Cruise Australia’s Great Southern coastline

Explore the wild landscapes and unique food experiences from Melbourne to Fremantle.
By AG STAFF October 6, 2021 Reading Time: 2 Minutes Print this page

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.

This immersive voyage will delight all your senses, as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime crossing of the Great Australian Bight.

Departures & fares

14 nights: Melbourne to Fremantle

Dates: Departs 1 March 2022

From: $8920 per person twin share

Expedition highlights

  • Shuck your own delicious oysters fresh from the waters of Coffin Bay.
  • Taste locally har- vested wild abalone at Streaky Bay.
  • Visit Augusta’s Jewel Cave and learn about its formation over thousands of years.
  • Enjoy sunset drinks on the beach at Lucky Bay, alongside friendly kangaroos.
  • Indulge in wine- tasting in Margaret River wine country.
  • Enjoy hikes in remote national parks.

From Victoria to WA – small ship expeditioning

Itinerary

Day 1: Board the ship in Melbourne.

Days 2–14: In Apollo Bay, taste locally crafted beer and gin and take a sunset cruise past the 12 Apostles. Discover the 19th century architecture and history of Port Fairy.

At Western River Cove on Kangaroo Island, hike through the landscape as it recovers from the 2019 fires. At beautiful Coffin Bay National Park, walk coastal trails and shuck fresh oysters at the Saltwater Pavilion. In Streaky Bay, taste luxurious local greenlip abalone. Cross the Great Australian Bight and cruise to see the Bunda Cliffs (weather permitting). At Cape le Grand National Park, meet the friendly kangaroos of Lucky Bay. Enjoy free time in the city of Albany and visit Augusta to explore breathtaking Jewel Cave. Hike coastal trails at Cape Naturaliste and indulge in wine-tasting in the Margaret River region.

Day 15: Disembark in Fremantle, WA.

Join the Jenners – your expert guides

Australian Geographic Society Lifetime of Conservation Award winners Curt and Micheline Jenner head up the Centre for Whale Research in WA, and, between them, have studied everything about whales, from population biology and migra- tory pathways to the ecology and behaviours of whales. Their lifelong adventure, on board their hand-built vessel Whale Song, makes them the perfect hosts for this exploration of southern Australia’s coastline.

Find out more: Contact Coral Expeditions or phone 1800 079 545.