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Cape York & Arnhem Land

Example 12 Day Cruise aboard Coral Discoverer
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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Darwin, Australia | Embark
Day 2 : Tiwi Islands
Day 3 : Cobourg Peninsula
Day 4 : Liverpool River | Maningrida
Day 5 : Elcho Island
Day 6 : Hole in the Wall | Wessel Islands
Day 7 : Crusing the Gulf of Carpentaria
Day 8 : Thursday Island
Day 9 : Forbes Island
Day 10 : Davie Reef | Flinders Group
Day 11 : Lizard Island
Day 12 : Cairns, Australia | Disembark

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

Ship

Coral Discoverer

Places Visited

  • Australia
  • South Pacific
  • Cairns
  • Cape York
  • Cobourg Peninsula
  • Darwin
  • Elcho Island
  • Forbes Island
  • Hole in the Wall
  • Liverpool River
  • Lizard Island
  • Maningrida
  • Thursday Island
  • Tiwi Islands

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia Snorkel the clear, tropical waters North Australian bush Snorkel the vibrant waters of the South Pacific

Day 1 Darwin, Australia | Embark

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

Day 2 Tiwi Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 3 Cobourg Peninsula

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 4 Liverpool River | Maningrida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 5 Elcho Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 6 Hole in the Wall | Wessel Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today sail through the ‘Hole in the Wall’ to the Wessel Islands. This evening enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ and watch the sun spectacularly set over the Arafura Sea.

Day 7 Crusing the Gulf of Carpentaria

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by your expert Guest Lecturers. Hear about the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast

Day 8 Thursday Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 9 Forbes Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 10 Davie Reef | Flinders Group

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 11 Lizard Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Day 12 Cairns, Australia | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Cairns and disembark at 8:00am.

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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:
  • 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
Rates Exclude: 
  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel insurance
  • 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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