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at the Prom
SEEING Wilson Promontory from the
water is a unique experience.
Now more people can enjoy a Prom cruise
thanks to the foresight of Jason and Rebecca
Bingham who launched their Refuge Cove Cruis-
es adventure tours recently.
The first passage cruise took place last Thurs-
day, December 28, when 37 passengers boarded
the 12 metre catamaran named Game Changer at
8.30am at the Port Welshpool Ferry Terminal.
The eight hour cruise included many stops
along the way to take in the Prom’s well known
attractions, as well as some of its secrets.
At the helm were skipper Dale Cicero and Ja-
son Bingham, owner and deckhand, making sure
everything was ship shape for his passengers.
They were assisted by Jeremy Johnston, who
also acted as the tour guide and deckhand.
The Prom is the southernmost tip of the Aus-
tralian mainland and managed by Parks Victoria.
It is surrounded by sea on three sides and is re-
nowned for its rugged granite mountains, lush
rainforests, pristine beaches and abundant wild-
life, including kangaroos, emus and wombats.
It also has an extensive network of marine pro-
tected areas and is a rare example of adjoining
marine and land parks providing protected land-
scapes from the top of the mountains to the bot-
tom of the sea. These marine parks protect sponge
gardens, rocky reefs, kelp forests, seagrass beds
and seal colonies.
The cruise captured all of this, with tour guide
Mr Johnston giving those on board in depth com-
mentary about what was his backyard for many
decades while he was a ranger in the park.
Passengers enjoyed seeing the Wilsons Prom-
ontory lighthouse, built from local granite in
1859, up close.
While passing this amazing structure, they
also learnt about the precautions Australia’s mili-
tary took during World War One after reports a
German raider had laid mines in the waters off
The cruise continued onto Kanowna Island
where the motor was cut and guests enjoyed
morning tea before continuing on.
Passengers saw seals at play and got up close
to Skull Rock, before heading back to Refuge
Cove for a leisurely lunch.
Guests then had plenty of time to enjoy swim-
ming, snorkelling or a hike through the park.
Other highlights on the trip included seeing where
the ship The Sophia came to grief near the south-
ernmost point of Australia. Some of her wreckage
still remains on the shore.
Guests took the opportunity to take some self-
ies at South Point. Dolphin sightings are regular
occurrences on these cruises, as are whales dur-
ing the whale migration period.
If you have a bucket list for 2018, then this
adventure is a must.
The crew is amazing and ensure all passengers
are well looked after and enjoy the cruise. This
truly is a five star attraction and one that should
bring many visitors to the area.
Make sure you check them out on their web-
site, refugecovecruises.com.au or call Jason and
Rebecca on 0418 789 916. They will be running
cruises everyday from January 2.
The Game Changer was custom designed for
Refuge Cove Cruises. It was designed by a West-
ern Australian and built at Inverloch.
Peaceful location: the Game Changer berths
at Refuge Cove where passengers are able
to disembark and enjoy the delights of this
peaceful cove with swimming, snorkelling
and bushwalking after an amazing lunch,
which is included in the price of the cruise.
A team: Jason Bingham, owner/deckhand of Refuge Cove Cruises, with the skipper Dale
Cicero and Jeremy Johnston, deckhand and tour guide. Their expertise and attention to detail
made for a truly memorable experience for guests on the first passenger paying cruise last
Thursday. Refuge Cove Cruises is now running daily cruises.
Serene location: the Game Changer sits in the calm water of Refuge Cove while passengers
and crew enjoy the serenity.
Spacious boat: the interior of the Refuge Cove Cruises vessel, Game Changer, is spacious
with many vantage points for passengers to get the best views of spectacular scenery.
Mapped: the map of your Refuge Cove
Cruise adventure is posted on the Catamaran
wall for you to see as you board the vessel.
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