South West Escape
Fremantle - Geographe Bay - Fremantle
Join the TRUE NORTH in Fremantle and discover the many secluded bays and beaches of Rottnest Island. Marvel at the beauty of Cape Naturalist and Geographe Bay. Indulge in delicacies from the sea – perhaps washed down with a bottle or two from the revered cellars of Margaret River. And then for a cruise highlight, join Peth Wildlife Encounters for their world-renowned dolphin swim.
This is a sample itinerary only. Prevailing conditions, local arrangements and indeed, what we discover on the day, may cause variation. Helicopter flights can be purchased additional to the indicated tariff as a package or individually.
A short drive from the inner city of Perth, following the Swan River, will take you to the Port of Fremantle. Fremantle has a thriving arts and culinary scene and is recognised for its well preserved Victorian and Edwardian streetscapes and convict-era heritage. Embarkation is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before we introduce you to the delights of our renowned galley!
Awake this morning at WA’s favourite island getaway, Rottnest Island! A protected nature reserve, it’s home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial often famed for posing in ‘selfies’ with celebrity visitors! There will be plenty of opportunities for beach combing, relaxed snorkelling in waist deep water or perhaps spend some quality time in search of the catch of the day! The SCUBA divers will revel in the warm waters of the Leeuwin Current and explore pristine reefs which feature a variety of corals and fish, unique swim throughs and hidden caves. Alternatively, take a bus or bike your way around the island at your leisure. The ship’s helicopter will provide a different perspective of the island showcasing stunning views of turquoise bays, pink salt lakes and historic lighthouses. Rottnest always proves to be relaxed and fun-filled no matter which activity you choose! When you’re not on excursion, relax onboard TRUE NORTH and enjoy our revered cuisine in air-conditioned comfort. The alfresco bar will definitely be the spot to witness your first ‘Rotto Sunset’.
Begin the day with a leisurely walk around the rugged coast of Cape Naturaliste, these walking tracks are some of the very best in the south west and offer breath-taking views. The adventure boats will depart for a scenic meander along the coastline, or ‘wet a line’ with our experienced fishing guides and delight the chefs with freshly caught fare! Divers will have the opportunity to explore the former Australian Navy Destroyer – HMAS Swan, one of the largest accessible dive wrecks in the Southern Hemisphere.
Then join a tour of the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery aboard our luxury coach as we guide you along the south west wine trail to culinary heaven! An exquisite lunch with accompanying wines will showcase Margaret River’s finest farm produce and local seafoods.
This evening we will enjoy a cool beverage and hors d’oeuvres at Eagle Bay as we drink-in a blazing West Aussie sunset! This long stretch of white sandy beach skirts stunning azure water and has a Mediterranean feel – without the crowds!
Another day in paradise – perhaps an early morning swim and breakfast on the deck before the adventure boats set off again. The tranquil water of Geographe Bay is an attraction within itself. Sheltered from prevailing winds there are 30km of pristine beach to enjoy! Perhaps visit the Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The jetty took over 95 years to build and stretches 2km into the ocean. A helicopter flight to Margaret River and a wine tasting at our feature winery is sure to be a highlight today! After a relaxing alfresco style lunch on the outside bar deck; sightseeing, fishing, snorkelling and diving will all be on this afternoon’s agenda. Recognised as one of Australia’s top shore dives, the Busselton Jetty is home to over 300 marine species. The underwater structure provides artificial home to a remarkable array of vividly coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Then it’s back onboard to enjoy the ultimate comfort of the TRUE NORTH and another exquisite dining experience.
Have you ever dreamed of swimming with wild dolphins? With all equipment provided (including wetsuits), interact with these fascinating creatures amongst the sheltered waters of Rockingham and its nearby islands. Experience an exhilarating and unique wildlife encounter that will stay with you forever.
Helicopter flights will also be on offer today – enjoy a magnificent aerial perspective of Fremantle boat harbour, iconic Cottesloe beach, the Swan River and the Perth City skyline!
A short cruise this afternoon will take us to our anchorage at secluded Carnac Island. The island is home to Australian sea lions, New Zealand fur seals, bottlenose dolphins and an abundance of bird life. Explore the underwater world on a dive or snorkel, enjoy a swim in the crystalclear waters or relax under the shade of our colourful umbrellas! Take a stand-up board for a paddle or explore the coastline in one of our twin kayaks. The fishing boats will depart in search of herring, tailor and whiting or venture further to target pink snapper and dhufish!
After another action-packed day, join the crew in the bar lounge and reflect on shared adventure as we re-live what is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime.
With the coastline now discovered in style, it’s time for your early-morning disembarkation in the port city of Fremantle.
Maiden Voyage in 2020!