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35th Anniversary Circumnavigation of Australia

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Sailing aboard the Coral Adventurer, the voyage will commence from Darwin on the November 7, 2020 and undertake a full circumnavigation of the Australian coastline over 60 days (59 nights), returning on January 5, 2021. This is a once-in-a-lifetime, never-to-be-repeated expedition of discovery. With only 60 staterooms available for this voyage, this is an intimate and personal journey. Senior Master Gary Wilson has designed a voyage that will be a celebration of history, culture, nature and Australian maritime history.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin | Embark
Day 2 : Koolama Bay
Day 3 : Careening Bay
Day 4 : Cygnet Bay
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Depuch Island
Day 7 : Tryal Rocks | Montebello Islands
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Dirk Hartog Island
Day 10 : Denham
Day 11 : HMAS Sydney
Days 12-13 : Houtman Abrolhos
Day 14 : Fremantle
Day 15 : Busselton
Day 16 : Augusta | Cape Leeuwin Winery
Day 17 : Albany
Days 18-19 : Archipelago Of The Recherche
Day 20 : At Sea
Day 21 : At Sea | Head Of Bight
Day 22 : At Sea
Day 23 : Whyalla
Day 24 : Port Adelaide
Day 25 : Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island
Day 26 : Encounter Bay | Victor Harbour
Day 27 : Port Fairy
Days 28-29 : Half Moon Bay & Queenscliff
Day 30 : King Island
Day 31 : At Sea
Day 32 : Hobart
Days 33-34 : North Bay | Maria Island
Day 35 : Georgetown
Day 36 : Preservation Island
Days 37-38 : Twofold Bay
Day 39 : Botany Bay | Port Hacking
Day 40 : Sydney
Day 41 : Broken Bay
Day 42 : At Sea
Day 43 : Tangalooma
Day 44 : Hervey Bay | Fraser Island
Day 45 : 1770 Township
Day 46 : Percy Islands
Days 47-48 : Great Barrier Reef
Day 49 : Cairns | Uluru
Day 50 : Endeavour Reef
Day 51 : Cooktown
Day 52 : Restoration Island
Day 53 : Thursday Island | Cape York
Day 54 : Possession Island | Booby Island
Days 55-56 : Pennefather | Cullen Point | Cape Keerweer
Day 57 : Cape Arnhem
Day 58 : Wessel Islands
Day 59 : At Sea
Day 60 : Darwin | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail on the historic square rigger James Craig in Sydney Harbour
  • Sail through the D’Entrecasteaux Channel at sunrise on the way to Hobart
  • Enjoy a Christmas dinner under the stars at Uluru
  • Taste wine and cheese at the historic clipper the City of Adelaide

Ship

Coral Adventurer

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia Explore the beautiful coastline of northern Australia Sydney harbor view Vibrant sunset colors over the Australian coast Discover the beautiful landscape of Australia Explore the rugged Kimberley Coast

Day 1 Darwin | Embark

The beginning and end of this epic Australian circumnavigation lies in the northern port city of Darwin. This tropical city is a gateway to some of Australia's most significant natural and cultural wonders and has centuries-old connections with cultures and people to the north of Australia.

In early September 1839, Lt. John Lort Stokes left Captain Wickham and the HMS Beagle at anchor off Shoal Bay. With a crew in a whaler, they sailed southwest to explore a bay that Phillip Parker King had seen 20 years earlier but not had time to explore. Near sunset, they reached their destination at today’s East Point, and the next morning, they climbed a nearby cliff and saw a splendid harbor that stretched to the southeast and the southwest. Stokes then suggested the harbor be named Port Darwin. Stokes and Charles Darwin had been companions and friends on the Beagle in 1831 during Darwin’s significant voyage of scientific discovery. Keep your ears pricked for more stories from HMS Beagle and Phillip Parker King during the voyage.

With excitement buzzing in the sea breeze, embark on the circumnavigation voyage in the afternoon of Saturday, November 7, 2020 from the Darwin port as the sun sets.

Traditional custodians: Larrakia people

Day 2 Koolama Bay

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At the mouth of King George River, the site at Koolama Bay is known for a significant and historically interesting maritime story of Captain Jack Eggleston's dedication and commitment to his ship that had suffered from bombing by Japanese planes. Even after 140 passengers and 6 crew refused to assist Eggleston to save the ship, his determination did not waiver in the face of a mutinous first mate and crew who wanted to abandon the site and head inland. With only 14 onboard, he successfully repaired the ship enough to sail to Wyndham Wharf and begin unloading cargo only to once more be bombed.

Guest lecturers take you ashore and share the story, and then it's on to a beach landing at nearby Tranquil Bay to enjoy a coastal walk and see the stunning escarpment cliffs and waterfall of the Kimberley coast.

Traditional custodians: Ballanggara people

Day 3 Careening Bay

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Historic Careening Bay is a site famed for the visit of an early explorer, Philip Parker King, and his vessel the HMC Mermaid. History tells that this bay was what King had been searching for to careen the leaking Mermaid to improve her seaworthiness. As work proceeded on the beached vessel, the main problem was not, as suspected, stern-post damage but the discovery that under the copper sheeting the hull was holed with spaces formed by completely rusted nails. These were filled with the small supply of copper nails they carried as well as thin wooden pegs. By the time the high spring tides returned and the makeshift repairs were completed, the ship refloated, but King's worst fears were realized as the ship continued to require regular pumping. During the visit, the crew carved the ship’s name and date into a boab tree and this, rather than a message punched on a copper sheet and nailed to another tree, remains clearly visible on the large twin-trunked tree to this day.

2020 is a historic year with it being the 200th anniversary of the event and voyages of Sir Philip Parker King, and the crew and team lead a celebration of this milestone during the visit.

