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Archipelago of the Recherche

Distance Travelled: 219 NM
Steaming Time: 20 Hours

In early 1627, the Dutch East India Company (“VOC”) ship Gulden Zeepaerdt under the command of Francois Thijssen, and with high ranking VOC official Pieter Nuyts aboard, became separated from the remainder of her fleet on a voyage from the Netherlands to Batavia. Making a more southerly course than the other ships from the cape of Good Hope, Gulden Zeepaerdt made landfall at Cape Leeuwin, discovered by another VOC ship Leeuwin, 5 years earlier. Instead of turning north for Batavia, Thijssen continued east, and was the first European to sight the mighty 60 metre high cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. Following the coast for 1000 miles before returning, having made the first chart of this remarkable coastline.

Today, the Great Australian Bight forms the southern edge of the vast Nullarbor Plain and Coral Adventurer will make her own exploration of this rugged coast, one that is rarely seen except by the whales and seals that abound in these waters.

This is a very rarely explored area of the Australian coastline with over 1000 islands and “known obstacles to shipping” and our visit will be a tale of adventure guests will be able to tell for many moons.

There is whaling history throughout the area as well as numerous wrecks, including the second largest diveable wreck in Australia, the Sanko Harvest, which lays between 18 to 40 metres.

Photo Credit: Jiri Lochman/Australian Geographic

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Australia’s Pioneering Cruise Line
For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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