Along Australia's South Coast



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Embark on an epic exploration of Australia's wild and varied southern coastline for a taste of the many faces of this beautiful country. Starting in the heritage city of Fremantle, head south down the coast of Western Australia to the city of Albany, with its whaling, convict and settler history. Beach and nature lovers will be in paradise at Esperance, with squeaky-clean beaches, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country, including Australia's whitest beach - Lucky Bay! Discover the beauty of the Recherche Archipelago, a biodiversity hotspot filled with marine life, breeding colonies of Australian fur seal, New Zealand fur seal and the Australian Sea Lion, as well as an abundance of bird species. Sample and savour the exceptional seafood of South Australia's Port Lincoln and the famous wine and gastronomic experiences of McLaren Vale. Continue on to Tasmania, including King Island's beautiful beaches, delicious food (from succulent beef and rich gourmet cheese, to crayfish plucked from the Island's crystal clear waters), great nature walks and unique wildlife. What better way to round out an unforgettable voyage than with a visit to the Tamar Valley, known for its award-winning wines and considered one of the world's top 10 wine routes! You'll then disembark in Hobart - Tasmania's capital, where its captivating history, picturesque waterways and rugged mountains will make sure you never want to leave.

Package Inclusions

Your cruise price includes:

  • 13 night expedition cruise aboard the Le Soleal departing from Fremantle
  • All meals while on board the ship (from dinner on the day of embarkation to breakfast on the day of disembarkation)
  • Captain`s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • Room service 24h (special selection)
  • Highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team
  • Zodiac excursions
  • Park entry fees into protected areas (where applicable)
  • Port taxes

PLUS!  Ultimate Cruising guests also receive chauffeur driven luxury car transfers from your home to your nearest airport and return (within 35m)

Ponant`s new Serenity Policy – relaxed booking conditions:
For any new cruise-only Ponant cruise booked between 25 November 2020 and 31 March 2021, departing before 30 April 2022:

* Pay only 25% deposit
* Your final payment is due 30 days before departure
* You may cancel up to 30 days prior (without any reason) and your deposit becomes a future cruise credit
* You may postpone your trip, up to 30 days prior (without any reason) and transfer your deposit to another Ponant journey
* If your cruise cannot be operated and Ponant cancels your cruise, you will receive a full refund of all the monies you have paid
* If you wish to cancel within 29 days of a departing (not cancelled) sailing because you have Covid – submit your test results and receive a full refund of all the money you have paid
* Note that cancellations within 29 days of departure on a departing (not cancelled) sailing then normal Ponant cancellation fees apply of up to 100% – we always recommend travel insurance to cover this contingency for situations out of your control

Cruise Highlights

Perth is the capital and largest city of the Australian state of Western Australia and the fourth most populous city in Australia. The Perth inner area radiates north and south of the Swan River on a flat coastal plain, bounded in by the Darling Scarp to the east and the Indian Ocean coastline in the west. It is known as a quiet, safe and laid-back city.

Within easy walking and cycling distance, visitors can experience contemporary circus, fine crafts, original music and theatre, exciting galleries, museums and bookshops. Along with maritime history and extensive architectural conservation, the Arts have become a central part of Fremantle life where visitors can discover the past and present.

From Perth you can access the West Australian Outback, feed the dolphins at Monkey Mia or perhaps swim with the Gentle creatures of the deep – Whale Sharks. Alternatively visitors can experience the wines of Margaret River region south of Perth.

Albany is a port city located in the Great Southern Region of Western Australia, some 390 kilometres south-east of Perth, the state capital. It is situated on Princess Royal Harbour, a natural inlet of the Southern Ocean. The city was founded in 1827 and is the oldest permanently settled town in Western Australia. It has a dramatic convict history, is a former whaling station and was the gateway to the Eastern Goldfields during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Attractions in Albany include convict jails, colonial buildings, museums, craft galleries, an old whaling station and the Brig Amity replica. Albany is also known for its natural attractions along the rugged coastline of Torndirrup National Park.

Port Lincoln
Port Lincoln is a city in the Australian state of South Australia. It is a coastal city situated on Boston Bay at the southern extremity of the Eyre Peninsula. It is the largest city in the West Coast region, and is located approximately 280 kilometres (straight line – 646 km by road) from the capital city Adelaide.

Tourism in Port Lincoln is becoming increasingly important, thanks to the scenic beauty and coastal locality. Ready access to both Spencer Gulf and the Great Australian Bight mark Port Lincoln out as a blue water playground for yachting, scuba diving, shark cage diving and game fishing.

Hobart is situated on the island of Tasmania and is the southern most capital city in Australia. Straddling the breathtaking Derwent River, Australia’s deepest harbour, Hobart is one of the most beautiful areas in both Tasmania, with nearby Mount Wellington dominating the city in the background.

The city of Hobart was founded in 1803 and has numerous heritage areas close to the city centre. There are many museums and galleries which provide interesting information on Hobart’s history. Some of the most popular landmarks in the Hobart area include the Tasman Bridge, Government House, the Port Arthur Historic Site, Richmond Bridge – one of the oldest stone bridges in the whole of Australia and Hobart’s St. David’s

Other world-class Hobart attractions include Derwent River, the Cadbury-Schweppes Chocolate Constitution Dock, Old Hobart Town Model Village, Bicentennial Park, the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and Salamanca Market – a lively flea market held in Hobart’s Salamanca district, which attracts more than 10,000 bargain hunters each week.

Hobart regularly features many exciting festivals and events, including the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a spectacular race which finishes at Hobart’s waterfront at the end of each year in Hobart.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departs Fremantle 17 October 2021.

Pricing is per person, in Australian Dollars and subject to change at any time.  Please contact us to confirm availability and best available pricing at time of booking.



CategoryTwin Per Person  Single Per Person
Deluxe Stateroom
Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
Deluxe Suite
Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • 24 Hr Room Service
  • Boutique &/or Salon
  • Drinks All Day
  • Pool &/or Spa
  • Shore Excursions
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
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Trip itinerary

Perth (Fremantle), Australia
At Sea
Albany, Australia
Esperance, Australia
Recherche Archipelago, Australia
At Sea
At Sea
Port Lincoln, Australia
At Sea
King Island, Tasmania, Australia

Technical Details

  • Tonnage 10944
  • Built Date 2013
  • Crew 140
  • Capacity 264
  • Length 142M

Cruise Category

  • Boutique Style
  • Luxurious

Le Soleal

The contemporary décor, fluid lines and modern colour scheme combine natural wood with shades of grey and white.  A refined ambiance enhanced by quality workmanship is synonymous with French elegance and a chic seaside spirit.