Traditional custodians: Noongar people

Day 4 Cygnet Bay

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Often forgotten in Australian history, 70 years prior to Cook was buccaneer explorer William Dampier, who commanded the first scientific expedition to Australia aboard his ship the Cygnet. The ship was careened at the now-named Cygnet bay in 1688. During maintenance, Dampier documented local flora, fauna, and indigenous people to add to his historical novel about his first world circumnavigation.

The stretches of flat white sands, sparkling clear turquoise waters and contrasting red rock pindin cliff dunes of Cygnet Bay and surrounding bays on the Dampier Peninsula are beautiful, and guests enjoy exploring with a coastal walk and a cooling swim.

Dampier Peninsula also has a long history of pearling, and some local pearl farms remain in the region. Some of the world’s finest quality pearls are cultured in Kimberley waters.

Traditional custodians: Kooljaman people

Day 5 At Sea

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Spend today at sea, relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard the Coral Adventurer.

Day 6 Depuch Island

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After a relaxing day at sea and activities including specialist guest lectures, the Coral Adventurer arrives into Depuch Island. Often referred to as the "Uluru At Sea," this dolerite structure rises from the deep turquoise ocean, presenting a unique 530 ft high dome island unlike any of the surrounding low-lying sandy islands in the archipelago. The rock's iron oxide coating gives the island a deep reddish-brown color. From the distance, the Island has a deceptive regular and even smooth contour despite the whole island consisting of a jumbled mass of great angular blocks of dolerite.

But this unique island terrain isn't the only attraction of this island. The island's boulders are covered in thousands of Aboriginal engravings and rock art. These rare historic engravings depict an array of scenes and motifs, holding great artistic, anthropological, scientific and cultural value.

The HMS Beagle, led by Captain Wickham, was the second ship reported exploring the island. Landing in 1842, the crew left their mark with an engraving naming the vessel in the rock, which remains today. These inscriptions are important today because they clearly show how little weathered the engravings of 177 years have become and thus, by comparison, give some measure of the age of the Aboriginal carvings.

Traditional custodians: Warmalana people

Day 7 Tryal Rocks | Montebello Islands

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The Coral Adventurer sails through the evening and arrives shortly after sunrise at Tryal Rocks, where, weather permitting, you can snorkel or dive and view the wreck of the Tryal (1622). The Tryal is the first known shipwreck in the history of Australia. It ran aground on the rocks after attempting a new faster route on its voyage from the Cape of Good Hope to Batavia.

Then, the ship makes a short 2-hour voyage to enter the Montebello Islands, where nature and history await.

The Montebello Islands are an archipelago of around 174 small islands lying off the Pilbara coast of northwestern Australia. Montebello is Italian for "beautiful mountain." The islands form a conservation park, soon to become a marine conservation reserve. The area is a globally renowned sanctuary for rare seabird colonies because it supports over 1% of the world populations of fairy and roseate terns. Other birds breeding on the islands include ospreys, white-bellied sea eagles, pied oystercatchers, Caspian terns and bridled terns. The islands are also home to endangered mammal species including rufous hare-wallabies and shark bay mice.
The islands have a unique and interesting past as they were the site of three nuclear weapons tests by the British military in the 1950s.

Enjoy your time in the islands to walk deserted beaches, birdwatch, swim, snorkel and dive in these pristine marine environments.

Day 8 At Sea

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Spend today at sea, relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard the Coral Adventurer.

Day 9 Dirk Hartog Island

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After a day at sea enjoying the magnificent Indian Ocean, the Coral Adventurer arrives at Dirk Hartog Island at midday.

Surrounded by steep limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches, and the magnificent Indian Ocean, it was here in October 1616 that Dirk Hartog, accompanied by the crew, explored and conducted surveys along this region of the West Australian Coast. Sailing north from the island, he partially charted the WA coastline, quite literally putting Australia on the map. This profoundly changed 18th-century European worldview of the mythical southern continent, "Terra Australis Incognita." For more than 250 years after, European navigators continued to discover and expand the world's knowledge of Australia's coastline.

Guests enjoy guided nature walks of the island including beaches, lakes and rock pools.

The Coral Adventurer anchors here for the evening and guests enjoy the “last sunset in Australia,” being the most westerly point of the country.

Traditional custodians: Malgana people

Day 10 Denham

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Depart Dirk Hartog Island for short steam to Denham. Here the ship anchors and takes a short land transfer to Hamelin Pool and the otherworldly phenomenon of the stromatolite fossils.

Representing the earliest signs of life on the planet, the rock-like "living fossils" of the salty Hamelin Pool are found within the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shark Bay. Even today, you can see modern dtromatolites "fizzing" underwater releasing oxygen reminiscent of how the ancient cyanobacteria did for billions of years when the air was only 1% oxygen. Once the oceans’ waters were saturated, oxygen was released into the air, allowing life to evolve. Growing only a measly 0.3 mm per year, it's hard to believe these single-cell organisms shaped the way for evolution.

While in the area, you can also visit the Monkey Mia beach dolphins. Here, most mornings, wild dolphins come to show off and guests have the opportunity to swim with them and even feed the selected five dolphins that receive fish from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions rangers.

Traditional custodians: Wirriwana people

Day 11 HMAS Sydney

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The Coral Adventurer will sail through the night and day to visit the site of the wrecks of the HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran for an evening ceremony and guest lecture to commemorate this significant event in history.

On November 19, 1941, the HMAS Sydney [II] was sunk in combat alongside the German auxiliary cruiser HSK Kormoran. None of the Sydney’s 645 personnel survived, making this the most devastating loss ever experienced by the Royal Australian Navy. The Sydney was a modified Leander class light cruiser, built in 1935 in Portsmouth, England. Almost immediately after departing Portsmouth, she was instructed to join the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet at Gibraltar to help enforce sanctions against Italy relating to the Abyssinian Crisis. After arriving in Australia in 1936, Sydney spent most of her time on training exercises, until the Second World War began. Following the declaration of war, Sydney began patrol and escort duties in Australian waters, before heading to the Mediterranean to join the 7th Cruiser Squadron of the Mediterranean Fleet. Sydney’s most important action in Second World War was her involvement in the Battle of Cape Spada in July 1940, where she was crucial in the defeat of the Italian cruisers Bartolomeo Colleoni and Giovanni delle Bande Nere. This performance against the Italian Navy made Sydney the most celebrated ship in the RAN.

