Depart CairnsBoard the Oceanic Discoverer at Trinity Warf, Cairns. This evening meet your fellow travelers and friendly crew as you enjoy the Captain's Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party.
Lizard IslandExplore 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.
Stanley Island & Davey ReefVisit 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.
Forbes Island & Magra IslandEnjoy 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.
Cape York & Thursday IslandThis 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. Cruise this evening from Thursday Island toward the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Cruising the Gulf of CarpentariaEnjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by your Guest Lecturers, who share with you the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast.
Hole in the Wall & Wessel IslandsToday sail through the "Hole in the Wall" to the Wessell Islands. This evening enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ as the sun spectacularly sets over the Arafura Sea.
Elcho Island ArtistsThe 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.
Liverpool River & ManingridaAnchor 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.
Cobourg PeninsulaEnjoy 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.
Bathurst & Melville IslandsToday 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.
Disembark in DarwinArrive into the Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to the "Top End".