Australian Fur Seals
Duration: 8-9 hours ($250 per person)
Type: Groups, Shared.
Departs: Port Welshpool (Selected dates below)
Interests: Birds, Marine Mammals.
Wilsons Promontory National Park is regarded as one of the most picturesque stretches of coastline in Australia. Up-close views of remote locations like Skull Rock, Glennie Island, the historic Wilsons Promontory lighthouse, and stops at pristine beaches and nature reserves including the Kanowna Island seal sanctuary leave guests in awe of the area’s natural beauty and wildlife. Anchoring at Refuge Cove, there is ample time to swim, snorkel and lounge on white sandy beaches. This full day luxury cruising on a catamaran is fully catered and is the only means to see some of the regions most beautiful coves.
After transferring on a complimentary free coach in the morning from Cowes, San Remo, Inverloch, or Foster, the tour guide will take guests to the cruise departure point where your captain and crew will welcome passengers aboard the comfortable 62-foot (19-meter) motorised catamaran.
Indoor and outdoor decks with ample seating provide excellent views as the boat sails over to Wilsons Promontory National Park, affectionately known as The Prom. Situated on the southernmost point of mainland Australia, Wilsons Promontory encompasses a vast nature reserve, laced with swimming and surfing beaches along Bass Strait. The park harbours abundant native wildlife including kangaroos, wombats, echidnas, emus and many birds including rosellas and parrots, White-Bellied Sea Eagles, Wedge-tailed Eagles and Shy Albatross. Common dolphins, Australian Fur seals, Humpback and Orcas (during winter months) can be spotted offshore.
Cruising close to Skull Rock and remote granite islands like Glennie Island, guests will be able to observe important breeding grounds for Short-tailed Shearwaters, Little Penguins, and Cape Barren Geese. Another highlight is the Kanowna Island seal sanctuary, which hosts one of only four breeding colonies of Australian Fur Seals and is a critical breeding area for seabirds such as Crested Terns.
On approach to Wilsons Promontory, its historic 150 year old lighthouse comes into view, perched on the southernmost point of Australia's mainland. Guests will enjoy a two hour stop in Refuge Cove where a delicious buffet lunch will be prepared by your crew, and visitors will be able to swim, snorkel or stroll along the sparkling white sandy beaches.