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Cruising Australia’s Coastal Wilderness

For over 35 years, we have called Australia home. We sail with one purpose – to take small groups of like-minded explorers to remote places, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. After witnessing the towering 80m tall sandstone escarpments of the Kimberley Coastline, the marine diversity of Ningaloo reef, or historic moments depicted in indigenous rock art at the top end, it’s easy to see why there is simply no place like our own backyard.

We explore remote locations that are hard to reach or not often touched by tourists, with shore excursions that promote environmental and cultural appreciation. Our small group sizes ensure that your experience is personal, with minimal impact on the communities and environments we visit. Enjoy excursions or activities each day, guided by expert Expedition Leaders and lecturers who provide commentary on culture, history, and the region’s unique geology, plants and wildlife to help you connect with these special places. Our ships are built for environmentally responsible small ship cruising, with refined navigation and nimble Xplorer tenders to bring you close to remote coastlines.

Find Freedom in your Home State

In response to the current environment, Coral Expeditions has released a new range of itineraries that allow you to embark and disembark within your home state.  Explore with peace of mind the rarely visited coastlines of Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland. Each itinerary has been crafted to allow our expert Expedition Team to showcase the history and natural beauty of our island nation without crossing state borders.

Find freedom in these uncertain times with remote nature-based explorations of your home state with Australia’s pioneering cruise line.

   

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ITINERARIES WITHIN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast | Fremantle - Broome | 12 Nights

Fremantle to Broome TH

Departing from Fremantle, this expedition explores Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea.  With a fascinating maritime and Indigenous history – from the Malgana people of Shark Bay to the exploratory journeys of William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, Baudin and Freycinet – this region is layered with stories. The natural coastal reserves harbour an abundance of birdlife and fascinating marine species. Our guides will help guests explore the renowned Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands and Dampier Archipelago.

>  1 March 2022
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NINGALOO & THE BLUEWATER WONDERS OF AUSTRALIA'S WEST | BROOME - BROOME | 10 NIGHTS

Join this pioneering voyage down Western Australia’s Coral coast onboard Coral Discoverer. Departing Broome, we will visit the spectacular Rowley Shoals Marine Park, the Dampier Archipelago and the historic Montebello Islands. An exploration of renowned Ningaloo Reef completes our voyage. Our marine experts and guides lead our discovery of this pristine coastal habitat.

> Departs 17 May 2021 > 28 May 2021 > 16 May 2022 > 27 May 2022
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Abrolhos Islands & the Coral Coast | Broome - Fremantle | 12 Nights

Departing from Broome, this expedition explores Western Australia’s wild and largely untouched coast, with its contrasting coastal palette of rich red sands and turquoise sea.  With a fascinating maritime and Indigenous history – from the Malgana people of Shark Bay to the exploratory journeys of William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, Baudin and Freycinet – this region is layered with stories. The natural coastal reserves harbour an abundance of birdlife and fascinating marine species. Our guides will help guests explore the renowned Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park, Montebello Islands, Muiron Islands and Dampier Archipelago.

> 27 October 2021 > 7 February 2022
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ITINERARIES WITHIN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Wild Islands & Walks of South Australia | Adelaide - Adelaide | 10 Nights

New Release: This voyage offers the opportunity to explore and hike South Australia’s wild islands, where forested National Parks give way to sheer wave-carved cliffs and sweeping white-sand beaches. Hosted by expert guides, including Kangaroo Island resident and well-known writer and photographer Quentin Chester, learn about the flora, fauna, and history of this remote habitat. Along the way, enjoy the tastes of South Australian and indulge in fresh regional seafood and hand selected local wines.

> 22 November 2021 >  2 December 2021
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ITINERARIES WITHIN TASMANIA

COASTAL WILDS OF TASMANIA | HOBART - HOBART | 10 NIGHTS

Port Davey Tasmania TH

An immersive voyage into the wilderness, this cruise showcases the rugged coastal beauty of Australia’s island state. Become immersed in Tasmania’s breathtaking National Parks; from the perfect circular formation of Wineglass Bay, to the otherworldly remoteness of Port Davey and the wildlife refuge of Maria Island. Enjoy a taste of Tasmania’s authentic food experiences.

> Departs January to March 2022
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COASTAL TREKS OF TASMANIA | HOBART - HOBART | 10 NIGHTS

Coastal Treks Of Tasmania TH

Cruise and hike Tasmania’s scenic coast. The imposing cliffs, sandy beaches and sapphire waters of the rugged coast of Tasmania offer an experience of spectacular beauty. These special departures combine an expedition voyage with coastal treks on some of Tasmania’s best walking tracks – a uniquely Australian back-to-nature experience.

>  17 January 2022
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Circumnavigation of Tasmania | Hobart - Hobart | 16 Nights

Join us on our full circumnavigation voyage of Tasmania, showcasing the best of the remote parks, islands and harbours along the coast of this pristine island.  This 16 night voyage will include a visit to the Josef Chromy Vineyard, hiking through the Strzelecki National Park on Flinders Island, a gourmet lunch and dairy tour on King Island, and more than two days exploring the rarely-visited World Heritage wilderness of Port Davey.

>  1 Janurary 2022 > 26 February 2022  
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ITINERARIES WITHIN QUEENSLAND

Outerknown Adventures of the Great Barrier Reef | Cairns - Cairns | 7 Nights

Aboard our expedition vessel Coral Discoverer, embark on an immersive 7-day adventure to the remote and untouched Northern reefs. We take a maximum of 72 guests to explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey and Ribbon Reefs. Learn about indigenous culture and Australian heritage at Cooktown, hike to the summit of “Cooks Look” Lizard Island, and enjoy a sundowner with the sand beneath your toes at Sudbury Cay.

