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Tropical Australia

Tropical Australia

Ship: L'Austral
Cruise Line: Ponant
Departures:  08 February 2018
Duration: 26 nights
Ports: Thursday Island, Cape York, Lizard Island, Port Douglas, Hamilton Island, Fraser Island, Fremantle, Geraldton, Turquoise Bay, Broome, Talbot Bay, Darwin, Wyndham, Yirrkala, CRUISECO CHARTER
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Inclusions:

  • 26 luxurious nights journeying around Australia, departing Fremantle to Sydney  
  • All meals onboard L’Austral including 24-hour room service
  • Beverages - house wines, beers, sparkling wine, non premium spirits included during the course of your cruise
  • Specialist expedition team of the highest quality including experts in the fields of Botany, Marine Biology, History and Photography

Itinerary

DATE

 

Thu 08 Feb

DEPARTS FREMANTLE, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fri 09 Feb

GERALDTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Sat 10 Feb

AT SEA

Sun 11 Feb

AT SEA

Mon 12 Feb

TURQUOISE BAY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Tue 13 Feb

ARRIVE BROOME, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (overnight)

Wed 14 Feb

DEPART BROOME, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Thu 15 Feb

TALBOT BAY, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Fri 16 Feb

AT SEA 

Sat 17 Feb

WYNDHAM, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Sun 18 Feb

AT SEA 

Mon 19 Feb

FURSUI, PL SELARU, INDONESIA

Tue 20 Feb

DARWIN, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Wed 21 Feb

AT SEA 

Thu 22 Feb

YIRRKALA, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Fri 23 Feb

AT SEA 

Sat 24 Feb

THURSDAY ISLAND AND CAPE YORK, QUEENSLAND

Sun 25 Feb

AT SEA 

Mon 26 Feb

LIZARD ISLAND, QUEENSLAND

Tue 27 Feb

COOKTOWN AND PORT DOUGLAS, QUEENSLAND

Wed 28 Feb

AT SEA 

Thu 01 Mar

HAMILTON ISLAND, QUEENSLAND

Fri 02 Mar

AT SEA

Sat 03 Mar

FRASER ISLAND, QUEENSLAND

Sun 04 Mar

AT SEA

Mon 05 Mar

AT SEA

Tue 06 Mar

ARRIVE SYDNEY

 

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected

 

Cabin Pricing

* All prices quoted are PER PERSON in British Pounds and include taxes, fees and port expenses (if applicable).
* All prices quoted are for the cruise departing on 08 February 2018. Prices for alternative departure dates may vary.

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Ports

Thursday Island

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.


Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distancefrom Port to Airport - 8kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Green Hill Fort, Horn and Badu Islands, Quetta Memorial Museum

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.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 1003kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Cape York Peninsula, Cooktown, Pristine Beaches, Rainforests

Lizard Island

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.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - N/A
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Great Barrier Reef, Beaches

Port Douglas

From Four Mile Beach to the wilderness of Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas has become an international holiday mecca. It is regarded as the most popular base from which to explore the northern areas of the reef and rainforest of Daintree and Cape Tribulation.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance to Airport - 70kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Cape Tributation, Cairns, Daintree Rainforest

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands. It is one of Australia's most sought after holiday destinations, white sandy beaches, displaying a myriad of marine life and world class gold courses. 

Fraser Island

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. 

Fremantle

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.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 10kms
Distance from port to Airport - 26kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
King's Park, Fishermans Harbour

Geraldton

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. 

Turquoise Bay

Dive into the pristine waters of the aptly named Turquoise Bay near the town of Exmouth and you're swimming within a few metres of Ningaloo Reef. 

Known as one of Australia's best beaches, and amongst the top twenty beaches in the world, Turquoise Bay is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon relaxing, swimming and snorkelling. 

Broome

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.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 10kms
Distance from port to Airport - 12kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
The Kimberleys, Cable Beach

Talbot Bay

Latitude: 16° 19'S
Longitude: 123° 52'E

The Horizontal Waterfalls in the Buccaneer Archipelago are a product of the huge tides in the region, and the effect is created by the rapid tidal fall on the ocean-side of gaps in the cliffs. When conditions are right it is possible for a "waterfall" up to 3 metres high to form as the waters trapped on the landward side cascade out through the narrow gap to the ocean side. A flotilla of Zodiacs will take you for an exhilarating trip to witness the phenomenon of the falls. For a totally different perspective, see the falls from the air aboard our exclusively chartered seaplane. You'll gain a completely different appreciation of the massive tidal movement and the prehistoric geology that created it. Later in the day join expedition team members on a Zodiac excursion to Cyclone Bay where the tortured geological folds of what was once seabed will be explained.


Country - Australia

Darwin

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.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 11kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Crocodylus Park, Museum of Art and Science, Adelaide River

Wyndham

Gazetted in 1886, Wyndham is a town in the East Kimberley.  This Western-style has a stunning town backdrop is The Bastion, on top of which sits the Five Rivers Lookout - part of the Bastion Ranges which overlook the three main sections of the town.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City -
Distance from Port to Airport -
Currency - Aussie Dollar (AUD) 

Places of Interest
The Bastion, Five Elders Lookout

Yirrkala

Yirrkala is a unique indisgenous 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. 

CRUISECO CHARTER

This sailing is under exclusive charter to CRUISECO.

 

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Ponant

Ponant


Ponant's mission

The mission of PONANT is to transport you to mythical destinations and secret ports only accessible to small capacity ships.

It’s, also, to offer the delights of a French-inspired cuisine in an intimate environment - a discreet service where no attention to detail is spared - and unforgettable moments of relaxation on board elegant yachts of character.

It’s, finally, to combine sophistication and conviviality, with priority given to authentic experiences, emotions and the ongoing quest for excellence.