After returning to Australia to be refitted, she engaged in several patrol and convoy escort duties, visiting Singapore, Noumea, Auckland and Suva in the first half of 1941. On November 19, 1941, HMAS Sydney engaged the German auxiliary cruiser HSK Kormoran, which had been disguised as the Dutch merchant Straat Malakka. Sydney was critically damaged in this engagement, sinking with all 645 crew on board. While the Kormoran was also lost in the engagement, 318 Germans were rescued. The fact that no Australian accounts exist of the battle led to many rumors, accusations and conspiracy theories, particularly due to the view that the Kormoran (a modified merchant ship) should have stood no chance against a cruiser. Some of these theories were finally put to rest when the wrecks of both ships were discovered off the coast of Shark Bay, WA, in 2008.

Day 12-13 Houtman Abrolhos

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The Abrolhos Islands and their surrounding coral reef communities form one of Western Australia's unique marine areas. The islands lie about 60 km west of Geraldton on the Western Australian coast and consist of 122 islands clustered into three main groups: the Wallabi Group, Easter Group, and Pelsaert Group, which extend from north to south across 100 km of ocean.

Lying in the stream of Western Australia's warm, southward-flowing Leeuwin Current, the marine environment surrounding the Abrolhos is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. Large breeding colonies of seabirds exist on many of the Abrolhos Islands and depend for their food on schools of pelagic baitfish. More than 90 species of seabird have been identified. Smaller seabirds, in turn, provide food for white-breasted sea eagles which occur in unusually large numbers throughout the Abrolhos Islands. Abrolhos waters are home to charming marine mammals like the Australian Sea Lion and the bottlenose dolphin. You can watch the sea lions as they play in the waters or bask on coral beaches in the sun at Peos Island. Sampson fish are also common, and some have become so friendly you can feed these huge fish by hand. Migrating humpback whales also inhabit Abrolhos waters during their migration from around July to October.

The beautiful but treacherous reef-surrounded atolls have claimed many wrecks over the centuries. The most notable was the Batavia in 1629, which was wrecked on Morning Reef in the Wallabi group. The Dutch East Indies survivors made it to land, only to face a mutiny. Avid divers can explore the site, although the dive is weather dependent and for experienced divers only.

Day 14 Fremantle

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The Coral Adventurer arrives into the historic port city of Fremantle for the first overnight city stop.

The port of Fremantle sits at the mouth of the Swan River and was named after Captain Charles Fremantle, a British naval officer in charge of the HMS Challenger who established a camp on the site in 1829, and this was the beginning of the Swan River colony. Later that year, Perth was established. The port at Fremantle has long been the focal point of its prosperity, and it was a busy convict colony through the late 19th century, which has contributed to the abundance of heritage buildings still evident today. It traded as a busy export center for gold, wheat, and cattle during its boom time and was a key home port for allied naval ships and submarines through the Second World War.

Day 15 Busselton

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After an early departure from Fremantle, it is a leisurely day cruising southward to Busselton.

Busselton is located in the sheltered Geographe Bay. The city is famed for its wooden piled jetty, the longest in the Southern Hemisphere, which stretches 1.8 km out to sea and was established to service the timber trade of the region in the mid-1800s. The area was discovered and chartered by an early French expeditioner, Nicholas Baudin, whose vessels, Geographe and Naturaliste, mapped the coastlines of Western Australia in 1801. The township was named after its first settlers, the Bussells, who migrated to the area for its rich farming land suited to cattle.

The Coral Adventurer arrives in Busselton in mid-afternoon, and guests have a chance to walk the jetty and foreshores then be transferred in luxury coaches to the nearby Margaret River region for the first of special events - a Night in the Vines experience at award-winning Leeuwin Estate.

Celebrating the combination of fine wine, food, art, and music, Leeuwin features an award-winning restaurant, cellar door, and art gallery. The estate is renowned for staging spectacular events and tonight's "Winemakers Expedition Dinner" has no exception. Guests are treated to a walk in the vines and hosted winemakers tour of the cellar and gallery. The Horgan family and their team present a 4-course regional degustation dinner with matching wines from the Leeuwin Estate Art Series collection with introductions from the chef and winemakers.

Day 16 Augusta | Cape Leeuwin Winery

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Today the Coral Adventurer steams across Geographe Bay and back into the Indian Ocean, heading south. Make a mid-morning stop at Augusta Harbour for a visit to the striking Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.

This significant lighthouse is situated at the tip of a spectacular peninsula where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet - the most southwesterly point of Australia. As the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a spectacular attraction and an excellent vantage point to view the powerful ocean and sea life, including dolphins and whales.

Enjoy a guided tour and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from local limestone in 1895 and is still a vital working lighthouse for vessels navigating the treacherous cape. Climb to the top of the tower, where a vast seascape unfolds before you and be awed by the crashing waves and the wilderness of the landscape. Walk the grounds and explore spectacular surroundings at this beautifully restored heritage site and enjoy lunch in the historic cafe and tea rooms.

Traditional custodians: Wardandi people

Day 17 Albany

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The last stop on the Western Australian coast is the historic port town of Albany. This is the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia, predating Perth and Fremantle by over two years. It was settled in 1826 by the British to ward off claims by the French. For many years, it was the colony's only deep-water port, having a place of eminence on shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies. The opening of the Fremantle Inner Harbour in 1897, however, saw its importance as a port decline, after which the town's industries turned primarily to agriculture, timber and later, whaling.

