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Preservation Island

Distance Travelled: 76 NM
Steaming Time: 8 Hours

Preservation Island was the first area south of Sydney to experience the impact of European settlement. This small island in the Furneaux Group, nestled between Cape Barren Island and Clarke Island, is home to the grave of Sydney Cove which wrecked there in 1797.

This story is a true historic tragedy. After becoming stranded on the Island, 17 brave soldiers from the ship traveled to the mainland long boats and then attempted to trek an enormous 640km from Victoria’s Gippsland Coast to Botany Bay, Sydney in seek of help for their companions. Only 3 eventually reached Botany Bay.

Whilst here, guests will learn of the history and we will have a chance to share an historic “The Wreck Preservation Ale” which has been crafted by local brewers in partnership with the Queen Victoria Museum who have used the yeast culture DNA from bottles of beer found aboard the wreck of the Sydney Cove, preserved beneath the cool southern ocean for 220 years.

Our Story

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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