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Ponant - Highlights of Southern Australia

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Set sail with PONANT for a 13-day all-new expedition cruise from Melbourne to Fremantle, discovering the grandiose and wild nature and unique terroirs of the north of Tasmania and the southern coast of Australia.
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Highlights

Experience the pristine scenery of Esperance and the Recherche archipelago.

Visit the remarkable national ANZAC centre and whaling museum in Albany.

Discover South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

Savour the delights of Port Lincoln, the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia.

Enjoy King Island’s exceptional produce, culture, history, flora and fauna.

Sample the gourmet produce and world renowned fine cool climate wines of the Tamar Valley.

You’ll embark in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city and its cultural capital, before setting sail for Tasmania.

In Bass Strait, you’ll reach the magnificent wild coasts of King Island bordered by white sandy beaches, green pastures and granite rocks.

Your port of call at Beauty Point will be the occasion to discover the natural riches of the Tamar Valley, edged with fertile hills and wine estates.

You will then admire the vastness of the landscapes on the south coast of Australia, whose turquoise waters are home to many fish and shellfish, essential products in the rich local gastronomy. It is also the opportunity to dive into the rich past of this region explored by Europeans back at the beginning of the 17th century, before disembarking in Fremantle, a bohemian little town with rich architectural heritage.

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Included

12 nights onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse
All meals included whilst onboard
Unlimited drinks included whilst onboard
INCLUSIONS ONBOARD PONANT:
- Free & Unlimited Wi-Fi
- A la carte meals at the Gastronomic Restaurant
- Buffet Meals at the Grill Restaurant
- Nightly entertainment in the Grand Salon or the Theatre
- Easy access by zodiac from the hydraulic platform
- Experience the underwater lounge "The Blue Eye"
- Pillow Menu to select the pillow that best suits you
- A heated seawater pool with its own sun lounge to relax by
- Complimentary 24-hour room service
- Relax in the library with a good book
- Keep fit in the gym

Melbourne to Fremantle

Itinerary

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Day 1
Melbourne

Located on the shores of Port Phillip bay on Australia's south coast, Melbourne has been dubbed the "Paris of the south". Its narrow downtown streets boast a wide range of art galleries, luxury grocery stores, restaurants and cafés. The Royal Exhibition Building, a UNESCO World Heritage site in the heart of elegant Carlton Gardens, is one of the world's oldest exhibition pavilions. While you're there, you can visit the adjacent Melbourne Museum. To savour the atmosphere of an old-time seaside resort, visit St Kilda Beach and its historic landmark, the century-old amusement park.

  • Embarkation: 4pm to 5pm
  • Departure: 7.30pm

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Dinner
Melbourne
Melbourne City
Day 2
King Island, Tasmania

King Island is anchored in the middle of the Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania’s NorthWest coast.
Surrounded by some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, King Island imports the world’s best surfers and exports produce sought by the world’s top chefs : succulent beef, rich gourmet cheese and crayfish plucked from the Island’s crystal-clear waters. It's quiet and easy going here, but there's something interesting at every turn – from a lighthouse and offshore shipwrecks – to the island's great nature walks and unique wildlife.

You will have the opportunity to uncover the island's stories at the museum and cultural centre in the town of Currie or to take a guided trail of the island's produce, culture, history, flora and fauna.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
King Island, Tasmania
Impressive King Island
Day 3
Tamar Valley, Tasmania

Tasmania is a land that should be savoured slowly…with a glass of fine wine in hand and friendly locals to guide you on your way.

The Tamar Valley Wine Route is regarded as one of the world’s top 10 wine routes with over 32 wineries to explore. Showcasing some of the finest award-winning wines. The unique cool climate location produces elegant wines of exceptional quality. There is so much more to the Tamar Valley than just wine. There’s the Tamar Valley Arts Trail, a unique space where you can meet the artist in their studio. The Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre, which shows the workings of the old mine, recalls the boom days of gold, the events of the 2006 mine rescue and Tamar Valley history.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tamar Valley, Tasmania
Tamar Valley | Credit: ©Ponant - Olivier Blaud
Day 4
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At Sea
Enjoy exceptional service onboard Ponant | ©PONANT - Francois Lefebvre
Day 5
Limestone Coast

Stretching along the Southern Ocean from the world-famous Coorong to the majestic Glenelg River, the Limestone Coast is home to some of South Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders, laid-back coastal towns with stunning scenery and award-winning gourmet produce. Reaching inland through lush farming country, the Coonawarra wine district, unique wetlands, volcanic landscapes, and underground wonders offer a diverse range of experiences from unique ecosystems, rich history and world-renowned wine regions.

Known affectionately as Australia’s other Red Centre, the Coonawarra’s limestone-rich terra rossa soil produces world-famous cabernet sauvignon and shiraz. Despite its small size, the region boasts over 24 cellar doors.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Limestone Coast
Magnificent Glenelg Waters
Day 6
Kangaroo Island

Australia’s third largest island, Kangaroo Island, has many large open spaces and is surprisingly diverse. You’ll find soaring cliffs, dense national parks, towering sandy dunes, wetlands and untouched white sand beaches.
Remarkably, over half the Island is covered in native 'old growth' bushland, much of it preserved and protected. With its fertile lands and bountiful seas, Kangaroo Island produces some of Australia’s finest gourmet foods.

