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Cape York And Arnhem Land Coral Expeditions

Cape York, Arnhem Land & the Torres Strait

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 our expeditions of the remote Northern Australian coastline, experience traditions unchanged for centuries, sacred rock art and remote lands only permitted accessible by a fortunate few.

Experience the rich cultures of the Tiwi and the Torres Strait where guests are warmly welcomed to Country. Journey into traditional lands from Cape York to Yolngu territory in Arnhem Land. Learn and understand the song-lines and lore that shaped this ancient culture, and allow your expert guides to 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. Cruise the Coburg Peninsula, taking in 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.  Coral Expeditions has had the privilege of introducing guests to this remarkable culture for over three decades, so guests can rest assured of personal experiences conducted with the utmost respect and cultural sensitivity.

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Our Cape York, Arnhem Land & Torres Strait Cruises:

Across the Top | Cairns - Broome | 18 Nights

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Our newly released ‘Across the Top of Australia’ expedition is an 18-night voyage combining the very best of our classic Kimberley adventure with our popular Cape York and Arnhem Land voyages.  Join us to understand why this is a region we have come to love over the past 30 years.  Covering over 4,000km of remote coastline, Coral Adventurer traverses’ the legendary great rivers, pristine outer reefs, and traditional communities seen by very few in their lifetime.

>  Departs 20 January 2022
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CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND | DARWIN - CAIRNS | 11 Nights | Art Themed | Coral Adventurer

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New Release: For the first time, our iconic Cape York and Arnhem Land voyage will be undertaken by Coral Adventurer. Commencing in Darwin on the 5th October 2022, voyage to the Tiwi Islands, and experience unique cultural performances and learn the history of the islands. A visit to Tiwi Designs, one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centers in Australia, reveals the rich artistic heritage in stunning carvings, paintings, and fabric printing. Each stop is another opportunity to experience the creative expression of one of the world’s oldest cultures and hear their stories.

> Departs 5 October 2022
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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 deep respect for the communities of the region, Coral Expeditions will facilitate an enriching journey with shore excursions accompanied and hosted by local elders who will share the customs and stories of this ancient country.

> Departs 22 October 2022
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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 with shore excursions accompanied and hosted by local elders who will share the customs and stories of this ancient country.

> Departs 12 October 2022
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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.

> Departs 03 April 2022 (sold out) > 23 March 2023 
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CAPE YORK & ARNHEM LAND | DARWIN - CAIRNS | 11 Nights | Art Themed

Spend 11 nights exploring the remote coastline of Cape York & Arnhem Land, focusing on the renowned Indigenous art centres located throughout this region. This themed expedition will be curated by a traditional artist whose expertise will provide an in-depth, immersive experience in these culturally rich areas. There will be hosted art classes onboard, giving you the opportunity to create your own unique pieces.

> Departs 30 September 2022 (sold out) > 11 October 2023 
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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 17th Century. These Macassan traders came to collect trepang or sea cucumber which was considered a delicacy to be on-traded to the Chinese who use 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.

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