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  • Coast, Perth, Australia
  • L' Austral, Ponant
  • Suite, L' Austral, Ponant
  • Kangaroos, Kangaroo Island, Australia
  • Sydney Opera House
  • Wineglass Bay, Freycinet, Tasmania, Australia

Circumnavigation of Australia

44-day tailor-made cruise from £13,999 pp incl. flights

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Embark on an expedition of Australia, complete with a team of experts to provide fascinating insight into the cultural and natural history

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In Brief

  • 2 Nights Sydney
  • 1 Night Freycinet
  • 1 Night Tamar River
  • 1 Night King Island
  • 1 Night Port Campbell
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Kangaroo Island
  • 1 Night Port Lincoln
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 1 Night Esperance
  • 1 Night Albany
  • 1 Night Busselton
  • 1 Night Fremantle
  • 1 Night Geraldton
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Turquoise Bay
  • 2 Nights Broome
  • 1 Night Talbot Bay
  • 1 Night Wyndham
  • 1 Night Fursui
  • 1 Night Darwin
  • 1 Night Yirrkala
  • 1 Night Thursday Island
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Lizard Island
  • 1 Night Cooktown
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Hamilton Island
  • 1 Night At Sea
  • 1 Night Fraser Island
  • 2 Nights At Sea
  • 2 Nights Sydney


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All-inclusive | Natural world | Ocean cruise | Off the beaten track

Travelling around Australia is on every discerning traveller’s wish list, and now with the opportunity to sail aboard the magnificent L’Austral, guests are offered an intimate and authentic cruising experience.


L’Austral is a superb mega-yacht with 123 luxuriously appointed cabins and suites. Aboard L’Austral guests encounter a chic and elegant yacht-like ambiance, refined and personalised service as well as gastronomic cuisine. Each stateroom offers elegance and stylishness, decorated by French interior designers.

As a small luxury, expedition vessel, L’Austral has the capability to dock in smaller ports, providing guests with access to unique destinations and the ability to explore secluded locations via Zodiac.

To enhance the cruising experience, guests will also be accompanied by a specialist expedition team to provide insights into the history of each port, as well as flora, fauna and landscape of the country. There will only be 200 guests on this exclusive voyage - so ensure you secure your place early.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Depart UK to Sydney

Fly overnight to Sydney

Day 2

Arrive in Sydney and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3

Sydney is Australia's largest city, which is the number one tourist destination in the country. It offers a multitude of sights such as the famous Opera House and distinctive Harbour Bridge of course. You can travel back in time with a visit to Sydney’s oldest centre – The Rocks. Take a city tour to take in Sydney Tower, Darling Harbour and Chinatown. Bask on Bondi Beach for a dose of sun, sea and sand. Or travel a little further afield for a glimpse of the Aussie wildlife and views of the Blue Mountains.

Check out of your hotel and embark L’Austral. Set sail this evening.

Meals: D

Day 4
At Sea

Meals: B L D

Day 5
Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park, Tasmania

At Wineglass Bay you will find the view is spectacular, with dramatic red granite peaks reflecting in clear blue waters and a near-perfect circle of white sand forming the beach of the bay. Named in 1802 by the French Explorer Nicholas Baudin, the area was proclaimed a national park in 1916. Vegetation in the park varies from marshy heathlands to grass trees, banksias, stands of wattle, Oyster Bay pine and bull oak.

The park is rich in wildlife including black cockatoos, green rosellas, wedgetailed eagles and a wide variety of seabirds including white-breasted sea eagles. 

The oyster farm near Coles Bay is famed for the freshness of its produce so perhaps take this chance to indulge in some of the local seafood and oysters with a chilled glass of Tasmanian wine. Water sports available from the town include diving and sea-kayaking, canoeing and fishing charters can be arranged. Later in the day, be sure to find yourself a spot on deck as the sun slips towards the western horizon. It is now that the orange lichens on the granite peaks glow red with the setting sun.

Tour by zodiac to Wineglass Bay Beach and look out at Coles Bay.

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Beauty Point, Tamar River, Tasmania

Beauty Point is a small riverside town that's a hotspot for mariners and fascinating underwater creatures.

Sitting on the northern reaches of the Tamar River in the middle of sheep, cattle and wine-growing country, Beauty Point was originally established as the first deep-water port in the area. The port is still the heart of the town and hosts Australia's National Institute for Maritime Studies.

Optional tours to wineries and other features of interest.

