Great Bight Coastal Discovery

Save up to $2,000 per couple

Trace Australia’s rugged coast from Adelaide to Perth aboard a small expedition ship. Cross the Great Australian Bight and reach remote wonders, including Israelite Bay and Daw Island. Take a scenic flight over the Flinders Ranges and Lake Eyre, slurp oysters in Coffin Bay and enjoy the best of the Margaret River wine region.


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From $15,995* per person, twin share

15 days Adelaide to Perth

Inclusions:

  • Experiences in 16 destinations
  • 14 nights aboard the MS Caledonian Sky with daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 41 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • The services of an APT Expedition Leader and Team
  • Take an exciting charter flight over the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound and Lake Eyre
  • Wade into the waters of Coffin Bay to enjoy oysters and a glass of bubbly
  • Swim at Twilight Cove, hemmed in by 70-metre-high cliffs
  • Take a culinary tour through Margaret River

Departure: 2 March 2022

Trip Code: XPCGBA15




Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Adelaide, Embark Ship

You’ll be met on arrival in Adelaide and transferred to your ship. Meet your captain and crew at tonight’s welcome reception and dinner.

Stay: Fourteen nights, MS Caledonian Sky

Meals: Dinner


Day 2: Adelaide, Wilpena Pound, Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre

Step ashore in Adelaide for a Signature Experience.

Signature Experience: Take an exciting charter flight over the Flinders Ranges, Wilpena Pound, Lake Eyre, and the mysterious Marree Man.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 3: Kangaroo Island

Enjoy Kangaroo Island’s astonishing wildlife and scenery during a tour which includes a birds of prey show. Look for kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas, penguins, goannas, and array of birdlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner



Day 4: Port Lincoln, Coffin Bay

We make our way to Port Lincoln on the Eyre Peninsula. Home to the largest fishing fleet in the Southern hemisphere, the Eyre Peninsula produces some of the best seafood in Australia. After today’s Signature Experience, you will have some free time. The adventurous may choose to do a shark cage dive or swim with sea lions. Alternatively, visit the Boston Brewery for a cold local beer (both experiences additional expense).

Signature Experience: Visit Coffin Bay Oyster Farm and taste the sea’s bounty. Learn about the oyster industry and wade into the water to enjoy fresh-from-the-ocean oysters with a glass of champagne.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 5: Port Lincoln

Enjoy a free morning to explore Port Lincoln at your own pace. Your ship will set sail before lunch. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 6: Ceduna, Point Labatt, Point Westall

Travel to Point Labatt and observe the sea lion colony from a purpose-built viewing platform. Continue on to the Westall Way Loop Coastal Scenic Drive along the rugged coastline. Take in the stunning cliffs and ocean below, and stop at Smooth Pool for some snorkelling. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 7: Ceduna, Smoky Bay

Arrive today at the sleepy town of Smoky Bay. Browse the art on show at the Ceduna Arts and Culture Centre, which provides development opportunities for local Indigenous communities and also sells artwork on behalf of artists in the Far West Coast region of South Australia. Spend the afternoon exploring the landscapes of Laura Bay Conservation Park.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8: At Sea, Great Australian Bight

It takes two days to cross the Great Australian Bight, which separates the east and west of Australia. It’s the perfect opportunity to relax and enjoy the facilities on board your ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 9: At Sea, Great Australian Bight

Spend a further day at sea as your ship makes its way into Western Australian waters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 10: Israelite Bay, Daw Island

Dock at Israelite Bay and take a Zodiac to the shore, where you’ll find woodlands, sand dunes and salt lakes, as well as the restored ruins of the National Trust-classified Post Office and Telegraph Station. Go for a swim and, if weather permits, enjoy a beach BBQ. It’s then on to remote Daw Island, home to a large seal colony and a plethora of birdlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 11: Esperance

Cruise through the stunning Recherche Archipelago on the way to Esperance. Head along the Great Ocean Drive via stunning beaches, rugged cliffs and polished granite boulders. See Salmon Beach Wind Farm, Australia’s first wind farm, view the landscapes of Cape Le Grand National Park and stop for a drink at Lucky Bay Brewing Co. After a photo stop at Pink Lake, and a dip at Twilight Cove, you have a free afternoon in Esperance.  

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 12: Albany

View Torndirrup National Park’s geological formations, including the Natural Bridge and The Gap. At the Blowholes, listen for the booming sounds as water is forced up into a crack in the granite cliffs. Back in Albany, explore the National Anzac Centre and the Brig Amity museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 13: Augusta, Margaret River

Visit Lake Cave and Mammoth Cave, where you’ll see spectacular stalactite, stalagmite and shawl formations as well as an impressive collection of dinosaur fossils. Travel into the Margaret River region for a Signature Experience.

Signature Experience: A culinary adventure begins with a tour and tasting at the Margaret River Chocolate Company, followed by visits to Ashbrook Estate and Juniper Estate Winery. At Bettenay’s Margaret River, you’ll sample fine local wines and freshly made nougat.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 14: Margaret River, Busselton

Spend the morning on your chosen Freedom of Choice activity.

Freedom of Choice™ - Sightseeing: Perhaps hike along a section of the renowned Cape to Cape Track from Cape Naturaliste to Sugar Loaf Rock. Alternatively, explore Tuart Forest National Park and the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands.

Later, be guided around the town of Busselton. Walk along the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere, admire St Mary’s Anglican Church, built in 1844 of limestone and jarrah, and spend time at the Busselton Museum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Day 15: Disembark Ship Fremantle, Depart Perth

Disembark your ship for the final time in Fremantle and be transferred to Perth Airport for your onward flight. 

Meals: Breakfast

 


*Terms and Conditions: Valid until 31 March 2021 or until sold out. Offer valid when booking Tour Code(s) XPCSAH12, XPXSAA12, XPCGBA15, XPCWCP15, XPCWCB15 departing January to December 2022. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is due within 7 days of booking. Final payment is due 100 days prior to the tours departure date. Offers are available for travellers departing from Australia. All pricing and save amounts are in Australian Dollars. Information correct as at 7 December 2021 but may fluctuate due to changes in surcharges, taxes or currency. A strictly limited number of offers are available on selected itineraries and departure dates in selected suites/staterooms/cabins/room categories. Offers are subject to availability, not combinable unless specified, available on new bookings only and may be withdrawn at any time. For more information, contact your travel agent. SUPPLIER: APT