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Explore Australia on a small ship cruise with Adventure Life. We work with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Darwin, Broome, Cairns, Lacepede Islands, and King George River, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to visiting Australia on a small ship cruise versus a large cruise ship including avoiding crowds and being able to visit and explore smaller ports and scenic shorelines that large ships simply cannot access.  The cost of small ship cruises to Australia start at $3,440 for a trip of 7 to 99 days in 2022. Tell us about your dream small ship cruise to Australia and our team of Australia travel experts will help you make it a reality.  
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Travelers learning how to scuba dive.
$3,440
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Outerknown Adventures on the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns to Cairns - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
  • Swim and snorkel Lizard Island
  • Discover the pristine Ribbon Reefs
  • Learn about Cook’s landing
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 8-day South Pacific cruise includes a full day to discover two different sections of the rarely visited Ribbon Reefs, considered to be the most colorful and pristine reefs found anywhere along the entire length of the Great Barrier Reef, as well as the wonderful fringing reefs off Lizard …
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Enjoy the beautiful Kimberley Coast
$10,350
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The Great Australian Adventure - Darwin to Broome

2022 - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Meet members of Aboriginal groups
  • Discover the King George Falls
  • Visit the Hunter River Region
  • Observe Australia's exotic wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Escape to a land of thundering waterfalls, winding canyons of sandstone, and dazzling wildlife. Encounter famed wildlife like saltwater crocodiles, whales, and sea eagles, before witnessing the Horizontal Falls unleashing its raw power. Perhaps you will take an exhilarating flight over the Bungle …
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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia
$12,500
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The Great Australian Adventure - Darwin to Broome

11 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Meet members of aboriginal groups
  • Discover the King George Falls
  • Visit the Hunter River Region
  • Observe Australia's exotic wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Escape to a land of thunderous waterfalls, winding canyons of sandstone, and dazzling wildlife. Encounter famed wildlife like saltwater crocodiles, whales, and sea eagles, before witnessing the Horizontal Falls unleashing its raw power. Perhaps you will take an exhilarating flight over the Bungle …
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Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia
$7,685
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The Kimberley

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Experience the tidal phenomenon
  • Visit Lacepede Island Nature Reserv
  • Witness Montgomery Reef
  • Marvel at the King George Falls
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The Coral Adventurer hosts this 11-day the wonders of Kimberley voyage. View the mysterious Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) and Wandjina rock art and learn about the ancient cultures of the Indigenous people. See crocodiles, humpback whales, rock wallabies, sea turtles, and birdlife as you cruise along …
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$7,065
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Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Discover Abrolhos Islands
  • Explore Shark Bay
  • Enjoy cultural sites
  • Visit Ningaloo Reef
Starts/ Ends in:
Fremantle / Broome
Activities:
Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 13-day expedition explores Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea. With a fascinating maritime and Indigenous history – from the Malgana people of Shark Bay to the exploratory journeys of …
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Swimming with sharks
$8,825
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The Kimberley

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Zodiac to King George Falls
  • Explore Hathaway's Hideaway
  • Visit green turtle breeding grounds
  • Watch the Montgomery Reef \\\\"rise
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience all of the icons of the Kimberley Coast over 11 unforgettable days cruising between Darwin and Broome.Covering more than 400,000 square kilometers (an area three times larger than England) and home to a sparse population of just 30,000 residents, the Kimberley region of northwest …
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Waterfall in the Australian outback
$8,695
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Cape York & Arnhem Land

Cairns - Darwin - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Experience the unique Arnhem Land
  • Explore the Cobourg Peninsula
  • Witness the Tiwi people's culture
  • Snorkel across Lizard Island
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
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 …
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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast
$7,905
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Torres Strait and Cape York

Cairns - Horn Island - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Explore the Torres Strait Islands
  • Snorkel at Davie Cay
  • View rock art at Stanley Island
  • Visit Lizard Island
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Thursday Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise, Snorkeling, Village Visit
Activity Level:
Relaxed
With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions, visiting uninhabited sand cays, remote …
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Wineglass Bay in Tasmania
$5,225
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Coastal Wilds of Tasmania

11 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Hike to Wineglass Bay
  • Learn about Maria Island’s history
  • Visit Port Arthur
  • Admire the Tasman Peninsula
  • Observe unique wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Hobart / Hobart
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Australia’s island state poised at the edge of the world where the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans collide. Tasmania’s pristine World Heritage wilderness and national parks teem with native wildlife, where rugged mountain ranges meet the sea with soaring coastal cliffs and …
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Colorful boats in Hobart Harbor, Tasmania
$4,800
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Chase the Race: Sydney to Hobart

