Our 11 day Cape York, Arnhem Land and Great Barrier Reef cruise begins at the Top End of Darwin and ends at the Cruise Liner Terminal in Cairns on the 12th day. Journeying to some of Northern Australia’s most incredible indigenous art galleries, beautiful islands, remote communities of Australia
This Darwin to Cairns tour is a small cruise ship expedition not to be missed.
An indigenous art cruise along well documented trading routes, exploring ancient cultures in the most northern parts of Australia and wonderful underwater worlds on the Great Barrier Reef.
Focusing on Australian Aboriginal art and curated by tradtional artist, Brian Robinson. See how generations have passed on artistic traditions, visit world reknown art centres in Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy.
Cruise Ship Departs Darwin 18th June 2021 - Arrives in Cairns 29th June 2021
The Cape York and Arnhem Land Great Barrier Reef cruise takes guests on a journey to explore the rich culture of the Tiwi Islands, and the endemic wildlife of the Cobourg Peninsula before cruising to Elcho Island. We will sail thru the “Hole in the Wall” in the Wessel Islands and cruise across the Gulf of Carpentaria.
As our journey continues to Tropical Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef we explore remote Thursday Island, and Forbes Island, as well as Davie Reef and the Flinders Group of Islands, before continuing to Lizard Island and on the 12th day the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.
In Darwin our guests board our luxury small boutique cruise ships at 7:00am for our 8:00am departure for our indigenous art cruise from the Top End of Australia to the Great Barrier Reef.
Disembark for a shore excursion at Bathurst. With traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of the unique cultures and visit the fascinating art centre to peruse wonderful screen printing, indigenous art works, wood work and pottery. Be part of a cleansing of the spirits smoking ceremony, traditional basket weaving and morning tea with the locals, over freshly cooked damper and traditional billy tea.
On Cobourg Peninsular discover the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. Visit the ruins of the failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington and explore the ruins under the guidance of the National Park Rangers.
We set anchor in the Liverpool River and take a shore break to explore the Maningrida Art Centre. Museum and local boutique where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale. Join our expedition team on a tour of the river before rejoining the ship for sundowner drinks.
Be welcomed to country by the Yolgnu people at Galiwin’ku and Gawa communities.
Gain insight into the Yolgnu culture, and meet local artists who have exhibited around the world.
Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Wall’ between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands.
Visit the spectacular Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre. This worldclass art centre has forged a path for Yolgnu artists.
View the museum’s historic collection, and browse through the remarkable art gallery of contemporary works (Indigenous Art itinerary only).
Thursday Island, or Waiben, is the hub of the Torres Strait and here we learn of the region’s pearling history.
Have the privilege of visiting the remote islands of Badu or Moa, to experience cultural performances, a local meal and the remarkable art centres (Indigenous Art Itinerary only).
Today go ashore and stand at the northernmost point of the Australian continent and sip champagne to celebrate this special moment while the sun sets.
Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island and take advantage ot the fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Enjoy a short walk to the summit and enjoy the outlook over the surrounding reef and islands.
Visit the grave of beche-de,mer fisherman Frederick Lancaster.
At Davie Reef and Cay, we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery, go ashore at Stanley Island where our Expedition Leader and guides will escort 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 and world famous islands on the Great Barrier Reef Lizard Island.
Climb to Cook’s Look or enjoy swimming and snorkelling the Blue Lagoon or take a beach walk to the historical places of interest. Subject to availability, we may be invited as special guests to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, where we learn more about the research being undertaken to help understand and preserve Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
This evening, join the Captain and crew for farewell drinks.
Disembarkation day has come around way to soon in Cairns which is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
We arrive here at 8.00am and our guests make their way from the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal to their respective hotel room accommodation and farewell their newly made friends.
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This cruise only departs at 8:00am on Friday 18th June 2021
Departs on 18th June 2021
Scuba Diving Restrictions
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.
Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.
Tour Code: 661