A journey through ancient culture and underwater worlds, the Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition voyage takes you to some of Australia’s most remote communities on Australia’s North Coast. Commencing in Darwin, this journey takes guests to some of Northern Australia’s most incredible galleries – including Maningrida – where traditional artists create pieces that help to preserve their unique and ancient culture. Sail through the “Hole in the Wall” and cruise across the Gulf of Carpentaria. As you journey continues to Far North Queensland, explore remote Thursday Island and Forbes Island, as well as Davie Reef and the Flinders Group of Islands, before continuing to Lizard Island and Cairns.
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
Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 5:00pm ahead of our 6:00pm departure. Spend time getting to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks before the first of many delicious dinners
Visit Bathurst and Melville Islands. With traditional Tiwi people as your guides, learn of their unique cultures and visit the fascinating art centre to peruse wonderful screen-printing, art, woodcarvings and pottery. Witness a smoking ceremony, traditional basket weaving and morning tea with the locals, over freshly cooked damper and billy tea.
On Cobourg Peninsula, visit the ruins of the failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington and explore the ruins under the guidance of the National Park Rangers. Also visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point.
Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River and travel ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, Museum and local ’boutique’, where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale. Join the Expedition Team on an Xplorer tour of the river before rejoining the ship.
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. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ on one of the beautiful islands as you toast the sunset over the Arafura Sea.
Embark on a short tour of Horn Island prior to your transfer by ferry to Thursday Island where you rejoin Coral Discoverer. During the tour of Thursday Island, learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets and observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal tribes. Following a short cruise to Cape York, travel ashore and enjoy the sunset and champagne at the ‘Tip’ of Australia.
Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island and take advantage of the fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy a short walk to the summit and enjoy the outlook over the surrounding reef and islands.
At Davie Reef and Cay, enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery, go ashore at Stanley Island where your Expedition Leader and guides escorts you to view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery depicting sailing ships of the last century. This is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location.
Spend the day at one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast. Climb to Cook’s Look or enjoy swimming and snorkelling and a beach walk. Subject to availability, be invited as special guests to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, where you learn more about the research being undertaken to help understand and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.
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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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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.
Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
All meals featuring locally sourced produce
Selected beers and showcase wines during lunch and dinner service
24-hour tea, barista-style coffee, and selected soft drinks
Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
Access to islands, marine, and national parks
Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel, Zodiacs, glass-bottom boat and kayaks
Touring as described in each itinerary
Services of an expert expedition team and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
Port taxes and government charges imposed by authorities
Post-cruise transfer to hotel or airport
Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
Entry visas/travel permits
Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges, and souvenir purchases
Costs associated with SCUBA diving - please inquire for details
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