Aerial view of aluminum small boat sitting in turquoise water by travelers swimming, seen on south Australia cruises.
2 kids walk toward 2 kangaroos on a white-sand beach by turquoise water & distant red hills, on South Australia cruises.
Travelers on south Australia cruises walk a sandy trail amidst green shrubs, away from white-sand beach & turquoise sea.
Travelers board a small boat from the beach on a cruise in southern Australia with a small ship in the distance.
Red cliffs with sage-green plants sit beside emerald water in an inlet seen on south Australia cruises.
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South Australia Cruises

Step aboard 120-guest Coral Geographer to explore Australia’s southern coastlines over 11 to 15 days. Australia’s Great Southern Ocean is a thriving marine environment. Its rugged coastline is home to weathered islands and inlets with crystal clear waters. Expeditions here explore remote islands, offshore coral reefs and natural reserves that few are aware exist. The 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.

The main 11-day Wild Islands and Walks of South Australia 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. 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.

The alternative 14-day east- and westbound departures across the Great Australian Bight each 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. Each direction offers a few unique visits, as well.

Finally, the alternative 15-day Australia’s Great Southern Coastline itinerary provides additional time discovering 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.

Passage is aboard the 120-guest Coral Geographer, a expedition ship with a uniquely Australian onboard atmosphere, stylish furnishings, considerable deck space and modern facilities. While exploring Australia’s southernmost territory, appreciate the ship’s glass-bottom boat and Xplorer tender vessel with a water-activity platform for easy entry into the water.

Read on for details about these southern Australia cruises, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Small ship cruises in Australia or trips to Australia.



Itinerary

Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia Itinerary

The 11-day Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia cruise operates round-trip from Adelaide with opportunities to hike, swim, enjoy oysters and take in lighthouses and wildlife.

Route map of Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia cruises, round-trip from Adelaide with visits to Troubridge Island, Antechamber Bay, Penneshaw, Western River Cove, Reevesby Island, Cape Donington, Coffin Bay & Flinders Island.
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Day 1
Embark Adelaide, Australia

Arrive at the Lakes Resort Hotel Port Adelaide at 2:00pm for check-in. A pre-cruise transfer will then transport you to the ship for boarding at 4:00pm, ready to depart Adelaide at 5:00pm. Settle into your cabin and get familiar with the ship before the first delicious dinner while the ship cruises towards Kangaroo Island.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 10
Exploration of South Australia

No two South Australia cruises are the same. Throughout the expedition, allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Troubridge Island

Arrive at Yorke Peninsula’s Troubridge Island to enjoy a walk circumnavigating the small sand cay island, guided by the specialist guest lecturer, and learn of the many birds which have made Troubridge their home. Troubridge Island is part of Troubridge Shoals which extend across to Yorke Peninsula and constitutes a hazard to shipping. Troubridge Shoals has been the cause of over 33 wrecks and groundings. The island’s Conservation Park is an important breeding area for birds and is home to a large colony of little penguins, black-faced cormorants, pacific gulls and crested ternsan ideal environment for bird enthusiasts. Visit the site of an operating lighthouse from 1856 until 2002the second lighthouse to be built in South Australia. Despite earthquake, fire and constant erosion of this island that continually moves and reshapes itself, the Troubridge Island Lighthouse has survived this far. As the erosion continues to eat towards the foundations of the tower, it is very much under threat.

Antechamber Bay & Cape Willoughby—Kangaroo Island

Antechamber Bay, located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula, is one of Kangaroo Island’s finest coastal havens. The deserted, untouched long beach of the bay is where Chapman river meets the sea. The area is covered with a forest of gum trees and narrow-leaf mallee which makes the walk at Lashmar Conservation park truly a magnificent experience. At the other end of the bay, Cape Willoughby juts into the Backstairs Passagethe narrow strait between Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula that was named by Matthew Flinders as the private entrance to the two gulfs. Lighting this nearly 9-mile-wide strait is the Cape Willoughby Light Station. Visit the Lighthouse keeper’s cottage and learn of its interesting stories and have an opportunity to climb the lighthouse itself. In the grounds, do a loop walk from the lighthouse to the beautiful Smuggler’s Cove and often the special KI wallaby are spotted along the way.

Walks:

> Cape Willoughby Light Station Heritage Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.2 miles, moderate)
A hike into the sheltered gully of the original light station settlement. An insight into how the early light keepers lived, with demanding routine and isolation heightened by the distance between their homes and the lighthouse. Visit the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (Sturt Light), the first lighthouse in South Australia.

