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Great Australian Bight

Great Australian Bight, wide embayment of the Indian Ocean, indenting Australia’s southern coast. It extends eastward from West Cape Howe, Western Australia, to South West Cape, Tasmania. The more generally accepted boundaries are from Cape Pasley, Western Australia, to Cape Carnot, South Australia - a distance of 1,160 km. The head of the bight abuts on the arid Nullarbor Plain and is bounded by a remarkably even and continuous line of cliffs, 60-120 m high. Between Eucla and Israelite Bay on the bight’s shores are the Nuytsland Reserve and the Cape Arid National Park. West of Eucla, near the Western Australia - South Australia boundary, the old cliff line is bordered by a sandy coastal plain. Lying full in the track of the winter westerly winds, the bight has a reputation for storms and rough seas. It includes the offshore Archipelago of the Recherche, Nuyts Archipelago, and the Investigator and Whidbey islands. First visited in 1627 by the Dutch navigator Pieter Nuyts, the barren coast was surveyed by Matthew Flinders, an Englishman, in 1802.

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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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