Coral Expeditions I

ITINERARY: 11 NIGHTS Cairns-Darwin Cape York & Arnhem Land

cabin type



Twin share Sole Use Twin share Sole Use
Cabin $7,980 pp $11,970 $8,290 pp $12,435
Stateroom $9,180 pp N/A $9,490 pp N/A
Upper Deck Strm $9,680 pp N/A $9,990 pp N/A
Deluxe Stateroom $10,180 pp N/A $10,490 pp N/A
Single Travellers: Limited sole use occupancy available, or opt to share a cabin with a stranger of the same gender at the usual twin cabin share rate (twin rate charged if another person doesn’t join)
Cruise Fare Includes: Meals; Shore excursions by tender boat; Services of expedition staff including lectures, briefings, slide/film presentations, and other group activities; 24 hour tea/coffee station
Cruise Fare Does Not Include: Alcohol; Accommodation or flights before or after the cruise



Day 1: Depart Cairns

Board Coral Expeditions I at Trinity Wharf, Cairns at 10.00am for an 11:00am 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 > 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 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: Stanley Island and Davey Reef

Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group > view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery that depicts sailing ships of the last century; this is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location > at Davey Reef and Cay we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery

DAY 4: Forbes Island and Magra Island

Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island, its reef provides some fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities > visit Magra Island for beachcombing and bird watching > enjoy the tropical sunset

Day 5: Cape York and Thursday Island

Venture ashore at Cape York as the sun rises over the ‘Tip’ on Australia’s northernmost point > sip champagne and welcome the new day > anchoring at Thursday Island, learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets > take the opportunity to observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginals whilst we tour the island > visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre where the children perform traditional dances > at Horn Island we discover the significance of the Torres Strait during World War II > tonight, regain land legs as we stay overnight at the Gateway Torres Strait Resort on Horn Island

Day 6: Nhulunbuy (Gove)

Board our short charter flight across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Nhulunbuy (Gove) > upon arrival, visit the Yirrkala Art Centre > take time this afternoon to discover this frontier town before visiting Nambarra Art Centre to see some fine examples of local artwork > this evening we enjoy a relaxing stay at the Walkabout Lodge in Gove

Day 7: Hole in the Wall and Beach BBQ

Rejoining our ship, we cruise through the narrow ‘Hole in the Wall’ > our expert Expedition Team will share with you the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early discoverers of the Arnhem Land coast > tonight, enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ as the sun spectacularly sets over the Arafura Sea

Day 8: Elcho Island Artists

The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning > gain insight into their culture and meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world, including the Louvre > consider attending the local church service to share in the local culture

Day 9: Liverpool River and Maningrida

Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River > travel ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, Museum and local ’boutique’, where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale > join the Expedition Team on an Explorer tour of the river before rejoining our small ship

Day 10: Cobourg Peninsula

Discover the Cobourg Peninsula today > join local guides in Port Essington, famous for its failed Victoria Settlement > explore and learn about the ruins > visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point

Day 11: Bathurst and Melville Islands

Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands > with traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of the unique cultures and visit their fascinating art centre > our Tiwi hosts welcome us with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before we join them for a traditional Australian afternoon tea of damper and billy tea > tonight farewell new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks

Day 12: Arrive in Darwin

Arrive into Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to the ‘Top End’ > disembark at 8.00am > post cruise transfers are included

Please Note: These itineraries are an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. While every effort will be made to follow this itinerary we do reserve the right to vary this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.