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THE WORLD’S OLDEST CULTURE

Become immersed in the ancient Indigenous cultures and prehistoric landscapes of Australia’s Northern coastline on a voyage of discovery that takes you far off the beaten track in Arnhem Land, to the very tip of Australia at Cape York, and into the Torres Strait. On this expedition of the remote Northern Australian coastline, experience traditions unchanged for centuries, sacred rock art and remote lands only permitted accessible by a fortunate few.

An anthropologic journey, guests on this voyage will be immersed in the rich cultures of the Tiwi and The Torres Strait, where guests are warmly welcomed to Country. Journey into traditional lands at Cape York, and into Yolngu territory in Arnhem Land. Learn and understand about the songlines and lore that shaped this ancient culture, and allow your expert guide interpret ancient rock art. See how generations have passed on artistic traditions, and how this important cultural legacy is being kept alive today, at world renowned art centres in Yirrkala and Nhulunbuy. Watch Elders tell their story through art in Maningrida.

Guests onboard will also spend a full day cruising the Coburg Peninsula, and her plentiful avian and sea life. See the confronting graffiti at Gulgari Rip, also known as “the Hole in the Wall” – a tiny inlet that explorers have snuck through for hundreds of year. 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. Coral Expeditions has had the privilege of introducing guests to this remarkable culture for over 30 years, so guests can rest assured of personal experiences conducted with the utmost respect and cultural sensitivity

Save 10%* and combine with our Sacred Lands of the Kimberley expedition, Darwin to Broome, departs 31 March 2017

*Saving is reflected in the price and only applicable to new bookings. Can be combined with your Xplorers Club saving. To obtain your discount, please contact our Reservations team.

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CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND (DARWIN TO CAIRNS), 12 NIGHTS

Join Coral Discoverer for an exploration of some of Australia’s most remote and remarkable areas. Here, on the North Coast, life moves slowly, and centuries-old cultures are passed down in song. Be welcomed into the communities of the Torres Strait and Arnhem Land, and sith with the Tiwi on Bathurst and Melville Islands. Truly unlike anywhere else in the world, you’ll enjoy sunrise at Cape York – the Tip of Australia – explore the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, and see history come alive in Cooktown, following in the footsteps of Captain James Cook.

> Departs 21 September aboard Coral Discoverer

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CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND (DARWIN TO CAIRNS), 12 NIGHTS

Being welcomed to Country in Yolngu territory, or Arnhem Land, means being welcomed into the world’s oldest surviving culture. A remarkable land of art and islands, Australia’s North Coast is a world away. On this 12 night expedition, you’ll meet the artists who teach their stories through paint and song, before heading into the rarely visited Tiwi islands. Truly a voyage through time, the cruise will take guests to the very tip of Australia at Cape York, into the remote great Barrier Reef, and to historic Cooktown. An unforgettable and fascinating itinerary.

> Departs 5 October aboard Coral Expeditions I

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CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND (DARWIN TO CAIRNS), 12 NIGHTS - CURATED EXPEDITION, AUSTRALIAN ART FOCUS

Spend 12 nights exploring the remote coastline of Cape York & Arnhem Land, focusing on the renowned indigenous art centres located throughout this region. This on-off expedition will be curated by Traditional Artist, Brian Robinson, whose expertise will provide an in-depth, immersive experience in these culturally rich areas. Brian will also be hosting art classes on board, giving you the opportunity to create your own unique piece.

> Departs 23 November aboard Coral Discoverer

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MACASSAN TRADERS

Sea-faring traders from as far away as Sulawesi in Indonesia visited the coast of northern Australia from as far back as the 18th century. These Macassan traders came to collect trepang or sea cucumber which was considered a delicacy to be on-traded to the Chinese who used them for culinary and medicinal purposes.

In exchange, the Yolngu Aboriginal people from north-east Arnhem Land received cloth, tobacco, rice and knives. Macassan contact with the Aborigines influenced their culture, language, cuisine and art with Macassan perahu (sailing vessels) a prominent feature in northern rock art.