> 24 November 2021
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Citizen Science Expedition | CAIRNS - CAIRNS | 10 NIGHTS | Australian Geographic Partnered Voyage

Citizen Science Dive Great Barrier Reef

We have partnered with the Australian Geographic Society for a once-in-a-lifetime nature conservation experience on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Hosted by some of Australia’s most accomplished reef experts, you will participate in real scientific research projects including a focus on the annual migration of the dwarf Minke whales – with the opportunity to swim eye to eye with these magnificent creatures – and coral surveying and identification for the world-first Living Coral Biobank project. $500 from your fare benefits GBR Legacy.

> 30 June 2021
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Torres Strait & Cape York | Cairns - Horn Island | 10 Nights

Torres Strait Coral Expeditions

With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions and guests will be rewarded with the chances to meet these island communities and share their culture in a low impact and sustainable environment. With decades of experience and a deep respect for the communities of the region, Coral Expeditions will facilitate an enriching journey accompanied and hosted by local elders who will share the customs and stories of this ancient country.

> 3 November 2021
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Torres Strait & Cape York | Horn Island - Cairns | 10 Nights

With almost 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture. An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions and guests will be rewarded with the chances to meet these island communities and share their culture in a low impact and sustainable environment. With decades of experience and a deep respect for the communities of the region, Coral Expeditions will facilitate an enriching journey accompanied and hosted by local elders who will share the customs and stories of this ancient country.

> 13 November 2021
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OTHER AUSTRALIAN ITINERARIES

Across the Great Australian Bight | Fremantle - Adelaide | 13 Nights

South-Australia-Great-Australian-Bight

New Release: A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to cross the Great Australian Bight, this voyage will visit hard-to-reach islands and iconic National Parks along the south coast.  Voyage past the majestic Bunda Cliffs, the world’s longest stretch of sea-cliffs forged by the powerful Southern Ocean. Enjoy guided walks along the vast and secluded beaches at locations such as Cape Arid National Park, Cape Le Grand, and Bremer Bay.  Among the scattered islands and outcrops of the Archipelago of the Recherche, discover remote breeding grounds of sea lions and follow the snorkel trail at Shearwater Bay to spot the elusive Leafy Sea Dragon. As we round the southwest edge of Australia discover enjoy time ashore with sunset drinks with the kangaroos at Lucky Bay, a visit to extraordinary Jewel Cave, swimming with stingrays at Hamelin Bay, and walk amongst the vines and sample wines through the Margaret River region.

> 8 November 2021
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The Definitive Kimberley | Broome - Darwin | 10 Nights

Our classic 10-day voyage is an immersion into an ancient land. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometers, yet home to just 30,000 people, the Kimberley Region is acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements.

> Departs March to October 2021 & 2022
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The Definitive Kimberley | Darwin - Broome | 10 Nights

Kimberley King George Falls Coral Expeditions

Our classic 10-day voyage is an immersion into an ancient land. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometers, yet home to just 30,000 people, the Kimberley Region is acknowledged as one of the world’s most beautiful wilderness areas. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, plunging waterfalls, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements.

> Departs March to October 2021 & 2022
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THE KIMBERLEY & ROWLEY SHOALS | DARWIN - BROOME | 12 NIGHTS

Coral Expeditions At The Reef

New Release: This new itinerary onboard Coral Geographer combines our classic 10-day Kimberley itinerary with a visit to the spectacular Rowley Shoals Marine Park and Ashmore Reef. Witness magnificent coastal vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, abundant wildlife, and massive tidal movements. Finish off the voyage at a chain of coral atolls offering some of the best snorkelling and diving opportunities in the world. Their shallow lagoons are inhabited by myriad coral species and marine life, including giant potato cod, Maori wrasse, at least 233 species of coral and 688 species of fish – many of which are not found on other coral reefs.

> Departs 15 October 2021
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CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND | CAIRNS - DARWIN | 11 NIGHTS

Discover the Northern Australian coastline and experience a voyage rich in culture and history. Explore the far reaches of Cape York, visit Indigenous rock art sites and enjoy time spent in the remote communities of Arnhem Land and the Torres Strait. Stand on the very tip of Australia and learn how the people of the Tiwi Islands keep their culture alive. This is truly a unique expedition, exploring the untamed regions of the continent.

> 04 April 2021 > 03 April 2022
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CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA | DARWIN - DARWIN | 59 NIGHTS

We take a voyage to circumnavigate this great land, to see the coast the way that mariners throughout history have seen it, and to explore key historical sites that shaped Australia. The great unknown land, Terra Australis Incognita, was for centuries imagined but uncharted, before explorers sailed to the edge of the world to find it. They discovered a land which was not unknown to the many indigenous tribes who lived throughout the vast island continent, and from that moment created a new history with both magnificent and terrible deeds.

> Departs 30 October 2021
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Travel Update - Covid Page

It is our priority to keep our guests and crew safe while travelling with us, and our SailSAFE Plan will ensure we operate responsibly in the new environment that COVID-19 has created. Remote, nature-based expeditions with Australian and New Zealand crew, and small groups less than 120 guests provides a lower-risk environment. The addition of our approved SailSAFE COVID response plan, as well as our thorough pre-cruise testing model, create additional confidence when sailing with us. We have partnered with Respond Global, a specialist
medical advisory agency, to assist us in developing these protocols that are among the most thorough in the world. With a focus on prevention, to target a 100% COVID free environment when we set sail, we have a three-tiered medical screening system in place before boarding. This prevention protocol is supported by onboard mitigation actions and a thorough and compassionate response plan.