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    Cape York & Arnhem Land
    12 days | 11 Nights | Darwin to Cairns or v.v.
    2021 dates starting from $11,990* per person twin share
    BONUS: Free 1 night pre cruise accommodation in either Darwin or Cairns, to make this a 12 night package
    Discover the northern Australian coastline with a cruise rich in history & culture.
    Stand on the very tip at Cape York, learn how the remote communities keep their culture alive throughout the Torres Strait Islands and venture to untamed regions of beauty.

    See how generations have passed on artistic traditions, and how this important cultural legacy is being kept alive today. Visit world renowned art centres in Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy.
    Watch Elders tell their story through art in Maningrida. See how the women of Tiwi Islands give back to their community through their local fabric printmaking and clothing business.
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    Your package includes:


    • Cruise onboard Coral Discoverer
    • Visit remote communities in the Tiwi Is., Arnhem Land and Torres Strait Is.
    • Indigenous cultures, sacred rock art & respected traditions.
    • Champagne at the Tip of Cape York
    • Northern Barrier Reef – birdwatching & snorkelling
    • *Indigenous Art Themed departures – classes onboard
    Your package highlights

    Your package highlights

    • Meet Indigenous Australians from the world’s oldest surviving culture in Arnhem Land
    • Enjoy a champagne sunrise or sunset over the Torres Strait at the tip of Cape York, Australia’s northernmost point
    • Wander amongst historic ruins at Port Essington and Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula
    • Experience warm hospitality and admire world-class art and textiles in the Tiwi Islands
    • Learn about Indigenous art and cultural traditions at remote communities and Art Centres
    • Snorkel the clam gardens of Lizard Island and scuba dive the northern Great Barrier Reef at Davie and Tijou Reefs
    • Admire Endaen rock art at Stanley Island and hear stories from an elder of the Yiithuwarra people
    • Spend time in the beautiful Torres Strait islands and discover this region’s unique culture, art and hospitality
    • Be refreshed by the remote beauty of northern Australia
    Valid for travel
    4 April 2021 & *18 June 2021 Indigenous Art themed departure
    Offer expires
    30 Sep 2020 unless sold prior


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    Day 1

    Depart Cairns

    Board Coral Discoverer at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. Enjoy lunch on board and a chance to meet your fellow travellers 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.

    Day 2

    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 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 HMB Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent.

    Day 3

    Flinders Group & 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 snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery.

    Day 4

    Forbes Island

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

    Day 5

    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.

    Day 6

    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.

    Day 7

    Cruising the Gulf of Carpentaria

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

    Day 8

    Hole in the Wall & Wessel Islands

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

    Day 9

    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.

    Day 10


    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.

    Day 11

    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.

    Day 12

    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 13

    Arrive Darwin

    Arrive in Darwin and disembark at 8:30am.

    Please note 18 June 2021 departure is from Darwin to Cairns.

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    * Conditions

    Complimentary Deposit Protection* will be offered to this Coral Expeditions cruise for new bookings from 12 March 2020 until 30 September 2020. In the event that you are unable to travel on the cruise originally booked due to Covid-19 related restrictions, you will be able to transfer your deposit to another future cruise.

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    This itinerary is an indication of the destinations Coral Expeditions visit and activities on offer. Throughout the expedition, Coral Expeditions 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.

    Advertised prices are per person twin share. Prices are correct at time of publication and are subject to availability and change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Other conditions apply.

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