graphe Bay, 229km south of Perth, has been a popular holiday spot for Western Australians since the 1890s. It offers clean beaches, a beautiful bushland setting, caves, marvellous coastal scenery, good fishing and world-class wineries not far away.
Dunsborough, Western Australia's top tourism town in 1999, enjoys the sheltered waters of the bay, where you can enjoy a sailing adventure with WindCheetah Charters. >
Up to 28 passengers can be comfortably accommodated aboard their 15-metre sailing catamaran. It has a spacious deck, large cockpit and offers shelter from wind and sun. It was built in Bunbury in 1994 and has a history of Indonesian surfing holidays, treasure hunting in the South Pacific and dive charters around Kangaroo Island. The vessel returned to Dunsborough in 2004, fully refurbished and refitted.
Sunset cruises leave Dunsborough at 4.30pm. There is some wonderful scenery as the sleek vessel skims past the rocky coastline of Eagle Bay towards Cape Naturaliste. Passengers enjoy it while sipping a cocktail before being served a delicious barbecued dinner.
The Swan shipwreck and ocean adventure charter is something different. WindCheetah holds a license to launch an ROV (remotely operated vehicle) which descends to the Swan wreck. A miniaturised underwater video system beams pictures of the wreck back to a screen on the video.
The Swan, a destroyer escort, was scuttled in 1997 and sunk in an upright position 1.3 nautical miles off-shore. The bottom sits at 31 metres and the tower at six metres.
The scuttling was one of the biggest projects of its kind in Australia. It took hundreds of volunteers a year and 10,000 hours of hard work to get it up and running. Now it is established as a significant artificial reef, attracting divers from around the globe.
Thanks to the ROV, the Swan is now accessible to everyone, not just those who dive.