the Cape and its lighthouse, the westernmost one in Australia, Howard gave an overview of the events that led to the erection – and later removal – of the inscribed plates of Hartog (1616), Vlamingh (1697) and Hamelin (1801).”

Abrolhos Islands & Coral Coast

March 2021, Fremantle to Broome

“This island is made of coral rubble. It is flat and only about 1-2 metres above sea level. But it is home to a community of crayfisher folk, and it – along with others at this end of Pelsaert Island – is dotted with small shacks, many of which are painted in bright colours.”

Rowley Shoals

Ningaloo & Blue Water Wonders

May 2021, Broome to Broome

“The ship steamed all night to our destination: The Rowley Shoals! In renowned Coral Expeditions fashion, the action started straight away. We did manage to fit in a hearty breakfast first, of course. We set out on the Xplorer to Clerk Reef on the Rowley Shoals. We used this vessel to get into a nice, protected spot within the reef and then as a snorkel and dive platform.”

Coral Expeditions Ships In Western Australia

Our three Australian-flagged ships are designed for expedition cruising in Western Australia, ideal for navigating low-laying sandy islands such as Abrolhos and the spectacular coral reefs surrounding Ningaloo and Rowley. They feature wraparound decks, private balconies, and outdoor dining to enjoy the balmy air and glorious ocean-facing sunsets. Open-sided Xplorer tender boats allow you to take in magnificent vistas of the low-laying islands and burnt orange sand dunes while sheltered from the harsh sun.

Cruise The Wild West

Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea, has 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 coastline harbour an abundance of birdlife and marine species. Our voyages explore the entire west coast, from the historic Houtman Abrolhos islands, to Shark Bay World Heritage area, Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range national park, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands, the renowned Kimberley wilderness and out to the far-flung Rowley Shoals, Scott Reef and Ashmore Reef.

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Abrolhos Islands & Coral Coast Photo Journal

23rd January 2023
A photo journal of the Abrolhos Islands and Coral Coast Expedition by Photography by Jean-Louis, Expedition Team
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Recherché Archipelago for True Explorers

25th September 2020
The Recherché Archipelago, known by locals as the Bay of Isles, is an extraordinarily beautiful marine area comprising islands, islets, reefs, shoals, and rocks that make navigating a challenge. With 105 islands and over 1500 islets, Matthew Flinders described the archipelago as “an extensive mass of dangers” when he charted the area in 1802.
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Houtman Abrolhos for True Explorers

26th August 2020
Often described as the ‘Galapagos Islands of the Indian Ocean’, there are few places in Australia with more biodiversity than Western Australia’s Houtman Abrolhos islands. 
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Posts from our West Coast voyages

ONLY EIGHT STATEROOMS REMAIN

Explores Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea. 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.

Abrolhos Islands & The Coral Coast | Broome to Fremantle | 2 March 2023

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