Coral Expeditions has set sail on its 59-night “Circumnavigation of Australia” itinerary, departing Cairns on October 17, 2022 onboard flagship vessel Coral Adventurer. “This voyage has been three years in the making after plans in 2020 and 2021 were affected by border and travel restrictions, and we are grateful to set sail and see our resilience rewarded on what promises to be an adventure for the ages,” said Jeff Gillies, commercial director.
The voyage will be led by several key crew including Master Matt Fryer, Expedition Leader Cara Cavanagh and Purser Zac Romaine. Along the way, special guests will join sectors to add expert guidance and insights in the key regions.
“This will be the largest navigational undertaking in the company history with over 7000 nautical miles on the passage,” said Fryer.
Of the style of excursions during the voyage, Cavanagh said “Every day will hold new adventure for the guests with a great mix of experiences on offer including in water snorkel and dive, short coastal treks, guided talks at historic places and intimate meetings with local communities.”
“Our culinary team has developed menus and wine lists inspired by the regional produce we will find along the way,” said Romaine. “The expedition experience will continue in the dining room and bars with the tastes of regional Australia on offer along with the usual warm and friendly Aussie hospitality provided by our crew.”
Expedition highlights include connecting with the island communities of the Torres Strait and Tiwi Islands and enjoying cultural performances and art demonstrations. Guests can explore Anzac history with time ashore at the Port of Albany. They can cruise by the sea cliffs of Bunda in the Head of Bight as they venture across the Southern Ocean and spot wildlife on remote coastal shores including Kangaroo Island, Magnetic Island, Maria Island and Lucky Bay.
Guests can also savor the regional flavors of Australia in Coffin Bay, King Island, Abrolhos, and South and West Australia. They can retrace the voyages of early explorers including Cook, Parker King, Flinders and Baudin at key landing sites around the coastline, and share cultural stories with indigenous guides on K’Gari (Fraser Island). Other activities include snorkeling and diving at remote outposts of Ashmore Reef, Lizard Island, the Rowley Shoals and the Houtman Abrolhos.
Special events include a private jet charter to Uluru for sunset cultural experience and dinner under the stars; Winemakers Dinner and vineyard tour at Leeuwin Estate in the Margaret River; and tall ship racing at the heads on Sydney Harbour.
For more information, visit www.coralexpeditions.com.