Expedition cruising is the perfect way to explore the wild fringe of our island home. Venture off the Australian coast and reconnect with the deep rhythms of a continent inhabited by humans for tens of thousands of years. From the turquoise waters and red-desert coastlines of the north, to the rugged, windswept landscapes of the south, adventure cruising allows you to truly immerse yourself in the natural world and experience the unforgettable. In the realm of expedition cruises, Australia offers unparalleled opportunities for adventure, and our small ships bring you into the action.
Along the Kimberley coast, adventure cruising offers a journey through time, with fascinating geological formations, and humbling encounters with Aboriginal petroglyphs carved thousands of years ago. Zodiac-cruise down serene rivers, where coppery-golden cliffs soar far above, and refreshing cascades tumble down from the desert plateau. Feel the raw power of the largest tidal races in Australia as tremendous volumes of water rush in and out to sea, and snorkel pristine coral atolls: experiences that will stay with you for years to come. At the Ningaloo Marine Park, snorkel or dive a World Heritage-listed reef, sharing the ocean with majestic sea turtles, manta rays and whales.
To Australia’s south, swim with playful fur seals and sea lions off the South Australian coast, and connect with the Kangaroo Island community as they continue their recovery from the 2019/20 bushfire season. Discover the pristine jewels of the Bass Strait, where historic lighthouses stand sentry, pale granite cliffs meet the sea, and giant kelp forests sway gently with the swell. Sea kayak the dolerite sea caves on the Tasman Peninsula, and Zodiac cruise around remote seabird colonies off the Tasmanian coast.
Beyond Australia, be drawn by the magnetic allure of the deep south. Find yourself in connection with extraordinary abundance on subantarctic islands, where thriving colonies of king penguins and elephant seals abound. Venture on to the icebound coastline of East Antarctica, where Adélie penguin colonies and historic huts are guarded by soaring ice cliffs and icebergs the size of small cities.
If you’re searching for truly remote expedition cruises, Australia and the deep south offer unmatched wilderness and extraordinary wildlife. Largely pristine and sparsely inhabited, you’ll discover countless opportunities for spontaneous, refreshing adventure. Our fleet of modern expedition ships is built to world-class polar standards and designed with flexibility in mind, to ensure we are ready to embrace every weather window and opportunity to explore.
Find out more about the most adventurous expedition cruises Australia has to offer. A timeless land steeped in traditional culture, rich history and remarkable wildlife awaits.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
All voyages are subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian residents.
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