PACKAGE #271

THE AUSTRALIAN TOP ENDArt Themed - Cape York and Arnhem Land

FROM

$10,890pp

Explore Northern Australian coastline and immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of Indigenous Australia with this exclusive Cape York & Arnhem Land itinerary.

This expedition will be focusing on Australian art and curated by traditional artist, Brian Robinson, as we will be taking you into some of the continent’s most acclaimed art centres. On board, you will also have the opportunity to create your own unique piece with an art class hosted by Brian himself.

Sailing aboard the Coral Discoverer, this itinerary will follow the coast of the remote and culturally rich Arnhem Land, crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria and into the Torres Strait. Stand at the very tip of Australia at Cape York, before we make our way down through the Great Barrier Reef to Cairns. Experience traditions unchanged for centuries, sacred rock art and remote lands only permitted accessible by a fortunate few.

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.

Aboard the Coral Discoverer, you’ll enjoy the company of a maximum of just 72 guests and an attentive crew who delight in introducing you to these special parts of the world. (Find out more about Coral Expeditions below).

Your cruise price includes: 

  • 11 night Expedition Voyage from Darwin to Cairns aboard Coral Discoverer
  • Expert Expedition Team, including Marine Biologists and Guest Lecturers, and a local Parks & Wildlife Guide
  • Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels
  • All meals throughout your cruise, Australian cuisine prepared fresh in our galley
  • Showcase wines and selected beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with our Captain
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including reference library
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each port

PLUS! Also includes chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your nearest airport (within 35km).

Prices start from A$10,890pp share twin. All prices are subject to availability.

Flexible Booking Option:
Complimentary Deposit Protection* will be offered to all new bookings made from 12 March 2020 until 15th June 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.

*Terms & Conditions apply to Deferral and rebooking policies. Deferrals and rebookings are subject to availability. 

Coral Expeditions

A 35-year-old Australian pioneering expedition cruise company, Coral Expeditions operate and manage a fleet of four small expedition ships taking guests to some of the most beautiful, yet undiscovered, regions of Australia, Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Islands. Over 8,000 travellers from all over the world travel with Coral Expeditions every year who are attracted by the relaxed small ship atmosphere and itineraries which larger ships cannot replicate. The bespoke operations may sometimes not be commercially justifiable but result in a more personal product that guests appreciate.

At a time when the cruise industry is moving to larger and less personal ships, Coral Expeditions has limited the size of their ships to maximise the expedition experience. Their small-batch cuisine is freshly prepared onboard with a simplistic and generous approach to quality and freshness, accompanied by quality Australian wine. Coral Expeditions operate to high Australian standards of safety with Australian crew wherever they go. They were the first to offer interpretive programs reflective of the destinations they visit and to employ Expedition Leaders, Guest Lecturers, Marine Biologists, and SCUBA Instructors – a tradition that continues today.

Cruise Highlights

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.

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.

MANINGRIDA

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.

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.

HOLE IN THE WALL AND WESSEL ISLANDS

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

Wall’.

YIRRKALA ART CENTRE

Visit the spectacular Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre at Yirrkala, outside of Nhulunbuy. Here, the Yirrkala Art Centre represents Yolŋu artists from around the region.

Established in 1976 as an act of self-determination, the art centre has forged a vibrant path for Yolŋu contemporary art. The museum built in 1988 houses a collection of works detailing historical artefacts and important moments, including the Message Sticks from 1935 and the Yirrkala Church Panels from 1963.

CRUISING THE GULF OF CARPENTARIA

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

BADU ISLAND AND TORRES STRAIT

Have the unique opportunity to visit Badu Island. Visit the fabulous art centre and enjoy the hospitality of the Badu islanders. We may visit additional Torres Strait Islands, such as Thursday Island and Moa Island.

CAPE YORK

Go ashore at the northernmost point of the Australian continent as the sun rises, and sip champagne to welcome the new day.

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.

FLINDERS GROUP AND 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.

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

30 Sep 2020

CORAL DISCOVERER

TWIN SHARE PER PERSON

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

$15,190

Promenade Deck (Category A)

$12,990

Main Deck (Category A)

$11,390

Main Deck (Category B)

$10,890

18 June 2021

CORAL DISCOVERER

TWIN SHARE PER PERSON

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

$16,690

Promenade Deck (Category A)

$14,290

Main Deck (Category A)

$12,550

Main Deck (Category B)

$11,990

Cruise Category
  • Luxury Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
  • Solo Traveller
ONBOARD FEATURES
  • Gratuities
  • Shore Excursions
Bonus
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Day
Port
1
Darwin
2
Discovering Tiwi Islands

3
Cobourg Peninsula
4
Maningrida
5
Elcho Island
6
Wessel Islands
7
Torres Strait
8
Cape York
9
Forbes Island
10
Davie Reef

Technical Details

  • Tonnage 1779
  • Crew 24
  • Capacity 72
  • Length 63M

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions
  • Soft Adventures

Coral Discoverer

Fully equipped with latest technology active stabilizers, modern safety and navigation equipment, tender vessel that can seat all 72 passengers, an Australian and New Zealand crew, Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Images courtesy of Coral Expeditions

VESSEL FEATURES