New Australia Expeditions with Aurora Expeditions

Embark on an expedition cruise to some of the most remote coastal regions in Australia

Expedition cruising is the perfect way to explore the wild fringe of our island home. Venture off the Australian coast and reconnect with the deep rhythms of a continent inhabited by humans for tens of thousands of years. From the turquoise waters and red-desert coastlines of the north, to the rugged, windswept landscapes of the south, adventure cruising allows you to truly immerse yourself in the natural world and experience the unforgettable. In the realm of expedition cruises, Australia offers unparalleled opportunities for adventure, and our small ships bring you into the action.

Itineraries

Ningaloo Reef Adventure

Explore above and below the turquoise waters of northwest Australia’s spectacular Indian Ocean coast.
from

$11,436

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Western Australia & the Coral Coast

Explore above and below the turquoise waters of northwest Australia’s spectacular Indian Ocean coast.
from

$15,596

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Southern Australia Coastal Discovery

Round Cape Leeuwin and enter a world of deep-sea canyons, granite-domed islands and white-sand beaches swept by the Southern Ocean.
from

$14,746

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Kangaroo Island Explorer

Marvel at the regenerative powers of nature while exploring Australia’s third-largest island from the comfort of your floating base camp.
from

$8,396

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Kangaroo Island & the Tasman Sea

Embrace your inner explorer and island-hop from South Australia’s Spencer Gulf, to a treasure trove of natural beauty in Tasmania.
from

$9,116

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Bass Strait Islands & East Coast Discovery

Step on board for a unique island hopping adventure from Victoria’s Wilsons Promontory to the isolated isles of the Bass Strait
from

$7,996

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Tasmania South East Coast Discovery

Explore the untamed beauty of Tasmania’s southern and eastern coasts.
from

$11,436

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Tasmania Circumnavigation

Revel in the opportunity to tread some of Tasmania’s greatest coastal tracks while you circumnavigate this island state by sea.
from

$15,996

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Mawson's Antarctica

Follow in the wake of Australia’s greatest polar pioneer.
from

$36,355

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Antarctica Featuring the Ross Sea

Step back into the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration to discover a wildlife wonderland
from

$37,795

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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Subantarctic Discovery

Perched on the Antarctic Convergence, Australia and New Zealand’s subantarctic islands are home to some of the most abundant and unique wildlife on Earth.
from

$24,655

per person, twin share in a balcony stateroom
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About the Greg Mortimer

Passenger Capacity: Average 132 | Cabins: 76 | Decks: 8 | Year Built: 2019 | Length: 104m | Speed: 10-12 Knots
The first passenger ship to feature the revolutionary Ulstein X-BOW®, this allows the ship to cross oceans more comfortably and efficiently, and with expansive observation decks to bring you closer to the environment, inviting communal areas and unsurpassed environmental credentials, the Greg Mortimer offers the perfect base camp for adventures at the outer limits of human exploration.

Accommodating an average of 132 expeditioners per voyage within 76 cosy, comfortable cabins – all cabins have a view of the ocean and 85% of cabins have their own balcony. The ship also features a modern lecture lounge, multiple observation areas, zodiac launching platforms, a restaurant serving excellent meals, a gym and wellness centre, jacuzzis, a mudroom and many other amenities.

Ulstein X-Bow

Used on over 100 vessels in commercial shipping, the streamlined Ulstein X-BOW® cuts through the swell so you feel fewer vibrations and disturbances, and makes quicker transits through waves.

This, in combination with Rolls Royce dynamic stabilisers offers unrivalled stability and comfort* on ocean crossings. It also helps reduce our fuel consumption by up to 60%^.

*Aurora Expeditions do not claim that this will prevent or cure seasickness. ^Compared to Tier 1 engines.

Zodiac Launcing platforms

Carring 15 Zodiacs, which you can board via four dedicated, sea-level launching platforms. These platforms make boarding the Zodiacs as quick, efficient and safe as possible, minimising wait times and getting you closer to the action for longer.

Whether you’re Zodiac cruising through awe-inspiring fjords in search of wildlife or making a quick transit from ship to a shore landing site, these sturdy crafts will play an integral role in your expedition experience.

Activities platform

Aurora offer a range of add-on adventure activities from kayaking and diving to climbing and ski touring, and the Greg Mortimer is designed to support these activities, making the transition from ship to sea or shore as smooth as possible. We built the spacious activity preparation areas and loading platforms in consultation with their expert activity guides.

You will also have access to lockers and rapid drying areas for dry suits and wet suits, to give your gear the best chance to dry between excursions.

