Arrive in Geraldton, where we meet you on arrival and transfer you to your expedition ship. Your first night on board starts as it should, with a relaxed dinner.
Stay: Nine Nights, MS Caledonian SkyDaily :
Today will be spent exploring the Abrolhos Islands. More than 120 unspoilt islands lay clustered here, spanning over 100 kilometres off Western Australia's north coast. Join your expedition team and hop aboard a Zodiac for an in-depth discovery of this coastal wonderland. Large breeding colonies of sea birds can be found on the islands, with more than 90 different species currently identified. Keep watch for sea lions, dolphins and migratory whales as your expedition team member navigates through the turquoise waters. The Abrolhos Islands are also rich in maritime history, and the infamous Batavia wreck lies on the ocean floor on Morning Reef. The Batavia was wrecked in 1629 on her maiden voyage from Holland, the first of the Dutch ships lost off the west coast of Australia.Daily :
Arrive in Shark Bay today, home to hidden bays, shimmering turquoise lagoons, remote peninsulas, towering limestone cliffs, and pristine white-sand beaches. Stretching more than 1,500 kilometres from Kalbarri to Carnarvon, Shark Bay became Western Australia's first World Heritage-listed area in 1991. The area is one of Western Australia's most biologically rich habitats. Its sheltered bays and beds of sea-grass provide the perfect habitat for dugongs, sea turtles, humpback whales, dolphins, stingrays, and sharks.Daily :
Enjoy a Signature Experience before heading to Surf Point, located on the southern end of the island. This incredible area is a sanctuary zone within the Shark Bay Marine Park and a vast array of marine life can be found here. Look for sharks schooling in the shallow waters before continuing to Steep Point, located just across South Passage. As the westernmost point of Western Australia, Steep Point provides a perfect vantage point to see the spectacular Zuytdorp Cliffs, rising some 170 metres above sea level. The cliffs extend along the coast all the way to Kalbarri and are a great place for a spot of whale watching.Daily :
Today is sure to be a memorable one as you enjoy a special Signature Experience near Ningaloo Reef.Daily :
Cruise to the Muiron Islands today, consisting of the North Muiron and South Muiron islands, which are separated by a deep-water channel. Vibrantly coloured soft corals can be found in abundance here and the waters are perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving – which is what you'll be doing today. Turtles love the soft corals here, so be sure to keep an eye out for them as you discover life underwater.Daily :
Arrive at the Montebello Islands Marine Park today and set out on a Zodiac exploration to discover its rich maritime heritage. The islands gained international attention when three British atomic weapons tests were carried out here in 1952 and 1956. To this day, concrete bunkers, monitoring stations, roads and scrap metal can still be found on some of the islands. The atomic weapons were exploded on Alpha and Trimouille islands, and on the warship HMS Plym, which was anchored on the west side of Trimouille Island. You'll have the chance to join your expedition team and step ashore on Trimouille Island to see the wreckage of the HMS Plym.Daily :
Located just off the coast of Dampier and Point Samson in the Pilbara region, the Dampier Archipelago is made up of 42 islands and islets. The contrast between the brilliant white beaches, turquoise waters, and the rugged Pilbara landscape is a sight to behold and you’ll be left speechless by the mesmerising views seen from the air. Be sure to keep an eye out for turtles, whales, dugongs and dolphins as you soar over this coastal wonderland. See the main salt lakes and iron ore industries in full swing as you fly down the western side of the peninsula before heading back to Karratha Airport.Daily :
Prepare for a full day of adventure as your ship cruises into Cunningham Island where you can catch your first glimpse of life below the surface during a snorkelling expedition before continuing to Mermaid Reef, home to over 200 species of hard coral. Continue to the Rowley Shoals Marine Park this afternoon. This incredible area is made up of three coral atolls that are believed to have been formed over 10 million years ago. Home to clear lagoons, untouched coral gardens and an abundance of marine life, Rowley Shoals is a true marine paradise. You'll find some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling sites here.Daily :
Bid farewell to your expedition ship as you arrive into Broome today. Be transferred to Ramada Eco Beach Resort, around one hour south of Broome.
Stay: Ramada Eco Beach ResortDaily :
Travel south, stopping at the famous Eighty Mile Beach, a spectacular coastline that marks the end of the Great Sandy Desert. Keep an eye out for the migratory birds that call the wetland area home. Later, arrive at Port Hedland.
Stay: Port Hedland, The Esplanade HotelDaily :
Travel to Marble Bar, infamously known as the hottest town in Australia. Marble Bar received its name after settlers mistook a formation of jasper for a huge bar of marble. Later, continue to Newman.
Stay: Seasons Hotel NewmanDaily :
Gain an insight into the world’s largest open cut iron ore mine today as you explore Mt Whaleback Mine in the Pilbara region. Afterwards, continue to your eco retreat in Karijini National Park and relax as you take in the surrounds.
Stay: Two Nights, Karijini Eco RetreatDaily :
A full day has been set aside for you to discover the contrasting landscapes of Karijini National Park today. See the rugged red beauty of Dales Gorge or perhaps set out on a walk to Joffre Falls, located near the eco retreat. Alternatively, you might like to soak up the views from Oxer and Junction Pool lookouts. Later, visit the 20-metre tumbling Fortescue Falls, the only permanent waterfall in Karijini National Park.Daily :
Drive through the town of Tom Price and head to the North West Cape and see a sunset over the Indian Ocean from Exmouth, the gateway to Ningaloo Reef.Daily :
Explore Cape Range National Park as you board a cruise through the towering gorge walls of Yardie Creek. Later, stop in Turquoise Bay and take in the views before continuing to the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse.Daily :
This morning, set out on a cruise aboard a glass bottom boat at Coral Bay. Beneath the surface you'll see colourful displays of coral and an array of marine life, including turtles, manta rays and dugongs. While you're here, be sure not to miss the opportunity to snorkel this unspoilt reef. Later, continue to Carnarvon on the Gascoyne River.
Stay: Carnarvon, Best Western Hospitality InnDaily :
Head for Hamelin Pool to see the amazing stromatolites – considered the world’s oldest living organisms. Continue to Shell Beach before arriving at your resort. Here, a delicious dinner awaits.
Stay: Two Nights, Shark Bay, Monkey Mia Dolphin ResortDaily :
Enjoy a Signature Experience this morning. Afterwards, might like to head down to the beach during an afternoon at leisure. Later, enjoy a sunset cruise before a seafood dinner at your resort.Daily :
Travel to Wooleen Station today, where you will enjoy a Signature Experience. Tonight, soak up the views as the sun sets over this incredible landscape.
Stay: Wooleen Station, shared facilitiesDaily :
From July to October, Western Australia is blanketed in Everlasting Daisies and you'll travel through the mid-west ‘Wildflower Way’ to see this natural spectacle for yourself. Later, continue to Kalbarri National Park.
Stay: Kalbarri Edge ResortDaily :
Travel to Nambung National Park, a striking coastal desert region home to the eerie limestone Pinnacles. Continue on to Perth, and enjoy a relaxed dinner as you celebrate the end of your adventure.Daily :
Depart PerthDaily :
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