> Antechamber Bay Walk (1 Hour Return, 2.6 miles one way, easy-moderate)

> Cape Willoughby Smuggler’s Cove Walk (1 Hour Return, 0.9 miles one way, easy)

> Lashmar Conservation Park (1 Hour Return, 0.6 miles, easy-moderate)

Western River Cove—Kangaroo Island

Land at isolated Western River Cove to visit the beautiful historic homestead. There may be an opportunity to meet the homestead owners and hear their stories. A walk along the ridge reveals spectacular views of the valley at the back of the property, and the beach offers excellent swimming. Weather permitting, visit beautiful Snug Cove. Later, cruise past the rarely viewed northern cliffs of Kangaroo Island towards Cape Borda.

Coffin Bay

Bordered by sea and National Parks, Coffin Bay is a stunning destination. The pristine waters of the bays in this area are home to numerous pods of dolphins, sea lions, seals and many seabirds. Emus and kangaroos roam and the natural beauty of the turquoise sea, white sand dunes and bright blue sky is a wonderful backdrop to the day’s adventures. Walk through the Coffin Bay National Park at Point Sir Isaac to get an understanding of the forests and environmentenjoy the interpretation of the heathlands, mallee forest and she-oak woodlands. Discover the tranquil bays, protected from the might of the Southern Ocean, and snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life. There is also the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable wild cuisine experienceenjoy a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

Flinders Island

Located around 22 miles from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling and farming. Owned by the Woolford family since 1979, they run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a safe haven for vulnerable native species. Meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island. Visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay and stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm. Taste fresh abalone at Eyrewoolf Abalone.

Walks:

> Western River Cove Walk to Viewpoint (1 Hour, 1.2 miles return, moderate/steep)
A walk from the beach to the nearby historic Western River Homestead and the river valley beyond. While the beautiful homestead survived, the whole valley was heavily impacted by recent fires, with opportunity to look at the effects of these fires and the bushland recovery since.

> Flinders Island Shearing Shed Walk (45 mins, 0.8 miles return, easy)

> Bryant’s Bay & Kapara
1. Sealing Ruins Walk (15mins, 0.3 miles, easy)
2. Kapara Boiler Walk (10mins, 0.3 miles, moderate/rocky-sandy)
3. Sheok Forrest Walk (30mins, 0.9 miles, moderate)
4. Cliff Walk (30mins, 0.9 miles, hard/rocky climb-walk)

Cape Donington & Maclaren Point

A headland at the most northerly part of the Jussieu Peninsula on the east coast of Eyre Peninsula, Cape Donington is a great spot to enjoy refreshing sea views and rocky coastline. Take a dip at Cape Donington Beach before heading along the 1.2-mile trail over to September Beach. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos, emus or goannas near the Cape Donington lighthouse, or head out to Donington Island to view long-nosed fur seals or Australian sea lions from the Xplorer tender vessel.

Walks:

> Donington Loop Hike – Lincoln National Park (2 Hour Return, 3.8-mile circuit, moderate)
Admire offshore islands, granite outcrops and sandy beaches while exploring the Donington Peninsula. Populations of Australian Sea Lions and New Zealand Fur-seals inhabit Donington Island near the lighthouse.

> Walk Donington September Beach (1 Hour Return, 1.2 miles, easy)
A short, easy hike with refreshing sea views and rocky coastlines.

> Stamford Hill Hike to Woodcutter’s Beach (1.5 Hour Return, 2.5 miles, hard/steep and irregular surface)
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and numerous offshore islands from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. A reasonably challenging hike, this trail has some moderate inclines but has a good trail surface.

Reevesby Island

Head to Reevesby Island, part of the Sir Joseph Banks Group; an archipelago on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Accessible only by boat, this island is one of the largest of the group. Women played a major role in the island’s history, especially in the early days leading up to the Great Depression. Take a hike around this important seabird breeding site and visit the homestead and machinery sheds. This beautiful chain of islands offers a range of sheltered bays, golden sand beaches and reefs teeming with marine life.

Wedge Island

The rich sea life around these islands attracts top predators including white pointers. There may be marine activity to spot as the ship cruises to Wedge Island. The island is privately owned and was notably used as a secret radar station during WWII. Wedge Island is also home to unique Australian faunayou might spot endangered bettong, fairy penguins, rock wallabies, emus, wombats and a large variety of bird species. This evening, enjoy sunset drinks while cruising past the Althorpe Island Lighthouse.

Penneshaw—Kangaroo Island

As a secondary option, possibly visit historical Penneshaw. Land at Hogs Bay and learn of the history of Baudin and Flinders.

