Australia’s Great Southern Coastline

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From AU$9,100* + 3,250* credits
per person, twin share

10 - 13 February 2024  3 night stay at Club Wyndham Melbourne
13 - 27 February 2024 14 night Coral Expeditions cruise Melbourne to Fremantle 

BONUS AU$250^ Air Credit per person

Melbourne is famous for its contemporary suburbs oozing with character and culture, from the progressive restaurants and bars and boutique shopping of Fitzroy, to the seaside destination of St Kilda. Club Wyndham Melbourne will have you well positioned to all this and more including the Crown Casino, Queen Victoria Markets and an abundance of sporting stadiums.

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. Enjoy many opportunities to sample the freshest produce straight from the source with oysters at Coffin Bay and abalone at Flinders Island. As we round the southwest edge of Australia, enjoy time ashore with sunset drinks at Woody Island, 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.

  • Climb Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, the tallest on mainland Australia, to take in the view over the Southern Ocean
  • Learn to shuck your own delicious oysters fresh from the waters of Coffin Bay
  • Meet with the Woolford’s at Flinders Island for a beachside abalone tasting and learn the history and current conservation projects of the island
  • Stroll through breath-taking Jewel Cave at Augusta and learn about its formation over thousands of years
  • Relax and enjoy sunset drinks alongside the friendly kangaroos at wildlife haven Lucky Bay
  • Swim with the majestic stingrays and eagle rays that swim in the shallows of Hamelin Bay
  • Indulge in tasting experiences in the award-winning Margaret River wine country
Prices are Per Person – solo pricing available on request .
BONUS AU$250^ Air Credit per person
Cabin Type Twin Share Club Wyndham Melbourne
Ship: CORAL GEOGRAPHER
Bridge Deck Suites AU$19,620* + 3,250* credits
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom AU$14,690* + 3,250* credits
Promenade Deck AU$10,950* + 3,250* credits
Coral Deck Stateroom AU$ 9,120* + 3,250* credits
Bookings subject to availability and for new bookings only. Valid for sale until sold out. ^ Air Credit is per person, and available once final payment has been made. Air Credit can be used towards flights in conjunction with this cruise. If cancelled, travel credit is non-refundable.

Inclusions:

  • $250* per person Air Credit
  • 3 nights at Club Wyndham Melbourne in a 1 Bedroom Deluxe apartment 10-13 February 2024
  • 14 nights onboard Coral Geographer
  • All excursions with our Expedition Team
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and Kayaks
  • Snorkelling & SCUBA equipment (SCUBA diving at an additional cost)
  • Daily lectures and briefings with Guest Lecturers
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Selected wines, selected beers and house spirits, juices, and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner
  • 24-hour barista-style coffee and tea station
  • All entrance fees to National Parks, ports, traditional owner fees and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Use of all onboard facilities, incl. a reference library
  • Your expedition photos captured during the voyage
  • Post-cruise transfers (in most destinations)

Expedition Highlights:

  • Climb Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, the tallest on mainland Australia, to take in the view over the Southern Ocean
  • Learn to shuck your own delicious oysters fresh from the waters of Coffin Bay
  • Meet with the Woolford’s at Flinders Island for a beachside abalone tasting and learn the history and current conservation projects of the island
  • Stroll through breath-taking Jewel Cave at Augusta and learn about its formation over thousands of years
  • Relax and enjoy sunset drinks alongside the friendly kangaroos at wildlife haven Lucky Bay
  • Swim with the majestic stingrays and eagle rays that swim in the shallows of Hamelin Bay
  • Indulge in tasting experiences in the award-winning Margaret River wine country

Ship Information: Coral Geographer 

Launched in March 2021,Coral Geographer is the newest addition to our fleet, purpose-designed to access remote wilderness shores around the world that are often inaccessible to large cruise vessels.Sister ship to Coral Adventurer, she has over 1000 square metres of open deck space,multiple bars, majority balcony staterooms and suites, and public areas featuring a collection of Australian Indigenous art. Carrying a maximum of 120 passengers –Coral Geographer is purpose-built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style, and safety.

 

Itinerary:

The below itinerary is indicative. Alternate departures operate in either direction.

10-13 February 2024 3 nights Club Wyndham Melbourne 1 bedroom deluxe

Cruise

DAY 1: DEPART MELBOURNE

Board Coral Geographer at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.

DAYS 2-13: KEY DESTINATIONS OF YOUR EXPEDITION

No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, each expedition is crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Team around the tides, weather and sea conditions. Below is a selection of the key destinations we visit. This itinerary includes 5 days at sea.

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 3 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 45m 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 your day exploring through the quaint shops and craft breweries or relax on the beach and watch surfers catching a wave

COFFIN BAY

Here we will hike through the Coffin Bay National Park to get an understanding of the forests and environment – enjoy 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 experience – enjoy a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect your oysters and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

FLINDERS ISLAND

Flinders Island is located about 35km 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

For 100km along the Great Australian Bight runs these awe  inspiring 120m tall white chalky Bunda Cliffs. This 300m 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 9 Australian coastline with over 1000 islands and our visit will be an adventurous exploration of the rocky islands and sweeping beaches of the region.

WOODY ISLAND

Located just 15km off the coast of Esperance, Woody Island’s stands of tall trees have given it its name. Surrounded by pristine, clear waters, you will have the opportunity to experience the snorkel trail in Shearwater Bay. The cool southern waters provide excellent visibility for your journey of discovery. 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 18 to 40 metres.

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 colourful 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 south-western town in Australia and is nearby to the towering karri timber of Boranup Forest and spectacular Jewel Cave. We will 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, fossilised 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 2 meters wide, and love to swim up close to snorkellers. Enjoy a guided tour of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. Climb the tower to be rewarded with a vast seascape with crashing waves and surrounding wilderness. Walk the grounds and explore the beautifully restored heritage site.

DAY 10: ARRIVE FREMANTLE

Arrive in Fremantle at 8:00am as we say goodbye to fellow travellers and crew before a 9:00am disembarkation. A complimentary post-cruise transfers to the airport or CBD will be available.

*Terms & Conditions:

  • Bookings subject to availability.
  • Special offer only available for new bookings.
  • Prices are per person twin share, in Australian Dollars.
  • Air Credit is per person, and available once final payment has been made. Air Credit can be used towards flights in conjunction with this cruise. If cancelled, travel credit is non-refundable.
  • Pricing correct as of 24 January 2023 and may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees or taxes and currency fluctuation.
  • Stays at Club Wyndham resorts are subject to the terms and conditions of Club Wyndham South Pacific. A housekeeping token will apply. Subject to availability.
  • Standard Travel Club Terms and Conditions apply.
  • This tour is offered and managed by Coral Expeditions and their terms and conditions apply.
  • A deposit of 20% is required to secure your booking. Final payment conditions apply.
  • No airfares are included in the featured package, but assistance with booking can be provided.
  • Cancellation and change fees apply. Bookings are non-transferable.
  • Travel insurance is not included in the package. Please ensure you have valid Travel Insurance, or request a quotation.