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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

22 February 2006

Australian Government helps Duyfken set sail to highlight coastal heritage

Australians will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a working 16th century vessel when the replica of the Dutch ship Duyfken sets off on a 12,000km voyage to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first documented European contact with Australia.

The journey marks the first mapping of the Australian coast by Duyfken Captain Willem Janszoon, who chartered 320km of coastline off Cape York Peninsula.

The Australian Government has provided major sponsorship of $495,000 for the journey, which will be a key component of the Government’s 2006 focus on coastal and maritime heritage.

Announcing the voyage, Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage Senator Ian Campbell said the important journey would help highlight the significant contribution coastal sites and places in our history have made to today’s society.

It also was a tribute to the enormous Western Australian community effort, led by Fremantle businessman the late Michael G Kailis and his Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation, that had seen the Little Dove brought back to life to tell the little-known story of Australia’s first European visitors.

“Many Australians still are not aware that our country was literally put on the map by Captain Janszoon during his 1606 voyage,” Senator Campbell said.

“This journey I am announcing today will bring that history to life in ports throughout the country and also highlight the unique coastal and maritime heritage that has developed since the first charting of our coast.

“Today, 85 per cent of Australians live within 50 km of the coast; a coast that is home to diverse and rich heritage, including places associated with European settlement, Indigenous sites, historic buildings, wharves and jetties, lighthouses, coastal defence installations and shipwrecks. The Duyfken voyage is a most fitting way to celebrate this heritage.”

The Duyfken is scheduled to stop in 25 ports around the country during its nine-month journey and will be open for tours while in port. School children and the public can learn more about a defining period in our heritage that saw the Duyfken sail into our history and put Australia on the map.

The initiative is a partnership between the Australian Government, the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation and Australia on the Map.

For further information on Australia’s heritage, visit

Duyfken Voyage Plan – 2006

State Port Arrive Depart
WA Fremantle   01 April 06
WA Bunbury 02 April 06 10 April 06
WA Albany 14 April 06 21 April 06
WA Esperance 24 April 06 01 May 06
SA Pt Lincoln 10 May 06 16 May 06
SA Adelaide 18 May 06 29 May 06
SA Victor Harbour 30 May 06 05 June 06
VIC Port Fairy 09 June 06 13 June 06
VIC Geelong 16 June 06 20 June 06
VIC Melbourne 21 June 06 06 July 06
QLD Brisbane/Redcliffe 21 July 06 02 August 06
QLD Bundaberg 04 August 06 10 August 06
QLD Gladstone 11 August 06 15 August 06
QLD Mackay 18 August 06 23 August 06
QLD Townsville 25 August 06 30 August 06
QLD Cairns 01 September 06 08 September 06
NSW Coffs Harbour 06 October 06 12 October 06
NSW Port Macquarie 13 October 06 18 October 06
NSW Newcastle 20 October 06 25 October 06
NSW Wollongong 27 October 06 02 November 06
NSW Ulladulla 03 November06 09 November 06
NSW Eden 11 November 06 20 November 06
TAS Dunalley 24 November 06 25 November 06
TAS Hobart 26 November 06 03 December 06
NSW Sydney 10 December 06 26 December 06
TAS Hobart 31 December 06  
WA Fremantle April 07  

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