Visiting foodies will be amazed by the likes of freshly caught King George whiting, sheep’s cheese, marron, Ligurian honey and an exciting range of small batch varietal wines. Discover the diversity of the produce, the passion of the producers, and experience the “paddock to plate” phenomenon.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island
Day 7
Port Lincoln

With a population of approximately 14,500 and situated on Boston Bay – one of the largest protected natural harbours in the world – Port Lincoln is the seafood and aquaculture capital of Australia.

Home to the country’s largest commercial fishing fleet, renowned for its southern bluefin tuna, King George whiting, Western King prawns and Southern Rock lobster. The pristine waters of the Eyre peninsula are home to thriving aquaculture industries for Kingfish, Mussels and the famous Coffin Bay oysters.

The Eyre Peninsula also boasts a boutique food industry producing honey, olives, fudge, dried fruits, sea salts and capers, just to name a few. With more than 2000 km of pristine coastline, quality seafood is the region’s hero.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Port Lincoln
Port Lincoln
Day 8 - 9
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At Sea
Impeccable cuisine | ©Ponant - Francois Lefebvre
Day 10
Esperance

Esperance was named for the French frigate Espérance captained by Huon de Kermadec on Antoine Bruni
d'Entrecasteaux's 1791 expedition to find the lost ships of Jean-François de La Pérouse.

It is located 720 kilometres east-southeast of Perth and has a population of just over 12,000. Regarded as a beach and nature-lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean beaches, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Among its most famous beauty spots is Australia's whitest beach, Lucky Bay - set against a stunning seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Esperance
Splendid Lucky Bay
Day 11
Albany

The breathtaking beauty of Albany's rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure.

This charming city marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia, and much of their legacy remains today. You can also follow the extraordinary stories of the first convoy of ANZACs departed for the battlegrounds of the First World War in the National ANZAC Centre.

You'll also find some of the town's biggest tales in the Historic Whaling Station, the only museum of its kind to be housed in a former whaling station. The industry met its end in 1978, creating a safe port of call for migrating humpback, southern right and blue whales.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Albany
Amazing Albany
Day 12
At Sea

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Overnight stay onboard Ponant Le Lapérouse.

All-inclusive beverages - mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee and tea.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
At Sea
"The Blue Eye" underwater lounge | ©Ponant - Christophe Dugied
Day 13
Fremantle

The vibrant city of Fremantle blends the old with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience. Maritime, convict and colonial history can be explored in one of the best-preserved examples of a 19th century port streetscape on Earth, while buzzing markets, lively bars and casual street cafés give you a taste of 21st century life with the locals.

If you're hitting the heritage trail, be sure to include a visit to the Western Australian Maritime Museum, World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison and Western Australia's oldest public building, the Roundhouse.

  • Arrival: early morning
  • Disembarkation: 6am
Breakfast
Fremantle
Fabulous Fremantle

Additional information

Official language
English
Currency
Australian Dollars (AUD)
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12 nights
from AUD13,740
per person, twin share
Australia
Melbourne
Fremantle
Nature
Independent Holiday Packages
27 March 2021 - 8 April 2021

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Ponant Le Lapérouse
Ponant Le Lapérouse

Environmentally friendly, fitted with innovative equipment and complete with lounges designed to be largely open to the exterior, this new and intimately sized yacht offers a unique type of cruise experience. Onboard this ship sailing under the French flag, you'll experience the incomparable pleasure of a cosily intimate cruise offering the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic chic ambiance and with five-star service. The Blue Eye, a multisensorial underwater lounge offering a unique experience unlike anything else in the world. 

Maximum 184 guests, 92 staterooms & suites, 112 crew members, spa and 2 restaurants.

Stateroom facilities:

  • Individually-controlled air conditioning
  • Stateroom layout: king-size bed, or twin beds, interconnecting staterooms available (Children welcome)
  • Minibar
  • Flat screen satellite TV
  • Video on demand
  • Bose™ Bluetooth speaker
  • Desk with stationery
  • Safe
  • Hermès® bath products
  • Dressing table, bath robes, hairdryer
  • Direct line telephone
  • 110V American (two flat pins) /220V European (round sockets with two round pins)
  • 24hr room service
  • WIFI internet access

Image ©PONANT - Nick Rains

Important notes

Open Bar

From the moment you board and throughout your cruise, unlimited drinks are included*, at any time of the day. A drink with friends at the bar, refreshments on your return from an excursion or in the serenity of your Stateroom’s balcony: enjoy a large selection of beverages (mineral waters, soft drinks, wines, beer, champagne, spirits, coffee, tea). A selection of premium alcoholic drinks are also available à la carte.

*Does not include top shelf premium alcoholic drinks indicated on the Bar Menu. Valid only for individual personal consumption, without limitations.

Please note prices and availability are subject to change, please contact our team for an exact quote.

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