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Saturday, January 11 - PERTH (FREMANTLE)

A stunning setting along Swan River and the Indian Ocean welcomes you into the laid-back city of Perth. At Kings Park, one of the few urban parks that dwarf Central Park, take in breathtaking views of downtown Perth and plan your day. Explore the city’s range of eclectic neighborhoods, immerse yourself in Indigenous art at the Art Gallery of Western Australia, or discover Australia’s native wildlife at the Perth Zoo. Travel to nearby Swan Valley, Western Australia’s oldest wine region, to visit one of the many historic vineyards for a tasting of excellent local wines. Meanwhile, discover Fremantle’s distinct character through its 19th-century port streetscape. Dive into its seafaring history at the Western Australia Maritime Museum and Shipwreck Galleries, visit Fremantle Prison, or explore the Manjaree Heritage Trail for a glance at life before European settlement.


Sunday, January 12 - BUSSELTON

Known as Western Australia’s premier resort town, Busselton is the perfect getaway to experience the combination of a slow-paced, seaside town and a bustling cosmopolitan city. This beautiful city is an interesting locale but is also a gateway port to the well-known Margaret River wine region. Busselton is known for its impeccable coastline and the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Visit the Underwater Observatory, a fantastic aquarium with more than 300 marine species waiting to be enjoyed. If you love natural beauty enjoy the beautiful beaches and astonishing limestone caves. Culture and history lovers should visit the Busselton Museum or the Old Courthouse Art Complex, providing an inside look into the ins and outs of the region both now and hundreds of years ago.

Monday, January 13 - ALBANY

Western Australia’s oldest colonial settlement, Albany holds not only great historical significance but also immense natural beauty. Founded in 1826 as a British military outpost, the town evolved into a provisioning port for ships, a departure point for Australian troops bound for World War I, and eventually a base for the whaling industry. History buffs will be intrigued by sites such as the Anglican church, town hall, restored gaol, and a one-of-a-kind whaling station museum while the dramatic scenery of the rugged coastline will astound anyone fortunate enough to sail into Princess Royal Harbour. Known as Ataturk Entrance, the channel accessing the harbor from King George Sound is quite narrow, with forested peaks rising on either side from the rocky shores and sweeping white beaches. The view from your ship’s deck provides the perfect preface to the natural wonders embracing this historic town.


Tuesday, January 14 - AT SEA

Wednesday, January 15 - AT SEA

Thursday, January 16 - ADELAIDE

South Australia’s coastal capital, Adelaide combines the charm of a picturesque country town with lively cosmopolitan offerings. Discover the region’s history at the South Australian Art Museum or browse local delicacies such as Adelaide Hills cheeses at the impressive Central Market. Visit Adelaide Oval, celebrated as the world’s prettiest cricket ground, for a behind-the-scenes look at the iconic stadium’s history. For a taste of the local wine culture, venture into the countryside to explore Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, or McLaren Vale, three excellent nearby wine regions.

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Perhaps one of Australia’s most beautiful hidden gems, Kangaroo Island is home to thriving native wildlife, dramatic coastal cliffs, lush eucalyptus forests, rolling green hills, and gorgeous beaches. In Penneshaw, discover Indigenous fairy penguins, the smallest species of penguin, or visit Island Beach for snorkeling, swimming, and birdwatching. Travel to spectacular Flinders National Park to encounter koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, fur seals, and massive rock formations, or visit Seal Bay Conservation Park for the unforgettable experience of walking among a colony of friendly sea lions. Or relax with a glass of sparkling shiraz and enjoy the views from Sunset Winery, perched on a hill overlooking the Eastern Cove.

Saturday, January 18 - PORTLAND

As Victoria’s first European settlement, this vibrant harbor town features a lovely historic waterfront and well-preserved colonial architecture. For insight into Portland’s past, stroll Julia Street lined with heritage buildings, and stop at the History House, a fascinating museum housed in the former town hall. Discover Portland’s whaling history at the Portland Maritime Discovery Center and later watch Southern Right Whales, Blue Whales, and seals frolic in Portland Bay, Cape Nelson, or Cape Bridgewater. Just beyond Bridgewater, explore blowholes, a geological formation made of basalt and scoria rock that creates stunning spouts of sea spray during high tide. Don’t miss the remarkable petrified forest also nearby.

Sunday, January 19 - PHILLIP ISLAND (COWES)

Phillip Island boasts wide sandy beaches, spectacular coastal scenery, excellent surfing, and a world-famous Grand Prix circuit. However, its biggest attraction is that it measures about one foot tall and weighs just two or three pounds. The island is home to thousands of little penguins, endearing not only as the smallest penguins on the planet but also for their unique blue coloring. Each day as the sun sets, the tiny birds return from a long day of fishing at sea and waddle up the beaches to the safety of their burrows. Affectionately known as the Penguin Parade, this magical scene has enchanted visitors since 1920. Diverse wildlife beyond the penguins can also be observed here, including whales, koalas, and Australia’s largest fur seal colony. Those not fond of furry friends might visit the National Vietnam Veterans Museum, stroll on the seaside boardwalk, or check out a local brewery or winery.

Monday, January 20 - MELBOURNE

Head into the scenic Dandenong Mountains and ride the Puffing Billy steam train through the forest. Meet the koalas, wallabies, and more at a wildlife park or explore local wineries. Take a walk and discover the city's marvelous architecture, chic galleries, and boutiques.

Tuesday, January 21 - GEELONG

Enjoy one of Australia's most vibrant waterfronts, with immaculate walkways, shops, restaurants, and public artworks. Visit a local winery or two, explore the National Wool Museum for shearing demonstrations, or go snorkeling, jet skiing, or kite surfing.

Wednesday, January 22 - BURNIE (TASMANIA)

Nestled in the northwest corner of Tasmania, this energetic and creative seaside town offers a unique perspective on the industry world. Once dependent on paper manufacturing, the inventive community has transformed its industry into a compelling art culture. Visit Makers’ Workshop, part museum, and part arts center, for an introduction to the inspired spirit of Burnie, along with a tour of the papermaking process and a glimpse of local artisans at work on their handicrafts. Discover Burnie’s natural gems on the many trails at Fern Glade Reserve or the picturesque Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden.

Thursday, January 23 - AT SEA

Friday, Januar 24 - EDEN

Formerly a whaling hub in the 19th century, Eden is the southernmost town in New South Wales, nestled between two glorious bays and perched on rolling hills bounded by dramatic cliffs and expansive sandy beaches. Eden’s whaling legacy lives on in its exciting whale-watching opportunities and the fascinating Killer Whale Museum. At the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre, towering lighthouses and the scenic coastline keep the focus firmly on the ever-changing sea.

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