The town has a role in the ANZAC legend, being the last port of call for troop ships departing with infantry and cavalry horses from Australia in the First World War. The visit includes an exploration stop of the historic whaling station museum and town visit before embarking to cross the Great Australian Bight.

Day 18-19 Archipelago Of The Recherche

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In early 1627, the Dutch East India Company (“VOC”) ship Gulden Zeepaerdt, under the command of Francois Thijssen, and with high ranking VOC official Pieter Nuyts aboard, became separated from the remainder of her fleet on a voyage from the Netherlands to Batavia. Making a more southerly course than the other ships from the cape of Good Hope, Gulden Zeepaerdt made landfall at Cape Leeuwin, discovered by another VOC ship Leeuwin, 5 years earlier. Instead of turning north for Batavia, Thijssen continued east and was the first European to sight the mighty 60 meter high cliffs of the Great Australian Bight. Following the coast for 1,000 miles before returning, he made the first chart of this remarkable coastline.

Today, the Great Australian Bight forms the southern edge of the vast Nullarbor Plain, and Coral Adventurer makes her own exploration of this rugged coast, one that is rarely seen except by the whales and seals that abound in these waters.

This is a very rarely explored area of the Australian coastline with over 1,000 islands and “known obstacles to shipping,” and the visit is a tale of adventure guests are able to tell for many moons.

There is whaling history throughout the area as well as numerous wrecks, including the second largest diveable wreck in Australia, the Sanko Harvest, which lays between 18 to 40 meters.

Day 20 At Sea

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Spend today at sea, relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard the Coral Adventurer.

Day 21 At Sea | Head Of Bight

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65 million years ago when Australia broke away from Antarctica, fossiliferous limestone was left exposed on the Australian coast. For 100 km along the Great Australian Bight run these awe-inspiring 120 m tall white chalky Bunda Cliffs. This 300 m-thick limestone slab was once part of an ancient seabed and now forms the Nullarbor Plain, extending far inland with many layers containing many fossils. It is now coated in a hardened layer of windblown sand laid down approximately 1.6 million years ago.

Traditional custodians: The Far West Coast native title claim combined the claims of the six different cultural groups of the region. The Mirning people, the Wirangu people, the Kokatha people, the Yalata people, and the Maralinga Tjarutja people.

Day 22 At Sea

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Spend today at sea, relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard the Coral Adventurer.

Day 23 Whyalla

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The small city of Whyalla combines vivid nature-based experiences and views with contrasting industrial history. Starting as a tiny work camp at the base of Hummock Hill in 1901, the camp was a service point for the iron ore jetty constructed by Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP). The settlement was then known as "Hummock Hill" and gradually expanded until 1914, when Whyalla has proclaimed a town.

HMAS Whyalla was one of sixty Australian minesweepers built during World War II in Australian shipyards as part of the Commonwealth G=government's wartime shipbuilding program. Commissioned by the Royal Australian Navy, Whyalla was built in the city in 1942. The ship steamed some 111,000 miles over 3 years in war service before being sold and renamed in 1946.

Guests enjoy time ashore to experience the town, explore the history and a planned tour of the steelworks of this major industrial port city.

Traditional custodians: Barngala people

Day 24 Port Adelaide

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The Coral Adventurer steams into Port Adelaide at midday for its second overnight city stop for some valuable free time ashore in the City of Gardens and Churches.

South Australia’s first port was declared as Port Adelaide in 1837. The industrial district is home to the South Australian Maritime Museum, South Australian Aviation Museum, and National Railway Museum.

This evening, you are a special guest for a private function and wine and cheese tasting at the historic clipper, the City of Adelaide, and receive special access through the day to a hosted visit of the South Australia Museum with the facility curatorial team.

Traditional custodians: Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains

Day 25 Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

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Departing Port Adelaide before sunrise, the Coral Adventurer makes her way to Kangaroo Island and the historical town of Penneshaw.

Over a third of this 155 km-long Island is protected nature reserves, home to diverse terrain including soaring cliffs, dense bushland, towering sand dunes, wetlands, and white beaches.

With such pristine environments and separation from the mainland comes incredible opportunities to spot thriving wildlife. In addition to kangaroos, the island is home to sea lions, koalas, and one of the favorites - little penguins. Adequately named, these penguins are the world's smallest.
Early explorers Flinders and Baudin both stopped at Hogs Bay to take on water provisions.

While on the island, guests visit the township and both the maritime and folk museums and also experience the wonder of little penguin colony viewing.

Day 26 Encounter Bay | Victor Harbour

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After an early morning departure, the Coral Adventurer makes her way east for a short voyage to arrive at Victor Harbour at sunrise.

In 1802, this was the location of the friendly meeting between Captain Matthew Flinders aboard the HMS Investigator and French Captain Nicolas Baudin aboard the MF La Geographe. Flinders advised Baudin of Kangaroo Island as a good place to take the scurvy-stricken crew for a feed and water. The language barrier between the pair meant the conversation was brief, but as he did not encountered another ship for 5 months, it is likely Flinders was eager for interaction.

While onshore at Victor Harbor, guests can enjoy the historic horse-drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island. Commencing operation in 1894, the service is one of two remaining in the world that operates daily. Explore the South Australian Whale center and cruise past the entry to the mighty Murray River.

Traditional custodians: Ngarrindjeri people

Day 27 Port Fairy

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After a day at sea, the voyage enters Victorian waters while cruising into Port Fairy and the infamous Shipwreck Coast.

Transfer ashore on the Xplorer tenders for town tours of this historic heritage settlement. Grand public buildings sit side by side with restored whalers cottages and Georgian-styled merchant homes.

