Cape York & Arnhem Land Cruise

This Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition is a fascinating small ship voyage combining the very best of Australia’s northern coastline, exploring the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, the ‘Tip of Australia’ at Cape York, the Arnhem Land Coast and the rarely visited Tiwi Islands. Join the Coral Princess for a remarkable 11-night voyage of discovery from Cairns to Darwin, visiting otherwise inaccessible locations and meeting the friendly indigenous people of the Torres Strait and the Top End.

Day 1

    Depart Cairns

    Board the Coral Princess at Trinity Warf, Cairns. This evening meet your fellow travelers and friendly crew as you enjoy the Captain's Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party.

    Day 2

      Lizard Island

      Explore secluded Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling and a walk along the beautiful sandy beach. As special guests of the Lizard Island Research Station you will have an opportunity to learn of the research being undertaken to help understand and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.

      Day 3

        Stanley Island & Davey Reef

        Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group to view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery that depicts sailing ships of the last century. This is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location. At Davey Reef and Cay enjoy swimming and snorkeling and observe the large seabird rookery.

        Day 4

          Forbes Island & Magra Island

          Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island, its reef provides some fantastic swimming and snorkeling opportunities, This afternoon visit Magra Island for beachcombing, bird watching and to enjoy the tropical sunset.

          Day 5

            Cape York & Thursday Island

            This morning venture ashore at Cape York as the sun rises over the "Tip" on Australia's northernmost point. Enjoy champagne and welcome the new day. Anchoring at Thursday Island, learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets. Have the opportunity to observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginals whilst enjoying a tour of the island. Following lunch visit the Gab Titui Cultural Center where the children perform traditional dances. Continuing on to Horn Island discover the significance of the Torres Strait Islands during World War II.

            Day 6

              Nhulunbuy (Gove)

              This morning board your short charter flight across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Nhulunbuy (Gove). Upon arrival, visit the Yirrkala Art Centre. Following a light lunch, enjoy time to explore this frontier town before visiting Nambarra Art Center to see some fine examples of local artwork. Overnight at Walkabout Lodge.

              Day 7

                Hole in the Wall & Beach BBQ

                Rejoining Coral Princess cruise through the narrow 'Hole in the Wall". Your expert guides and lecturers will share with you the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early discoverers to the Arnhem Land coast. This evening enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ as the sun spectacularly sets over the Arafura Sea.

                Day 8

                  Elcho Island Artists

                  The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome you to their community this morning. Enjoy an insight into their culture and meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world, including the Louvre. You may wish to attend the local church service to share in the local culture.

                  Day 9

                    Liverpool River & Maningrida

                    Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River before traveling ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Center, Museum and local "boutique", where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale. Later, join the Expedition Leader and guides on an Explorer tour of the river before rejoining your small ship.

                    Day 10

                      Cobourg Peninsula

                      Enjoy a full day to discover to discover the Cobourg Peninsula. Port Essington is famous for its failed Victoria Settlement, and you will be joined by the local National Park rangers who will guide and help you explore the ruins. Also visit the Ranger's Interpretation Center at Black Point.

                      Day 11

                        Bathurst & Melville Islands

                        Today enjoy a true highlight, visiting remote Bathurst and Melville Islands. With traditional Tiwi people as your guides learn of the unique cultures and visit their fascinating art center. Your Tiwi hosts will welcome you with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before you join them for a traditional afternoon tea of damper and billy tea. Tonight farewell new-found friends while enjoying the Captain's Farewell Cocktail Party.

                        Day 12

                          Disembark in Darwin

                          Arrive into the Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to the "Top End".
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                          Please note: Fares are based off of current exchange rates from the Australian Dollar. Please contact us for current rates.
                          * Itinerary operates in reverse.
                          South Pacific, Australia, Thursday Island, Cairns, Trinity Bay, Lizard Island, Stanley Island, Magra Island, Forbes Island, Cape York, Nhulunbury (Gove), Hole in the Wall, Elcho Island, Maningrida, Liverpool River, Cobourg Peninsula, Bathurst Island, Melville Island, Darwin
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                          Solo Travelers:
                          A 50% single supplement is charged or select the “twin share” program. Book a cabin at the posted fare and the Coral Princess 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 Princess reserve the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other reasons whatsoever.

                          Cruise Inclusions:
                          - Accommodation charges on board
                          - Captain's Welcome and Farewell Cocktails
                          - Services of expedition staff including lectures
                          - Briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities
                          - Group transfers during the cruise
                          - All meals
                          - 24 hour tea/coffee station
                          - Landing fees
                          - Australian Government Goods and Services Tax

                          Excludes: Pre and Post flights; group charter flight; fuel surcharges if applicable, personal items such as telephone, facsimile charges, laundry, bar charges, travel insurance.

                          Deposit & Payment

                          Initial deposit is 15%-25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at:

                          Final payment is due 70 days days prior to departure.

                          Final payment by bank transfer, check or Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or AmEx. Credit Card payments subject to 3% convenience fee and maximum $15,000 charge.

                          Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 days days prior to departure.

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                          Cancellation Policy

                          Days Prior to departureFee
                          70 days or moreDeposit
                          69-30 days55% cruise fare
                          29-0 days100% cruise fare