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Cape York & Arnhem Land | Darwin - Cairns | 11 Nights | Indigenous Art Themed | Coral Adventurer

Indigenous Art From The Tip Of Australia

11 Nights | Departing Darwin 5 Oct 2022 | Arriving Cairns | Onboard Coral Adventurer

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 centres 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.  You’ll also visit the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre at Yirrkala. This community-controlled art gallery and museum showcase the beautiful artwork from the North-East Arnhem region, and its artists have exhibited all over the world.  As your journey continues, our guest lecturers introduce you to the friends they have made in each location, and present lectures on Indigenous art and culture, as well as the natural history of this ancient country. We continue on to the Torres Strait Islands. Here you will witness the traditional and contemporary blend of Torres Strait art forms. At the very northern tip of mainland Australia, known as Pajinka in the local indigenous language, enjoy champagne as the sunsets. As we approach the end of our expedition, see rock art from the contact period at rugged Stanley Island.

You May Also Like: Reverse direction Cairns to Darwin departing 3 April 2022 & 23 Mar 2023, or Cape York & Arnhem Land onboard Coral Discoverer departing 22 Oct 2021, 30 Sep 2022 & 11 Oct 2023.



Bridge Deck Balcony Suite $28,340 n/a
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $22,140 n/a
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom $20,140 $30,210*
Promenade Deck Stateroom $15,090 $22,635*
Coral Deck Stateroom $12,590 $18,885*

Prices are per person, listed in Australian Dollars (AUD) and include GST. *Limited sole use occupancy available.

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The Itinerary

Embark: SailSAFE Check-In at 7:00 am at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf. Board Coral Adventurer at 8:00 am for 9:00 am departure.
Disembark: Arrive and disembark at Cairns’ Trinity Wharf at 08:00am.

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. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling. Access to indigenous communities will be subject to approval for that particular visit.

Day 1: Depart Darwin

Darwin Port

Board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 7:00am ahead of our 8:00am departure. Spend time getting to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks before the first of many delicious dinners.

Tiwi Islands

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Visit remote Bathurst Island. With local Tiwi guides, we learn of the unique culture and visit the art centre. Be welcomed with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before enjoying a traditional Australian afternoon tea of damper and billy tea.

Cobourg Peninsula

Cobourg Peninsula

Discover Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula. Join Park Rangers in Port Essington, famous for the failed Victoria Settlement, and explore the ruins while learning about the fascinating history of this early colonial outpost.

Hole in the Wall and Wessel Islands

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In the Xplorer, we travel through the narrow channel between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands, known as the ‘Hole in the Wall’.

Yirrkala Art Centre

Visit the spectacular Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre at Yirrkala, outside of Nhulunbuy.  Here, the Yirrkala Art Centre represents Yolŋu artists from around the region.

Established in 1976 as an act of self-determination, the art centre has forged a vibrant path for Yolŋu contemporary art. The museum built in 1988 houses a collection of works detailing historical artefacts and important moments, including the Message Sticks from 1935 and the Yirrkala Church Panels from 1963.


Groote Eylandt

Prior to European settlement, Groote Eylandt had been inhabited by Aboriginal people for thousands of years, and there had been regular contact between local Aboriginal people and Macassan traders, evident in the names of some of Groote Eylandt settlements, such as Umbakumba.

Here we will experience a traditional welcome from a local group on Groote Eylandt, and visit art sites accompanied by an Indigenous ranger.

Cruising the Gulf of Carpentaria

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our guest lecturers. You will hear about the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast.

Thursday Island (Waiben) & Northernmost Point of Cape York

Join an informative tour of Thursday Island to learn about its interesting pearling history and multicultural influences. At Thursday Island we also have free time to explore all the island has to offer, including Gab Titui Cultural Centre and local shopping.

Cruise to the Tip of Cape York and enjoy champagne while the sun sets.

Piper Islands Group and Restoration Island

Restoration Island

Visit Restoration Island or Resto, as the locals call it.  Here Captain Bligh, of the infamous Mutiny on the Bounty, made his first landfall after a long ocean crossing from Tonga, in May 1789. He named it Restoration Island because the food they found (oysters and native fruits) greatly restored their spirits and because that date was Oak Apple Day, the anniversary of the restoration of King Charles II.

Today Restoration Island is not just a National Park; one-third of the island is leased to David Glasheen, a former mining tycoon, who, after losing his fortune in the Black Friday market crash, decided to live a solitary existence on the island, and has done so for over 2 decades. It is an idyllic coastal island with a granite and volcanic peak 116 metres in height and a beautiful shark tooth-shaped beach spit where guest will enjoy water activities and time to explore the island.

Flinders Island and Cape Melville

Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group, and view the isolated Endaen Aboriginal rock art depicting the first sailing ships to visit Queensland shores.

Lizard Island

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Explore secluded Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland coast. Venture into the crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkelling or take a walk along the sparkling white beach. An energetic guided walk leads to Cook’s Look – from this peak, Captain James Cook was able to sight a navigable passage through the treacherous reef after repairing the HMB Endeavour.

Day 12: Arrive in Cairns

Cairns wharf departure port

Arrive in Cairns and disembark at 8:00am.

October 2022

Departure Departure Arrival Arrival Cost Per Person Cost PP Ship Availability  
05 October 2022 05 Oct 2022 16 October 2022 16 Oct 2022 $12,590 to $22,140 $12,590 to $22,140 Coral Adventurer Available Book

Your cruise price includes:

  • 11-night Expedition Voyage aboard your chosen ship in your chosen cabin category
  • Expert Expedition Team, including Marine Biologists and Guest Lecturers, and a local Parks & Wildlife Guide
  • Daily guided excursions on the Xplorer and Zodiac tender vessels
  • All meals throughout your cruise, Australian cuisine prepared fresh in our galley
  • Showcase wines and selected beer, as well as soft drinks, with lunch and dinner service
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with our Captain
  • 24 hour coffee and selection of teas
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including a reference library
  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination

Your cruise price does not include:

  • Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
  • Entry visas/travel permits
  • Travel Insurance
  • 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 our vessels, our crew has no other agenda than your delight.

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