Walks:

> Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail (0.9 miles, easy)
The trail is 0.9 miles in length, an easy walk but with some steps, and offers original artwork in a beautiful natural setting.

> Fireball Bates Walking Trail (1-2 hours, 1.9 miles)
George Bates, called Fireball because of his red hair, was one of the first settlers to Kangaroo Island. He joined a sealing expedition in 1823, jumping ship 13 years before settlers arrived. The trail begins at the now closed Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Center and loops down to near the ferry and back.

> Wallaby Track (1.9 miles, moderate)
It’s a 1.9-mile return hike which follows a natural spring-fed creek bed with naturally occurring waterfalls into limestone features. A  little more challenging, so wear good sturdy walking shoes.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
Disembark Adelaide, Australia

This morning arrive into Adelaide at 7:30am for an 8:30am disembarkation.

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Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia cruise begins and ends in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (ADL). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, plan flights to arrive to Adelaide in time for a 2:00pm check in, 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Adelaide following the 8:30am disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include land treks, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, tastings, historic site visits, wildlife observation and Xplorer tender vessel tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Eastbound Across The Great Australian Bight Itinerary

The 14-day eastbound Across The Great Australian Bight cruise operates from Fremantle to Adelaide, with unique visits to Breaksea Island, Cape Le Grand National Park and Flinders Island.

Route map of eastbound Across The Great Australian Bight cruise in southern Australia from Fremantle to Adelaide, with unique visits to Breaksea Island, Cape Le Grand National Park & Flinders Island.
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Day 1
Embark Fremantle, Australia

Make your way to Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges for the pre-cruise check-in at 3:00pm before transferring to the ship for boarding at 4:00pm. Settle into your stateroom before the 5:00pm departure. As dusk falls, meet fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 13
Exploration of The Great Australian Bight

No two South Australia cruises are the same. Throughout the expedition, allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Cape Naturaliste & Dunsborough

Cape Naturaliste is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, located on the western edge of Geographe Bay. As part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the Cape is known for its spectacular coastal scenery and some of the best walking tracks in the Margaret River Region. Spend the day exploring these walking trails, with options to suit all levels. There will be an optional visit to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse before spending some free time in the charming town of Dunsborough. In the afternoon, visit the stunning Meelup Beach for some sunbathing and swimming, followed by sunset drinks on the beach. This beach is one of the few places in Western Australia where one can watch the moon rise over the ocean; it is most attractive on a full moon! In 1801, French navigator Nicolas Baudin stopped here during his explorations of Australia and left his mark on the region at Geographe Bay, named after his flagship Geographe and Cape Naturaliste, after the ship Naturaliste.

Hamelin Bay & Margaret River

Hamelin Bay is located on the southwest coast on a serene open sandy bay, famous for the abundance of stingrays which frequent the bay. Snorkel with these friendly giant rays, which can measure up to 6.5 feet wide and love to swim up close to snorkelers. With clear and calm water, this is a great snorkel spot for all levels to enjoy interesting fish and plant life in the bay, and some great rocks and shipwrecks farther out for those more confident in the water. A quintessential Western Australian destination, Margaret River is flanked with national parks including towering forests, pristine coastlines and rugged granite outcrops. Spend the afternoon enjoying this beautiful countryside of the Margaret River region while relaxing on a luxury coach tour of the wineries in this area. Enjoy tastings and cellar-door visits to some of the leading Margaret River wineries.

Augusta

Augusta is the most southwestern town in Australia and is nearby to the towering karri timber of Boranup Forest and spectacular Jewel Cave. The southwest coast was first seen by explorers in 1622 from the Dutch ship Leeuwin. Then expeditions by French explorers De Freycinet, D’Entrecasteaux, Baudin and Hamelin sighted the coast in the late 18th to early 19th century. Captain Matthew Flinders charted the southwest coast from 1801 to 1803 and proved that Cape Leeuwin was part of the mainland.  With the arrival of settlers, Augusta was founded in 1830. The subsequent increase in ship traffic over the next few decades led to the construction of the impressive Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in 1896. Climb Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia overlooking the point where the mighty Southern and Indian Oceans collide. Also visit Jewel Cave, an awe-inspiring and extremely well decorated cave, containing many beautiful examples of delicate helictites, cave coral, pendulites, a very large stalagmite called The Karri Forest and beautiful examples of flowstone such as The Frozen Waterfall and The Organ Pipes. Remarkably, fossilized remains of several Tasmanian tigers have been discovered within Jewel Cave, more than 3,000 years after the thylacine became extinct on mainland Australia.

