In 1606, the small Dutch ship Duyfken sailed from the Indonesian island of Banda in search of gold and trade opportunities on the fabled island of Nova Guinea. They sailed beyond Papua New Guinea and explored and chartered part of the coast of Nova Guinea. They did not find gold – but they did find the northern coast of a huge continent: Australia. Captain Janszoon was the first European to map and record Australia in history so Duyfken’s voyage marks the beginning of Australia’s recorded history. The Duyfken Replica is open to the public and is a fascinating museum showing how the early explorers lived and worked on the ship.
The Duyfken is now the Aquarium of Western Australia, at the Hillarys Boat Harbour. Enjoy an interactive journey aboard the Duyfken ship, a floating museum of 17th Century life! Discover its rich history and ancient treasures as you crawl down a hatchway, clamber below deck and hoist a sail!
This is an adventure for the kids and the kids-at-heart as you step back in time to an era of rebellious pirates, treasures of gold and silver and spices, cutlasses and cannons! All visitors, kids and adults alike, can board the Duyfken with sessions running daily. Tickets are $23 and include a guided tour of Duyfken above and below decks and full day entry to AQWA.