Western Australia Coral Coast Cruise

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WESTERN AUSTRALIA
CORAL COAST CRUISE
9 - 17 October 2021
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
CORAL COAST CRUISE
9 - 17 October 2021
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
CORAL COAST CRUISE
9 - 17 October 2021
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
CORAL COAST CRUISE
9 - 17 October 2021
WESTERN AUSTRALIA
CORAL COAST CRUISE
9 - 17 October 2021
Tour Summary

Amaco Small Group Tours invites you to uncover the Western Australia Coral Coast on this brand new 8-day itinerary onboard Le Soléal from 9 – 17 October 2021.

Discover why this area is renowned for its spectacular coral coastlines, pristine beaches, turquoise waters, laid-back coastal towns and abundant wildlife, providing guests with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Your itinerary begins at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel in Perth… with a Welcome Networking Reception and Dinner. Conference sessions begin the next morning followed by lunch after which you’ll transfer to Fremantle to board Le Soleal – your home for the next 7 nights.

Enjoy a sail-away party on board and then relax as the vessel repositions itself overnight. Your first stop, Geraldton, is located on Western Australia’s spectacular Coral Coast and has established itself as a contemporary coastal hub of cafés, shops, street art and galleries. The city boasts pristine beaches, making it a popular spot soaking up the sun, as well as a strong cultural and historical connection with awe-inspiring architecture from the missionary era, a special memorial to HMAS Sydney II and opportunities to learn about the ancient Yamaji culture.

The cruise continues north – stopping in Monkey Mia Reserve where you may get the chance to enjoy one of Australia’s best-known wildlife experiences by getting up close to wild bottlenose dolphins. You may also see dugongs, sharks, rays, turtles and a variety of fish in the water.

With its white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rust-red sand dunes and abundant wildlife, Shark Bay’s colourful and diverse landscapes, rare fauna and flora and world-class examples of Earth’s ecological processes are what makes it a truly remarkable place. Le Soleal will remain in this region for two full days – allowing you to get the most out of your time here.

There will also be the opportunity to visit Cape Inscription, the location of the first recorded European landing on Australia’s west coast in 1616. It was here that Dirk Hartog left evidence of his landing in the form of a pewter plate inscribed with details of his journey.

One of the guaranteed highlights of this cruise will be the time spent at the jewels of the Indian Ocean known as the Abrolhos Islands. Formerly known as Houtman Abrolhos, this cluster of 3 islands is rarely visited and is truly one of the most unique parts of Australia.

Jurien Bay Marine Park and its immediate surroundings are the only major breeding area for Australian sea lions along the western coast of Australia. As well as major sea lion and seabird breeding areas, the marine park contains biological communities, populated with a mix of temperate and tropical plants and animals, courtesy of the Leeuwin Current.

An additional 4 conference sessions will be slotted into the program during downtime. This ensures that you don’t miss out on any of the spectacular stop or activities offered during the cruise.

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. Transfers back to Perth Airport or back to the city centre will be offered.

We hope you can join us as we travel along Western Australia’s spectacular Coral Coast in October 2021. For your comfort and touring pleasure, we’ve limited the number of participants that can be a part of our conference to just 40 people. Register today or you will miss out!

Why Travel With Amaco Small Group Tours?

  • All Inclusive Travel Packages
  • Small Groups
  • Hand-picked Tours & Activities
  • 25+ Years Experience

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Destination

Western Australia

Duration

9 Days / 8 Nights

Value For Money

All Inclusive Cruise Package

Start & End Location

Start: Perth, Western Australia

Ends: Perth, Western Australia

Start Date & Time

9th October 2021 @ 7:00pm

End Date & Time

17th October 2021 @ 9:00am

Registration Fees

Conference Participant: $995 pp
Non-Conference Participant: $795 pp

Travel Packages

Amaco Family Price (for previous Amaco Conference Participants): $5,995 pp*

Early Bird Price (if booked on or before 31 March 2021): $6,495 pp*

Standard Price (if booked on or after 1 April 2021): $6,995 pp*

Single Supplement (if travelling alone): On Application

* Pricing is based on 2 guests in a Superior Stateroom on Deck 3. The cost to upgrade to different category rooms are shown on the registration form. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to download the registration form.