Then cruise onward toward the Shipwreck Coast, encompassing 28 km of spectacular coastline in Victoria's south-west. This stretch of coastline is a graveyard to around 700 submerged wrecks, leaving behind their fascinating stories. Captain Matthew Flinders notably said he had never seen a “more fearful section of coastline.”

Despite the name, as the ship cruises past, you can only see eight of the 12 apostles, with mother nature causing the other four to fall over time. Constant erosion over 20 million years has resulted in the rugged limestone stacks that stand majestically tall out of the blue Southern Ocean.

Traditional owners: Gunditjmara people

Day 28-29 Half Moon Bay & Queenscliff

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Uncover historic tales of lifeboats, fishermen, rescues and maritime heritage in the area around the "RIP" (the entrance from the Bass Strait). Settled in the 1850s, Queenscliff is characterized by historic shop fronts and encompassing three sides of coastline that combine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, cliffs, and historic piers.
While in this area, there is an opportunity to swim with dolphins and snorkel the unique reef.

Traditional owners: Wautharong people of the Kulin nation

Day 30 King Island

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The first stop of the voyage in Tasmanian waters takes you to King Island. Known these days for its agriculture and quality production of beef and cheese, the island has a significant history. It was originally part of a land bridge linking Tasmania with the mainland until the bridge submerged some 12,000 years ago. It is part of a small group of islands called the New Year Group and is located in open waters in the Bass Strait, making it subject to weather including the infamous "roaring forties" winds. It was first claimed by the British and discovered by mariner Captain Reed in 1799 while hunting seals. Guests get the chance to explore the island from shore and visit the historic Cape Wickham Lighthouse, built in 1861, and at 48 m tall, Australia's tallest lighthouse.

Weather permitting, the Coral Adventurer makes her way south around the wild and remote West Coast of Tasmania, where you endeavor to enter the world heritage wildlife area of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. This is one of the most remote and naturally pristine areas of the Tasmanian coast, and guests comes ashore with the chance to take a short trek to the nearby lookout and take in the stunning natural vistas.

Day 31 At Sea

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Spend today at sea, relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard the Coral Adventurer.

Day 32 Hobart

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Welcome to historic Hobart for the third overnight city visit of the expedition. Guests arrive at sunrise and enjoy the views while cruising through the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and onward up the Derwent River. A full day in Hobart allows guests free time to explore the city, enjoy the local markets and fabulous restaurants and bars and arrange a special visit to the Maritime Museum. Captain Gary Wilson is in fine spirit as he proudly shows off his hometown to the explorers.

Day 33-34 North Bay | Maria Island

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Disembark at North Bay in the small fishing village of Dunalley. Abel Tasman attempted to land his ship in this bay here in 1642, however, due to rough seas, he instead swam through the surf to plant the Dutch flag in North Bay.

Next, head off to wander the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park. You can expect to meet local endemic wildlife such as Forester kangaroos, Bennett's wallabies, and wombats.

Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington; take in the dramatic painted and fossil cliffs, and walk to the convict ruins of Point Lesueur at Long Point.

Day 35 Georgetown

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Bulk carrier ship Iron Baron grounded on Hebe Reef near the mouth of the Tamar River in July 1995, causing Tasmania's worst environmental disaster. During the night of this relatively recent oil spill, the Iron Baron fuel tanks had ruptured, spilling a large quantity of fuel oil into the sea. The pollution quickly spread, and large areas of the coastline were coated in oil. This incident was environmentally catastrophic. Tugs were quickly requested to help pull the bulk carrier off the reef. During the tugs' attempt to refloat the Iron Baron, the fuel tanks released another large quantity of fuel oil. Booms were deployed hoping to contain the oil slick, but over 200 tons of heavy fuel oil had already been released. The Iron Baron was towed to the site and scuttled on July 30, 1995. Visit the Low Head Pilot Station, situated at the mouth of the Tamar River in northern Tasmania. While it was the first station to operate, it is the third oldest pilot service after the private operations of Sydney and Hobart. The pilot service dates from 1805, with the appointment of William House as Harbour Master at Port Dalrymple, and the first building on the site was probably in 1806. The pilot service still operates from this site today.

Day 36 Preservation Island

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Preservation Island was the first area south of Sydney to experience the impact of European settlement. This small island in the Furneaux Group, nestled between Cape Barren Island and Clarke Island, is home to the grave of Sydney Cove, which wrecked there in 1797.

This story is a true historic tragedy. After becoming stranded on the island, 17 brave soldiers from the ship traveled to the mainland on long boats and then attempted to trek an enormous 640 km from Victoria’s Gippsland Coast to Botany Bay, Sydney, in seek of help for their companions. Only three eventually reached Botany Bay.
While here, guests will learn of the history and have a chance to share a historic “The Wreck Preservation Ale,” which has been crafted by local brewers in partnership with the Queen Victoria Museum who have used the yeast culture DNA from bottles of beer found aboard the wreck of the Sydney Cove, preserved beneath the cool southern ocean for 220 years.

Day 37-38 Twofold Bay

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The Yuin people of Twofold Bay had a unique and mutually beneficial relationship with the killer whales in the area. The orcas would herd migrating baleen whales into the bay, often causing the baleen whales to become stranded ashore in efforts to escape the killers. The Yuin people believed that the orcas were deliberately providing food for the tribes and that they were the reincarnated spirits of tribal members.

Early European explorers documented rituals where the Yuins would “call” the orcas to drive whales to shore. Whale oil played a part in tribal rituals up and down the east coast, and the tribes had a fascinating use for a rotting carcass. They would climb naked into the flesh and remain encased for hours with only their head protruding. The heat of decomposition and putrid smelling oils were claimed to cure rheumatism and other maladies.

