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    East Arnhem Land and the Wessel Islands
    8 days | 7 nights
    From $13,795* per person twin share
    Sail through the untouched beauty of the Northern Territory's eastern coast
    Primitive, uninhabited, and crystal blue, this tour will show you a side to the Australian wilderness that you did not know existed.

    Starting in Gove, the north-eastern tip of the Northern Territory, you will hike on stunning sand bars and off-piste trails, kayak through cascading waterfalls that tumble straight into the ocean and sail through virgin islands, vast tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries and rich coastal waters.
    Package inclusions: Package highlights:

    Package inclusions:

    Package highlights:

    Package inclusions:

    Package inclusions:

    • 7 nights accommodation on board the M/Y Wildcard
    • Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily served by an onboard chef
    • All beer, wine & soft drinks
    • Airport transfers from Gove – M/Y Wildcard – Gove
    • Expert onboard crew
    • All activities as per the itinerary
    • Permits and fees for entering the homelands
    • Fishing equipment
    • Kayaks
    • Laundry

     

    Yearly Pricing:

    2021:

    • Lower Deck Queen Cabin: $13,795^
    • Upper Deck Queen Cabin: $14,995^

    2022:

    • Lower Deck Queen Cabin: $14,795^
    • Upper Deck Queen Cabin: $15,995^

    ^All pricing is per person twin share.

    Package highlights:

    Package highlights:

    • Ocean to plate gourmet foodie experiences for breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Explore East Arnhem land, known for its raw and untouched beauty and indigenous culture
    • Uncover the Wessel Islands, so remote that there is no-one here except fishermen and incredible natural phenomena – think horizon pools on top of islands cascading into the ocean, remote rainforests on small islands, turquoise waters
    • Hike and swim through caves with millennia-old art galleries and visit Indigenous ceremonial locations
    • Discover freshwater lagoons and an abundance of waterfalls in the middle of nowhere
    • Participate in cray fishing/fishing/spearfishing
    • The islands have been uninhabited since the Indigenous people left and many artifacts and tools still lay around the islands intact
    • These islands hold incredible significance to Australian history – this is where Matthew Flinders first called Indigenous people “Australian”
    Valid for travel
    Departures 1 Feb 2021 and 1 Feb 2022
    Offer expires
    30 Sep 2020 unless sold prior

    Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Arrival in Gove

    Welcome to East Arnhem Land!

    You will begin your adventures by flying into Gove (flight not included). Upon arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to the colourful M/Y Wildcard where you will meet the crew before setting off on an afternoon cruise.

    Lunch will be served on board as you cruise towards Cape Wilberforce, located at the top of Arnhem Land before running the gap between Wigram and Cotton Island. Weave between virgin islands spotted throughout the turquoise waters.

    Depending on the tides, there may be an opportunity to go for a walk along one of the remote beaches for sunset. If not, you can enjoy the sunset from the deck.

    Day 2

    East Arnhem Land

    After breakfast, you will cruise past Sphinx Head, an impressive 120m high cliff showcasing how wild, rugged, yet beautiful, this landscape really is. Jump into the zodiac and cruise north whilst trying your hand at fishing in these abundant waters as you explore the cliff faces with a few surprises along the way. Explore hidden caves (tide dependent), tucked away waterfalls and tread on what feels like virgin beaches.

    Return to the Wildcard for lunch. This afternoon, you have some hiking options to choose from. There are many incredible walking tracks ranging from easy to hard. You may wish to try your hand further at some blue water fishing or simply put your feet up on the bow and enjoy the view.

    Day 3

    Mystery Bay

    This morning following breakfast, you will set off on a scenic voyage towards Mystery Bay through a scattering of islands and islets.