Why travel with Ponant?

PONANT offers to you chic cruising without the crowds: experience the comfort of a private cruise onboard vessels of an intimate size, exclusive to between 64 to 264 guests.

Each of our cruise ships has elegant and uncluttered interiors, delight in the fun and casual elegance onboard without the formalities. Crew members, all versed in elegant discretion, will see to it that you enjoy a welcome that will make your cruise a unique experience. You will savor an exquisite dining with French and international cuisine, with complimentary wines included at lunch and dinner.

During your cruise aboard one of our ships, discover exceptional sites and come closed to landscapes so often inaccessible to large ships. Enjoy also seminars with international experts, passionate about their subjects, giving a further dimension to the sights you see.

PONANT offers to you an alternative to many other traditional cruise lines: discover the world with French chic and elegance.
 

What is the French Touch exactly?

The French Touch is above all a French crew, there to welcome you and ensure your well-being during your cruise.

It’s also the French art of living that travels with us, where discreet service and excellent cuisine naturally take pride of place. Each day, our French chefs will introduce you to fragrant flavours, cheeses carefully selected by expert cheese affineurs, delicious specialty breads and sweet pastries. All of this is accompanied by a selection of fine wines to complement your meal, or you may choose from a superb “à la carte” list of grand cru wines and our on-board sommelier will be only too happy to advise you.

The French Touch is also evident in our choice of partners, whose expertise and passion for their work matches our own quest for excellence: interior design by Jean-Philippe NUEL, beauty treatments by Sothy’s, fabrics by Pierre FREY, travel beauty kits by L’Occitane, a range of boutiques including Lacoste and Façonnable, french Champagne Veuve Clicquot, luxury bakery and sweets by Ladurée...

Finally, the French Touch is perhaps simply the subtle blend of relaxed elegance and conviviality, that certain je ne sais quoi that our passengers so appreciate, buoyed by the elegant authenticity of our trips and the personality of our ships.


Care for the Environment?

Our concern for the health and well-being of the planet is demonstrated by our active involvement in organizations dedicated to the promotion of ecologically responsible tourism and to the sharing of best practices. We are a proud member of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators and a signatory of La Charte Bleue d’Armateurs de France, both of which bind us to follow the most stringent rules and regulations governing safety and environmental protection.

CLEAN SHIPS

Above and beyond participation in these organizations, we have taken the additional step of having all of our ships certified “Clean Ship” by the French classification society, Bureau Veritas, one of the world’s major ship classification societies. This coveted and seldom-awarded certification recognizes that the PONANT fleet—from initial design and construction to seagoing operations—has adopted the most environmentally responsible materials, equipment, and management procedures possible. Some of these state-of-the-art systems and processes include:

  • A silent electric propulsion system, with main engines and electric generators that use advanced control systems and burning light, low-sulfur fuels, reducing fuel consumption by up to 30% and greenhouse gas emissions by 40%
  • All ships are equipped with Dynamic Positioning, a sophisticated computer-controlled system, which allows them to maintain a mooring position without dropping anchor, thus eliminating potential damage to sensitive areas
  • Black water (sewage) is filtered and treated aboard ship; any solid residues at the end of the process are stored until they can be properly discharged ashore
  • Grey water (showers, dishwashers, laundry) is treated and recycled for use in cleaning the outside decks
  • Solid wastes (glass, paper, medical, food, etc.) are sorted, compacted where appropriate, and stored in refrigerated compartments until they can be properly disposed ashore
  • Bilgewater is treated with ceramic filtration systems to obtain an extremely low hydrocarbon content (less than 5 PPM instead of the regulatory 15 PPM)
  • The lighting aboard, based on LED and CFR technology, reduces up to 10 times the electrical power required from the ship’s electric generators
  • Far-sounding sonar, in addition to providing the bridge with 3-D pictures of the ocean floor, icebergs, and ice floes, also minimizes the risk of collision with marine mammals

Ponant’s cruise ships, L’Austral, Le Boréal, Le Soléal, and Le Lyrial are not only the newest, and most elegant, and most comfortable ships afloat, they are also the most eco-friendly.

 

Ship info

L'Austral

With its pure silhouette, the ever-so-discreet elegance of its interior design, L’AUSTRAL recreates a cruising mood with a “yachting” style.

Precious materials and a perfect balance between chic and casual combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht.

On-board the ship, 132 opulent staterooms and suites, two restaurants, lounges, a library, a theatre and a myriad of intimate nooks and alcoves, an invitation to cosiness, delicacy and harmony.
 


Dining

This ship has 2 restaurants

  • Gastronomic Restaurant
  • Grill Restaurant 


Entertainment

  • Main Lounge
  • Theatre 
  • Panoramic Lounge 
  • Panoramic Terrace
     

Onboard Activities

  • Main Pool
  • Shop 
  • Lotus Day Spa
  • Fitness Area
  • Library
  • Internet Station 
  • Massage
  • Hairdresser
  • Leisure Area

 
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Ship facts

Ship Details
Gross Tonnage 10 944 UMS
Star Rating 5
Size/Style of Ship Small/Yachting
Entered Service Apr 2011
Registry French
Former Name None
Length 142 metres
Beam 17.98 metres
Draft 4.6 metres
Propulsion/Propellers 2 x 2300kW
Maximum Cruising Speed (knots) 16
Passenger Capacity (twin) 264
Crew 139
Nationality of Officers French
Nationality of Crew French
Total Cabins 132
Total Inside cabins 0
Total Outside cabins 132
Cabin/Suites with Balcony 95%
Wheelchair Accessible Cabins 3
Passenger Decks 6
Cabin Electricity 110/220v
Elevators 3
Self-Service Laundry no
Onboard Currency (subject to change)  

 

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