Circumnavigation of Australia



If you’ve ever wanted to explore Australia, here is the perfect way to do it! 59 nights, 35 key historical sites with a maximum of just 120 guests aboard Coral Expeditions’ Coral Adventurer! 

2020 is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s landing, the 200th anniversary of Philip Parker King’s explorations and the 35th anniversary of Coral Expeditions. This is a fantastic way to see the coast the way that mariners throughout history have seen it! An Australian-owned company with an Australian crew – what better way to explore this incredible country?

This unique itinerary has been designed by Coral Expeditions’ Senior Master Gary Wilson as a celebration of history, culture, nature and Australian Maritime history. Using Xplorer tenders, you’ll have the opportunity to explore hard-to-reach locations of historic significance or natural beauty. You’ll also visit famous places and share stories of historic maritime events that shaped Australia from ancient times to early explorers and more modern wartime. Immerse yourself in the arts and cultures of the people and communities of Australia, take a breath-taking coastal walk, snorkel the reef, share amazing wildlife encounters or just take in the scenery! 

Throughout the cruise, you’ll have an experienced Expedition Team, offering insights, knowledge and expertise, along with guest lecturers and special guests.. Their commentary and skill at storytelling will immerse you in the culture, history and nature of the Australian coastline.

Departing from Darwin, you’ll navigate the coast of Western Australia calling in areas such as Cygnet Bay, Depuch Island, Montebello Islands and Fremantle to name just some. You’ll duck into coves the larger ships can’t get to and, due to the small size of the ship, if there’s something special to see or happening, your captain can turn the ship around for a better look or alter the itinerary accordingly.

Once you leave Fremantle, you’ll continue around the southern coast via Albany, the Archipelago of the Recherche, Head of Bight, Whyalla and Port Adelaide. An overnight visit to the gorgeous Kangaroo Island will allow you to explore this amazing island and meet some of the wildlife!

Continue on past the 12 Apostles, Half Moon Bay, King Island and over to Tasmania. Looping around the bottom of Tasmania, you can’t help but admire the spectacular scenery here with rocky peninsulas, beautiful bush walks and spectacular bays.

Next, it’s on to Sydney and up the East Coast to Hervey Bay and Fraser Island before exploring the Great Barrier Reef.

Arriving in Cairns, you’ll have a Christmas Day unlike any other! Breakfast, followed by champagne and carols on a private flight to Uluru, an afternoon cultural tour, sunset drinks on the dunes followed by an unforgettable Christmas Dinner at the famed “Sounds of Silence” experience!

The last week of your incredible voyage is spent exploring the Endeavour Reef, Cooktown, Restoration Island, Cape York, Cape Arnhem and Wessel Islands before arriving back into Darwin 05 January 2021.

(Please see itinerary details for full list of ports of call).

Call us for full details.

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.

Your cruise price includes: 

  • 59 night cruise on-board Coral Expeditions’ Coral Adventurer
  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • Use of Xplorer tenders and zodiacs
  • Kayaking and snorkelling
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Listed charter flights
  • All meals freshly prepared on board
  • Showcase wines, beers, juices and soft drinks with daily lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour selection of coffee and tea
  • Laundry (some restrictions apply, all guests receive a laundry credit to the value of $15 per day)
  • All entrance fees to National and Marine Parks and Ports
  • All port taxes and charges imposed by governing authorities

PLUS! Book with Ultimate Cruising and also receive:

  • Chauffeur driven luxury car transfers to/from your nearest airport (within 35km)
  • 1 night accommodation in Darwin pre-cruise
  • Up to A$1000 air credit towards airfares to connect to this cruise

Prices start from A$38,860 pp 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 31 July 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. 

Cruise Highlights

There are too many highlights to list here so here are just a few where Coral Expeditions spends longer overnight stops. Please contact us for full details of the itinerary and a brochure.

Explore the foreshores, historic sites, marketplaces and fabulous restaurants!

A chance for guests to visit the museums, gardens and old-world charm of the city, and a special visit to the historic clipper City of Adelaide.

Sail through D’Entrecasteaux Channel at sunrise, then enjoy the day to explore at your leisure!

Experience a tall ship sailing on the majestic waters of Sydney Harbour in the afternoon and then time to explore in the evening.

CAIRNS (25 December)
The homeport of Coral Expeditions will welcome us on Christmas Day for a morning brunch and then flights by private jet for dinner under the stars at Uluru!

Departures - 07 November 2020


Coral Deck Stateroom

Promenade Deck Stateroom

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Bridge Deck Balcony Suite








Cruise Category
  • Expedition
  • Soft Adventure
  • All meals
  • Gratuities
  • Shore Excursions
Itinerary Map Image

Trip itinerary

Koolama Bay
Careening Bay
Cygnet Bay
At Sea
Depuch Island
Tryal Rocks & Montebello Islands
At Sea
Dirk Hartog Island

Technical Details

  • Tonnage 5536
  • Capacity 120
  • Length 93.4M

Cruise Category

  • Luxury Expeditions
  • Soft Adventures

Coral Adventurer

With active stabilisers dampening sea motion, mostly balcony cabins, and interiors designed with the colours and textures of tropical Queensland, the Coral Adventurer is a comfortable ship with promenade decks, generous communal areas that accommodate all guests, a passenger elevator, and an open kitchen where you can observe the chefs whipping up small batch cuisine from locally sourced ingredients. Images courtesy of Coral Expeditions