Board the award-winning True North cruise ship and experience the best of Western Australia's South West coastline on an 8 night cruise from Esperance to Perth


This all-inclusive 8 night cruise aboard exclusive True North covers the best of Western Australia's South-West coastline from Esperance to Perth. Starting in Perth you'll fly to Esperance to meet your luxury cruise ship, complete with helicopter and tender boats and the wonderful True North team of guides, naturalists and hosts. Highlights of your cruise include the islands of the Recherche Archipelago, swimming with dolphins in the wild, witnessing the killer whales of the Bremer canyon, Margaret River wineries and sunset drinks at Eagle Bay, and snorkelling and fishing in Rottnests pristine bays. The onboard dining is another cruise highlight with destination drinks and local seafood adding a special touch to your adventure.

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2Trip Highlights

Luxury small-ship cruising

Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park

Dolphins, seals and killer whales at Bremer Canyon

Margaret River wine region

Recherche Archipelago, Rottnest Island & Eagle Bay

Twin Share or Single Cabins available

3Rates & Inclusions
What's Included
  • 8 night Adventure South West Cruise staying in an Ocean Class cabin (upgrade to River or Explorer class available)
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages onboard
  • All activities including expedition boat excursions and other surprises
  • Please note, all helicopter flights are optional and booked onboard at cost

Walk into Luxury exclusive:

  • Private chauffeur transfers to/from your home airport (country and metro area limits apply)
            4Location & Access
            Location & Access

            This journey departs from Perth, with a charter flight to Esperance included on day 1. The cruise disembarks in Fremantle.

            WA map True North South West
            5Luxury Accommodation
            Where You'll Sleep
            Day-by-Day Itinerary

            Day 1

            Board True North for your 8 day South West adventure. The cruise showcases the best of WA's magnificent south west coastline from Esperance to Margaret River and ending in Perth. Embark and enjoy a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before dinner onboard later this evening as you commence your journey heading through the Recherche Archipelago.

            Included: D

            Day1 True North sunset

            Day 2

            Middle Island is the largest of more than 100 islands and islets that make up the Recherche Archipelago, a chain of islands stretching 230km from Esperance to the Great Australian Bight. Go ashore to visit pristine Lake Hillier, first discovered in 1802 by Matthew Flinders who took samples from the lake and mentioned its existence in his journal. Lake Hillier will delight your eye, the contrast between the pink hue of the lake and royal blues of the Southern Ocean is simply striking.

            Enjoy a delicious lunch as True North cruises to Woody Island. The island is named for its towering tall trees, a rare sight in this Archipelago. Wander along one of the islands many walking trails and enjoy close encounters with curious birds and lazy lizards or take a plunge into the crystal-clear waters of Shearwater Bay and explore the marine life on the interpretive snorkel trail. The adventure boats will also be standing-by for guests keen to wet a line.

            Included: B - L - D

            Woody Island Eco Tours Esperance Shearwater Bay crop

            Day 3

            The Bremer Bay deep sea canyon lies 70 kilometres off the coastal town of Bremer Bay. The discovery of this biological hotspot is relatively new, with marine scientists first visiting the site only a few years ago. During a short period over summer, a cold, salty current flows from the Antarctic, filling the canyon with nutrient filled water. This phenomenon attracts one of the Southern Hemispheres biggest seasonal populations of killer whales along with sharks, dolphins, sperm whales and giant squid. Make your way to the bow of True North for some optimal viewing!

            Your afternoon anchorage will be in the turquoise waters of Bremer Bay, renowned for having some of the most beautiful, pristine white, beaches in the world. Spend the afternoon relaxing on the beach, swimming, snorkelling or fishing.

            Included: B - L - D

            True North ASW killer whales

            Day 4

            Today is an unscripted float day. Every True North cruise along the south west coast includes one day which the captain keeps up his sleeve to allow flexibility to wow the guests with an extra day spent at the most spectacular places along the coast depending on prevailing conditions and the interests of guests onboard. Your 8 days detailed in this itinerary will occur as planned, and another 24 hours will be added as a bonus on this very personalised itinerary.

