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Dirk Hartog Island

Distance Travelled: 388 NM
Steaming Time: 36 Hours

After a day at sea enjoying the magnificent Indian Ocean, the Coral Adventurer will arrive at Dirk Hartog Island at midday.

Surrounded by steep limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches and magnificent Indian Ocean, it was here in October 1616 that Dirk Hartog accompanied by crew, explored and conducted surveys along this region of the West Australian Coast. Sailing North from the island, he partially charted the WA coastline, quite literally putting Australia on the map. This profoundly changed 18th century European worldview of the mythical southern continent, ‘Terra Australis Incognita'. For more than 250 years after, European navigators continued to discover and expand the world's knowledge of Australia's coastline.

Whilst here, guests will enjoy guided nature walks of the island including beaches, lakes and the islands rock pools.

The Coral Adventurer will anchor here for the evening and guests will enjoy the “last sunset in Australia” being the most westerly point of the country.

Traditional custodians: Malgana people

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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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