Breaksea Island & Two Peoples Bay

Arrive at Breaksea Island, named by George Vancouver during his expedition in 1791. While in the area he also took possession of land for England. He named the island after its beaten appearance and the protection it offered to the landward side from the south-westerly winds. Spend time observing seals in their natural habitats at Seal Cove. The playful and curious fur seals and Australian seal lions have made their home on the north side of Breaksea Island. Watch as they laze on nearby rocks or glide gracefully through the water. In the afternoon spend time exploring Two Peoples Bay, with the chance to see rare birds including noisy scrubbird, red-winged fairywren, southern emu-wren or new holland honeyeater. Following the walk, enjoy a swim to freshen up.

Bremer Bay

The peaceful coastal town of Bremer Bay, population 230, is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Located on the edge of the Southern Ocean, these vast stretches of pristine white sand offer a peaceful spot to stroll or swim, especially in summer. Explore the variety of small and large beaches around the area, and spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming, or snorkeling in the clear blue waters. The genuine pristine surroundings and deep peacefulness, along with the opportunity to observe the unique flora of the area and possibly witness some of the abundant marine life in the bay, makes Bremer Bay a true highlight on this voyage.

Cape Le Grand National Park—Lucky Bay

Cape Le Grand National Park’s massive granite peaks, rolling heathlands and curving white beaches are some of the most spectacular landscapes along the southern coast. Along quiet Lucky Bay, kangaroos are known to laze on the whitest sand in Australia. The turquoise water is wonderful for a quick swim, and if time permits, enjoy a moderate hike on part of the Le Grand Coastal trail. The Cape Le Grande coastal trail passes through beautiful coastal scenery, and the national park is home to pygmy possums, western grey kangaroos and many colorful native wildflowers.

Woody Island, Recherche Archipelago

This afternoon, enter the Recherche Archipelago, a group of 105 islands and many more rocky outcrops. Here, many species of birds as well as sea lions and fur seals, come to breed. The islands are scattered across the blue watera beautiful seascape when viewed from shore with turquoise waters washing against grey and tan-colored granite. Here, land at Woody Island to explore. Located just 9.3 miles off the coast of Esperance, Woody Island’s stands of tall trees have given it its name. Experience the snorkel trail in Shearwater Bay, surrounded by pristine, clear waters. The cool southern waters provide excellent visibility. There are several beautiful walks on the island, from easy to moderate, and everyone can appreciate the spectacular views across the archipelago along the way. For the bird lovers, a wide variety of bird life is sighted on the island, from land dwellers to those dependent on the sea. Spot singing & new holland honeyeaters, silvereyes, red-eared firetails, rock parrots and sacred kingfisher. While along the walking trails, catch a glimpse of the golden whistlers, brown quails, spotted pardolalotes, brush bronzewings, raptors and fan-tailed cuckoo.

Middle Island, Recherche Archipelago

Middle Island is the largest of a group of three islands that lie in the Spencer Gulf within the southwestern coast of the Yorke Peninsula. Currently a protected fauna conservation reserve, the island is known to be home to a variety of seabird populations including the little penguin. During a visit here, enjoy beachcombing along the shoreline and a peaceful boardwalk to the pink Lake Hillier.

Crossing The Bight

Crossing the Great Australian Bight is an exciting moment for those who love the sea. This iconic marine area includes the Great Australian Bight Marine Park, which protects an area of global importance for endangered southern right whales. These waters also support important populations of the endangered Australian sea lion, with up to 80% of the population found here. The seals haul out at the base of the 330-foot-high cliffs.

Flinders Island

Located around 22 miles from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling and farming. Owned by the Woolford family since 1979, they run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a safe haven for vulnerable native species. Meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island. Visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay, and stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm. Taste fresh abalone at Eyrewoolf Abalone.

Coffin Bay

Surrounded by sea and National Parks, today discover the tranquil bays by taking a swim, snorkel, or kayak and enjoy the local marine life and waterways before finishing the day enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Taste fresh Pacific and the native Angasi oysters straight out of the sea and learn firsthand how to shuck an oyster. Learn about the history of Coffin Bay and the oyster farming practices of the famous Coffin Bay oyster. Prepare for a seafood tasting sensation!

