Darwin to Cairns 11 Nights | 30/09/20

Departing: Cairns

2020 Indigenous Art Cruise Ship Tour
  • Stand on Australia’s northern most tip
  • Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands, learn Tiwi Culture
  • Explore Lizard Island and the Blue Lagoon coral reefs
  • Discover the Arnhem Land coast, the old trading ground of the Macassan people from Sulawesi
  • Exploring the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Take in the Coburg Peninsular on a full day of exploration
  • Visit Thursday Island, learn about the Torres Strait Islanders
  • View indigenous art on Elcho Island
  • Enjoy an Aussie beach barbeque on sun set over the Arafura Sea

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.    

Cruise Ship Departs Darwin Harbour

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.

Tiwi Islands

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. 

Coburg Peninsular

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.

Liverpool River and Maningrida

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.

Elcho Island Artists

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.

Hole in the Wall and Wessel Islands

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

Cruising the Gulf of Carpentaria – Yirrkala Art Centre

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.

Badu Island & Torres Strait

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.

Northernmost Point Of Cape York

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.

Forbes Island

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.

Davie Reef and Flinders Group

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.

Lizard Island

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.  

For more Great Barrier Cruise ship tours see here 

Included In Price

  • 11 night expedition voyage on Coral Expedition I
  • Expert expedition team with specialty guest lecturers
  • Daily guided excursions on zodiac tenders and kayaks
  • 10 x buffet breakfasts, lunches and a la carte dinners
  • Showcase wines and selected beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell events, open bridge access with crew
  • 24 hour speciality coffee and selection of teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities and library
  • Comprehensive guided sightseeing in each port
  • Entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
Tour Languages Offered
  • English
Departs From


Departure Time
  • Embarkation: Darwins Fort Hill Wharf Boarding at 7.00am for 8.00am departure
  • Disembarkation: Cairns Trinity Wharf at 08.00am
Departure Instructions

Departs from Darwin Fort Hill Wharf

  • Cape York
  • Arnhem Land
  • Tiwi Islands
  • Coburg Peninsular
  • Liverpool River
  • Maningrida
  • Elcho Island artists
  • Hole in the Wall, Wessel Islands
  • Gulf of Carpentaria
  • Thursday Island
  • Forbes Island
  • Davie Reef and Flinders Group
  • Lizard Island
  • Cairns
  • Darwin
Months of Operation

January - December


11 Nights 12 Days

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Lycra sun suits
  • Scuba diving gear
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services
  • Alcoholic spirits, wine and beer outside of mealtimes
  • Souvenir purchases
Fitness Level Required

Low, Medium

Additional Information
  • All baggage brought on board the Ship by a passenger remains in the possession and control of the passenger during the Cruise and must be stored and kept in the cabin allocated to the passenger.
  • The carrier will endeavour to follow the Cruise itinerary as described in the brochure and the passenger accepts that the carrier has the right to vary the itinerary or cancel the Cruise if the carrier considers that this is necessary as a result of some Unexpected Event or prevailing inclement weather conditions and the passenger accepts that the passenger will not be entitled to any compensation or a refund of the fare paid should this occur except as is provided for in these Cruise Ticket Conditions.
  • It is a requirement that all passengers have a valid passport and appropriate visa/travel permits for the countries to be visited. Passport must have a validity of more than six months beyond the duration of travel. The company cannot be responsible for any travel restrictions or expenses arising through passengers not having relevant documentation.
  • It is recommended that all passengers purchase appropriate travel insurance prior to departure. Please ensure you are covered for remote area evacuation.
  • Smart casual attire for the evenings on board
  • Comfortable active wear during your days of exploration
  • Shorts
  • Swimwear
  • T Shirts
  • Collared & long sleeve shirts to avoid sunburn
  • Light jacket and long pants for cooler evenings at sea
  • Good pair of hiking boots is recommended
  • Shoes you dont mind getting wet
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Toiletries

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.

  • Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply:
  • Up to 90 days prior to departure - forfeit the 20% non-refundable deposit
  • 60 - 89 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the relevant fare
  • No-show to 59 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of the relevant fare
  • Coral Expeditions considers a date and/or name change to be a cancellation of the original booking and will enforce relevant cancellation fees.
  • A $200 per person fee will be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change, name change or cancellation after booking is confirmed.
  • We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase cruise cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave a cruise while in progress. Given the remote nature of some of the locations visited during the expedition, we recommend that you include Remote Area Evacuation coverage within your policy. Cancellation fees will not be waived for any reason.
  • Passengers do not have the right to transfer their rights and obligations under these Cruise Ticket Conditions. The fare paid shall not be refundable except as permitted in these Cruise Ticket Conditions and the carrier will not be liable to make any refund to the passenger if the passenger fails to embark on the Ship for the Cruise.
  • Full payment due 30 days prior to travel

Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Darwin to Cairns | 30/09/20

Departing: Cairns

2020 Indigenous Art Cruise Ship Tour



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Child: au$10,890.00
Family: au$43,560.00

Tour Code: 661



18 yrs & over

12 - 17 yrs

Ages of Children
(Discounts May Apply)
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745
1300 231 118
+61 427 074 745

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