About Us


The STS Leeuwin II is Western Australia’s very own tall ship, a unique three-masted 1850’s style barquentine. A Youth Explorer Voyage onboard will lift a student to the next level and ensure they are given the edge to enter the workplace with the best opportunities available to them.

Our primary program is our Youth Explorer Voyages. A week-long opportunity for participants to sharpen their work-ready skills and enhance skills in communication, leadership and collaboration.

In addition to our Youth Development program, we run a range of specialised voyages and 3-hour sails.


The Leeuwin Foundation is a trusted not-for-profit organisation based in Fremantle. Since 1986 we have welcomed more than 40,000 young people onboard the STS Leeuwin II.

The Leeuwin Foundation is funded through a combination of grants, corporate sponsorships and donations by organisations and the general public.

In 2016 we celebrated our 30th anniversary.


STS Leeuwin II is a three-masted sail training ship designed in an 1850’s barquentine style. The ship was launched in 1986.

It is 55 metres long and 33 metres tall. It has 16 sails with a total of 810m2 of canvas.

“This ship will bond you to her for life” – Roger Hales


Sail Training Tall Ship Leeuwin II

  • Specification: Three masted barquentine, 1850’s style rig
  • Launched: 2 August 1986
  • Construction: Steel hull, teak deck
  • Length overall: 55 metres
  • Length on deck: 40 metres
  • Beam: 9 metres
  • Draught depth: 3.4 metres
  • Height of the main mast: 33 metres
  • Displacement: 344 tonnes
  • Sails: 16 sails, over 810 square metres of fabric
  • Accommodation: 15 crew and 40 trainees
  • Designer: Len Randell A.R.I.N.A
  • Builder: Transfield (ASI) Pty Ltd, Henderson WA
  • Survey: 1B, 1D
  • Safety System: Australian Maritime Safety Authority ISM Certification



The original Leeuwin (Dutch for “Lioness”) Galleon was a Dutch ship that discovered and mapped some of the southwest corner of Australia in March 1622, only the seventh European ship to sight the continent.

The Leeuwin Galleon’s logbook has never been recovered, so unfortunately very little is known about the voyage, including the name of the Captain. Interestingly, Dutch East India Company letters indicate that the Leeuwin’s voyage from Texel in the Netherlands to Batavia (now Jakarta) took more than a year, whereas other vessels made the same voyage in less than four months. This suggests that poor navigation may have been responsible for the Leeuwin’s appearance at Australia’s coast.

The south-west corner of Australia has historically been referred to by the Dutch as’t Landt van de Leeuwin (“The Land of the Lioness”) which was later shortened to “Leeuwin’s Land” by the English. In addition to STS Leeuwin II, the name Leeuwin still survives in the name of Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly point of the Australian mainland, so named by Matthew Flinders in December 1801.


The Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation has received acknowledgment by many local, national and international awards throughout its many years of operation.

Sail Trainer of the Year: Under 25 Volunteer Category | 2016 | Winner Rachel Norrie

WA Industry Collaboration Award WA Training Awards | 2016 | Finalist

Corporate Social Responsibility Award Fremantle Chamber Business Awards | 2015 | Winner

Billy Can Award Australian Sail Training Association | 2014 | Winner

Gold Medallion Bravery Award Royal Lifesaving WA Bravery Awards | 2014 | Winner

Outstanding Personal Achievement Award Fremantle Chamber Business Awards | 2014 | Winner – Captain Sarah Robinson

Corporate Social Responsibility Award Fremantle Chamber Business Awards | 2014 | Finalist

Supporting Volunteers Award Department of Sport and Recreation Awards | 2014 | Finalist

Orange Seed Project Grant Award Jack in the Box and Seven West’s Orange Seed Project | 2014 | Finalist

Corporate Social Responsibility Award Fremantle Chamber Business Awards | 2013 | Winner

International Sail Trainer of the Year Sail Training International | 2013 | Winner – Captain Sarah Robinson

Fair Go Award Pride of Australia Awards | 2013 | Winner – Captain Sarah Robinson

International Sail Training Organisation of the Year Sail Training International | 2010 | Winner