Meals: B L D

Day 7
King Island, Tasmania

Arrive at the majestic King Island, where the ship will anchor and guests are transferred ashore by zodiac. King Island is famous for its mouth-watering grass fed beef, gourmet cheese and fresh seafood plucked from the Island’s crystal clear waters. Be sure to sample some of the local produce while you visit.

Optional tours to Food and Wine specialists.

Meals: B L D

Day 8
Port Cambell, Victoria

A colourful and lively seaside village, Port Campbell is home to restaurants and cafes with views of the beach, bakeries selling homemade goodies, and plenty of vibrant shops and galleries to explore. Sheltered by cliffs and Norfolk pines, the town has the atmosphere of a safe haven on the edge of wild nature.

Drive the short distance to the towering 12 Apostles, the dramatic limestone stacks that have made the region famous. Take to the air in a helicopter for a bird's-eye view or join a boat tour and marvel at their immense size. Be sure to leave time to check out some of the other coastal features in the area, including the eerie beach and maritime history of Loch Ard Gorge, the 70-metre cliffs of Gibson Steps and the serene Bay of Islands.

Optional tours to 12 Apostles, Wineries, Tower Hill Aboriginal Centre or scenic Helicopter Flights.

Meals: B L D

Day 9
At Sea

Relax onboard L’Austral with a day at sea to recharge your batteries. Perhaps attend a presentation by one of the expedition leaders.

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Kangaroo Island

No wonder the UK Sunday Telegraph called Kangaroo Island 'one of earth's last unspoilt refuges'.

Here is an island seven times the size of Singapore, literally crawling with wildlife. The koalas aren't being cuddled - they're relaxing at home in native trees. The seals aren't performing - they're lazing beside you on the beach. There are echidnas, platypi, goannas, wallabies and kangaroos. All thriving. All mesmerising.

Half the native bushland on Kangaroo Island remains just as it was when British navigator Matthew Flinders put a name to this untamed wilderness in 1802. And more than one-third of the Island is National or Conservation Park.

But beauty comes in many forms: views from seaside cottages and cliff-top cabins; delicate handcrafted glassware; a day at the races in Kingscote. And, of course, there's the wine and food. Take a drive and collect wine, cheeses, oysters and lobsters and indulge on a secluded beach.

Multiple optional tours available.

Meals: B L D

Day 11
Port Lincoln

Today the ship will dock alongside the wharf in Port Lincoln, the self-proclaimed “Seafood Capital of Australia.” Port Lincoln’s beautiful township overlooks Boston Bay, home to a myriad of sealife, including Sea Lions. Enjoy a stroll around the town’s galleries and quality art and craft outlets, showcasing the best of local product and souvenirs, or pack some adventure into your day with an optional shore excursion.

Optional tours to go Shark Cage Diving or to visit the seafood and wineries at Coffin Bay are offered.

Meals: B L D

Days 12-13
At Sea

Grab a book, enjoy an onboard presentation or meet up with new found friends. The day is yours to enjoy onboard as you cruise along the south coast of Australia.

Meals: B L D

Day 14

Esperance is a beautiful coastal town located 720 kilometres south east of Perth and about 4.5 hours from Albany. Esperance has the most stunning coastal scenery with white sand and turquoise water.

Optional tours to Le Grange National Park, Blue Haven Beach, the Bird and Animal Park, the Glass and Artisan Gallery and other places of interest.

Meals: B L D

Day 15

Originally a penal colony, it was renamed Albany in honor of the Duke of York and Albany in 1832 with the first European settlement. And thanks to its superb natural harbor, Albany quickly became a busy port. The town served as a coaling station for steam ships, a commercial outlet for farmers, and a base for the whaling industry. Today, this small city of some 25,000 offers a wealth of restored historic buildings, museums, theaters and restaurants, as well as the natural beauty of its coast and scenic harbour.

Guests can follow a self-guided walking trail, encompassing almost two centuries of history, discover convict prisons, whaling stations, quaint cottages and grand historic residences.

Optional tours to the Whaling Station, The National ANZAC Centre or to the Tree Top Walk at Walpole.

Meals: B L D

Day 16

Beautiful beaches, excellent fishing, caves, coastline scenery, unspoiled bushland surrounds and world-class wineries are all in close proximity to this delightful seaside town. Busselton is one of West Australias earliest settlements and northern gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region, offering a diverse range of attractions and accommodation.

