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Coral Expeditions has announced that flagship Coral Adventurer will return to operations this January after a ten-month hiatus in her homeport of Cairns.

Having successfully completed an eight-voyage season with Coral Discoverer on the Great Barrier Reef with new health protocols in place, Coral Expeditions is now ready to expand its domestic itineraries with the return of state-of-the-art Coral Adventurer.

This new series of expeditions involve wilderness coastlines of Australia previously unvisited in the company’s 35-year history.

The new itineraries will focus on the pristine nature, rugged landscapes and rarely explored corners of South Australia, the Great Australian Bight, and the coral reefs and islands of Western Australia and Queensland, giving Australians more unique opportunities to explore and discover as domestic travel returns.

Visit www.coralexpeditions.com.

 Geelong’s coastline: activities aplenty.

Located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the coastal experiences in Geelong and The Bellarine are simply stunning.

Geelong has a north-facing bay, rare in the southern hemisphere, and the Bellarine has beaches perfect for water-based adventures from paddling and swimming in the gentle waters to surfing and boarding at the popular surf breaks.

There are rock pools to ramble and shallows to snorkel.

Avid surfers head to popular surf spots such as 13th Beach or Raffs Beach in Barwon Heads, while beginner surfers can enjoy a surf lesson at Ocean Grove with Go Ride a Wave, Sea Earth Adventures or Great Ocean Road Surf Tours.

Families can take advantage of the pristine sand and gentle waves at the Ocean Grove main beach.

The mouth of the Barwon River and Barwon Heads is great for paddling and rock pooling is a favourite pastime at Point Lonsdale.

Other great beachside spots are the sheltered and family-friendly bay at Portarlington.

Geelong has the Eastern Beach Reserve with sandy bay beach, sea bath pool, playground and the iconic bollards.

Visit www.visitvictoria.com.

DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront: spectacular views over the Swan River and Perth city skyline.

Offering spectacular views over the Swan River and Perth city skyline, DoubleTree by Hilton Perth Waterfront has opened its doors.

Located at the Elizabeth Quay precinct, the 229-room hotel spans 18 floors, and includes meeting and event spaces, a fitness centre and an outdoor infinity pool with views over the Swan River.

The food and beverage offerings include Reel Kitchen – with an open kitchen concept showcasing fresh, seasonal WA produce and seafood; Oar Bistro, a deli and bakery located on the boardwalk; and 18 Knots Rooftop bar.

Located on the 18th floor, the rooftop venue offers breathtaking and uninterrupted 360-views of the Swan River and Perth city.

The artwork on the side of the building has been designed and installed by Fremantle-based artist Tom Mùller – and reflects the rhythm and waves of the Swan River.

Visit www.hilton.com.

 Tasman Venture: flexible itineraries.

Tasman Venture has announced the launch of a new private-charter experience for the Fraser Coast.

These multi-day, sleep-on-board escapes, are fully guided and catered, and visit the World-Heritage listed Fraser Island and the stunning Lady Elliot Island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Tasman Venture will offer flexible itineraries to allow guests to select their desired days, destinations and activities.

Guided hiking, cruising, swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, thrill-seeking tube rides, sunbaking, beach hopping, social fishing, and wildlife spotting are many of the activities that customers can include for their ultimate adventure.

Guests can choose from one, two, three or more days to cruise and explore World Heritage listed Fraser Island and the calm, protected waters of the Fraser Coast with their friends and family on Tasman Venture’s fully crewed catamaran.

The Tasman Venture offers spacious, air-conditioned comfort for up to 30 passenger for day escapes and up to 12 passengers for overnight escapes.

Visit www.tasmanventure.com.au.

 A highlight of 2021 Perth Festival: Tim Minchin. Image: Damien Bennett.

The 2021 Perth Festival will overflow with WA creativity this summer, celebrating the theme of Bilya (river) from February 5 to 28.

WA’s premier cultural and arts event will open in dazzling style with the City of Lights taking over the Perth Cultural Centre for 21 nights, and WA-born, globally-renowned artist Tim Minchin performing the world-premiere of his new album Apart Together with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Kings Park.

The centrepiece for City of Lights will be the imaginary world of Bilya Beneath, an hourly immersive 360-degree spectacle of music, projections, and animations covering the Perth Cultural Centre’s buildings in vivid colour in tribute to Northbridge’s submerged waterways.

As the festival’s new home for 2021,City of Lights will bring live music and food from the State Theatre Centre of WA Courtyard to the street fare of Lantern Lane behind the Rechabite and all venues in between, with the full Contemporary Music program due for release on January 21.

The new WA Museum Boorla Bardip is set to host several special events, including the One and Manychamber music series staged under the famous Blue Whale.

Visit perthfestival.com.au.

 FRINGE World Festival: more than 350 shows on sale in WA.

The full 2021 FRINGE World Festival program is live, with tickets to more than 350 shows on sale.

The festival will take over 93 venues throughout Perth, including festival hubs at the much-loved Woodside Pleasure Garden in Northbridge, and Girls School — located in the historic 1930s Old Perth Girls School Building.

There’s also a new hub — State of Play at the State Theatre Centre of WA, and new venues across the city and in the coastal suburb of Scarborough.

Highlights for the festival program includes the multi-sensory musical, Ballads, Banksia and Beauty, by Fringe stalwart Jessie Gordan, theatre work FIRE, a world premiere by local Aboriginal group Kaylakoorl Collective, A Day in the Life of Man by Men of the West choir, and Have a Bath with Me? by notoriously debauched Perth cabaret icon Tomas Ford.

The annual festival is though to be the third largest Fringe festival in the world, and will run over four weeks from January 15 to February 14, 2021.

Visit www.fringeworld.com.au.

NOTE: Potential travellers should check the status of individual events and establishments with regard to the coronavirus outbreak.

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