Price Includes

  • 1 x night accommodation at Ritz Carlton Hotel Perth (9 Oct 2021)
  • 7 x nights accommodation on Ponant Le Soleal (10 - 17 Oct 2021)
  • 8 x Breakfasts, 7 x Lunches, 8 x Dinners
  • Geraldton Town Tour (11 Oct 2021)
  • Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience (13 Oct 2021)
  • Dirk Hartog Island Tour (14 Oct 2021)
  • Abrolhos Island Marine Park (15 Oct 2021)
  • Jurien Bay Marine Park (16 Oct 2021)

Gold Amaco Standard Inclusions

  • Airport transfer as detailed in the itinerary for group arrivals and departures
  • Beverages service (wine, beer, soft drink and mineral water) with all included lunches and dinners
  • Services of specialist guides and naturalist throughout itinerary
  • All applicable entrance fees, taxes, gratuities and porterage throughout the itinerary
  • Amaco staff escort
  • Hassle free luggage management
  • Tips to guides and drivers

Price Excludes

  • Domestic airfares to and from the conference
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls, mini bar, room service, laundry and business communications
  • Meals and beverages not specified in the itinerary
  • Travel, optional tours & excursions not included in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance
Itinerary

Day 1 (Sat 9 Oct 2021) Arrive in Perth, Western Australia

After arriving in Perth you will be met by Amaco staff and our local operators and transferred to our group hotel. Following check-in, you are free to relax in your room or begin enjoying the area surrounding the hotel.

Enjoy Networking Welcome Drinks at the hotel followed by a 3-course dinner. Here you will have the opportunity to meet other participants and their partners as well as your Amaco hosts.

Overnight: Ritz Carlton Hotel Perth

Included Meals: Welcome Networking Drinks & Dinner

Day 2 (Sun 10 Oct 2021)Perth to Fremantle & Embarkation

Conference Session 1 & 2 will take place this morning followed by a lunch at the hotel.

Following lunch, you will be transferred to Fremantle where you will board Le Soleal at approximately 3:00pm. The remainder of the afternoon will is at leisure on board the vessel as you acquaint yourself with your new surroundings and meet the naturalist guides, crew and officers.

Depart Fremantle at 5:00pm.

Enjoy your first dinner on board – with the option to enjoy an a la carte dinner in Gastronomic Restaurant or something less formal in Grill Restaurant. 

Overnight: Ponant Le Soleal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Mon 11 Oct 2021)Geraldton

Located on Western Australia’s spectacular Coral Coast, Geraldton has established itself as a contemporary coastal hub of cafés, shops, street art and galleries. The city’s beaches and sunny climate make it a hot-spot for water sport enthusiasts and visitors looking to soak up the sun on pristine beaches.

Cultural enlightenment can also be found if you take time to immerse yourself in Geraldton’s rich heritage. Learn about the ancient Yamaji culture.

Step inside the Western Australian Museum – Geraldton to see the tragic stories revealed by relics of shipwrecks. Have a moment’s silence at the magnificent HMAS Sydney II memorial to remember the 645 crew members lost in 1941. Or be transported to the Spanish missionary era by the awe-inspiring architectural work of Monsignor John Hawes at St Francis Xavier Cathedral.

Overnight: Ponant Le Soleal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Tue 12 Oct 2021)At Sea

Conference Session 3 & 4 will take place today while we cruise north along the Coral Coast.

The day at sea also gives you the chance to make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the weather conditions, you may be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy some of the naturalist presentations or do some shopping in the boutique. For lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. With an open-door policy, you’ll also be able to visit the bridge and talk to the team as they navigate the vessel. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Overnight: Ponant Le Soleal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 (Wed 13 Oct 2021)Monkey Mia

Over 70% of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area is marine environments and many of the reasons for its World Heritage listing are within these waters. The shallow and mostly protected bays host over 10,000 dugongs; the world’s largest seagrass beds; and representatives of the earth’s oldest lifeforms, stromatolites.