    Venture into a gorgeous bay tucked away between three large islands. A long, pristine white sand beach will greet you, an almost secretive tidal lagoon will lure you. Cruise into the lagoon where you will be dropped off at the entrance to an underwater cave system. Swim through the caves and walk through caverns as you weave between ancient limestone gorges, millennia-old Indigenous art galleries and significant ceremonial places. You will emerge at the top and be greeted with a spectacular panoramic view over the entire island. Following on, you will be lead across to a beautiful set of caves all influenced by a nearby freshwater spring. During the wet season, this is a spectacular waterfall. Admire the wild gallery, with timeless art etched into cave walls. Take a dip in the fresh spring water lagoon which also enters the mouth of the cave. Enjoy a mini wildlife experience where you can find yabbies and fish you won’t see anywhere else in the world. Before setting off, enjoy a delicious meal served on the beach.

    Now you start entering the Wessel Islands. Learn from your crew about the fascinating history of the area you will spend the next few days exploring.

    Day 4

    Cray Bay

    This morning following breakfast, steam along following the cliff line. You edge closer towards the tropical tidal rivers which are only accessible to non-Indigenous people carrying appropriate entry permits. Spend time fishing, beach walking and try your hand at spear fishing. Hunting for crayfish is also on the agenda. You only take what you need and the rest is released back into the wilderness.

    Day 5

    Picture Bay

    Today, cruise to Picture Bay. Explore on foot as you follow a locally etched island track to reach a secret and private lagoon. Witness a picturesque waterfall flowing into the bay. The surrounding escarpment is influenced by rainforest – the backdrop is unexpected, yet spectacular. Follow the edge trail along the side of the cliffs leading to another waterfall and freshwater lagoon, where you can take a refreshing dip. Please note to reach the swimming hole, it is steep in parts and a high level of fitness is required. Spend the afternoon relaxing on board Wildcard, cruising through the beautiful sapphire waters.

    Day 6

    Finger Falls

    Enjoy breakfast on board before heading to the unique Finger Falls, which tumbles directly into the ocean. Follow a steep track to the top of the falls where you will be surprised with a scattering of natural infinity pools. For those feeling like a buzz, you may sit in the pools as the water rushes over you and falls into the ocean below. Continue across Cumberland Strait, a tidal split between two islands, and over to Hopeful Bay which opens out into the Arafura Sea, part of the Indian Ocean. Visit Australia Bay and learn about the significant historical moment which took place here.

    Day 7

    Raragala Island

    Weave around Raragala Island, home to the highest point in the Wessel Islands at 130m above sea level. Dock offshore as you stop off at Raragala Island for an early morning stroll among the dunes just back from the untouched beach. Witness an array of seabirds squabbling among the hindered bush scrub. Back on board, breathe in as you squeeze through the Gulgari Rip, also known as ‘Hole in the Wall’. Gape at the narrowness of the passage, the birdlife and the large white paint graffiti on the rock walls which has been left by previous ships.

    The sky this evening will be unlike anything you have ever seen. A true blanket of stars, more vivid than anywhere else you may have been. Take the time to stargaze and reflect upon the incredible journey you have experienced.

    Day 8

    Departure from Gove

    This morning following your last breakfast on board, farewell your incredible crew as you head back to Gove. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to visit the world-famous Buku Larrnggay Mulka, located in the Yirrkala community, which is one of the oldest and most respected Aboriginal Art centres in Australia. Enjoy exploring the interpretation of the historical Aboriginal Land Rights Bark Petitions and Church panels. There is also the opportunity to purchase some local works unique to this particular region for those who are keen to take home some keepsakes.

    Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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    * Conditions

    Advertised prices are per person twin share, land only (unless stated otherwise), correct at time of publication, are subject to availability and may change at any time without notification due to fluctuations in charges, taxes and currency. Offer is valid on new bookings only. A 30% deposit is required to secure booking. Full payment is due 60 days prior to travel. A minimum of 6 passengers is required to guarantee departure. The M/Y Wildcard includes 2 Lower Deck Cabins and 2 Upper Deck Cabins, with a maximum capacity of 8 people per tour. Other conditions may apply. Please view the TravelManagers general terms and conditions here and contact your personal travel manager for more details.

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