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Cairns Indigenous Art Fair Special Voyage, 4 Nights

In partnership with the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair – 10th Anniversary Year, a special 4-night voyage on the Great Barrier Reef will be accompanied by renowned Cape York artist Naomi Hobson. Having exhibited nationally and internationally since 2013, Naomi is well known for her ceramics and paintings exploring identity and her country with a vibrant and individual voice. During the cruise, Naomi will share her story and art practice with guests, as well as hosting workshops in hand-built ceramics.

Our journey will take in historic Cooktown, Lizard Island and the Endeavour and Ribbon Reefs.  This cruise is the perfect option for those guests wanting to spend the maximum amount of time exploring the colourful coral gardens of the northern Great Barrier Reef, as well as gaining insights into the culture, history, and art of Cape York’s First People.

Coral Expedition guests are invited to attend the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair which runs from 10 – Sunday 14 July, prior to your cruise. You can enjoy the Opening Night Party, Art Fair, Art Market, Indigenous Fashion Performance and other special events that will immerse you in the amazing Torres Strait and Aboriginal cultures of Far North Queensland. For more information see

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Expedition highlights:

  • Snorkel over colourful coral gardens, stroll golden sandy beaches and wander rainforest trails
  • Experience the World Heritage-listed reef from our private moorings
  • Travel with our expert Marine Biologist and celebrated artist Naomi Hobson
  • Learn the history and culture of the region and have access to the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair
  • Try hand-built ceramics in onboard workshops led by Naomi Hobson

Naomi Hobson

Naomi Hobson
Guest Artist
Coen is my home. My family and country mean everything to me. I paint in my own personal space where I feel most comfortable including my back veranda, in the dry river beds, on the banks of my childhood fishing places as well as at the camp sites that my families have lived and spent time for thousands of years. I will take time to look at the miniature things, the tiny little things that nature hides.
Naomi Hobson is a Visual Artist who resides on the banks of the riverbeds where her grandparents were born. Her colourful abstract compositions act as a link between individuality and a shared identity. Her continual inspiration is the vast traditional lands of her ancestors surrounding the town of Coen in Queensland and her culture. More recently, Naomi is further inspired by the richness of cultural diversity she witnessed first-hand while exploring village life, rural farmlands and the organised urban chaos throughout South East Asia.
Hobson’s art work has been acquired by institutions including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, National Gallery of Victora, Melbourne, Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, and Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. In June 2018, Hobson held her first overseas solo exhibition at Red Dot Gallery, Singapore.


Cairns 15th July 2019

Deluxe Stateroom $3,000 $3,000
Upper Deck Stateroom $2,800 $2,800
Stateroom $2,600 $2,600
Cabin $2,300 $2,300


the itinerary

Embarkation: Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for 5:00pm departure.
Disembarkation: Arrive and disembark at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 8:00am.

Pre-Cruise: Cairns Indigenous Art Fair

Prior to your cruise, have the opportunity to attend the vibrant Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, Australia’s premier Indigenous art fair. Strengthening and celebrating culture, while providing an ethical marketplace and platform for emerging artists, CIAF is an iconic event on the calendar that Coral Expeditions is proud to partner with.

If you choose to visit Cairns prior to your cruise, you have the opportunity to attend the opening night on 11 July, and participate in key events throughout the Art Fair from 10 – 14 July.


Day 1: Cairns

Board at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm on 15 July. Cruise Trinity Bay and take in the views of Double Island and Palm Cove while enjoying welcome drinks and the seafood buffet.

Day 2: Cooktown and Lizard Island

Discover the history of Cooktown, with a visit to the botanic gardens and the James Cook Museum. Enjoy an afternoon snorkel and sunset drinks at Turtle Beach on Lizard Island, and see giant trevally and tawny nurse sharks during an after dinner fish feed off the back deck.

With an introduction to Naomi Hobson’s work, try your hand at ceramics during your first workshop.


Day 3: Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs

Enjoy the breath-taking natural beauty of Lizard Island. Join an optional hike to Cook’s Look in the early morning to survey the reef. Learn about the tragic fate of Mary Watson and snorkel from the beach over giant clam gardens. This afternoon visit the pristine Ribbon Reef #9 for snorkelling and diving.

Enjoy another workshop with Naomi, as you continue to learn about hand-built ceramics and what inspires Naomi’s art practice.

Day 4: Ribbon Reefs

Spend a full day discovering the out Barrier Reef, with snorkelling, diving, and marine biologist led tours of Ribbon Reef #3 and Escape Reef.

For your final workshop, progress your project to completion, with Naomi’s expert guidance.

Day 5: Cairns

Disembark in Cairns at 8:00am.

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.

July 2019

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
15 July 2019 15 Jul 2019 19 July 2019 19 Jul 2019 From $2,300 From $2,300 Coral Expeditions II Call Us Contact Us

Your cruise price includes:

  • Accommodation in selected room grade for the number of nights as listed in each itinerary
  • Excursions as described in each itinerary
  • Services of expedition staff
  • Workshops and lectures by our guest artist Naomi Hobson
  • All meals, prepared by our chef
  • 24 hour tea and coffee
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
  • Access to islands, marine and national parks
  • Snorkelling and equipment
  • Scuba skills introductory session

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Environmental Management Charge
  • Travel Insurance
  • Scuba Diving
  • Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases

Tipping not required:

Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On Coral Expeditions II, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

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