Highlights of Southern Australia (Le Bellot)

Highlights of Southern Australia (Le Bellot)

From AUD $11,682


Set sail with PONANT for a 13-day all-new expedition cruise from Melbourne to Fremantle, discovering the grandiose and wild nature and unique terroirs of the north of Tasmania and the southern coast of Australia.

You’ll embark in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city and its cultural capital, before setting sail for Tasmania.

In Bass Strait, you’ll reach the magnificent wild coasts of Flinders Island and King Island: white sandy beaches, green pastures, granite rocks in shades of ochre.

Your port of call at Beauty Point will be the occasion to discover the natural riches of the Tamar Valley, edged with fertile hills and wine estates.

Kangaroo Island, off the coast of Adelaide, will be one of the high points of your cruise. Here, you will admire a wonderful wild nature: expanses of dunes, eucalyptus forests, moors overlooking vertiginous cliffs and beaches of immaculate white sand.

You will then admire the vastness of the landscapes on the south coast of Australia, whose turquoise waters are home to many fishes and shellfishes, essential products in the rich local gastronomy. It is also the opportunity to dive into the rich past of this region explored by Europeans back at the beginning of the 17th century, before disembarking in Fremantle, a bohemian little town with rich architectural heritage.

Trip Name
Highlights of Southern Australia (Le Bellot)
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship Length: 131 metres Passenger Capacity: 184 Built: 2019-2020 Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 staterooms and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience. As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Bellot will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with luxury service. Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel. RESTAURANTS As it is an essential part of French culture, gastronomy will naturally have pride of place aboard this new ship. To the back of Deck 4, you will find a 260 m² panoramic restaurant which can accommodate all of our passengers in a single sitting. Designed differently to that on our other ships, this dining area, which opens onto the outside, will have a buffet of salads, desserts and cheeses at your disposal. Our discreet and attentive crew will provide table service for hot meals. In a relaxed atmosphere, an outdoor grill on Deck 3 will serve grilled meats with a variety of salads and desserts. PUBLIC AREAS Le Bellot has many common areas that are designed and equipped to meet all of your needs while preserving the intimacy of each passenger. A 140 m² reception area includes: A reception/concierge desk, An excursions desk, The ship’s administrative services, The sales office, manned by our Guest Relations Officer, Our 50 m² boutique which sells clothing, jewellery, beauty products, postcards and various accessories, Toilets accessible to passengers with reduced mobility. A new hydraulic platform with adjustable height provides:   Easier boarding than on any other cruise ship, Easier Zodiac embarkation and disembarkation for expeditions, Easier access to the sea for swimming and practising various water sports such as kayaking or paddle-boarding. A pool deck offering: A pool with a panoramic view, equipped with a counter-current swimming system, A pleasant solarium, An outdoor bar and lounge with armchairs and sofas. A 200 m² main lounge which can accommodate all of our passengers to share convivial moments and to host activities organised during the day or evening. Lastly, a theatre that seats 188, equipped with: The latest sound and lighting technology, A LED wall as the stage backdrop, for the projection of high-resolution images and videos.


Day 1 - Day 1 MELBOURNE
Located on the shores of Port Phillip bay on Australia's south coast, Melbourne has been dubbed the "Paris of the south". Its narrow downtown streets boast a wide range of art galleries, luxury grocery stores, restaurants and cafés. The Royal Exhibition Building, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of elegant Carlton Gardens, is one of the world's oldest exhibition pavilions. While you're there, you can visit the adjacent Melbourne Museum. To savour the atmosphere of an old-time seaside resort, visit St Kilda Beach and its historic landmark, the century-old amusement park.
Trousers Point on Flinders Island is known for its crystal-clear waters, white sand beaches and brightly coloured lichen covered granite. Overlooked by the spectacular Mt Strzelecki, guests will be able to take the 1 ½ hour (3.5km) circuit track, showcasing the unusual rock formations, offshore islands and white sand beaches. They will also have the opportunity to swim in the refreshing waters of Trousers point.
Day 5 - Day 5 AT SEA
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Day 7 - Day 7 PORT LINCOLN
Day 8 - Days 8 - 9 AT SEA
Day 9 - Day 10 ESPERANCE
Day 10 - Day 11 ALBANY
Day 11 - Day 12 AT SEA
Day 12 - Day 13 FREMANTLE
Day 13 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $11,682Deluxe Stateroom
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $26,255Prestige Deck 6 Suite
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $27,073Privilege Suite
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $27,900Grand Deluxe Suite
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $28,773Owner's Suite
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $13,182Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $13,891Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $14,636Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $20,436Deluxe Suite
27-03-202108-04-2021AUD $24,964Prestige Deck 5 Suite


    • An expedition cruise to discover the landscapes and agricultural and viticultural riches of Tasmania and the southern coast of Australia
    • Shore visits with an experienced team of naturalist-guides.
    • Varied landscapes: white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, wild and rocky coastlines, mountains, cliffs, verdant pastures and hills, vineyards, eucalyptus forests
    • The magnificent landscapes of Kangaroo Island
    • Discover local gastronomy: seafood, agricultural and viticultural products.
    • Discover of historical heritage: maritime traditions, former whaling stations, commemoration of the First World War