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With featured guest Rupert McCall, internationally renowned Australian poet.
Allow yourself to fall under the spell of this itinerary in Australia that has been specially designed for guests looking for unspoiled islands and turquoise lagoons. You will set sail aboard Le Lapérouse for a 9-day expedition cruise with PONANT to discover the treasures of the Great Barrier Reef.
Starting in Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, set sail towards Willis Islets in the Coral Sea Territories featuring more than 30 separate reefs along with the spectacular Coral Sea Marine Park. Willis Island also features on this cruise; its monitoring station was established in 1921 to provide early cyclone warnings services to Queensland.
Lying some 50 kilometres to the north-east of the world-renowned Whitsunday Islands, you will reach Hardy Reef, which boasts unique marine biodiversity in this area.
You will continue your exploration of the Australian coast with the exploration of Percy Island, whose shallow waters beckon you in for a dip, and Lady Musgrave Island, which is ideal for snorkelling. Both are located in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, a gigantic ecosystem of coral reefs that can be seen from space.
Finally, Le Lapérouse will reach Fraser Island, a charming islet with sandy cliffs in striking colours. You will be captivated by these landscapes of freshwater lakes surrounded by rainforest with a splendid biodiversity, before sailing on to Brisbane, your disembarkation port.