Cape York & Arnhem Land | Cairns – Darwin | 11 Nights

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Cape York & Arnhem Land | Cairns – Darwin | 11 Nights 

THE ITINERARY 

Embark: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal  at 4:00 pm for 5:00 pm departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Darwin Fort Hill Wharf at 08:00 am. 

The below itinerary is indicative. No two cruises with Coral Expeditions will be the same, with each expedition crafted by our experienced Masters and Expedition Leaders. Throughout the expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions, and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling. 

DAY 1: DEPART CAIRNS 

Board Coral Discoverer at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00 pm for a 5:00 pm departure.  Enjoy lunch on board and a chance to meet your fellow travelers as we set sail northwards. This evening join guests and the friendly crew as we enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many delicious dinners. 

LIZARD ISLAND 

Explore secluded Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast, and venture into the crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkeling 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 HMB Endeavour near Cooktown over 250 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent. 

FLINDERS GROUP AND DAVIE REEF  

Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group and view the isolated Endaen Aboriginal rock art depicting the first sailing ships to visit Queensland shores. At Davie Reef, enjoy swimming and snorkeling and observe the large seabird rookery. 

FORBES ISLAND  

Enjoy a day exploring Forbes Island, an excellent spot for swimming or snorkeling from the pristine sandy beaches. Take a walk to the grave of beche-de-mer fisherman Frederick Lancaster. 

NORTHERNMOST POINT: CAPE YORK 

Go ashore at the northernmost point of the Australian continent as the sun rises, and sip champagne to welcome the new day. 

THE TORRES STRAIT ISLANDS  

Anchoring at Thursday Island, learn about the historic pearling fleet and the cultural differences between the Torres Strait and Aboriginal peoples. You may also visit other Torres Strait islands, such as Badu or Moa. 

 

CRUISING THE GULF OF CARPENTARIA  

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with time to attend informative presentations by our guest lecturers. 

 

HOLE IN THE WALL AND WESSEL ISLANDS 

We travel through the narrow channel between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands, known as the ‘Hole in the Wall’. 

  

ELCHO ISLAND: GALIWIN’KU AND GAWA  

The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning. Meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world including the Louvre. 

In the afternoon, visit the community and school of Gawa. 

 

MANINGRIDA 

Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River and travel ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, museum, and the local boutique, where hand-painted textiles can be purchased. 

COBOURG PENINSULA 

Discover Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula. Join Park Rangers in Port Essington, famous for the failed Victoria Settlement, and explore the ruins while learning about the fascinating history of this early colonial outpost. 

TIWI ISLANDS  

Visit remote Bathurst Island. With local Tiwi guides, we learn of the unique culture and visit the art centre. Be welcomed with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before enjoying a traditional Australian afternoon tea of damper and billy tea. 

DAY 12: ARRIVE DARWIN 

 

Fares 

CORAL DISCOVERER  TWIN SHARE PER PERSON  SOLE USE* 
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom  $16,690  n/a 
Promenade Deck (Category A)  $14,290  n/a 
Promenade Deck (Category B)  n/a  $19,725 
Main Deck (Category A)  $12,550  n/a 
Main Deck (Category B)  $11,990  n/a