Wedge Island

Today, discover Wedge Island, located within the Gambier Islands. During WWII, this island was used as a top-secret radar station by the RAAF. Another highlight of Wedge Island is the unique Australian faunaspot endangered bettong, fairy penguins, rock wallabies, emus, wombats and a large variety of bird species. Wedge Island boasts rugged landscapes and pristine beaches and is renowned for its wonderful marine life and known for one of the best fishing spots in Australia. Later, cruise by Althorpe Island lighthouse.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Adelaide, Australia

Arrive in Adelaide at 2:00pm for a 2:30pm disembarkation. Complimentary post-cruise transfers to the airport or central business district hotels will be available (pre-organized on board with the purser).

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The eastbound Across The Great Australian Bight cruise begins in Fremantle, South Australia, Australia (accessible via nearby Perth Airport, PER) and ends in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (ADL). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, plan flights to arrive to Perth in time for a 3:00pm check in, 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Adelaide following the 2:30pm disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include land treks, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, tastings, historic site visits, beachcombing, wildlife observation and Xplorer tender vessel tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Westbound Across The Great Australian Bight Itinerary

The 14-day westbound Across The Great Australian Bight cruise operates from Adelaide to Fremantle, with unique visits to Kangaroo Island, the Nuyts Archipelago and Albany.

Route map of westbound Across The Great Australian Bight cruise in southern Australia from Adelaide to Fremantle, with unique visits to Kangaroo Island, the Nuyts Archipelago & Albany.
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Day 1
Embark Adelaide, Australia

Make your way to the check-in point (TBA) for the pre-cruise check-in at 2:00pm before transferring to the ship for boarding at 4:00pm. Settle into your stateroom before the 5:00pm departure. As dusk falls, meet fellow travelers, the captain and crew for the captain’s welcome drinks.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

dinner

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Days 2 - 13
Exploration of The Great Australian Bight

No two South Australia cruises are the same. Throughout the expedition, allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island

The northern coastline of Kangaroo Island is a place where feelings of space and freedom fill the senses. Surrounded by the tallest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, snorkel in the clear turquoise waters of Kangaroo Island’s best loved beaches. Stroll onto the beach looking for local wildlife while beachcombing along the way. Later, meet hosts Sophie and Eliza at Emu Bay Lavender Farm. Experience the fields while in full bloom, with a chance to taste lavender scones and purchase lavender products.

Coffin Bay

Surrounded by sea and National Parks, today discover the tranquil bays by taking a swim, snorkel, or kayak and enjoy the local marine life and waterways before finishing the day enjoying a once-in-a-lifetime culinary experience. Taste fresh Pacific and the native Angasi oysters straight out of the sea and learn firsthand how to shuck an oyster. Learn about the history of Coffin Bay and the oyster farming practices of the famous Coffin Bay oyster. Prepare for a seafood tasting sensation!

Nuyts Archipelago

Sail through the marine reserve of the Nuyts Archipelago, a group of some 30 islands and reefs lying on the eastern end of the Great Australian Bight, to observe and experience endangered and reintroduced species including Australian Sea Lions, brush tail bettongs and greater stick nest rats in their native habitat. Once the location of whaling and sealing operations, today the Nuyts Archipelago is a conservation park whose mission is to conserve island populations and provide a habitat for endangered species. The region is biologically unique in South Australia due to the influence of the Leeuwin current, a warm body of tropical water flowing from Indonesia and creating a biodiversity hotspot. Keep eyes peeled for birdlife including sea eagles, endangered Australian sea lions, blue penguins, fur seals and dolphins frolicking in the ship’s bow waves. These are the mythical isles immortalized by Irish satirist Jonathon Swift in his book Gulliver’s Travels, when he referred to the archipelago as being the site of Lilliputian, the land of the Little People.

Crossing The Bight

Crossing the Great Australian Bight is an exciting moment for those who love the sea. This iconic marine area includes the Great Australian Bight Marine Park, which protects an area of global importance for endangered southern right whales. These waters also support important populations of the endangered Australian sea lion, with up to 80% of the population found here. The seals haul out at the base of the 330-foot-high cliffs.

Middle Island, Recherche Archipelago

Middle Island is the largest of a group of three islands that lie in the Spencer Gulf within the southwestern coast of the Yorke Peninsula. Currently a protected fauna conservation reserve, the island is known to be home to a variety of seabird populations including the little penguin. During a visit here, enjoy beachcombing along the shoreline and a peaceful boardwalk to the pink Lake Hillier.

Cape Le Grand National Park—Lucky Bay

Cape Le Grand National Park’s massive granite peaks, rolling heathlands and curving white beaches are some of the most spectacular landscapes along the southern coast. Along quiet Lucky Bay, kangaroos are known to laze on the whitest sand in Australia. The turquoise water is wonderful for a quick swim, and if time permits, enjoy a moderate hike on part of the Le Grand Coastal trail. The Cape Le Grande coastal trail passes through beautiful coastal scenery, and the national park is home to pygmy possums, western grey kangaroos and many colorful native wildflowers.

