"The 1606-2006 Duyfken Voyage marks the 400 th anniversary of the first documented European contact with Australia. The story of this defining period in our history will be told as Duyfken visits 25 ports around Australia, reminding us of the importance of our coastal and maritime heritage and giving those who visit the ship a deep appreciation of history in the raw and the courage and skills of 17 th century seafaring explorers.
Today 85 percent of Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast, which supports much of the nation's social, tourist and recreational activity.
Our 25,000km coastline is rich in natural, historic and Indigenous heritage treasures. This includes places associated with European settlement, Indigenous sites, Macassan (early Indonesian) sites, historic buildings, wharves and jetties, lighthouses, coastal defence installations and shipwrecks.
There are thousands of stories for us all to share. I hope you enjoy your own voyage of discovery as you follow this historic journey."
Senator Ian Campbell
Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage
This voyage is a partnership between the Australian Government, the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation and Australia on the Map: 1606-2006.