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Australia’s Great Southern Ocean is a thriving marine environment. Its rugged coastline is home to weathered islands and inlets with crystal clear waters. Our expeditions explore remote islands, offshore coral reefs and natural reserves that few are aware exist. 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.
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. Hosted by expert guides, learn about the flora, fauna, and history of these remote island habitats and coastal National Parks. Cool down with an invigorating ocean swim, enjoy kayaking in the turquoise waters, and encounter charismatic native wildlife – inquisitive seals, shorebirds, rock wallabies, and many more. Along the way, enjoy the tastes of South Australia and indulge in fresh regional seafood and hand-selected local wines.
> Departs Nov – Dec 2023
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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 21 Oct 2023
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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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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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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.
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.
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.