Woody Island, Recherche Archipelago

This afternoon, enter the Recherche Archipelago, a group of 105 islands and many more rocky outcrops. Here, many species of birds as well as sea lions and fur seals, come to breed. The islands are scattered across the blue watera beautiful seascape when viewed from shore with turquoise waters washing against grey and tan-colored granite. Here, land at Woody Island to explore. Located just 9.3 miles off the coast of Esperance, Woody Island’s stands of tall trees have given it its name. Experience the snorkel trail in Shearwater Bay, surrounded by pristine, clear waters. The cool southern waters provide excellent visibility. There are several beautiful walks on the island, from easy to moderate, and everyone can appreciate the spectacular views across the archipelago along the way. For the bird lovers, a wide variety of bird life is sighted on the island, from land dwellers to those dependent on the sea. Spot singing & new holland honeyeaters, silvereyes, red-eared firetails, rock parrots and sacred kingfisher. While along the walk trails catch a glimpse of the golden whistlers, brown quails, spotted pardolalotes, brush bronzewings, raptors and fan tailed cuckoo.

Bremer Bay

The peaceful coastal town of Bremer Bay, population 230, is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Located on the edge of the Southern Ocean, these vast stretches of pristine white sand offer a peaceful spot to stroll or swim, especially in summer. Explore the variety of small and large beaches around the area, and spend the afternoon relaxing, swimming, or snorkeling in the clear blue waters. The genuine pristine surroundings and deep peacefulness, along with the opportunity to observe the unique flora of the area and possibly witness some of the abundant marine life in the bay, makes Bremer Bay a true highlight on this voyage.

Albany

Arrive in Albany, the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by over two years. Albany is also well known for being the departure point of troop ship convoys bound for the First World War in December 1914, and the historic city overlooks the still waters of Princess Royal Harbor and the whale-filled bay of King George Sound. Located on Western Australia’s Rainbow Coast region, Albany is fringed by ancient forests, pristine beaches and a magnificent rocky coast (Rocks at Torndirrup National Park are known to have once connected to Antarctica). Discover the town of Albany with a choice between the whaling station tour on the edge of the beautiful Torndirrup National Park or National ANZAC center. Alternatively, visit the Museum of Great Southern and learn the history of Brig Amity Replica.

Augusta

Augusta is the most southwestern town in Australia and is nearby to the towering karri timber of Boranup Forest and spectacular Jewel Cave. The southwest coast was first seen by explorers in 1622 from the Dutch ship Leeuwin. Then expeditions by French explorers De Freycinet, D’Entrecasteaux, Baudin and Hamelin sighted the coast in the late 18th to early 19th century. Captain Matthew Flinders charted the southwest coast from 1801 to 1803 and proved that Cape Leeuwin was part of the mainland. With the arrival of settlers, Augusta was founded in 1830. The subsequent increase in ship traffic over the next few decades led to the construction of the impressive Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse in 1896. Climb Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia overlooking the point where the mighty Southern and Indian Oceans collide. Also visit Jewel Cave, an awe-inspiring and extremely well decorated cave, containing many beautiful examples of delicate helictites, cave coral, pendulites, a very large stalagmite called The Karri Forest and beautiful examples of flowstone such as The Frozen Waterfall and The Organ Pipes. Remarkably, fossilized remains of several Tasmanian tigers have been discovered within Jewel Cave, more than 3,000 years after the thylacine became extinct on mainland Australia.

Hamelin Bay & Margaret River

Hamelin Bay is located on the southwest coast on a serene open sandy bay, famous for the abundance of stingrays which frequent the bay. Snorkel with these friendly giant rays, which can measure up to 6.5 feet wide and love to swim up close to snorkelers. With clear and calm water, this is a great snorkel spot for all levels to enjoy interesting fish and plant life in the bay, and some great rocks and shipwrecks farther out may entertain those more confident in the water. A quintessential Western Australian destination, Margaret River is flanked with national parks including towering forests, pristine coastlines and rugged granite outcrops. Spend the afternoon enjoying this beautiful countryside of the Margaret River region while relaxing on a luxury coach tour of the wineries in this area. Enjoy tastings and cellar-door visits to some of the leading Margaret River wineries.

