Join us on our unique expedition style cruise ship from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef to explore all the coral reefs, and famous islands along the Australian coastline. Book your berth on our small luxury cruise ship that caters for 72 guests and explore Cape York & Arnhem Land.
Our Cape York and Arnhem Land cruise ship expedition is a journey thru remote islands, coral reefs that immerses keen explorers in the very best of Australia’s northern coastline.
Guests onboard the ship will explore some of the finest locations of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, enjoy sunrise at the very ‘Tip of Australia’ at Cape York, before venturing into the remote Arnhem Land Coast and the rarely visited Tiwi Islands.
Cruise Departs 14th April 2019 - Disembark in Darwin 25th April 2019.
Book your berth and join us in Cairns for a remarkable 11-night voyage of discovery to Darwin, visiting otherwise inaccessible locations and developing a rich understanding of the culture of the traditional owners of the Torres Strait and Arnhem Land.
Here, the mighty estuarine or saltwater crocodile is indeed King of the Wild and the waters of the Arafura Sea are alive with a profusion of marine and bird life.
On our cruise ship expedition, guests may choose to swim and snorkel in the clear tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, explore the pristine coral gardens of the northern reef and tour the fascinating Lizard Island Research Station to learn how scientists are preserving the Reef for future generations.
Celebrate with a glass of sparkling wine as the sun rises over the northern ‘Tip of Australia’ on the Cape York Peninsula and discover the interesting World War II history of the Torres Strait Islands.
As we cross the Coral Sea and travel West, you’ll venture ashore to meet cultural artisans in some of the most remote villages and renowned galleries of Australia, and meet the artists who have their paintings exhibited in the famous galleries of the world, including the Louvre in Paris.
Learn all about the fascinating Macassan traders of the 17th century as we cruise the Arnhem Land coast before experiencing the friendly welcome and warm hospitality of the rarely-visited Tiwi Islanders as they share with us their ancient culture and traditional lifestyles.
Visiting both Bathurst and Melville Islands, you’ll gain a rich understanding of how life differs in these areas, and how the culture has evolved to work as one with nature.
A full day sailing in the remote Coburg Peninsula also offers a myriad opportunities to spot bird and marine life.
Embarkation: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal Trinity Wharf at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure on Sunday 14th April 2019.
Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Darwin Port at 08:00am on Thursday 25th April 2019.
Guests board our cruise ship at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. After settling into our cabins we enjoy lunch and meet our fellow cruise ship passengers as we set sail northwards. In the evening all the guests gather with the crew to enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many wonderful dinners.
Explore the secluded world famous Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast, and venture into the crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkelling or take a walk along the white sand beach. The more energetic may join our guides on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ on the island’s peak and the highest lookout on this part of the reef. From this high point, Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent.
Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group and view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery that depicts sailing ships of the last century; this is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location. At Davie Reef and Cay we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery.
Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island, its reef provides some fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Visit Magra Island for beach-combing and bird watching and enjoy the tropical sunset.
Venture ashore at Cape York as the sun rises over the ‘Tip’ on Australia’s northernmost point, and sip champagne to welcome the new day. Anchoring at Thursday Island, learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets. Take the opportunity to observe the distinct cultural differences between Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal tribes. Visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre where the children perform traditional dances, and at Horn Island discover the significance of the Torres Strait during World War II.
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. You will hear about the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast.
Cruise through the narrow ‘Hole in the Wall’. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ as the sun spectacularly sets over the Arafura Sea.
The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning. Gain insight into their culture and meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world, including the Louvre. Consider attending the local church service to share in the local culture.
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 our small ship.
Discover the Cobourg Peninsula today and join local guides in Port Essington, famous for its failed Victoria Settlement. Explore and learn about the ruins then visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point.
Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands. With traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of the unique cultures and visit their fascinating art centre. Our Tiwi hosts welcome us with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before we join them for a traditional Australian afternoon tea of damper and billy tea. Tonight we sadly farewell new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks.
Arrive into Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to the ‘Top End’. Disembark at 8.00am.
Note:- Post flights out of Darwin are an additional expense.
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Embarkation at 4.00pm for 5.00pm departure
Departs from Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal
11 Nights 12 Days
When joining a Coral Expeditions Cape York & Arnhem Land expedition, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Coral Expeditions does not provide services of entertainment, supervision or care of children. Our Cape York & Arnhem Land itineraries are quite adventurous and we therefore recommend children aged above 14 years of age will enjoy the challenge and experience the most.
All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.