Twice voted top tourism town of Western Australia, guests can enjoy a stroll along the historic 1.8km timber jetty – jutting far into the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, or browse the local designer homewares, fashion and antiques along the main street.

Optional tours of the beautiful coastline or to the vineyards of Margaret River.

Meals: B L D

Day 17

Historic Fremantle is your gateway to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. Situated some 20 kilometres upriver from Fremantle on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is a growing, bustling city where soaring high rises coexist with sandstone buildings from the colonial era. The population in and around Perth makes up some 8% of Western Australia's population. And it's here that life moves at a slower pace, from the wonders of the bush to the wineries of the Swan Valley.

Stroll historic Fremantle or take optional tours to Perth and surrounding areas.

Meals: B L D

Day 18
Geraldton, WA

Today the ship will anchor and guests will be transferred ashore by tender. Geraldton is a water enthusiast’s paradise, a keen spot for surfing, diving and snorkelling. Located on the stunning Batavia Coast, Geraldton also offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in its rich heritage. Learn about the Yamaji Tribe, discover the stories of local shipwrecks or tour to the HMAS Sydney Memorial site.

Optional excursions include:

- Abrolhos Scenic Flight tour

- Geraldton History and Highlights tour

Meals: B L D

Day 19
At Sea

Continue to cruise the waters of the Indian Ocean, along the west coast of Australia. This is your time to sit back and reflect on the wonderful days past, and look forward to new discoveries yet to be had.

Meals: B L D

Day 20
Turquoise Bay

Anchoring in the waters of Turquoise Bay. Guests will be transferred ashore by zodiac or tender. Known as one of Western Australia’s best beaches, guests can swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters of Turquoise Bay straight off the beach. Fringing Ningaloo Reef, the rich diversity of coral, fish and marine life make this the perfect spot to enjoy. Snorkel equipment will be provided for your enjoyment.

Optional excursions include:

- Yardie Creek Boat tour

- Cape Range National Park tour

Meals: B L D

Day 21
At Sea

Meals: B L D

Day 22

Bordered by the Indian Ocean and sandy beaches on one side and the arid red-green landscape of the Kimberley wilderness on the other, Western Australia's Broome is a place a beat apart from the rest of Australia. Broome is a vibrant city filled with a history and culture all its own, as well as the gateway to the vast Kimberley wilderness.

Optional tours including The Secret Life of Pearls, Sunset Camel Rides on the beach and highlights of the city.

Meals: B L D

Day 23

Sail from Broome at lunchtime.

Meals: B L D

Day 24
Talbot Bay

Today the ship will anchor offshore. All guests will have an included tour by zodiac to the amazing Horizontal Falls and Cyclone Bay. There are only two horizontal falls on Earth, both located in Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago in North West Australia. Very few people are privileged enough to experience the natural wonder of this spectacle. Camera’s need to be at the ready today. It is guaranteed to be awe inspiring.

Optional scenic flights may be possible.

Meals: B L D

Day 25
At Sea

Meals: B L D

Day 26

Today the ship will be berthed alongside Wyndham Wharf. Wyndham town is known for the Big Crocodile and giant Boab trees. An 18 metre sandstone croc welcomes visitors to the town, and is also home to the largest living crocodile in captivity. Wyndham is gateway to some of Australia’s most spectacular outback country. This remote frontier town is nestled on the banks of the Cambridge Gulf, at the base of Mount Bastion. Five Rivers Lookout offers panoramic views of the town, port, marshlands and meeting points of the King, Pentecost, Durack, Forrest and Ord rivers.

Optional excursions include:

- Ord River Cruise

- Scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles

- Fly, drive, walk Bungle Bungle tours

Meals: B L D

Day 27
At Sea

Meals: B L D

Day 28
Fursui, Pl Selaru, Indonesia

Today L’Austral will be anchored, and guests transferred ashore by zodiac for a wet landing.

Enjoy the morning strolling around the Indonesian Island of Selaru. As a result of minimal commercial activity, this remote island has preserved its peaceful isolation and beautiful beaches. Swimming in the idyllic waters and relaxing on the beach will be enjoyed today.

Meals: B L D

Day 29

Darwin is a modern city (largely because its previous incarnation was blown down by a cyclone) with sparkling buildings and broad streets. Its fortunes are built on the sugar and fruits from the plantations and forests, which enfold the city. Study Aboriginal art and pearl fishing in the city’s museums or stroll the city or enjoy optional tours to Kakadu and the surrounds.

