Highlights of South Western Australia



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Explore the breathtaking sights along the South coast of Western Australia on this brand new 9-day itinerary with PONANT. Onboard Le Soléal the coast will reveal to you breathtaking views of its rugged coastline, charming cities, untouched lands, turquoise waters and a range of historic museums, statues, and towns.

Your voyage will begin in the vibrant city of Fremantle, where the old blends with the new, creating an enriching cultural experience.

The beauty of Albany’s rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational South coast adventure. Follow extraordinary stories of the ANZAC’s through the National ANZAC Centre's state-of-the-art interactive displays.

Regarded as a beach and nature-lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean beaches, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Among its most famous beauty spots is Australia's whitest beach, Lucky Bay - set against a stunning seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago.

The Archipelago of the Recherche, known locally as the Bay of Isles, is a group of 105 islands, and over 1,500 rocky outcrops off the Southern coast of Esperance, Western Australia. In this biodiversity hotspot, you will have the opportunity to spot breeding colonies of the Australian Fur Seal, New Zealand Fur Seal and the Australian Sea Lion as well as an abundance of land and marine birds.

The town of Augusta is a well-kept secret which lies as far South West as you can go in Australia. It is home to the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australian at Cape Leeuwin and the largest show cave in WA, Jewel Cave.

Busselton lies sheltered along the shore of Geographe Bay and is the gateway to the Margaret River Wine Region. This famous wine region produces more than 25 percent of Australia’s premium wine from more than 200 vineyards. The exceptional soils give rise to Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc varietals with the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay globally recognised amongst the top ranking in the world.

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.

Package Inclusions

Your cruise price includes:

  • 8 night expedition cruise aboard the Le Soleal round trip 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.

Esperance is a large town in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, located on the Southern Ocean coastline approximately 720 kilometres (450 mi) east-southeast of the state capital, Perth. It is a picturesque coastal of rugged beauty and stunning beaches.

The combination of stone islands offshore (the Archipelago of the Recherche), kaleidoscope blue waters and snow-white beaches is perhaps unrivalled on earth. The water is a turquoise blue near shore in late summer, gradually developing into deep, dark navy blues.

The superb Cape Le Grand national park just outside of town is a must-see. It contains many beautiful beaches and a natural, unspoilt wilderness. New Orleans bay is further along, and further still are Cape Arid and the Great Australian Bight.

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departs Fremantle 02 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
  • On-Board Lecturer
  • Shore Excursions
  • Solo Traveller Friendly
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Trip itinerary

Perth (Fremantle), Australia
At Sea
Albany, Australia
Esperance, Australia
Recherche Archipelago, Australia
At Sea
Augusta, Australia
Brusselton, Australia
Perth (Fremantle), 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.