Duyfken replica

An authentic reproduction of the first European ship to reach Australia

Duyfken replica

An authentic reproduction of the first European ship to reach Australia


Duyfken to Set Sail for New Home in Sydney. Read about it here

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An authentic vessel built using centuries-old techniques, the Duyfken replica will take you back in time to a remarkable period in human history.

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The Duyfken Story

Duyfken - the original

The Duyfken, a ship owned by the Dutch East India Company, entered the pages of Australian history in 1606 by becoming the first European vessel to make a recorded landing on Australia’s coastline.

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Duyfken - the replica

Nearly 400 years after the Duyfken’s historical voyage, a replica was built as a compelling educational tool to raise awareness of Dutch exploration of Australia in the 1600s.

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Dutch explorers

Putting Australia on the world map

After the Duyfken’s captain, Willem Janszoon, mapped the west coast of Cape York Peninsula in 1606, a number of other Dutch navigators went on to charter most of Australia’s shoreline by 1644. Other navigators included Dirk Hartog, Frederik De Houtman, Franchois Thijssen, Jacob d’Edel, Willem Colster, Abel Tasman and Franchoijs Visscher.

Read how Dutch navigators mapped most of Australia’s coast by 1644 »

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Duyfken to Set Sail for New Home in Sydney

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Up the river without a mast

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