The land and people of Western Australia have been shaped by the ocean for thousands of years. Many of its people still live right by the water and WA's history has been irrevocably moulded by its proximity. This maritime history tour explores the moments, voyages and vessels; the artefacts, people and the stories in South West Australia's rich maritime history.
From the vibrant port city of Fremantle, travel to Rottnest and Garden Islands and visit James Fisher at Bibra Lake to see their bespoke intervention ROV system. Continue to the beautiful south west, visiting Busselton and Margaret River en route to Albany, the historic former capital of WA, set on a magnificent natural harbour on the south coast. Learn about the long history of this town, including the ANZAC departures to Europe in WW1. Along the way explore one of Australia's most beautiful pockets at a time when wildflowers will be blooming, spot passing whales, hear the rollicking Albany Shantymen, with ample opportunity to enjoy fine food and wine along the way.
Dr Paul Luckin AM CStJ MB.BCh.(Rand.), D.A.(S.A.), F.F.A.(S.A.), M.MED.ANAESTHESIA (Natal), FANZCA is an anaesthetist in Brisbane. He started training in rescue as an ambulance paramedic in Tasmania before studying medicine in South Africa, where he spent 8 years in a Mountain Rescue Team. Paul served on the Tasmanian Ambulance Service Medical Advisory Council, was Director of the Advanced Airway Management Training Program and was President of Royal Life Saving Society Tasmania Branch.
Paul teaches Search and Rescue at the state and national level and is on the directing staff of the National Police Search and Rescue Managers Course. He provides advice on survivability during Search and Rescue operations to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, and Police Search and Rescue teams across the nation, in PNG and the Solomon Islands.
As a Captain in the Royal Australian Navy, Paul has been a member of the Submarine Escape Rescue Abandonment Service medical team. He has served in Bougainville, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, in the Resuscitation and Retrieval Team for the victims of the Bali bombs, in the first medical team into Banda Aceh following the tsunami, and in Afghanistan. He was Medical Director, Medical Services Branch, St John Ambulance Queensland, and has been invested as a Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ). For his work in SAR, in 2006 Paul received the Australian National Search & Rescue Award, and in 2015 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia, AM, for significant service to the community through emergency medicine, and as an authority on survivability in search and rescue operations.
* at time of writing an external tour
** Please note Garden Island is an active naval base. Security arrangments apply.
The cost of the tour is $3,680 per person sharing.