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Circumnavigation of Australia

Cairns to Cairns60 nightsAll InclusiveFrom $54,000.00* PP

Exploring Australia’s Coastal Legend

Coral Adventurer | departs Cairns 17 October 2025 | only 60 staterooms

Join us on a unique and pioneering expedition to discover the legend of Terra Australis Incognita, our great island continent, on a rare circumnavigation voyage around the remote shorelines of Australia.

Be one of only 112 guests to undertake this epic adventure of a lifetime as we connect with remote natural places, significant historical sites, amazing natural encounters, and small cultural communities of Australia. Our all-Australian crew and special guest experts will provide local knowledge and insights as they proudly showcase the people, places and tastes that are Australian legend.

Following on from the success of our sold-out inaugural Australian Circumnavigation in 2022, this voyage will feature 48 excursion days, visit 4 major coastal ports and include 3 significant events including a cultural feast in the Torres Strait, a winemaker’s lunch in Margaret River and a charter flight to enjoy a day in the outback at Longreach.

Signature Events:

  • Enjoy a unique cultural festival and feast with the Torres Strait Island community of Thursday Island. Embrace the art dance performance and sensory connection with the Torres Strait Islanders.
  • Indulge in a signature winemaker’s lunch event in the renowned Margaret River. Hosted by the winemaker, enjoy chef prepared food paired with premium wines.
  • Take a charter flight to experience a day in the outback exploring Longreach and visiting a local legend on his homestead, for dinner and fireside frivolity with Queensland characters.

Itinerary Highlights

Cairns wharf departure port

Arrive at Trinity Wharf (berth to be advised) at 4:00pm, where there is time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure.

Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard Coral Adventurer before joining your fellow explorers for Captain’s Welcome Drinks. Afterward, enjoy your first delicious dinner as we cruise toward Lizard Island.

We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, relax on the white-sand beach beneath shady sheoak trees and learn about the tragic story surrounding Mary Watson. There will be an opportunity for water activities and an Xplorer cruise.  

Learn more about Lizard Island > 

Stanley Island-Northern Australia-Coral Expeditions

Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Island Group and take a walk to view the isolated Endaen Aboriginal rock art guided by a traditional owner who will offer an interpretation. The art here depicts the first sailing ships to visit Queensland shores. At Davie Reef enjoy swimming, scuba, snorkelling or glass-bottom boat tours and see brown boobie bird colonies at Davie Cay.


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. Restoration Island was so named by Bligh as he landed there on Oak Apple Day (anniversary of King Charles II’s restoration) and the abundance of oysters and native fruits available for the crew.

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 two 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 guests will enjoy water activities and time to explore the island.

Immerse yourself in the ancient Torres Strait Islander culture with our unforgettable traditional dance, storytelling and musical show.

Northern Australia Coral Expeditions Cape York

At Badu, we visit the indigenous art centre to watch printmakers at work, with the opportunity to purchase prints that catch your eye.

In the evening, set foot on the northernmost point of Australia – the tip of Cape York. Surrounded by a glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowner drinks and the company of like-minded explorers as we relax and watch the sun gently sink below the horizon.

Day at Sea - Lectures, Presentations

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. You will hear about the fascinating history of the Makassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast. Explore our extensive onboard library, while the hours away with a selection of games or simply gaze over the seas.

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.

After lunch back onboard Coral Adventurer, we make the short journey to nearby Bremer Island. The Xplorers will drop us off on the curving golden beach of this idyllic tropical retreat. Here at the Banubanu Beach Resort, owner Helen will welcome us on the beach. Helen an Aranda woman from Alice Springs along with her husband Trevor had discovered this location over ten years ago and fallen in love with its charms. Obtaining the permission of the local community and the senior matriarch they had over the years established this tasteful seven-unit resort and the fine detail of the landscaping, infrastructure and facilities along with excellent staff service at the tasteful café was a credit to their vision, work and enterprise of their staff and helpers. Guests will be enjoying the ambience with swimming, snorkelling, walking the trail or relaxing in the café and plunge pool.


Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. For free time, many guests choose to chat with new-found-friends, read a book from our onboard library, browse the art gallery or simply gaze out to sea in serene bliss.

Darwin Port

We arrive into Darwin Port on the 26 October 2025 at 12:30pm. While in port, guests can enjoy free time to have dinner ashore and catch up with any friends or family they have in the area.

We will be departing Darwin at 8:00am on the 27 October 2025.


Experience a traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea (damper and billy tea). On a guided tour, learn of the culture and history of the Tiwis as we explore the museum and the old mission precinct.

Visit Tiwi Design, one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia and produces of ochre paintings on canvas and bark, ironwood carvings, screen printed fabrics, ceramics, bronze/glass sculptures and limited-edition prints.


Fed by the King George River draining across the Gardner Plateau, 80m tall King George Falls are the most impressive Kimberley waterfalls and the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Before reaching the mist-like spray rising from the base of King George Falls, we cruise through steep-sided gorges carved by a flooded river system that created a swathe through the Kimberley landscape 400 million years ago.


