Asia / Pacific Australia Cruise

Cape York & Arnhem Land

On this 11- or 12-day Cape York-based expedition of the remote Northern Australian coastline, cruise between Cairns and either Horn Island or Darwin to experience traditions unchanged for centuries, sacred rock art and remote lands only permitted accessible by a fortunate few. Become immersed in the ancient indigenous cultures and prehistoric landscapes found along the northern reaches of Australia’s coastline. Land at the northernmost tip of Australia at Pajinka on Cape York for a champagne toast. Learn and understand the song-lines and lore that shaped this ancient culture, and allow your expert guide to interpret ancient rock art. This journey follows in the wake of Captain James Cook’s voyage of discovery into the communities and cultures of the people of this remarkable coast almost 250 years ago.

The 12-day Cape York & Arnhem Land itinerary (operating east- and westbound) features both northeastern and northern Australian coastline, visiting sites in both Queensland and the Northern Territories. This voyage of discovery takes you far off the beaten track with unique visits to Arnhem Land. An anthropologic journey, this Australian small ship cruise explores the rich cultures of the Tiwi and the Torres Strait, where guests are warmly welcomed to the country. Journey into traditional lands from Cape York and into Yolngu territory in Arnhem Land. See how generations have passed on artistic traditions and how this important cultural legacy is being kept alive today at world renowned art centers.

The 11-day Torres Strait and Cape York itinerary (operating north- and southbound) focuses on northeastern Australia’s Queensland coastline. Experience the vibrant art, culture and natural beauty of the Torres Strait Islands, including community visits of Badu and Moa Islands. Experience remote Osprey Reef, called an “oasis for living creatures of all kinds” by Sir David Attenborough. Snorkel remote reefs and bird-watch at Davie Cay on the northern Great Barrier Reef. Explore Lizard Island’s reefs and beaches and hike to historic Cook’s Look. Share time with local artists and purchase from the source in community art centers. And learn about Indigenous culture and maritime history at Cooktown and Restoration Island. Every 11-day departure offers the opportunity to SCUBA dive (additional cost) with highly qualified, experienced and popular Dive Instructors who provide an outstanding service to all guests. Dive Instructors patiently guide those who have never dived before through a resort dive program and expertly guide certified open-water divers to quality dive sites. A comprehensive range of dive equipment, including wetsuits, is provided.

Passage is aboard either the 72-guest Coral Discoverer or 120-guest Coral Adventurer, both expedition ships featuring a uniquely Australian onboard atmosphere with stylish furnishings, considerable deck space and modern facilities. While exploring Australia’s northernmost territory, appreciate your ship’s glass-bottom boat and Xplorer tender with a water-activity platform for easy entry into the water.

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