Optional excursions include:

- Kakadu Scenic flights

- Darwin Floatplane Adventure

- Fogg Dam

Meals: B L D

Day 30
At Sea

Meals: B L D

Day 31

Today guests will be transferred ashore by zodiac. Yirrkala is a unique indigenous community in Arnhem Land. An included visit to this area features a Welcome to Country ceremony, traditional demonstrations and a visit to the amazing Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Gallery, where guests can meet the artists and purchase museum standard indigenous art.

Meals: B L D

Day 32
At Sea

Meals: B L D

Day 33
Thursday Island and Cape York

Thursday Island is the administrative centre for the Torres Strait islands which have been part of Queensland since 1872. "T.I." as it's usually known, is the most popular of the Torres Strait Islands. It's only just overthree square km in area and 39km off the top of Cape York. The strait's population of 25 000 live on more than 20 islands, and is engaged mostly in fishing, prawning and a declining pearling industry. Thursday Island is now identified as one of the last great frontiers in Australia.

Stroll ashore on Thursday Island this morning or take an optional tour to Green Hill Fort.

This afternoon go ashore by zodiac at Frangipani Beach and walk to the ‘Tip’ at Cape York

Beginning at historic Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, one of the world's last accessible wilderness areas, remains a land of few people and prolific wildlife. The fishing is amazing, the scenery magnificent and the culture a fusion of many. Visit ancient Aboriginal cultural sites, head to premier sports fishing grounds or go on a 4WD adventure you won't forget past towering termite nests, fast-flowing rivers and remote camping and wilderness lodges.

Meals: B L D

Day 34
At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea as the journey continues around the Island Continent

Meals: B L D

Day 35
Lizard Island

Head ashore by zodiac for snorkelling, swimming or guided walks.

Lizard Island is an idyllic retreat second to none. Australia's northernmost resort, Lizard is located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, fringed with colourful coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. It is little wonder that this tranquil escape has won a host of prestigious national and international awards for excellence. Lizard truly is one of a kind.

Meals: B L D

Day 36
Cooktown and Port Douglas

L’Austral will anchor today and guests will be transferred ashore by zodiac or tender. Stroll ashore in historic Cooktown. Found by Captain James Cook when the HMS Endeavour hit a reef in 1770, it then became a thriving port during the gold rush era.

Optional excursions include: - Cooktown Highlights tour

An Optional Overland Excursion tour from Cooktown to Port Douglas via Cape Tribulation and the Daintree, re-joining L’Austral in Port Douglas is available today. Contact us for full details.

This afternoon and early evening the ship will anchor in Port Douglas, guests to be transferred ashore by tender or zodiac. Enjoy an afternoon in the sophisticated bar and restaurant scene of Port Douglas, a spot of shopping or relaxing on Four Mile Beach in the heart of the town

Meals: B L D

Day 37
At Sea

Enjoy a day at sea and bask in the warm tropical weather of Queensland

Meals: B L D

Day 38
Hamilton Island

Anchor today in the crystal waters off Hamilton Island. Guests will be transferred ashore by tender. Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s most sought after holiday destinations, white sandy beaches, displaying a myriad of marine life and world class golf courses. Guests will have access to Hamilton Island Resort.

Optional excursions include:

- Whitehaven Beach tour

- Great Barrier Reef tour

- Scenic flights over Hamilton Island

Meals: B L D

Day 39
At Sea

Whether you are relaxing in your favourite nook onboard, or appreciating the company of fellow guests, L’Austral offers a wealth of delights as you enjoy a day at sea.

Meals: B L D

Day 40
Fraser Island

Anchor today in the balmy waters of Fraser Island. Guests will be transferred ashore by tender. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, home to native dingoes and listed as a World Heritage Site. This diverse and stunning island offers visitors an endless array of activity and sightseeing opportunities. Guests will have access to Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Optional excursions include:

- Fraser Island tour

- Bush Tucker Talk and Taste tour

- Mangrove guided walk

- Bush tucker walk

Meals: B L D

Days 41-42
At Sea

The Ponant French flair of food and wine, incorporated with the very best of regional Australian produce ensure your days at sea are a gastronomical delight.

Meals: B L D

Days 43-44

Disembark in the morning and transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

44-day tailor-made cruise on board L'Austral (Ponant) from £13,999 incl. flights

Departure: 23 January 2018

Prestige Cabin - Deck 4 (A): £13,999
Prestige Suite - Deck 5 (PS5): £21,999

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