Vansittart Bay (Kimberley, Western Australia)

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Region
Australia - New Zealand - Pacific Ocean Islands

Coordinates
-14.05199 S, 126.27508 E

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Vansittart Bay, located on Western Australia's top, is home to Jar Island, situated at the bay's southern end. The island was named by Phillip Parker King (1791-1856, explorer of the Patagonian and Australian coasts) for the shards of pottery he discovered there, most likely left by Macassan traders. Tamarind trees are other remnants of visits by Macassans, as they are not native to Kimberley.

Vansittart Bay is where passengers will see the outdoor art gallery of Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) Aboriginal art. Named after the first European person to record these in 1891, Joseph Bradshaw, the rock images are believed to have been created at least 17,000 years ago with theories indicating they could be older (up to over 50,000 years ago) when this continent was first explored by humans. If this is the case, these images are probably the oldest known to man.

Of the 2 primary art forms along Kimberley coastline, Wandjina and Gwion Gwion, the first one is more contemporary than older Gwion Gwion (popular for its mystical, graceful and symmetrical forms, depicting highly decorated figures with tassels, elaborate headdresses and delicate jewellery. The Wandjina are recognisable for the haloes around their heads.

One of the most popular aircraft wrecks at Truscott (Truscott-Mungalalu Airport or Mungalalu Truscott Airbase), which during WWII was famous as Truscott Airfield", is currently a commercial air field in Western Australia's remote Kimberley region and actually pre-dates the base by 2 years. On base's western side, in Vansittart Bay, lies the wreckage of USAAF Air Transport Command C-53 Skytrooper. On February 26, 1942 this aircraft made an emergency landing after the aviator got lost while flying to Broome from Perth, and put it down on Anjo Peninsula's salt pan. The passengers and crew were rescued several days later by a commercial flying boat.


Highlights: Jar Island, Aboriginal art

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Day Ships in port
Tuesday
24 July, 2018
L'Austral(arriving at 24 Jul - departing at 24 Jul)
2018 July