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Cape York & Arnhem Land

Cairns - Darwin - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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This magnificent 12-day voyage takes you across the top of Northern Australia and experience cultures unchanged for centuries, world-renowned Indigenous art centres, and some of the continent’s most remote islands. Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands and learn of traditional Tiwi culture. This is a land steeped in ancient Aboriginal culture and legends of our pioneering past. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Cairns, Australia | Embark
Days 2-11 : Explore Western Australia
Day 12 : Darwin, Australia | Disembark


  • Experience the world’s oldest surviving culture in Arnhem Land
  • Explore the beautiful Cobourg Peninsula and its huge variety of wildlife
  • Witness the vibrant culture of the Tiwi people at Bathurst Island
  • Snorkel the clam gardens at Watson’s Bay, Lizard Island


Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Cairns
  • Cobourg Peninsula
  • Darwin
  • Forbes Island
  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Lizard Island
  • Maningrida
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Torres Strait
  • Wessel Islands


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Waterfall in the Australian outback Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia Snorkel the clear, tropical waters Landscape of North Australia Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific Snorkel off of Australia's beautiful coast

Day 1 Cairns, Australia | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board Coral Discoverer at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure.  Enjoy lunch on board and a chance to meet your fellow travelers as you set sail northwards. This evening join guests and the friendly crew as we enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many delicious dinners.

Day 2-11 Explore Western Australia

  • Ship
  • 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. 

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. 

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.

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.

Day 12 Darwin, Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Darwin and disembark at 8:30am.

Coral Discoverer

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Main Deck B
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Three cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin portholes, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Main Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Six cabins located on the Main Deck, equipped with twin porthole windows, desk, sofa, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Promenade Deck B
Averaging 160 sq. ft. Four cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, desk, telephone and Junior King bedding.
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Promenade Deck A
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Eighteen cabins located on the Promenade Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.
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Bridge Deck
Averaging 195 sq. ft. Five cabins located on the Bridge Deck, equipped with picture windows, sofa, desk, telephone and your choice of Junior King or twin bedding.


Solo Travelers:
Solo cabin occupancy is limited and based on availability in Promenade Deck B cabins only. Single supplement is an additional 50%.

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

Rates Include:
  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of Xplorer and inflatable tender vessels
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Small-batch meals prepared by the chef
  • Showcase wines, selected beers, juices, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner 
  • All coffee and selection of teas
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
Rates Exclude: 
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas to Australia
  • Alcoholic beverages outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Telephone and internet services
  • Laundry services
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