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Explore Australia’s Southern Coastlines

Australia’s south is thriving with natural wonders and wildlife. The raw and rugged coastlines are home to islands and inlets with crystal clear waters that are impossible not to take your breath away. Explore South Australia’s 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 Southern Australia Expeditions:

Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia | Adelaide - Adelaide | 10 Nights

This voyage offers the opportunity to explore and hike South Australia’s wild islands, where forested National Parks give way to sheer wave-carved cliffs and sweeping white-sand beaches. A highlight of the itinerary is a series of guides walking excursions through coastal nature trails and to rugged island outlooks where guests will be rewarded with sweeping ocean vistas. Hosted by expert guides, including Kangaroo Island resident and well-known writer and photographer Quentin Chester, learn about the flora, fauna, and history of this remote habitat. Cool down with an invigorating ocean swim or enjoy kayaking in the beautiful turquoise waters at destinations such as Antechamber Bay on Kangaroo Island.  Less-visited islands, such as Flinders Island and Wedge Island, offer the opportunity to encounter charismatic native wildlife – Seals, sea and shire birds, bettong, rock wallabies, and many more.  Along the way, enjoy the tastes of South Australian and indulge in fresh regional seafood and hand-selected local wines.

> 22 November 2021 >  2 December 2021 > 06 November 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 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 > 23 October 2022
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Across the Great Australian Bight | Adelaide - Fremantle | 13 Nights

Kangaroo Island Western River Cove

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 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.

> 16 November 2022
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Australia's Great Southern Coastline | Melbourne - Fremantle | 14 Nights

Great Australian Bight

Set sail aboard state-of-the-art expedition ship Coral Geographer on this Australian Geographic partner voyage into the wild nature, rich history, and unique food experiences of Australia’s southern coast.  Here, sweeping beaches and idyllic seaside towns merge into remote national parks harbouring some of the world’s rarest species of flora and fauna. The sheer force of the Southern Ocean has sculptured a raw, dramatic coastline of cliff faces carved by crashing waves, natural rock formations, and rocky islands that are wildlife havens. This immersive voyage into our southern coastline will delight all your senses, as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime crossing of the Great Australian Bight. Be joined by an Australian Geographic host who will share their insights.

> 1 March 2022
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Adelaide to Adelaide with Guest Lecturer Quentin Chester

Quentin is a writer, photographer and outdoor guide who has led treks from the Himalayas to the Flinders Ranges. A resident of Kangaroo Island, Quentin’s deep knowledge of the region is shared through conservation projects and guiding roles. Quentin joined us on our first South Australia voyage in Feb 2021 and will be joining us again on our 2nd Dec 2021 voyage.
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Travel Update - Covid Page

It is our priority to keep our guests and crew safe while travelling with us, and our SailSAFE Plan will ensure we operate responsibly in the new environment that COVID-19 has created. Remote, nature-based expeditions with Australian and New Zealand crew, and small groups less than 120 guests provides a lower-risk environment. The addition of our approved SailSAFE COVID response plan, as well as our thorough pre-cruise testing model, create additional confidence when sailing with us. We have partnered with Respond Global, a specialist medical advisory agency, to assist us in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, we have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding. This prevention protocol is supported by onboard mitigation actions and a thorough and compassionate response plan.

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Australian Hospitality at Sea

On board, you will discover a personalised style of cruising. With a maximum of 100 guests, there is no need for queues, waiting, or assigned seating. Instead, an intimate, convivial atmosphere shared with other likeminded travellers makes you feel at home. Our Australian and New Zealand crew share their passion for our destinations and the explorer’s life. Join our engine room tours, watch our chefs at work in the open galley, and chat with our Captain or officers on the bridge – they will be delighted to have your company. Our chefs, inspired by destination flavours, prepare cuisine from fresh regional produce. Our wine cellars hold a curated selection of Australian wines, beers and spirits. Our guests love to mingle over drinks as the sun sets, enjoy daily educational presentations by our lecturers, participate in stargazing sessions after dark, or simply find a quiet corner on deck and enjoy the solitude.

The Expedition Experience

We explore remote locations that are hard to reach or not often touched by tourists, with shore excursions that promote environmental and cultural appreciation. Our small group sizes ensure that your experience is
personal, with minimal impact on the communities and environments we visit. Enjoy excursions or activities each day, guided by expert Expedition Leaders and lecturers who provide commentary on culture, history, and the region’s unique geology, plants and wildlife to help you connect with these special places. Our ships are built for environmentally responsible small ship cruising, with refined navigation and nimble Xplorer
tenders to bring you close to remote coastlines.

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