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Cape York and Arnhem Land (Darwin to Cairns)

Commencing in Darwin, the voyage introduces guests to the rich culture of the rarely visited Tiwi Islands, and cruises deep into the waters of the Coburg Peninsula. Next, a rare privilege, as you visit the communities of Arnhem Land, exploring Liverpool River, Elcho Island and the Wessel Islands. Venture through some of the world’s most confronting graffiti at the “Hole in the Wall”, then admire traditional art in Gove. After flying over the gulf of Carpentaria, you’ll find yourself at the very tip of Australia, at Cape York, before heading south to the Torres Strait and into the Great Barrier Reef at Lizard Island.

This journey takes in some of the finest traditional art centre’s of Australia at Elcho Island, Maningrida and Yirkala; home to the creators of artwork that has appeared in the Louvre. Cultures will fuse as you experience traditional Rock Art, go back in time at Cooktown and see remote coastal townships such as Gove. A unique and remarkable expedition into Australia’s distant and near past.

This itinerary is also available in reverse. Click here for additional dates.
13 September, 2019 to 24 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Cape York and Arnhem Land (Darwin to Cairns), departing on 13 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Cabin £ 4955 GBP pp
Perfectly suited to those guests on a budget, Cabin category rooms are located on the lower deck, downstairs from the Dining Room and our Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Cabin category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings and are a compact 10sqm (108 square feet) in size. Cabins feature twin circle portholes, air-conditioning, a private en suite bathroom, ample storage space and twin beds.
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Stateroom £ 5639 GBP pp
Our five Stateroom category rooms are located on Deck C, close to the Dining Room and our Explorer excursion boat boarding platform. Ideal for those wishing to avoid stairs, Stateroom category rooms feature modern decor and comfortable furnishings. At 14sqm (151 square feet) in size Staterooms offer plenty of space to relax and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
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Upper Deck Stateroom £ 5865 GBP pp
Our eight light and airy Upper Deck Staterooms are located on Deck B, a dedicated accommodation deck offering a quiet environment, yet still in close proximity to the Bridge, Sun Deck and Dining Room. With modern decor and comfortable furnishings, Upper Deck Staterooms are a spacious 14sqm (151 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
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Deluxe Stateroom £ 6155 GBP pp
Our six Deluxe Staterooms are located across the top decks of the ship, in close proximity to the Bridge and the Sun Deck. WIth brilliant natural light and fresh modern decor, Deluxe Staterooms are a spacious 17sqm (185 square feet) in size and feature picture windows for expansive ocean views along with a comfortable settee, desk, ample storage space and your choice of double or twin beds.
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Cabin Sole £ 7435 GBP pp

Cape York and Arnhem Land (Darwin to Cairns) itinerary:

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DAY 1: DEPART DARWIN
Board Coral Expeditions I at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf. Visit Bathurst and Melville Islands > with traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of their unique cultures and visit the fascinating art centre > peruse wonderful screen-printing, art, woodcarvings and pottery >witness a smoking ceremony, traditional basket weaving and morning tea with the locals, over freshly cooked damper and billy tea.
DAY 2: COBOURG PENINSULA
On Cobourg Peninsula, visit the ruins of the failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington > explore the ruins under the guidance of the National Park Rangers > visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point
DAY 3: 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 Xplorer tour of the river before rejoining our small ship
DAY 4: ELCHO ISLAND ARTISTS
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. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ on one of the beautiful islands as we toast the sunset over the Arafura Sea
DAY 5: WESSEL ISLANDS, HOLE IN THE WALL, GOVE
Farewell the Wessel Island cruising through ‘The Hole in the Wall’, Malay Straits > arrive in the port of Nhulunbuy (Gove) and transferred to the Walkabout Lodge, tonight’s accommodation.
DAY 6: GOVE AND HORN ISLAND
Join our Expedition Leader to discover this frontier town of Gove and experience local culture, industry and history > after a refreshing lunch, we visit the Yirrkala Arts and Crafts Centre before transferring to the airport for our charter flight across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Horn Island > tonight, we stay at the historic and pioneering Gateway Torres Strait Resort, a longstanding family business which offers an insightful, personal war museum sharing the local history from World War II.
DAY 7: THURSDAY ISLAND
Embark on a short tour of Horn Island prior to our transfer by ferry to Thursday Island where we rejoin Coral Expeditions I > during the tour of Thursday Island, we learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets > observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginals > following a short cruise to Cape York, we travel ashore and enjoy the sunset and champagne at the ‘Tip’ of Australia.
DAY 8: FORBES ISLAND AND REEF
Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island > take advantage of the fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities > enjoy a short walk to the summit and enjoy the outlook over the surrounding reef and islands.
DAY 9: DAVIE REEF AND FLINDERS GROUP OF ISLANDS
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.
DAY 10: LIZARD ISLAND
Spend the day at one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast > climb to Cook’s Look or enjoy swimming and snorkelling and a beach walk > 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 the Great Barrier Reef.
DAY 11: COOKTOWN
Visit historic Cooktown where Captain Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery > join the Captain and crew for farewell drinks.
DAY 12: CAIRNS
Awaken as we cross Trinity Bay before arriving into the Port of Cairns at 8:00am > farewell the Captain and his staff before farewelling new friends at the end of our great adventure.
Please Note:
This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. 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.

