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Kimberley Coastline, Arnhem Land, and Cape York

Example 23 Day Cruise aboard Coral Expeditions I
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Traveling from one side of Australia to the other, this fascinating voyage on the Coral Expeditions I covers the very best of Australia’s northern coastline, showcasing the landscapes of two states, one territory, and about 4000 kilometers! From Broome to Cairns, this 23-day voyage traverses the rugged Kimberley Coast, stopping at key highlights including the Horizontal Falls, the magnificent Kakadu National Park, Tiwi Islands, Cape York, Montgomery Reef, and the rock painting gallery on Bigge Island.

Day-by-Day Summary

Days 1-3 : Embark in Broome | Lacepede Islands | Buccaneer Archipelago
Days 4-7 : Red Cone Creek | Montgomery Reef | Prince Regent River
Days 8-10 : Vansittart Bay | Jar Island | King George Falls
Days 11-13 : Kakadu National Park | Tiwi Islands | Cobourg Peninsula
Days 14-17 : Arnhem Land | Elcho Island
Days 18-21 : Thursday Island | Cape York | Great Barrier Reef
Days 22-23 : Cooktown | Trinity Bay | Cairns | Disembark


  • Traverse the rugged, seabird-rich Kimberley Coast
  • Experience a birds-eye view of the magnificent Kakadu National Park
  • Meet fabulous artisans in some of the most remote villages in Australia
  • Swim and snorkel in the clear tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef


Coral Expeditions I

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Bigge Island
  • Broome
  • Cape York
  • Cooktown
  • Darwin
  • Elcho Island
  • Jar Island
  • King George River
  • Lacepede Islands
  • Lizard Island
  • Montgomery Reef
  • Prince Regent River
  • Thursday Island
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Vansittart Bay


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Snorkel at exclusive Great Barrier Reef sites Zodiac close to King George Falls Discover Dunk Island on a guided rainforest walk Zoom through the Horizontal Falls Admire ancient Aboriginal rock art

Day 1-3 Embark in Broome | Lacepede Islands | Buccaneer Archipelago

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Board the Coral Expeditions I in Broome late afternoon and meet your expedition team and fellow adventurers before sailing (weather and tide dependent) to the incredible seabird-rich Lacepede Islands. Brown boobies, roseate terns, and green sea turtles breed here. Overnight reach Buccaneer Archipelago, the dazzling beaches of Hidden Island, and enjoy an adrenaline ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls.

Day 4-7 Red Cone Creek | Montgomery Reef | Prince Regent River

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Swim in Red Cone Creek and land at Raft Point for an easy walk up to exquisite Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock paintings. Overnight sail to Montgomery Reef, a world wonder surrounded by turtles, manta rays, and reef sharks. Prince Regent River offers lovely King Cascade and cool Camp Creek. At Careening Bay visit the 'Mermaid tree', while on Bigge Island, view fine Wandjina and Gwion Gwion paintings.

Day 8-10 Vansittart Bay | Jar Island | King George Falls

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
In Winyalken Bay, explore sandstone caves of Hathaway’s Hideaway or take an optional scenic heli-flight to Mitchell Falls. Enjoy a sunset beach BBQ before sailing to Vansittart Bay to see WWII DC3 wreckage, then fantastic rock paintings on Jar Island. Overnight reach the mighty King George Falls, the tallest in Western Australia.

Day 11-13 Kakadu National Park | Tiwi Islands | Cobourg Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
In Darwin, an air-conditioned bus whisks you to spectacular Kakadu National Park including an unforgettable, scenic flight, before setting sail for Tiwi Islands in the evening. Arrive the next morning to a cultural feast of screen-printing, woodcarving, and pottery. Overnight reach Port Essington on Cobourg Peninsula and visit the ruins of Victoria Settlement.

Day 14-17 Arnhem Land | Elcho Island

  • Hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Explore the remote islands off Arnhem Land coast, before carrying on to the world-renowned artist community of Elcho Island and a sunset beach BBQ. Cruise through Hole in the Wall, Wessel Islands, then to Nhulunbuy (Gove) for a night in Walkabout Lodge, before flying across the Gulf of Carpentaria to relax in the historic Gateway Torres Strait Resort on tropical Horn Island.

Day 18-21 Thursday Island | Cape York | Great Barrier Reef

  • Ship
  • 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Tour Horn Island, then catch a ferry to Thursday Island to rejoin Coral Expeditions I. A short sail takes you to Cape York for a champagne sunset, then overnight to Forbes Island on the Great Barrier Reef. Spend the next four days snorkeling and swimming, photographing seabird rookeries, and hiking to views. Highlights include Dave Reef, the Endaen rock art paintings on Stanley Island, and the Lizard Island Research Station.

Day 22-23 Cooktown | Trinity Bay | Cairns | Disembark

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit historic Cooktown, Queensland, then cross Trinity Bay for an early arrival in Cairns where you complete your great adventure.

Coral Expeditions I

Walkabout Lodge

Per person starting at
Coral Expeditions I - Cabin Twin Share
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Six cabins, decks C & D. 10 sqm with twin beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Stateroom
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Five Staterooms on deck C. 13 sqm with twin or double beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Upper Deck Stateroom
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Upper Deck Staterooms
Eight upper deck staterooms on deck B. 14 sqm with twin or double beds.
Coral Expeditions I - Deluxe Stateroom Double
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Deluxe Staterooms
Six deluxe staterooms on deck c. 17 sqm with twin or double beds.


Solo Travelers:
A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Coral Expeditions I will attempt to match you with another solo traveler of the same gender. If not possible, enjoy the sole use of the cabin at the twin share price.

Important Fare Information:
Rates are posted based off of the current exchange rates from Australian Dollars. Please contact us for current exchange rates.

This itinerary is an indication of the reef, islands and coastal areas hoped to visit. While every effort will be made to follow this itinerary the Coral Expeditions I reserves the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other reasons whatsoever.

Included in cruise fare:
• Day tour and scenic flight over Kakadu National Park
• Overnight Nhulunbuy (Gove) at Walkabout Lodge
• Scenic flight from Gove to Horn Island
• Overnight Horn Island at Gateway Torres Strait Resort
• Transfer from the ship to your hotel or airport after the voyage
• Shipboard accommodation with daily cabin service
• All shipboard meals and snacks, including tea and coffee
• All shore excursions and Zodiac outings
• Guiding services by our expert team, including lecture program
• Basic medical services, if required
• Port taxes, charges and landing fees
• Luggage transfer to ship
• Loan of expedition boots during voyage
• Comprehensive pre-departure information, including destination primer
• Photo book from images taken during your voyage.

Not included in cruise fare:
• Flights or transfers to or from expedition starting point
• Arrival or departure taxes
• Visa, passport and vaccination charges
• Any arrangements, tours or optional activities not included in the expedition cost
• Travel insurance
• All items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, gratuities, and email or phone charges.


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