This expedition explores Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea. With a fascinating maritime and Indigenous history – from the Malgana people of Shark Bay to the exploratory journeys of William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, Baudin and Freycinet – this region is layered with stories. The natural coastal reserves harbour an abundance of bird life and fascinating marine species. Our guides will help guests explore the renowned Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands and Dampier Archipelago.
Onboard this voyage will be expert Guest Lecturer Howard Gray. Howard’s passion and knowledge about the Houtman Abrolhos Islands and the amazing story of the discoverer Frederik de Houtman has brought to light much of the facinating history of this region and been received enthusiastically by the community, including the local Wilunyu/Amangu people. His publication won the Royal West Australian Historical Society Williams/Lee Steere Prize for ‘the best book on the history of Western Australia for 2019’.