Day 39 Botany Bay | Port Hacking

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Botany Bay is, of course, the place where Captain James Cook’s expedition landed on April 29, 1770. You often hear that the British settled the harsh environments of Australia merely as a "dumping ground for convicts," the last resort, and a desperate measure. But research has shown that the Botany Bay project was, in fact, part of a much larger and ambitious plan, developed by the British prime minister William Pitt and his advisers, to expand British trade and strategic bases in the Pacific and Indian oceans. They envisaged Botany Bay as a naval base and port to service ships; as a preemptive claim on newly discovered lands, shutting out their enemies, the French, Dutch and Spanish; as a source of desperately needed naval resources such as flax and timber; and finally as a colony that could produce other valuable commodities such as cotton, sugar and spices.

Visit Cook's Landing Place, Inscription Point, learn how local Aboriginal people encountered the crew of the Endeavour and enjoy many bush walks through Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

The I makes short steam and enters the secluded waters of Port Hacking, about 30 km to the south of the city, where you can escape the crowds and enjoy an afternoon cooling off in the clean waters and beaches of the Royal National Park.

Traditional custodians: Gadigal people of the Eora Nation

Day 40 Sydney

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The Coral Adventurer enters the majestic Sydney Harbour at sunrise for the fourth overnight city stop of the expedition.

Explorers enjoy some free time in the harbor city before joining for the second of the signature experience events, an afternoon sail aboard the James Craig. Guest lecturers from the heritage fleet join onboard to set the sails on this historic square rigger and explore the harbor. The James Craig is a 19th century Barque vessel, beautifully restored after her rescue from Recherche Bay in Tasmania. Spend several hours this afternoon enjoying harbor life with a sail toward the Sydney Heads and back. Onboard food, wine and entertainment are all be a part of the day.

Traditional custodians: Gadigal people of the Eora Nation

Day 41 Broken Bay

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Broken Bay lies at the mouth of the Hawkesbury River, one of the pivotal positions of the Hawkesbury and Nepean Wars, a series of skirmishes and battles between the kingdom of Great Britain and the resisting indigenous clans that took place between the late 1780s and late 1810s.

The Hawkesbury River was one of the major transportation routes for transporting food from the surrounding area to Sydney during the 1800s. Boats would wait in the protection of Broken Bay and Pittwater until favorable weather allowed them to make the ocean journey to Sydney Heads.

On the visit, take guests to the historic sites where a small group of soldiers trained and prepared the HMAS Krait for a covert and significant wartime operation; Operation Jaywick.

Traditional custodians: The Kuring-Gai (or Guringai) people are the traditional owners of Broken Bay and the river's mouth, while the Hawkesbury's western reaches lie in the Dharug territory of the Cumberland Plains, and the northern bank between Wisemans Ferry and Wilberforce is Darkinjung country.

Day 42 At Sea

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Spend today at sea, relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard the Coral Adventurer.

Day 43 Tangalooma

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After a day at sea to relax, the Coral Adventurer makes her first stop in Queensland waters at the Tangalooma Wrecks on Moreton Island. The island is 98% national park, and its sandy white beaches and crystal clear waters typify the Queensland expeditions. The ship anchors nearby the Tangalooma Wrecks, and you can enjoy snorkeling, diving and other beach activities. These wrecks are 15 vessels that were deliberately sunk to form a breakwall for small boats, also creating an amazing wreck dive and snorkel site. Snorkeling and scuba diving at this site is an incredible adventure. The crystal clear waters provide fantastic visibility to view marine life and coral formations such as wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish yellowtail and an array of tropical fish. While on the island, enjoy other activities including kayaking, beach hikes, island exploration and a chance to feed the famous bottlenose dolphins.

Traditional custodians: The region and indigenous people of Moreton Bay and its island are referred to as Quandamooka. These include the Ngugi tribe on Moreton Island and the Gorenpul and Nunukil clans on North Stradbroke Island. The Aboriginal name for Moreton Island is Moorgumpin (also known as Moolgumpin or Mulgumpin) meaning "place of sandhills. "

Day 44 Hervey Bay | Fraser Island

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The next stop is Fraser Island, which at over 123 km in length and at 184,000 hectares is the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island's World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia's Uluru, Kakadu, and the Great Barrier Reef as a precious part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage. The visit involves an anchoring up at the southern end of the island at Inskip Point, where local indigenous guides join and deploy the Xplorer tenders for a natural culture expedition along the western side of the island and through the marine reserve of the Great Sandy Strait.

The Coral Adventurer then voyages south through the great sandy straits from Hervey Bay toward an anchorage at Kingfisher Bay. Guests enjoy a full day of guided tours of the island to visit the historic Maheno Shipwreck, learn the history of Central Station, and enjoy a relaxing swim in the crystal fresh waters of Lake McKenzie.

Day 45 1770 Township

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After sailing through the evening, the Coral Adventurer arrives into the historic township of 1770 at sunrise and guests enjoys time in the village and at the famous Cook's Landing Site. The town was the first landing point in Australia of Cook's second voyage aboard the HMS Endeavour and was the first Queensland landing site of Captain James Cook. Each year, the township celebrates with a festival in May and a full reenactment of the historic landing party.

Day 46 Percy Islands

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The Percy Isles is a stunningly beautiful destination of shimmering beaches and wooded hilltops - a Robinson Crusoe island rising from the indigo depths of the Coral Sea. Some of the stories of this little known group of islands are made of legend.

First charted by Matthew Flinders, and named after the Duke of Northumberland (who later cruised the area with his courtesan, the "scandalous" Lola Montes), Middle Percy was visited by Errol Flynn and, in 1932, by the Australian writer Dora Birtles, who captures its allure in her classic, North-West by North.

Middle Percy was one of the last remaining leasehold islands off the Queensland coast, bound to a tradition of providing fresh water and supplies to passing seafarers. For an interesting period, it was leased by Eton-educated eccentric Andrew Martin, the self-exiled son of aristocrats who took over in 1964. Martin, who became known as "Lord Percy," transformed the island into a boaties' magnet, offering goat meat, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey and bread and meals at the homestead. Martin had no shortage of time, and in the end, it was excessive contemplation - not of nature but Old Testament prophecy - that would lead him horribly astray.

