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Experience expedition cruising at its finest, visit iconic Australian destinations on an East coast National Geographic ORION expedition cruise. Participants embark in Sydney and cruise down the east coast on a voyage of discovery, prior to their arrival in the southern city of Melbourne.

Capable of accommodating 106 guests National Geographic Orion is a convenient size for exclusive private charters, offering flexibility to tailor each moment to meet your every need. To enhance the onboard experience National Geographic ORION provide qualified expert expedition leaders or speakers - marine biologists, diplomats, artists, historians, distinguished academics, explorers, award winning chefs, ecologists and scientists - to share their specialist knowledge with guests.

• Team building exercises including Zodiacs, sea kayaks, snorkelling for hidden treasure and orientation exercises ashore

• Onboard education programmes, meetings and presentations

• Special dining events on board and ashore

• Total control of your ‘hospitality’ environment – from branding of menus to daily programs and ports of call – no interruptions, distractions or interference

• Award nights and Gala dinners

• Shore excursions can be designed to suit

Experience Australia's Iconic Cities Sydney and Melbourne 
 
Day 1 Sydney, New South Wales 
Day 2 Huskisson & Hyams Beach (Jervis Bay) 
Day 3 Huskisson & Hyams Beach (Jervis Bay) 
Day 4 Montague Island 
Day 5 Eden 
Day 6 Sealers Cove, Wilsons Promontory 
Day 7 Phillip Island 
Day 8 Melbourne, Victoria  
 
Sydney, New South Wales – Embark/Disembark Latitude: 29°3'S Longitude: 167°57'E
Sydney is the perfect backdrop for a maritime themed itinerary on board the National Geographic ORION.  This world-class city is set on the shores of one of the world's most photogenic harbours and home to Australia's two most famous icons - the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. 

Huskisson & Hyams Beach (Jervis Bay) – Wet landing Latitude: 35˚22'S Longitude: 150˚40'E
Jervis Bay National Park offers much to the visitor. It is one of the true gems of the NSW south east region and its value to Australia has been recognised by its National Park status. It's breathtaking beauty, rich cultural and natural significance have long been recognised and appreciated by locals and by domestic and overseas visitors. Jervis Bay is reputed to have the clearest waters and whitest sands in not only this country but also in the world. These beautiful blue waters are home to many dolphins and the opportunity to sight these graceful locals is one of the major features that make this area a magnet for lovers of nature. Whale sighting is also frequent in Jervis Bay and the choices of water sports here are wide. Many people come to dive, fish and explore these famous waters. None go home disappointed.

Montague Island
– Wet landing Latitude: 36˚15'S Longitude: 150˚13'E
One of Australia's best kept secrets, off the NSW coast near Narooma, this Nature Reserve is teeming with wildlife. Known as Baranguba by the local Aboriginal people the island is home to nearly 50 species of fauna. The Walbanga and Djiringanj people considered the island fertile hunting grounds. Sea-bird eggs, Mutton birds and penguins are all examples of the ripe pickings the indigenous people used as part of everyday life on the island. Today, the predator free environment has meant that the Little Penguin population is expanding, with currently over 1200 of the birds calling the island home. Mutton birds (or Shearwaters) are still abundant and bird watchers will be kept busy on the look out for other sea bird species that frequent the island. Australian Fur Seals also call the island home, and together with a few other seal species there can easily be over a thousand at a time on the island. Since 1881 Montague Island has been home to a lighthouse, and whilst it has been automated since the late 1990's it is today still an operational navigational light maintained by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.  Orion with her fleet of Zodiacs is perfectly equipped to explore, land and enjoy nature's abundant beauty of Montague Island.

Eden Dry landing Latitude: 37°3'S Longitude: 149°54'E
Now a major commercial fishing centre, Eden's past was built on whaling and the Killer Whale Museum evidences the town's unique history by tracing the days when men and killer whales worked together to herd other gentle giants to shore. The history and traditions of the sea are still the lifeblood of Eden so take the chance to sample some of the fresh seafood being landed in the harbour. A short stroll around the township reveals galleries, craft shops and the historic Sea Horse Inn.

Sealers Cove
, Wilsons Promontory – Wet landing
In the heart of Wilsons Promontory National Park sits the long white sand beach of Sealers Cove. The great Australian explorer George Bass "discovered" Sealers Cove, he sailed into the cove on his voyage of discovery from Sydney to Westernport Bay in 1798. The Brataualung clan from the Gunai (Kurnai) community are the traditional owners of Wilsons Promontory, who know the country as 'Wamoon' or 'Yirik'.  Join the expedition team on a walk on the beaches and boardwalks of Sealers Cove, through groves of giant tree ferns and over gently flowing streams. Take a refreshing dip in the ocean or take a solitary stroll along the length of this secluded beach.

Phillip Island – Wet landing
Nature's island right in Victoria's Westernport, a place of tranquil beauty and unique wildlife, Phillip Island has much to offer. Koalas, seals, penguins and sea-birds all call Philip Island home. A range of optional tours will be available to visit such places as the Koala Conservation Centre or take a local cruise boat to view massive seal colonies. Orion will stay at the island into the evening for the nightly Penguin Parade, probably the single most famous attraction on the island, where dozens of Little Penguins also called Fairy Penguins parade across the sand every evening. In contrast to this natural beauty, Phillip Island is also home to one of Australia's great motor racing circuits, home to the Australian Motorbike Grand Prix as well as V-8 Supercars and World Super Bike circuits.

Melbourne, Victoria  Latitude: 37˚49'S Longitude: 144˚55'E
Melbourne is notable for its distinct blend of Victorian and contemporary architecture, expansive parks and gardens and multicultural society. It is recognised as Australia's 'cultural and sporting capital' and is home to some of the nation’s most significant cultural and sporting institutions.  As Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne has a rich multicultural heritage, a flourishing arts culture and a passion for sports events with world class events such as the Melbourne Cup,  the Australian Rules football grand final, the Australian Tennis Open, and the  Formula 1 held in the city each year.