7 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Enjoy the yacht race
  • Trail the yachts from your ship
  • Visit Adventure Bay
  • Enjoy the New Year on the ship
Starts/ Ends in:
Sydney / Hobart
Activities:
Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience the nautical tradition that is the Rolex Sydney to Hobart yacht race! Embarking in Broken Bay on December 26th, soak in the excitement at the start of the race from the decks of the Coral Discoverer. Watch the fleet sail past as you hear expert commentary from theonboard lecturer Skip …
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The Kimberley's coastal waterfalls.
$20,480
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16-day Solar Eclipse 2023: Indonesia to Australia's Kimberley – with Smithsonian Journeys

16 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • Enjoy villages of Baucau
  • View King George River's cliffs
  • Behold the April 2023 Solar Eclipse
  • Engage with Smithsonian Journeys
Starts/ Ends in:
Bali / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Board Le Lapérouse, designed to explore the natural wonders of eastern Indonesia, Timor-Leste, and the Kimberley region of Australia, has been specially adapted to include observation of the total eclipse of the sun that occurs on April 20, 2023. Set sail from fabled Bali and discover unique …
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Explore the wonder of coral reefs
$11,680
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An Expeditionary Voyage to Wallis and Futuna

22 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Learn culture and traditions
  • Enjoy water voyages
  • See local traditions
  • See the atolls of Niue
Starts/ Ends in:
Cairns / Auckland
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Explore Australia and New Zealand aboard the Coral Adventurer. The cruise ship will be cast off from Cairns for an inaugural expeditionary voyage to the remote islands of Wallis and Futuna, located 2,000 nautical miles into the South Pacific. Follow in the footsteps of ancient Samoan traders, …
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The unusual red color of Broome, Australia
$9,710
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Australia's Iconic Kimberley

Broome To Darwin - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • See the Warton stones
  • Learn prehistoric art
  • Explore Kimberley
  • See the birds
Starts/ Ends in:
Broome / Darwin
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your 11-day expedition cruise in Broome. SeeHunter River to check out mangrove forests wheresaltwater crocodileslive. Head on toKing George River and the majestic Twin Falls. Feast your eyes on the magnificent Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea where the corals are claimed by a rich biodiverse …
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King George River Gorge, Kimberley, Australia
$8,670
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Australia's Iconic Kimberley

Darwin to Broome - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • See the Warton stones
  • Learn prehistoric art
  • Explore Kimberley
  • See the birds
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your 11-day expedition cruise in Darwin.See mangrove forests wheresaltwater crocodileslive. Ravel at King George River and the majestic Twin Falls. Feast your eyes on the magnificent Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea where the corals are claimed by a rich biodiverse environment. Amaze at the …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$10,740
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Australia's Iconic Kimberley

Darwin to Broome - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Laperouse
  • See the Warton stones
  • Learn prehistoric art
  • Explore Kimberley
  • See the birds
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Start your 11-day expedition cruiseto picturesque Hunter River to see mangrove forests wheresaltwater crocodileslive. Ravel at King George River and the majestic Twin Falls. Feast your eyes with the magnificent Ashmore Reef in the Timor Sea where the corals are claimed by a rich biodiverse …
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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast
$9,520
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Art of the Kimberley and Tiwis

10 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Experience the tidal phenomenon
  • Marvel at the King George Falls
  • Learn about ancient rock art
  • Witness Montgomery Reef
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Darwin
Activities:
Helicopter Tours, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 10-day sailing experience onCoral Adventurer brings you to the wonders of the Kimberley coast.Wonder at the unique tidal phenomenon of the Horizontal Waterfalls, marvel at the80 meter high King George Falls, and watch for abundant wildlife as you travel and reach Broome.The Kimberley Region is …
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Admiring the Solar Eclipse
$9,495
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The Solar Eclipse Expedition

Darwin to Broome - 14 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Adventurer
  • Snorkel and dive at Scott Reef
  • Experience riding on a Zodiac
  • Encounter marine life
  • Witness King George River
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Kayaking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This exceptional expedition aboard the Coral Adventurer provides an unobstructed view of the rare hybrid solar eclipse from the remote Ashmore Reef. Enjoy the phenomena with champagne and canapés as our astronomy experts are on hand to answer questions. Visit renowned landmarks along the …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$8,950
Savings
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Kimberley Explorer: Expedition Cruising Australia's Iconic Kimberley Coast

11 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Visit King George River
  • Explore four Australian Bays
  • Experience birdwatching in Lacepede
  • Enjoy diverse wildlife
Starts/ Ends in:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy a wonderful 11-day voyage along Australia's rugged and isolated coastline and explore the magnificent King George Falls. Talbot Bay and the world's only horizontal falls, considered "one of the greatest wonders of the natural world," await you as you continue your journey. …
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