Cape York and Arnhem Land (Darwin to Cairns) reverse itinerary:

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This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. 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.
Awaken as we cross Trinity Bay before arriving into the Port of Cairns at 8:00am > farewell the Captain and his staff before farewelling new friends at the end of our great adventure.
Visit historic Cooktown where Captain Cook took refuge during his voyage of discovery > join the Captain and crew for farewell drinks.
Spend the day at one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast > climb to Cook’s Look or enjoy swimming and snorkelling and a beach walk > 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 the Great Barrier Reef.
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.
Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island > take advantage of the fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities > enjoy a short walk to the summit and enjoy the outlook over the surrounding reef and islands.
Embark on a short tour of Horn Island prior to our transfer by ferry to Thursday Island where we rejoin Coral Expeditions I > during the tour of Thursday Island, we learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets > observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginals > following a short cruise to Cape York, we travel ashore and enjoy the sunset and champagne at the ‘Tip’ of Australia.
Join our Expedition Leader to discover this frontier town of Gove and experience local culture, industry and history > after a refreshing lunch, we visit the Yirrkala Arts and Crafts Centre before transferring to the airport for our charter flight across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Horn Island > tonight, we stay at the historic and pioneering Gateway Torres Strait Resort, a longstanding family business which offers an insightful, personal war museum sharing the local history from World War II.
Farewell the Wessel Island cruising through ‘The Hole in the Wall’, Malay Straits > arrive in the port of Nhulunbuy (Gove) and transferred to the Walkabout Lodge, tonight’s accommodation.
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. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ on one of the beautiful islands as we toast the sunset over the Arafura Sea
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 Xplorer tour of the river before rejoining our small ship
On Cobourg Peninsula, visit the ruins of the failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington > explore the ruins under the guidance of the National Park Rangers > visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point
Board Coral Expeditions I at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf. Visit Bathurst and Melville Islands > with traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of their unique cultures and visit the fascinating art centre > peruse wonderful screen-printing, art, woodcarvings and pottery >witness a smoking ceremony, traditional basket weaving and morning tea with the locals, over freshly cooked damper and billy tea.
* = Indicative
Map for Cape York and Arnhem Land (Darwin to Cairns)
Coral Expeditions I, the ship servicing Cape York and Arnhem Land (Darwin to Cairns)

Coral Expeditions I

Vessel Type: Motor Catamaran

Length: 35 metres

Passenger Capacity: 50 (25 cabins)

Built: refurbished 2012

Onboard Accommodation

Resort style living at its best. Select from four types of accommodation - all spacious and elegantly appointed.

The discerning traveller has a choice of Standard, Deluxe, Upper Deck Staterooms, while the more budget conscious may select a Cabin. A number of Staterooms have extra divans or Pullman berths, and others have connecting doors. All accommodation is spacious and air-conditioned with private ensuites and the choice of single or double beds.  All rooms are serviced daily.

Onboard Facilities

Onboard amenities include what you would expect of a much larger cruise ship:

  • Air-conditioned dining room
  • Two modern air-conditioned lounges
  • Sundeck and Spa Pool
  • Comprehensive reference library featuring videos and books on the reef, islands and outback
  • Phone and fax facilities
  • Security Safe
  • Fully stocked cocktail bar
  • Comprehensive dive shop
  • A range of souvenirs and personal items is available for purchase  

Dining

All meals during the cruise are included. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are usually served the Dining Room located on the Main Deck and are buffet-style. Coffee and tea is available 24 hours. Standard hours are breakfast from 7:00-8:30am, lunch at 12:30pm and dinner at 7:30pm however meal times may vary according to the day's activities. Meal times will be advised in the onboard daily bulletins.

Excursion Boats And Zodiacs

The "Explorer" is a specially designed aluminium excursion vessel used for the majority of our excursions. This vessel has high horsepower engines and will accommodate all passengers at one time. The "Explorer" will be used for landings and for extensive exploration of rivers and tributaries. For your added convenience and comfort, the "Explorer" is equipped with an awning and toilet.

We also carry two inflatable landing craft (Zodiacs). Designed for expedition work, these large and heavy-duty infla tables are extremely safe. Separate air compartments retain a large reserve of buoyancy even if the boats damaged. The flat bottom design permits these crafts to land directly onto the beaches. Expect nonetheless to wade through shallow water to reach the shore.

 

• Discover the Arnhem Land coast, once the trading ground of the Macassan people from Sulawesi

• Enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ as the sun sets over the Arafura Sea

• Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands and learn of traditional Tiwi culture

• Take in the Cobourg Peninsular during a full day of exploration

• Visit Thursday Island; learn about the cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders

• View indigenous art at the Nhulunbuy art centres and on Echo Island

• Stand on Australia’s northern most tip at Cape York

• Explore Lizard Island and the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef

• Visit historic Cooktown
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