Open Adventure

WHEN: 2 - 9 June 2019

DEPARTS: Monkey Mia

ARRIVAL: Geraldton

FARE: $2,350

A Sense of Adventure?

No previous experience required!

Leeuwin Ocean Adventure’s Open Adventure voyage is for anyone with a sense of adventure – 18 – 80! Sail on Western Australia’s own and Australia’s largest sail-training tall ship – the STS Leeuwin II – sailing along some of Western Australia’s most spectacular coastline and through its pristine waters.

Your voyage starts in Monkey Mia, Shark Bay – inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1991 and included on Australia’s National Heritage List in May 2007. You will sail south along the infamous Zuytdorp Cliffs towards the equally well known Houtman Abrolhos Islands, a chain of 122 islands and associated coral reefs, to the Midwest port City of Geraldton.

2019 sees the 400th year since the first European discovery of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, discovered in July, 1619 by Frederick de Houtman of the Dutch East India Company.

Wind direction and sea conditions guide the week’s activities – so expect the unexpected!

While visiting the Coral Coast, you can take time to visit Monkey Mia, the dolphins, Francois Peron National Park and Denham before joining your voyage and, at the end of your journey, the Maritime Museum and HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton.

Or just save your energy and excitement for an exhilarating time on board Leeuwin.

We run a working ship, so during the voyage you will be part of hands-on activities, from:

  • Navigating the ship and taking the helm
  • Setting and furling the sails
  • Climbing the masts and working aloft
  • Standing watch while sailing through the night

To enrich your journey, we seek out local experts … look below to see who was on board in 2018 …

2018 Facilitators 

Mark Gresser

Mark  has completed a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences / Conservation and Wildlife Biology. Mark will discuss the local flora and fauna in the World Heritage Listed Area and what is being done to protect it. Mark has worked on the Faure Island Project and recently cycled over 29 600km through 28 countries between Australia and France.

“I am probably most excited about the moment I get to stand on deck and feel the wind push the ship forward as I look out to the distant horizon. I am also very excited about the prospect of teaching others how incredibly important the area is for a great variety of unique wildlife,” Mark says.

Read Mark’s Story

Bianca McNeair

Bianca  is a Malgana woman from Gatharagudu (Shark Bay) who returns to the voyage in 2018 to discuss Malgana culture and connection to Wirriya (saltwater) and Malgana and Aboriginal history on the coast. Bianca has recently been involved in tagging endangered Loggerhead Turtles off Dirk Hartog Island. Click here for the full story.

“Giving a lecture on Malgana Culture on the deck of the Leeuwin while we sailed past Wirruwana (Dirk Hartog Island) was a huge highlight for me,” said Bianca. 

Read Bianca’s Story


All participants will be expected to board the vessel on the evening of 2nd June 2019 in Monkey Mia. You will be transported to the ship and spend the night onboard. The voyage program will officially begin on the morning of 4th June. You will disembark  in Geraldton on 10th June 2019. Bus travel to and from the ship is arranged by Leeuwin Ocean Adventure, subject to demand.

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Credit: Stewart Allen

Voyage Schedule

2019 Voyages
2 Jun - 9 Jun
Departs: Monkey Mia
Arrival: Geraldton


“I have done a lot of travelling in my life, but sailing on the STS Leeuwin II was special, a great experience and given the opportunity, I would do it again.”

- Open Adventure Participant, 2018

"Having completed the Open Adventure from Shark Bay last week I found all volunteers and watch leaders incredibly compentant and pleasant to work with. No commercial cruise ship would have a person of this calibre on board."

- Open Adventure Participant, 2017