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Busselton and Margaret River

Distance Travelled: 107 NM
Steaming Time: 10 Hours

After an early departure from Fremantle, it will be a leisurely day cruising southwards to Busselton.

Busselton is located in the sheltered Geographe Bay. The city is famed for its wooden piled jetty, the longest in the Southern Hemisphere, which stretches 1.8km out to sea and was established to service the timber trade of the region in the mid 1800's. The area was discovered and chartered by early French expeditioner, Nicholas Baudin, whose vessels, Geographe and Naturaliste mapped the coastlines of Western Australia in 1801. The township was named after first settlers, the Bussell's, who migrated to the area for its rich farming land suited to cattle.

The Coral Adventurer will arrive in Busselton in mid-afternoon and guests will have a chance to walk the jetty and foreshores. We will then be transferred in luxury coaches to the nearly Margaret River region for the first of our special events - a Night in the Vines experience at award-winning Leeuwin Estate.

Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art and music, Leeuwin features an award-winning restaurant, cellar door and art gallery. The Estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and tonights "Winemakers Expedition Dinner" will be no exception. Guests will be treated to a walk in the vines and hosted winemakers tour of the cellar and gallery. The Horgan family and their team will then present a 4-course regional degustation dinner with matching wines from the Leeuwin Estate Art Series collection with introductions from the chef and winemakers.

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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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