Guests hear these tales, enjoy the island's walking trails, and relax on the pristine and remote beaches of this idyllic outpost.

Day 47-48 Great Barrier Reef

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The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 km over an area of approximately 344,400 square km. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage Site in 1981. It is widely considered as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Day 49 Cairns | Uluru

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Merry Christmas and welcome to Cairns. The Coral Adventurer arrives into Trinity Inlet with the sun, and the team is on hand to welcome you for a champagne Christmas brunch and some secret Santa fun and games. Then it'ss time to enjoy the last signature experience and a very special event, a "Christmas in the Outback" expedition to Uluru. Enjoy refreshments and carolers on an outbound flight. On arrival, enjoy a guided tour and share sunset drinks and entertainment overlooking Kata Tjuta, followed by a traditional Christmas dinner at the renowned "Sounds of Silence" experience. After stargazing and a nightcap, the lights dim for the return charter flight back to Cairns.

Traditional custodians of Cairns: The Bama – the Aboriginal rainforest people who are traditional custodians/owners of the lands that cover this region.
Traditional custodians of Uluru: Anangu people

Day 50 Endeavour Reef

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On June 10, 1770, the HMB Endeavour, under the command of Captain James Cook, was sailing north along the east coast of Australia. At 11 pm, it struck a reef and started taking in water. Desperate to lighten the ship, the crew heaved nearly 48 tons of material over the side, including ballast and cannons. 23 hours later, at the next high tide, the Endeavour pulled free. Six weeks were spent repairing the ship at what became known as Endeavour River in Queensland. On the visit to this historic site, enjoy the history and water activities before moving on the nearby historic township of Cooktown.

Day 51 Cooktown

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Cooktown is justifiably famous as the site of the first white "settlement" in Australia when Captain James Cook, having struck the Great Barrier Reef off the coast north of Cape Tribulation, struggled up the coast and beached the HMB Endeavour on the shores of the Endeavour River. Cook and his crew were to stay on the river's edge from June 17 to August 4, 1770. It is a charming town which wears its history - lots of statues of Captain Cook and a number of impressive buildings constructed during the gold mining boom at Palmer River in the 1880s - with ease. In recent times, it has been driven by tourism and, particularly, fishing. Guests enjoy a town visit and an option to walk to the nearby lookout and soak up the history of this proud township that welcomes you with open arms.

Traditional custodians: Guugu Yimithirr people

Day 52 Restoration Island

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On May 29, 1789, after the famed mutiny on the Bounty, Captain Bligh and the men who remained loyal to him arrived on Restoration Island in the ship's boat. This was the first Australian island they came to after a long voyage from Tonga, and Bligh named it Restoration Island because the food they found (oysters and native fruits) greatly restored their spirits and because that date was Oak Apple Day, the anniversary of the restoration of King Charles II. Bligh saw evidence of the local aborigines using the island (rough huts and fire places had been made). He also saw kangaroo tracks and wondered if the aborigines brought them from the mainland to breed since they would be easier to catch later in the confined space of an island.

Today Restoration Island is not just a national park; one third of the island is leased to David Glasheen, a former mining tycoon, who, after losing his fortune in the Black Friday market crash, decided to live a solitary existence on the island. It is an idyllic coastal island with granite and the volcanic peak of 116 m height and a beautiful shark tooth-shaped beach spit where guests enjoy water activities and explore the island.

Day 53 Thursday Island | Cape York

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Thursday Island, colloquially known as TI, or in the native language, Waiben, is an island of the Torres Strait Islands archipelago located approximately 39 km north of Cape York Peninsula. It has an area of approximately 3.5 square km. The Muralag peoples are the traditional owners of the land and seas surrounding Thursday Island. The highest point on Thursday Island, standing at 104 m above sea level, is Milman Hill, a World War II defense facility.

The island has been populated for thousands of years by the Torres Strait islanders, though archaeological evidence on Badu, further north in Torres Strait, suggests that the area has been inhabited from before the end of the last Ice Age. A lucrative pearling industry was founded on the island in 1885, attracting workers from around Asia, including Japan, Malaya and India, seeking their fortune. While the pearling industry has declined in importance, the mix of cultures is evident to this day. The pearling industry centered on the harvesting of pearl shell, which was used mainly to make shirt buttons before the industry was changed with the invention of plastic. During World War II, Thursday Island became the military headquarters for the Torres Strait and was a base for Australian and United States forces. January 1942 saw the evacuation of civilians from the island. Residents of Japanese origin or descent were interned.

The residents did not return until after the end of the war, and many ethnic Japanese were forcibly repatriated. The island was spared from bombing in World War II, due, it was thought, to its being the burial place of many Japanese pearl shell divers, or possibly the Japanese thinking there were still Japanese residents on the island. However, neighboring Horn Island was extensively bombed. There was an air base there, used by the Allies to attack parts of New Guinea.

The Coral Adventurer spends the day on the island with guests able to explore its rich history and cultural influence. There are beautiful foreshore walks and an excellent cultural arts center, Gab Tutui. Optional tours of the WWII history and relics on Horn Island are a part of the expedition.

Traditional custodians: The Muralag peoples

Cape York is not only the broad name of the extensive region of North Queensland, but it is also the name of the northernmost point of Australia or "the tip."
In local indigenous language, it is called "Pajinka," and it is a beautiful spot to trek to with views over emerald waters to nearby York and Eburac islands. A trek to "the tip" is a trip that is somewhat of a pilgrimage for many Australians each year over the dusty roads of Cape York.