Hydraulic viewing platforms

In addition to onboard observation areas, the Greg Mortimer features unique hydraulic viewing platforms, which fold out for unobstructed views of passing marine life and seabirds.

These platforms were designed in conjunction with Greg Mortimer himself, and can be used during gentle ship cruises or when the ship is stationery when weather conditions allow.

Responsible travel features

Aurora believe that preserving and protecting the environment is of the utmost importance and this is reflected in several features of the Greg Mortimer.

The Greg Mortimer boasts one of the lowest polluting marine engines in the world due to low energy consumption, high fuel-efficiency and a streamlined design to deliver an 80% reduction in emissions.*

The ship can also utilise virtual anchoring to hold its position using a combination of GPS, steering technology, propellers and thrusters. This protects the sea floor and minimises the damage caused by conventional anchors.

*Compared to Tier 1 engines

Safety Features

The Greg Mortimer features industry-leading safety technology that exceeds the requirements for a ship of this size with a world class return-to-port equipment, which duplicates the propulsion system, enabling the ship to maintain operating systems and comfort in the event of engine failure.

The Greg Mortimer Ice Class 1A and Polar Code 6 compliant, hold BV* class and are fully compliant with the latest SOLAS requirements.

The ship also features a fully-stocked medical clinic designed for use in remote areas.

*Bureau Veritas

Booking Peace of Mind

For your peace of mind, Aurora Expeditions will offer you a full refund or a future travel credit if any of the following circumstances apply to you in the period that is 30 days out from voyage departure*:
  • Your home country or state does not allow domestic/ international or cruise travel in the period that is 30 days out from your voyage departure date.
    • Local Authorities are restricted to State Governments, Federal Government bodies and organisations or subsidiaries. E.g. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
    • Final ticket payment remains due at 90 days prior to departure and must be made in order to be eligible for the Book with Confidence flexibility.
  • You are required to travel to a hotspot location for your voyage or en route at any stopover point that is part of your itinerary/flight path (hotspot locations as defined by the CDC).
    • Only applicable if no other route is deemed safe to travel^ (e.g. If Hong Kong is a hot spot, but you are still able to travel safely via Dubai, then this clause no longer applies).
  • You are required to quarantine at your voyage destination or en route at any stopover point that is part of your itinerary/flight path.
    • Only applicable if no other route is available for you to travel^ via (e.g. If Hong Kong requires quarantining prior to continuing your journey, but Dubai does not, then this clause no longer applies)
    • Costs relating to quarantine are the responsibility of the traveler.
    • Does not apply to quarantine restrictions based on your home country.
  • There is no travel insurance available for you to purchase that includes cover for Coronavirus1.
    • Only applicable if no travel insurance coverage exists (i.e. If your preferred insurer does not cover COVID-19, but others do, this clause no longer applies).
*Terms & Conditions: The Booking Peace of Mind policies are applicable to new bookings from 27th October 2020 only on Aurora Expeditions operated voyages until advised otherwise. Future Travel credits will be valid for 3 years post original departure date. ^Proof of airline reservation required to be eligible. 1Evidence to be provided in writing from the travel insurance provider including a valid reason required to be eligible. This section only applies if there is no travel insurance policy available to purchase that you would normally be eligible for based on your country of residence/nationality. Please note, if your insurer provides a COVID-19 policy extra that you choose not to purchase you would not be eligible for inclusion in our Booking Peace of Mind Initiative.

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Terms & Conditions

Pricing is correct as of 17/03/2021. Itineraries are subject to change and operation is subject to weather conditions, prevailing conditions and local arrangements may cause variation. Offer is subject to change or availability at the time of booking and may be withdrawn without notice. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and a non-refundable deposit of AUD 2,500 per person is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. All voyages are subject to regulatory approval and only open to Australian residents. Offer is only valid on new bookings and on select ship voyages only which must be booked and deposited by March 31st 2021. Promotion is subject to availability at the time of booking and capacity controlled. The promotion is only available in conjunction with the back to back voyage discount or the loyalty program offer, and not available with any other offer. The promotion can be withdrawn at any time and is not redeemable for cash. Prices and offers correct at time of printing and subject to change. Normal booking terms and conditions apply. To confirm your booking, a completed booking form and non-refundable deposit of $2,500 pp in the booking currency is required within 7 days of reserved berth/s. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Please visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/terms-and-conditions for full terms and conditions. Travel insurance is recommended please ask us for a quote. Payment by credit card attracts a merchant fee. Full terms and conditions provided at the time of booking.

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