Day 2-11 Explore Western Australia
- 10 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 10 Dinners
Over the next several days, here are some of the locations you will visit:
Explore secluded Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland coast. Venture into the crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkeling or take a walk along the sparkling white beach. An energetic guided walk leads to Cook’s Look - from this peak, Captain James Cook was able to sight a navigable passage through the treacherous reef after repairing the HMS Endeavour.
FLINDERS GROUP & DAVIE REEF
Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group, and view the isolated Endaen Aboriginal rock art depicting the first sailing ships to visit Queensland shores. At Davie Reef, enjoy swimming and snorkeling and observe the large seabird rookery.
Enjoy a day exploring Forbes Island, an excellent spot for swimming or snorkeling from the pristine sandy beaches. Take a walk to the grave of beche-de-mer fisherman Frederick Lancaster.
CAPE YORK & ISLANDS OF THE TORRES STRAIT
Go ashore at the northernmost point of the Australian continent as the sun rises, and sip champagne to welcome the new day. Later, anchoring at Thursday Island, learn about the historic pearling fleet and the cultural differences between the Torres Strait and Aboriginal peoples. On our indigenous art themed expedition, visit the art centers at Badu or Moa Islands.
THE GULF OF CARPENTARIA
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, with time to attend informative presentations by the guest lecturers.
Travel through the narrow channel between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands, known as the ‘Hole in the Wall’. The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome you to their community. Gain insight into their culture, and meet some of the local artists who have exhibited at art galleries around the world.
Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River and travel ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, museum, and the local boutique, where hand-painted textiles are able to be purchased.
Discover Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula. Join Park Rangers in Port Essington, famous for the failed Victoria Settlement, and explore the ruins while learning about the fascinating history of this early colonial outpost.
Visit remote Bathurst Island. With local Tiwi guides, learn of the unique culture and visit the art center. Be welcomed with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before enjoying a traditional Australian afternoon tea of damper and billy tea.