Day 54 Possession Island | Booby Island

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During his first voyage of discovery, then Lieutenant James Cook sailed northward along the east coast of Australia, landing at Botany Bay. Three months later, at about midday on August 22, 1770, he reached the northernmost tip of the coast and, without leaving the ship, named it Cape York.

Departing the east coast, Cook turned west and nursed his battered ship through the dangerously shallow waters of Torres Strait. Searching for a high vantage point, he saw a steep hill on a nearby island from the top of which he hoped to see "passage into the Indian Seas." He climbed the hill with three others, including Joseph Banks. On seeing a navigable passage, he signaled the good news down to the men on the ship, who cheered loudly. Cook later wrote that he had claimed possession of the east coast when up on that hill, and named the place "Possession Island."

Booby Island is located northwest of the tip of Cape York Peninsula and part of the Torres Strait island group. Booby Island is also known as Ngiangu by the Kuarareg people of the western Torres Strait, its traditional owners, named for the giant Ngiangu who was forced from a neighboring island. It has been called Booby Island by a number of European explorers, including Captain Cook, for the presence of the booby birds. The visit explores the shores, ancient rock art, cave graffiti and lighthouse situated on the island.

Day 55-56 Pennefather | Cullen Point | Cape Keerweer

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This region holds a little known and very significant place in the history of Australia, and it is a real highlight of the expedition for Captain Gary Wilson on this visit.
It is a well-taught and common belief that it was Captain James Cook who discovered the continent of Australia in 1770, however, it was, in fact, this remote area in the Gulf of Carpentaria that the Dutch explorer Willem Janszoon, sailing the Duyfken in 1606, first sighted, landed and met indigenous tribal peoples in Australia. They were on an exploration of Papua New Guinea and sailed south through the Arafura Sea, without seeing the Torres Strait, into the Gulf of Carpentaria. On February 26, 1606, he made landfall at the Pennefather River in what is known to be the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent. Janszoon proceeded to chart some 320 km of the coastline, which he thought was a southerly extension of New Guinea. In the year 2000, the master Gary Wilson led a voyage on a replica of the Duyfken from Fremantle to Banda and then onward to reenact the landing of Janszoon at Pennefather River.

Whilst visiting this area of the Western Cape, guests learn this rich history and have the chance to visit and explore ashore this remote region, including a visit to Cullen Point and further south a stop at Cape Keerweer.

Day 57 Cape Arnhem

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After crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria, the Coral Adventurer arrives at Cape Arnhem in the early afternoon, where guests enjoy a shore excursion and a chance to watch the stunning sunset over these ancient lands.

Arnhem Land is one of the five regions of the Northern Territory of Australia. The region was discovered by Europeans when Captain William van Colster sailed into the Gulf of Carpentaria, and Cape Arnhem is named after his ship, the Arnhem, which itself was named after the city of Arnhem in the Netherlands. Arnhem Land has been occupied by indigenous people for tens of thousands of years and is the location of the oldest-known stone axe, which scholars believe to be 35,500 years old. Arnhem Land is arguably one of the last areas in Australia that could be a completely separate country. Many of the region's leaders have called and continue to call for a treaty that would allow the Yolngu to operate under their own traditional laws. At least since the 18th century (and probably earlier), Muslim traders from Makassar of Sulawesi visited Arnhem Land each year to trade, harvest, and process sea cucumbers or trepang. This marine animal is highly prized in Chinese cuisine, for folk medicine, and as an aphrodisiac. This Macassan contact with Australia is the first recorded example of the interaction between the inhabitants of the Australian continent and their Asian neighbors. This contact had a major effect on local indigenous Australians. The Makassans exchanged goods such as cloth, tobacco, knives, rice, and alcohol for the right to trepang coastal waters and to employ local labor. Makassar pidgin became a lingua franca along the north coast among several indigenous Australian groups who were brought into greater contact with each other by the seafaring Makassan culture.

Day 58 Wessel Islands

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After a short overnight passage and a night at anchor nearby, the Coral Adventurer arrives early at the Wessel Islands for a morning of shore exploration and storytelling.

The Wessel Islands are a group of islands that extend in a more or less straight line from Buckingham Bay and the Napier Peninsula of Arnhem Land and Elcho Island to the northeast. Marchinbar Island is the largest of the group. Other islands include Elcho Island, Rimbija Island (the most outlying island), Guluwuru, Raragala, Stevens Island, Burgunngura, Djeergaree, Yargara, Drysdale Island, Jirrgari Island, Graham Island, Alger Island, Abbott Island, and Island. The Wessel Islands constituted the homelands of the Nango or Yan-nhaŋu. The islands were mapped and named by a Dutch expedition that sailed from Banda Neira to explore the coasts of New Guinea and the South Land, following up on discoveries made in 1623 by Jan Carstensz and Willem van Colster (who named Arnhem Land after his ship Arnhem). The islands were named after one of the two small vessels used on discovery voyages of the coastline, the Wesel. The unfolding archeaological story of the Marchinbar Coins provides a fascinating insight into the region's past. In 1944, Australian soldier Morry Isenberg found nine coins buried in the sand one day while fishing when he was stationed on Marchinbar Island. In 1979, he sent these coins to be authenticated. Four of the coins were found to have come from the Dutch East India Company, while the other five were determined to be from the Kilwa Sultanate in Tanzania. Their re-examination has given rise to much speculation about how these medieval African coins came to Australia. Another coin, believed to be from Kilwa, turned up on Elcho Island, where it was found by past master and amateur archaeologist Mike Hermes in 2018. Mike is a regular guest lecturer onboard and on hand to share his stories and knowledge.

Now you are homeward bound on the final leg of the journey across the Arafura Sea, wide around the Tiwi Islands and then conclude the voyage in Darwin.

Day 59 At Sea

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Spend today at sea, relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard the Coral Adventurer.

Day 60 Darwin | Disembark

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Arrive at Darwin and disembark.

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