Cape Naturaliste & Dunsborough

Cape Naturaliste is the northernmost point of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, located on the western edge of Geographe Bay. As part of the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, the Cape is known for its spectacular coastal scenery and some of the best walking tracks in the Margaret River Region. Spend the day exploring these walking trails, with options to suit all levels. There will be an optional visit to the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse before spending some free time in the charming town of Dunsborough. In the afternoon, visit the stunning Meelup Beach for some sunbathing and swimming, followed by sunset drinks on the beach. This beach is one of the few places in Western Australia where one can watch the moon rise over the ocean; it is most attractive on a full moon! In 1801, French navigator Nicolas Baudin stopped here during his explorations of Australia and left his mark on the region at Geographe Bay, named after his flagship Geographe and Cape Naturaliste, after the ship Naturaliste.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Disembark Fremantle, Australia

Arrive in Fremantle at 8:00am for a 9:00am disembarkation. Complimentary post-cruise transfers to the airport or central business district hotels will be available (pre-organized on board with the purser).

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The westbound Across The Great Australian Bight cruise begins in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (ADL) and ends in Fremantle, South Australia, Australia (accessible via nearby Perth Airport, PER). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, plan flights to arrive to Adelaide in time for a 2:00pm check in, 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Perth following the 9:00am disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include land treks, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, tastings, historic site visits, beachcombing, wildlife observation and Xplorer tender vessel tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Australia's Great Southern Coastline Itinerary

The 15-day Australia’s Great Southern Coastline cruise operates westbound from Melbourne to Fremantle, with opportunities to hike, swim, enjoy oysters and take in lighthouses and wildlife.

Route map of Australia's Great Southern Coastline cruise from Melbourne to Fremantle with visits to Apollo Bay, 12 Apostles, Port Fair, Kangaroo Island, Coffin Bay, Bunda Cliffs, Lucky Bay, Woody Island, Albany, Augusta, Hamelin Bay & Margaret River.
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Day 1
Embark Melbourne, Australia

Board the ship at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

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Days 2 - 14
Exploration of Australia's Great Southern Coastline

No two South Australia cruises are the same. Throughout the expedition, allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Below is a selection of the key destinations visited.

Apollo Bay

Located along Victoria’s Great Ocean Road, Apollo Bay is part of the Great Otway National Park. Explore the natural beauty of this location by strolling the park to spot the three cascades of the Triplet Falls and walk to the lookout for panoramic views of the seascape.

12 Apostles

View the rugged splendor of the renowned 12 Apostles that lie in the Southern Ocean off Victoria’s coast. The limestone cliffs are subject to constant erosion from the impact of storms and winds, which carved the caves in the cliffs. When the caves eroded into arches and collapsed, their 150-foot-high rocky remains were left along the shore.

Port Fairy

Enjoy a walking town tour of this historic heritage settlement. Grand public buildings sit side by side with restored whalers’ cottages and Georgian styled merchant homes. Continue to the infamous Shipwreck Coast. This stretch of coastline is graveyard to around 700 submerged wrecks, leaving behind their fascinating stories. Captain Matthew Flinders notably said he had never seen a ‘more fearful section of coastline.’

Robe

Spend time today in the historic and picturesque town of Robe. Located on the Limestone Coast, it offers incredible views and unique food, drink and shopping opportunities. One of Australia’s most character-filled small towns, Robe is known for its cottage industries. Spend today exploring through the quaint shops and craft breweries or relax on the beach and watch surfers catching a wave.

Coffin Bay

Hike through the Coffin Bay National Park to get an understanding of the forests and environmentenjoy the interpretation of the heathlands, mallee forest and she-oak woodlands. Discover the tranquil bays and snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life. There is also the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable wild cuisine experienceenjoy a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect oysters and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

Flinders Island

Flinders Island is located about 22 miles from the Eyre Peninsula Coast and has been owned by the Woolford family since 1979, where they fish for abalone and are working to establish a safe haven for vulnerable native species. Meet Tobin and Jonas Woolford on Front Beach, learn of the island’s history and taste freshly pan-seared abalone. Explore the historic shearing sheds and head to Bryant’s Bay to visit the Kapara shipwreck.

Bunda Cliffs

Awe-inspiring 400-foot-tall white, chalky Bunda Cliffs run for 62 miles along the Great Australian Bight. This nearly 1,000-foot-thick limestone slab was once part of an ancient seabed and now forms the Nullarbor Plain, extending far inland many layers containing many fossils. This is a very rarely explored area of the Australian coastline with over 1,000 islands and today’s visit will be an adventurous exploration of the rocky islands and sweeping beaches of the region.