Today we will land at either Jar Island, Swift Bay, Wollaston Bay or Bigge Island. Each of these locations are home to fantastic Wandjina and Gwion Gwion Rock Art (Bradshaw) galleries.

Stretch your legs and explore the magnificent sandstone structures, providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters is where we will find examples of this rock art.


Prince Frederick Harbour is one of the Kimberley’s most spectacular locations at the southern end of York Sound. The harbour is dotted with islands lined with mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of ochre-hued escarpment. White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide, expansive mudflats reveal large populations of mudskippers and mangrove crabs. We will take our Xplorer tender vessels on a cruise up Porosus Creek where there is a very good chance to see crocodiles in amongst the mangrove banks. 

The territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands is made up of the West, Middle and East Islands of Ashmore Reef, as well as Cartier Island and the surrounding 12 nautical mile territorial sea. These islands are uninhabited, making them the perfect location for seabird breeding. Each year around 100,000 seabirds flock to the marine park’s three tiny islands.

The reef here boasts a wide diversity of marine life, including over 70 fish species and 255 varieties of coral. To protect this reef, the Australia Government declared the Ashmore Reef National Nature Reserve in 1983. The islands also have a significant marine turtle nesting area and migratory bird populations.

Here we will spend time birdwatching, swimming and snorkelling the pristine reef.


Explore the sandstone caves of Wollaston Bay or Wollaston Creek. This mass of weathered tunnels, arches and columns form a labyrinth-like maze and was once an Aboriginal midden. Another option while anchored at Winyalkan Bay is a visit to a series Wandjina and Gwion Gwion rock art galleries at Swift Bay.


Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 300 sq km and was named by Phillip Parker King. Twice daily, as the sea recedes in mammoth 11m tides, Montgomery Reef rises from the Indian Ocean in a cascade of rushing water revealing a flat-topped reef pockmarked with rock pools and rivulets.

As the reef emerges, we get up close in our Xplorer and Zodiac inflatable tenders to witness the spectacle as our Expedition Team share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the myriad wildlife. Opportunistic birds take advantage of the emerging reef, feeding on marine life left exposed in rock pools. Turtles, dolphins, dugongs and sawfish too are also attracted to feeding opportunities as the ocean recedes.

The ocean is awash in a swirl of eddies and whirlpools as the moon’s gravitational force takes hold. Then, a few hours later the entire water-borne drama is reversed as the tide comes in and Montgomery Reef disappears below sea level.

Learn more about Montgomery Reef > 

Horizontal Falls

The Horizontal Falls are one of the Kimberley’s biggest attractions and are a result of the mammoth 11m tides the Kimberley is renowned for. Naturalist David Attenborough described the Horizontal Falls as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.’

This natural phenomenon has been created as the ocean thunders through a narrow gorge in the McLarty Ranges. Water builds up on one side and is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Riding the rapids on our Zodiac inflatable tenders is one of the highlights of our Kimberley expedition cruises.

Talbot Bay is at the heart of the Buccaneer Archipelago, where rocks on the 800 or so islands are estimated at over 2 billion years old. At Cyclone Creek, you will see evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations.

View our Horizontal Falls Video > 

Lacepede Island

The Lacepede Islands are a protected class-A nature reserve and are significant as a seabird nesting rookery for brown boobies and roseate terns. Other species often sighted at the Lacepedes include Australian Pelicans, frigate birds, egrets and gulls. The four low-lying islands are also an important breeding and nesting habitat for green turtles. Cruise the lagoon in tenders and witness the myriad wildlife here.


At the edge of the continental shelf, 170 nautical miles offshore, lie the Rowley Shoals a chain of 3 coral atolls including Clerke, Mermaid and Imperieuse Reefs. The shoals, named by Captain Phillip Parker King, offer 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, Māori wrasse, at least 233 species of coral and 688 species of fish – many of which are not found on other coral reefs. Diving along the outside edge of the shoals one can view colourful soft corals, hammerheads and pelagic fish. Water clarity here is unparalleled, making for superb underwater photography opportunities.

Guided by our onboard marine biologist, snorkel away the day in the coral gardens of the Aquarium at Clerke Reef, or dive along the sheer vertical walls and through coral canyons.

Rothschild’s rock wallaby - Dampier Archipelago

Consisting of 42 islands and islets, 25 of which are nature reserves; The iron-red islands of the Dampier Archipelago stand in bright contrast to the turquoise waters which surround them. The archipelago not only offers exceptional natural beauty but significant sites for Aboriginal and European Heritage, many of which are in National Heritage Listed Areas. Named after English explorer William Dampier who first visited the islands aboard the Cygnet in 1699; the islands’ earliest inhabitants were the Yaburara people, as is evidenced by the thousands of rock engravings, shell middens and stone arrangements scattered across the area.

There will be ample opportunity to explore the area’s historical and cultural sites under the guidance of the Murujuga Land and Sea Rangers before taking to the azure waters for swimming and kayaking. Birdwatchers will have the opportunity to see several species of migratory waders as well as sea eagles and ospreys. With luck, we may even see the elusive Rothschild’s rock wallaby.

