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 30th September 2020 - Arrives in Cairns 11th October 2020
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 Coburg 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.
The friendly locals welcome our cruise ship passengers to their community and we meet some of the local indigenous artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world including the famous Louvre. In the afternoon, visit the community and school of Gawa.
Today our cruise ship enters the famous “Hole in the Wall” between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands. we then arrive in the port of Nhulunbuy (Gove) before being transferred to the Walkabout Lodge, tonight’s accommodation.
Note: Itinerary may change at any time, accommodation may be on the ship
Join our Expedition Leader to discover the town of Nhulunbuy and experience local culture, industry and history. We visit the renowned Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre at Yirrkala which represents young artists from around the region.
A museum houses a collection of works detailing artefacts including Message Sticks from 1935 and Yirrkala Church Panels from 1963.
Today we have the unique opportunity tovisit Badu Island to visit the art centre and enjoy the local hospitality.
We may visit additional Torres Strait Islands such as Thursday Island and Moa Island.
Following a short cruise to Cape York, we travel ashore and enjoy the sunset and a glass of bubbles at the very “Tip” of Australia and take a few pictures as memorabilia.
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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Departs from Darwin Fort Hill Wharf
January - December
11 Nights 12 Days
When joining our Great Barrier Reef Cape York & Arnhem Land expedition, children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. We do 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.