In 1606, the little Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from Indonesia in search of gold and spices to trade. Heading south-east, she explored and charted parts of present-day Papua New Guinea before making landfall on the northern coast of the Australian continent.
The replica of the Duyfken (the name means 'Little Dove') has its home port in Fremantle and is berthed in Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour behind Little Creatures Brewery.
The Duyfken is open to the public from 11.00 am–3.00 pm on Saturday and Sunday with tickets able to be purchased on the jetty.
For more information visit the Duyfken website.
Another tall ship berthed in Fremantle is Leeuwin II. The Leeuwin is a 55 metre-long barquentine with three masts that carry more than 810 square metres of sail berthed at Victoria Quay near the Maritime Museum.
As a working sail-training ship, she carries a crew who are closely involved in all aspects of a voyage–‘going aloft’ (up), handling the sails, steering, navigation and keeping the vessel ship–shape.
On a three–hour coastal sail visitors can get a taste of the thrills and excitement of cruising under canvas or sit back and admire views of the ocean and coast. Some may get the chance to take the wheel under the captain's watchful eye–or even go aloft if they dare!
For more information visit the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation website.