PONANT invites you to uncover the West Coast of Australia on this brand new 8-day itinerary onboard Le Soléal. Discover why this area is renowned for its spectacular coral coastlines, pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and abundant wildlife, providing guests with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
Your first stop, Geraldton, is located on Western Australia's spectacular Coral Coast, and has established itself as a contemporary coastal hub of cafés, shops, street art and galleries. The city boasts pristine beaches, making it a popular spot soaking up the sun, as well as a strong cultural and historical connection with awe-inspiring architecture from the missionary era, a special memorial to HMAS Sydney II and opportunities to learn about the ancient Yamaji culture.
In MonkeyMiaReserve you may get the chance to enjoy one of Australia's best-known wildlife experiences by getting up close to wild bottlenose dolphins. You may also see dugongs, sharks, rays, turtles and a variety of fish in the water. With its white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rust-red sand dunes and abundant wildlife, Shark Bay's colourful and diverse landscapes, rare fauna and flora and world class examples of Earth's ecological processes are what make it a truly remarkable place. JurienBay Marine Park and its immediate surrounds is the only major breeding area for Australian sea lions along the western coast of Australia. As well as major sea lion and seabird breeding areas, the marine park contains biological communities, populated with a mix of temperate and tropical plants and animals, courtesy of the Leeuwin Current.
On your return to Fremantle, you will have the opportunity to experience this truly enriching small town. With strong Maritime, convict, and colonial history, buzzing markets, lively bars, and casual street cafes, it will give you a taste of 21st century life with the locals.