Wild bottlenose dolphins visit the shore at Monkey Mia Reserve, creating one of Australia’s best-known wildlife experiences. You may also see sharks, rays, turtles and a variety of fish in the water. You will have the opportunity to experience the wild bottlenose dolphins early in the morning before exploring the area’s natural and cultural history along the Wulyibidi Yaninyina trail.

Overnight: Ponant Le Soleal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thu 14 Oct 2021)Shark Bay World Heritage Area

With its white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rust-red sand dunes and abundant wildlife, Shark Bay became Western Australia’s first World Heritage listed area in 1991.

The colourful and diverse landscapes, rare fauna and flora and world-class examples of Earth’s ecological processes are what qualify Shark Bay for World Heritage listing – making it a truly remarkable place. You will have the opportunity to sail past the location of the first recorded European landing on Australia’s west coast at Cape Inscription where in 1616 Dirk Hartog left evidence of his landing in the form of a pewter plate inscribed with details of his journey.

Overnight: Ponant Le Soleal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Fri 15 Oct 2021)Abrolhos Islands Marine Park

The Abrolhos Islands Maine Park consists of three main clusters of islands that stretch from north to south across 100 kilometres of ocean and includes the Wallabi Group, Easter Group and Pelsaert Group. Established as a marine park in 1983, the waters of the Abrolhos are famous for colourful coral, crystal clear waters and large breeding colonies of seabirds.

Here, the southward flowing Leeuwin current has created a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. In July 2019 the Islands were declared a national park for their ecological and historical significance. You will have the opportunity to explore East Wallabi Island and its fringing reefs.

Conference Session 5 & 6 will take place today.

Overnight: Ponant Le Soleal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 (Sat 16 Oct 2021)Jurien Bay Marine Park

Jurien Bay Marine Park located 150 kilometres north of Perth, was named by Captain Nicolas Baudin aboard the Géographe in honour of the French naval administrator Charles Marie Vicomte Jurien.

The marine park surrounds dozens of ecologically important islands that contain rare and endangered animals found nowhere else in the world. The marine park and its immediate surrounds are the only major breeding area for Australian sea lions along the western coast of Australia. It is also a primary breeding ground for seabirds and is populated with a mix of temperate and tropical plants and animals, courtesy of the Leeuwin Current.

Overnight: Ponant Le Soleal

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sun 17 Oct 2021)Fremantle

Your Western Australia Coral Coast cruise ends when you disembark the ship this morning in Fremantle. We’ll have vehicles on hand to transfer you to the airport for the domestic flight home.

Of course, you’re welcome to speak to our staff about extending your stay in Western Australia. Perhaps a few nights in the Margaret River wine area would appeal or a night or two in Perth or Fremantle. Maybe you want to go further and explore inland or head much further north and visit Broome.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Travel Options & Extensions

Given everything that has happened in the travel industry of late – you’re correct to be vigilant about where you spend your travel dollar.

Amaco is not only a member of AFTA, the Australian Federation of Travel Agents but we are also ATAS Travel Accredited. This means we have met strict industry financial, operational, and management standards and criteria. Only the best industry agents achieve this accreditation meaning that you can travel with us knowing that you’re in safe and very capable hands.

With almost 25 years’ experience in planning and running conferences, we understand that participants often want to add additional travel destinations and adventures either before or after the all-inclusive packages we provide.

Other operators might discourage you from doing this. Sometimes, it’s because of the added complexity it creates and at other times they’ll try to talk you out of it simply because they don’t have capable or experienced consultants with the breadth and depth of the consultants we employ.

We encourage all participants to make the most of the time away. This might mean departing earlier than the rest of the group and visiting other destinations before meeting up with the main group at the conference or staying on at the conclusion and doing some additional travel.

Either way – our consultants are perfectly positioned to assist you with making these arrangements and will do all the hard work for you – seamlessly combining your personalised itinerary with the group program.

CAN I BOOK MY OWN FLIGHTS?

