Outback, Great Barrier Reef, koalas, emus, wombats and wallabies -- the places and words that conjure up images of adventure, romance and the exotic are all on the menu for guests sailing aboard Silversea's first-ever voyage to completely circumnavigate Australia.
It's not often you have a chance to explore an entire continent, but next year our Silver Shadow will offer just such an opportunity on a special 30-day, Sydney-to-Sydney Voyage 3102. From 19 January to 18 February, the 382-guest, ultra-luxury ship will follow a counterclockwise course around the vast island continent with calls in Brisbane, Whitsunday Islands, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne and Hobart (Tasmania).
And throughout this special voyage, our guests will enjoy an exciting enrichment programme, headlined by distinguished speakers from the worlds of film, art, nature, academia, winemaking and cuisine:
Prof Geoffrey Blainey, one of Australia's best-known historians and commentators, will share his interesting perspectives on the Sydney-to-Darwin segment, 19 to 29January;
Mathew Macartney, executive chef of the Yarra Valley's famed Chateau Yering (a Relais & Châteaux member property), will join the ship 25 to 29 January, Port Douglas to Darwin, to host culinary presentations;
Prof Craig Franklin, professor of zoology at the University of Queensland, will discuss Australian marine wildlife, 29 January to 11 February, Darwin to Adelaide;
Noel Miller, artist renowned for his landscapes of the Australian outback, will discuss Aboriginal art, 29 January to 11 February, Darwin to Adelaide;
Lyn Farmer, wine consultant for Silversea and James Beard Foundation Award-winning wine and food writer, will share his expertise, Darwin to Port Lincoln, 29 January to 10 February;
Jamie Sach, chief spokesperson for the iconic Penfolds Wines, will share his extensive knowledge of the wine industry, 6 to 10 February, Perth to Port Lincoln;
George Francisco, executive chef of Jonah's, one of Australia's oldest and most respected hospitality establishments and a Relais & Châteaux member property, will present cooking demonstrations, 13 to 18 February, Geelong to Sydney;
John Stainton, the director and producer who directed all of naturalist Steve Irwin's documentaries, will lecture on Australian film, 14 to 18 February, Melbourne to Sydney;
Dr Mark Elovitz, government advisor, historian and director of the Centre for Strategic Geopolitics, will share his insights into world affairs throughout the 30-day voyage;
Ian Denton, a native Australian and world explorer, will also be on board the entire voyage to host lectures as Silversea's destination consultant.
CLOSE ENCOUNTER WITH A KANGAROO? MAYBE …
This is the perfect itinerary for those who seek unique travel experiences off the beaten path. In fact, you can delve even further into the region on two new optional mid-voyage excursions designed to showcase Australia's intriguing cultures, dramatic natural beauty and exotic wildlife.
Kangaroo Island Luxury Eco Expedition -- Widely regarded as Australia's Galapagos, Kangaroo Island is brimming with diverse wildlife and natural beauty. Enjoy luxurious accommodation at the Southern Ocean Lodge and a staff of naturalist guides to lead your exploration of the island's unique attractions. Memorable sightings might include kangaroos, rare Cape Barron Geese, koalas and sea lions. To join this three-day adventure, you'll disembark Silver Shadow in Adelaide and rejoin the ship in Melbourne. Preview the experience at Southern Ocean Lodge in this video:
Australian Frontiers & Train Journey -- Discover the heart of the Australian outback by rail aboard the glamourous Indian Pacific train as you watch unique landscapes unfold. Visit the opal-mining town of Coober Pedy, then travel to Adelaide to enjoy a culinary and wine adventure that takes in the famous Barossa Valley. To join this six-day adventure, you'll depart from Fremantle and rejoin the ship in Adelaide.
Hope to see you down under!