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April 15
Hobart, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 Australia

344 nautical miles to Narrm/Melbourne - around 15 days sail. Some boats joining the flotilla are coming up from lutruwita/Tasmania, launching from nipaluna/Hobart. They are sailing on the east coast via Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula and Flinders Island, then crossing the Bass Strait to join the launch in Narrm/Melbourne. lutruwita is a beautiful island to the south of mainland Australia with many stories of struggle - of Indigenous population fighting for the recognition of their existence against a common myth…

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Melbourne launch

May 1
Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

219 nautical miles to Eden, Yuin-Monaro Country - around 4 days sail.We are launching on May Day from so-called Melbourne. The city with its metropolitan area is located on unceded territories of Wurundjeri of the Woiwurrung language group, Boonwurrung and Wathaurung peoples of the Kulin Nation. It is also a home to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade office of the Federal Republic of West Papua, which continues to fight for the recognition of West Papuan sovereignty and independence.…

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Eden, Yuin-Monaro Country

May 5
Eden, Eden, Victoria Australia

204 nautical miles to Sydney, Gadigal Country - around 5 days sail with possible stops at Merimbula, Bermagui, Batemans, Ulladullah, Port Kembla and Jarvis Bay. The people who lived in the region of Eden prior to colonisation were the Thaua/Thawa of the Yuin language group. For the Yuin-Monaro people there is no distinction between land and sea. “Country” extends offshore to include the sea on which we'll sail and it's resources. The exploitation of resources of both the sea and…

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Sydney, Gadigal Country

May 11
Sydney, Sydney Harbour Bridge
Sydney, New South Wales Australia

(See for original names of so-called Sydney area) 447 nautical miles to Menajin/Brisbane - around 10 days sail. Ka-may (Botany Bay) was the place of arrival of the British and the beginning of genocide, land theft and colonisation of Australia. It is currently the most populated city with high number of Aboriginal people and a diversity of cultures. Just north of Sydney is Mulubinba/Newcastle, the home to the world's largest coal port, crucial to the Australia's exports of fossil fuels,…

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May 22
Brisbane, Brisbane, Queensland Australia

801 nautical miles to Gimuy/Cairns - around 23 days sail. Before colonisation Meanjin/Brisbane was home to Jagera people for thousands and thousands of years. Since 2012 the Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy has been a site of Indigenous resistance and ceremony. On our way to Gimuy/Cairns we will be sailing past the Great Barrier Reef and the Galilee Basin, which are threatened by the proposed Adani mine. Stop Adani!

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June 15
Cairns, Cairns, Queensland Australia

485 nautical miles to Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea -  around 5 days sail out of Australia. Prior to the occupation Gimuy/Cairns was home to Gimuy Walubara Yidinji people. One of the main things in the area that people from all over the world come to see is Great Barrier Reef - world's largest iconic coral reef system that's a World Heritage Site since 1981. Unfortunately, climate change and raising ocean temperatures have a detrimental effect on the health of…

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ailan/Island Samarai

June 20
Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea

391 nautical miles to Rabaul - around 17 days sail. Samarai is an island off the south-eastern tip of New Guinea. In the 19th century it came under British rule, including under the authority of so-called "Commonwealth of Australia". New Guinea was inhabited by its Indigenous population for at least 60 thousand years before colonisation. Currently it is artificially divided into Papua New Guinea and West Papua (under Indonesian occupation). "Sorong Samarai, one people, one soul, one destiny" is a…

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July 8
Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

328 nautical miles to Manus Island - around 12 days sail of the final stretch! Rabaul is a city on the island of so-called New Britain, north-east of Papua New Guinea. The island has diverse Indigenous population, including Tolai and Baining peoples. It was colonised by both Germany and later Britain. The city suffered a large scale destruction from the heavy ashfall following the eruption of Tavurvur and Vulcan volcanoes in 1994. Only some 50km to the north of Rabaul…

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Manus Solidarity Day of Action

July 22
Manus Island, Papua New Guinea

We encourage communities from around the world to take actions for refugees in solidarity with our arrival on ailan Manus/Manus Island. Stay tuned for more details!

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