Yes… not a problem. We understand that people may have a preferred Travel Agent they want to use and we don’t have any issues with you doing so. We’ll advise you of suggested arrival and departure times to allow you to make use of our group transfers.

That said though… we do have experienced consultants who are ready and waiting to help… even if that means just giving you a comparison price – nothing wrong with some competition.

We do ask for a copy of your itinerary so that we can double-check it to ensure that it fits with our program and group itinerary.

One word of warning, however, when booking flights independently – as the non-ticketing Agent we’re not notified of any changes or cancellations to your booking. If anything changes with your booking, it will be up to your agent to contact you and then for you to contact us.

It is also worth pointing out that even though we’ll have experienced staff members escorting the group during the conference, as the non-ticketing Agent we are unable to make contact or deal with the airline on your behalf.

CAN I CHOOSE MY OWN CLASS OF TRAVEL?

We used to include flights in our travel package but found that in many cases the fares were more expensive than the best available daily fares or were not applicable for people who were looking to extend pre or post the main conference travel dates.

We also felt it was unfair on you, as a participant, to unknowingly pay a premium for a more flexible group fare when you are already committed to attending the conference.

By not including the airfare in the package, you are able to work with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Travel Consultants to arrange flights on any airline and from any destination depending on your preferences…. including the class of travel.

CAN I VISIT OTHER DESTINATIONS BEFORE OR AFTER THE CONFERENCE?

In short….. Yes!

You’re encouraged to talk to our experienced travel consultants to learn more about the options open to you either before or after the conference itineraries. We will gladly work with you to put together a personalised itinerary that can include as much or as little as you want.

We believe it is important for your own peace of mind to know that our consultants are all employed directly by Amaco Small Group Tours and are located in our office.

We don’t subcontract out the travel to a third party which means you can be comfortable knowing that whatever arrangements you make through Amaco will be tied together with the conference program to make one continuous, seamless travel itinerary. We’ll put as much care and effort into your extension as we put into the planning of the conference.

Whether it is simply booking some airport transfers with a couple of nights accommodation through to more elaborate arrangements we are perfectly positioned to incorporate any individual travel plans into your overall conference itinerary.

Email or call us so we can put together your perfect itinerary.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL INSURANCE?

Much has been said about the value of travel insurance – especially given the broad-based exclusion policies many underwriters have in place which protects them from claims resulting from pandemics and epidemics.

Amaco provides travel insurance from some of the most reputable companies in the industry including Cover-More and nib-SureSave – and always at competitive rates. Over the last few months, there have been a number of enhancements to the policies available which many of the credit card policies do not include.

Please call our office and we will gladly work with you to obtain a quote from any or all of our insurance suppliers.

Education

Amaco is an Accredited Education Provider for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine.

Each conference we run includes an education syllabus that assists GP’s, pharmacists and health professionals to improve the quality of care they provide to patients and customers while at the same time providing them with the opportunity to travel to and experience new and exciting destinations.

Our conference will allow delegates the opportunity to earn CPD points based on the content and time in session. As has been the case with past conferences, we will work closely with participants affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

The content of the education sessions will be relevant to GPs, Medical Specialists, Pharmacists, Dentists, Nurses and other health providers. We encourage all attendees to register for the conference sessions.

The Education Committee for the Western Australia Coral Coast Conference will be selected in the coming months with final conference topics to be chosen based on the feedback from our previous conference attendees and with input from the RACGP, ACRRM and Medical Journals. Suitable speakers will be approached based on the topics selected.

Subject to final accreditation, the Western Australia Coral Coast Conference will include an Education Activity (formerly Category 2 Activity) affording delegates the opportunity to earn between 16 – 20 points.

ACRRM members can also expect the education program to be accredited and to earn CPD points. RACGP and ACRRM accreditation will be applied for under the triennium 2020 to 2022.

As has been the case in the past, Amaco will work with pharmacy bodies and those affiliated with other associations to ensure that they receive maximum recognition for attending the conference.

We welcome applications from potential presenters and encourage anyone interested to contact us to obtain further information.

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