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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. 
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Highlights
  • 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
Places Visited
  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Cairns
  • Darwin
  • Cobourg Peninsula
  • Forbes Island
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Lizard Island
  • Maningrida
  • Oceania
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Torres Strait
  • Wessel Islands
Activity Level: Relaxed
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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:

LIZARD ISLAND
Explore secluded Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast, and venture into the crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkelling or take a walk along the white sand beach.  The more energetic may join our guides on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ on the island’s peak and the highest lookout on this part of the reef.  From this high point, Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the HMB Endeavour near Cooktown over 250 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent.

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.

FORBES ISLAND
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. 

NORTHERNMOST POINT: CAPE YORK 
Cruise to the Tip of Cape York and enjoy champagne while the sunsets.

THE TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS
Anchoring at Thursday Island, learn about the historic pearling fleet and the cultural differences between the Torres Strait and Aboriginal peoples. You may also visit other Torres Strait islands, such as Badu or Moa.

CRUISING​ THE GULF OF CARPENTARIA 
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, with time to attend informative presentations by the guest lecturers.

HOLE IN THE WALL AND WESSEL ISLANDS
We travel through the narrow channel between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands, known as the ‘Hole in the Wall’.

ELCHO ISLAND: GALIWIN'KU AND GAWA
The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning. Meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world including the Louvre.
In the afternoon, visit the community and school of Gawa.

MANINGRIDA
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. 

COBOURG PENINSULA
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. 

TIWI ISLANDS
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.

Ship/Hotel

Coral Discoverer

Coral Discoverer
Bridge Deck Bar aboard the 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.

Notes

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
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 11 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gear Rental - Snorkeling equipment
  • All entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Lectures, workshops and demonstrations onboard
  • Selected beers, wines and house spirits and soft drinks with lunch and dinner service.
  • 24-hour soft drinks, tea, and barista-style coffee
  • Captain's welcome and farewell drinks 
  • Expert Expedition Team and Guest Lecturers
  • Use of Xplorer, Zodiacs and kayaks
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Laundry Service
  • Entry visas/Travel permits
  • Alcoholic drinks including beer and wine outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Internet 

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