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Explore the top-rated Australia small ship cruises below.  Adventure Life works with all the top-rated small ship cruise lines visiting Darwin, Broome, King George River, Lacepede Islands, and Cairns, and we help match you with the perfect small ship and cruise itinerary for your specific tastes and needs. There are countless advantages to exploring 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 Australia small ship cruises start at $3,795 for a trip of 8 to 36 days in 2023. Tell us about your dream Australia small ship cruise and our team of travel planners will help you make it a reality.  
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Mountain Range in Komodo National Park, Indonesia
$15,610
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Kimberley Expedition: Northwest Australia & Indonesia

16 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Explore King George river
  • Discover the unique wildlife
  • Visit the Komodo National Park
  • Experience Australia and Indonesia
Starts / Ends:
Broome / Bali
Activities:
Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience Australia's iconic wilderness and Indonesia's remote island villages on this 16-day Kimberley Expedition from Perth, Australia to Bali, Indonesia aboard National Geographic Orion. Explore dramatic landscapes in the Kimberley that are etched with ancient human history and navigate …
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Enjoy the beautiful Kimberley Coast
$12,000
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Darwin to Broome - Door to Door

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:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, 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
$9,190
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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:
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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Nightcliff Jetty, Darwin, Australia
$7,970
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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 theancient cultures of the Indigenous people.See crocodiles, humpback whales, rock wallabies, sea turtles, and birdlife as you cruise along the …
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Take in the unusual beauty of the Australian coast
$8,950
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Kimberley Coast and Beyond: Expedition Cruising Australia's Kimberley Coast and Indonesia

11 Day Itinerary aboard Heritage Adventurer
  • Discover King George River
  • Explore the wonders of Talbot Bay
  • Birdwatching in Lacepede Islands
  • Enjoy diverse wildlife
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Broome
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Experience an unforgettable 11-day cruise on Australia's wild and remote coastline and cruise the azure waters of Indonesia aboard Heritage Adventurer. From Darwin, head to the powdery white sand shores and snorkeling paradise of Matakus Island, and discover the unforgettable spectacle of King …
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$7,330
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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:
Fremantle / Broome
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, 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
$9,155
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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 \\\\\"ris
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
$9,650
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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:
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
$8,360
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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:
Cairns / Thursday Island
Activities:
Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits
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
$5,435
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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:
Hobart / Hobart
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits, 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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Travelers learning how to scuba dive.
$3,795
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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:
Cairns / Cairns
Activities:
Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, 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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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:
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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The unusual red color of Broome, Australia
$9,190
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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:
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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Admiring the Solar Eclipse
$9,850
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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:
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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An overland journey takes us into the highlands of Sulawesi to the remarkable Tana Toraja
$9,540
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In the Wake of the Makassans

Darwin - Makassar - 15 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Encounter funeral rituals
  • Gaze out Kelimutu National Park
  • Walk in tracks of Komodo Dragons
  • Hike to the summit of Padar Island
  • Explore Takabonarate Marine Park
Starts / Ends:
Darwin / Makassar
Activities:
Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this 15 days voyage onboard Coral Geographer, you're cordially encouraged to set out on your journey to Makassar via the Straits of the East Indies. Discover lesser-known islands like Alor and Torajaland, which are full of unique cultural practices and old seafaring customs. Visit one of the …
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Rock formations along the coast of Kimberly
$8,950
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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:
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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$7,330
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Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast

13 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Discover Abrolhos Islands
  • Explore Shark Bay
  • Enjoy cultural sites
  • Visit Ningaloo Reef
Starts / Ends:
Fremantle / Broome
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, 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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Scenetic Two Peoples Bay
$6,535
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Across the Great Australian Bight

14 Day Itinerary aboard Coral Geographer
  • Hike coast of Cape & Point Ann
  • Stroll through the Jewel Cave
  • Climb Cape Leeuwin lighthouse
  • Visit Lucky Bay's kangaroos
Starts / Ends:
Fremantle / Fremantle
Activities:
Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Snorkeling, Village Visits, Whale Watching
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Enjoy guided hikes over vast and quiet beaches on this 14-day cruise onboard the Coral Geographer, including Cape Arid National Park, Cape Le Grand, and Bremer Bay. Discover secluded sea lion nesting sites among the scattered islands and outcrops of the Recherche Archipelago, and follow the snorkel …
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