            Included: B - L - D

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            Day 5

            Sample our fruit platter and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast before exploring the town of Albany. The town is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, predating Perth and the port of Fremantle by more than two years. Albany is well known for being the departure point of troop convoys bound for the First World War in December 1914. Join a town tour to discover its fascinating Aboriginal and European history and, visit the National ANZAC centre, honouring Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in the First World War.

            There will also be opportunity to visit the town’s historic Whaling Station, or join your guides for a fishing session targeting species including herring, King George whiting, flathead, cobbler and pink snapper. Then it's time for cocktail hour onboard before another unique dining experience.

            Included: B - L - D

            True North beach tender

            Day 6

            This morning you'll wake in picturesque Hamelin Bay in the Margaret River region. Be amongst the first on deck and join an early morning fishing expedition or join a shore party and meet the curious local stingrays who congregate along the water’s edge of the protected bay. The bay also makes for an excellent snorkelling location.

            Later you'll join a tour of the world-renowned Margaret River wine region. Sit back, relax and enjoy the informative commentary while you're led along the south west wine trail. You'll enjoy an exquisite lunch showcasing the finest Margaret River local farm produce and fresh seafood from the region's pristine coastline.

            Included: B - L - D

            True North ASW Hamelin Bay

            Day 7

            Begin the day with a leisurely walk around the rugged coast of Cape Naturaliste, which is also the start of the long distance Cape to Cape Track which hugs the Margaret River coastline. Enjoy breath-taking views from the tip of the Cape as you follow the trails to viewing platforms. Later join an adventure boat for a cruise of the coastline with the opportunity to view fur seals in the cove near Bunker Bay.

            Other options today include visiting the trendy coastal town of Dunsborough, and fishing in the turquoise bays. In the afternoon True North will shift anchorage to Eagle Bay, one of the region's best beaches. This long stretch of white sandy beach skirts stunning azure water and is dotted with some of the State's most lavish holiday homes. Enjoy a cool beverage and canapes on the beach as you take in a blazing south-west sunset.

            Included: B - L - D

            True North ASW seals Cape Nat

            Day 8

            Today is the day to tick off a bucket-list experience and swim with wild dolphins in their natural habitat. This unique wildlife encounter will stay with you forever. With all equipment provided (including wetsuits), interact with these fascinating creatures amongst the sheltered waters of Rockingham and Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. In the afternoon arrive at Rottnest Island, a protected nature reserve off Perth's coast and home of the quokka (a small wallaby-like marsupial often caught posing in ‘selfies’ with celebrity visitors). There will be plenty of opportunities for beach combing, relaxed snorkelling in waist deep water or fishing the turqoise and ink blue waters. The scuba divers on-board will enjoy the warm waters of the Leeuwin current and exploring reefs that host a wide-range of marine life and unique swim throughs and caves. Other options today include taking the island bus or a take to explore the island's many pristine bays.

            Included: B

            Rottnest Island aerial TWA copy

            Day 9

            After a spectacular week exploring WA's south west coastline, its time to bid farewell to the True North team as you disembark in the port city of Fremantle this morning.

            Included: B

            True North ASW Fremantle
            7Season & Departure Dates
            Season & Departure Dates

            Departs annually in January - enquire for available departures

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            Price (per person)
            Orcas, Australian Sea Lions, NZ Fur Seals, fresh abalone, squid and prawns on the ‘barby’. Many thanks to a great crew (the best)
            2019 – True North guest

            Frequently asked questions

            What is the minimum age to travel on a True North cruise?

            There is no minimum age to travel on True North cruises.

            What food and drinks are included in the cost of a True North cruise?

            All food and non-alcoholic drinks are included on your True North cruise.

            What cabin types can I book on True North?

            The cabin types available onboard True North are:

            How many guests can travel onboard a True North cruise?

            The maximum number of guests onboard True North is 36 and 22 on True North II.

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