Woody Island

Located just 9.3 miles off the coast of Esperance, Woody Island offers stands of tall trees that have given it its name. Experience the snorkel trail in Shearwater Bay, surrounded by pristine, clear waters. The cool southern waters provide excellent visibility. There is whaling history throughout the area as well as numerous wrecks, including the second-largest diveable wreck in Australia, the Sanko Harvest, which lays between 60 to 130 feet long.

Lucky Bay

Along quiet Lucky Bay, kangaroos are known to laze on the whitest sand in Australia. Enjoy time on the beach meeting the friendly wildlife, and the turquoise water is wonderful for a quick swim. If time permits, enjoy a walk to Thistle Cove, taking in the peaceful beauty of the national park, which is home to pygmy possums, western grey kangaroos and many colorful native wildflowers.

Albany

Albany is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by over two years. For many years, it was the colony’s only deep-water port, having a place of eminence on shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies. The town has a role in the ANZAC legend, being the last port of call for troop ships departing with infantry and cavalry horses from Australia in the First World War.

Augusta

Augusta is the most southwestern town in Australia and is nearby to the towering karri timber of Boranup Forest and spectacular Jewel Cave. Visit Jewel Cave, an awe-inspiring and extremely well decorated cave, containing many beautiful examples of delicate helictites, cave coral, pendulites, a very large stalagmite called The Karri Forest and beautiful examples of flowstone such as The Frozen Waterfall and The Organ Pipes. Remarkably, fossilized remains of several Tasmanian tigers have been discovered within Jewel Cave.

Hamelin Bay

Located on the southwest coast on a serene, open sandy bay, Hamelin Bay is known for the abundance of stingrays which frequent the bay. Snorkel with these friendly giant rays, which can measure up to 6.5 feet wide and love to swim up close to snorkelers. Enjoy a guided tour of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. Climb the tower to be rewarded with a vast seascape of crashing waves and surrounding wilderness. Walk the grounds and explore the beautifully restored heritage site.

Accommodations

Coral Geographer

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Fremantle, Australia

Arrive in Fremantle at 8:30am. Complimentary post-cruise transfers to the airport or central business district hotels will be available (pre-organized on board with the purser).

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All excursions and sightseeing (excluding optional extras); snorkeling & equipment; use of Xplorer tender vessel, Zodiacs and kayaks; daily lectures and briefings; all meals, chef-prepared on board; selected wines, beers, spirits, juices and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner service; coffee and selection of teas; all entrance fees to national parks and ports; choice of local operator excursions at some locations; tips and gratuities.

Exclusions

Airfare; items of a personal nature, including but not limited to travel and medical insurance, laundry charges, shopping onboard, bar expenses, optional shore experiences, medical treatment, telephone and internet charges.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and cancellation penalties will apply. An AUD200.00 per person fee may be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed. There is an AUD500.00 per person fee if a date change is made more than 90 days before departure. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 50% of total trip cost
59 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Australia’s Great Southern Coastline cruise begins in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (MEL) and ends in Fremantle, South Australia, Australia (accessible via nearby Perth Airport, PER). The cruise operator recommends arriving before embarkation day and planning flights to depart a day or more after disembarkation, in case of unplanned schedule changes. In general, plan flights to arrive to Melbourne in time for a 4:00pm boarding and 5:00pm departure on Day 1 of the itinerary. Plan flights to depart Perth following the 8:30am disembarkation on the final day of the itinerary. We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include land treks, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, tastings, historic site visits, beachcombing, wildlife observation and Xplorer tender vessel tours.

Room Configuration

Limited double occupancy cabins for solo use may be available at a sole use rate in the Coral, Promenade and Explorer Deck categories. Bookings made via the sole use rate are confirmed, with the option to request a cabin share; share requests made without a solo use rate booking are not guaranteed unless a match is found, accepted by both travelers and confirmed by the reservations team.

If you would like to share accommodation with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to take your details and try to connect you with a suitable match. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate if a match is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids 12 years and older are welcomed aboard all departure dates; exceptions for children 11 years and under may be allowed with special pre-approval.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

As a condition of travel, guests must provide evidence of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR complete a credit card authorization form for expenses incurred during a medical evacuation. Proof of travel insurance with medical evacuation coverage OR a completed authorization form must be provided prior to boarding.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Listed prices for this trip are based on foreign currency exchange rates and may vary. USD pricing will be calculated at the time of final payment based on the market conversion rate plus a 1% banking conversion fee of total invoiced amount. Please contact AdventureSmith for current pricing.

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