*Please note viewing of aboriginal petroglyphs is subject to approval and guidance by traditional owners of the area, and cannot be guaranteed.


The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is the turquoise jewel in the crown of the Western Australian coastline. Spanning over 5,000 square kilometres, this is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world. Its inner and outer reefs create a diverse range of habitats for vibrant corals and more than 500 species of fish. This is also where marine life comes to feed during their migrations, including humpback whales and giant manta rays. It is also a coastline with a fascinating heritage, where lonely whalers battled it out against the elements.

Today you have a choice between two tours:

From Exmouth, take a coach tour to discover Cape Range National Park, enjoy a nature walk at Yardie Creek, and visit the Vlamingh Head lighthouse.

Or visit the educational Ningaloo Centre which prepares you for an incredible experience of snorkelling from the beach at Turquoise Bay, and a boat charter with a local operator to discover the outer reef with the opportunity to snorkel with manta rays and turtles. There may be an opportunity for advanced divers to discover the Navy Pier dive, depending on tides.

Batemans Bay

The remote and well-hidden Bateman’s Bay, just north of Coral Bay, is a much more remote and untouched landscape in comparison with beautiful sand beaches.

Weather permitting, we will make a short landing on the remote Ningaloo coast between Northwest Cape and Shark Bay, for a swim and a beach comb.

Shark Bay, Western Australia

Explore the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, the first location in Western Australia to receive UNESCO World Heritage status in 1991. This is a region of colourful landscapes, rare flora and fauna, and home to a staggering 35% of all of Australia’s bird species. Walk the Wanamalu trail and view the wildlife and striking contrasts between red sand and turquoise sea.

Cruise past historic Cape Inscription, the site of Dirk Hartog’s landing in 1616.

Abrolhos Islands Sea Lions

The Abrolhos Islands consist of 122 islands, clustered into three main groups, the Wallabi, Easter and Pelsaert Groups. Lying in the steam of the southward flowing Leeuwin current, the marine environment here is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. Common marine mammals include Australian sea lions and bottlenose dolphins, and over 90 species of seabird have been identified. The treacherous reefs around these islands have claimed many wrecks over the centuries, the most famous being the Batavia in 1629 – whose Dutch crew swam ashore only to experience a brutal mutiny.

The Abrolhos islands offer a near-pristine natural environment with a diverse range of marine and terrestrial fauna and flora. This area also offers a rich history including shipwrecks and remnants of early colonial industries such as guano mining and commercial fishing.

Depending on which of the islands we visit, there will be opportunities for a range of activities including visiting historical sites, wildlife viewing and world-class diving and snorkelling sites. The Australian sea lions love to swim and play here.

At the Pelsaert (Southern) group we will have the opportunity to visit Liddon Pearl Farm and crayfishing operations on Post Office Island. Here we learn what is involved with growing the pearls, learning the different shells and pearl categories, and how the different types of pearls are set. We will also have insights into the renowned cray fishing industry of the island, from the family who has been in the Abrolhos for 4 generations.

We arrive at Fremantle Port on the 12 November 2025 at 4:00pm. While in port, guests can enjoy free time ashore and catch up with any friends or family they have in the area.

We will be departing Darwin at 5:00pm on the 13 November 2025.

Leeuwin Estate

Family-owned Leeuwin Estate is one of five founding wineries of the now famous Margaret River district of Western Australia, under the direction of two generations who work with a team of highly skilled winemakers to consistently produce wines ranking alongside the world’s finest.

Leeuwin Estate combines fine wine and food in a picturesque setting in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. With sweeping views overlooking the majestic Karri Forest, this evening we will travel to Leeuwin Estate for a four-course combination of exceptional seasonal West Australian produce, focusing on flavour, texture, and aromas, with current Leeuwin Estate wines.

We will spend the day here for a gala lunch event.


Augusta is the most south-western town in Australia and is nearby to the towering karri timber of Boranup Forest and spectacular Jewel Cave. The south west coast was first seen by explorers in 1622 from the Dutch ship Leeuwin. Then expeditions by French explorers De Freycinet, D’Entrecasteaux, Baudin and Hamelin sighted the coast in the late 18th to early 19th century.

Captain Matthew Flinders charted the south west coast from 1801 to 1803 and proved that Cape Leeuwin was part of the mainland. With the arrival of settlers, Augusta was founded in 1830. The subsequent increase in ship traffic over the next few decades led to the construction of the impressive Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse 1896.

Here, we will climb Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia overlooking the point where the mighty Southern and Indian Oceans collide. We will also visit Jewel Cave, an awe-inspiring and extremely well decorated cave, containing many beautiful examples of delicate helictites, cave coral, pendulites, a very large stalagmite called ‘The Karri Forest’, and beautiful examples of flowstone such as ‘The Frozen Waterfall’ and ‘the Organ-pipes’. Remarkably, fossilised remains of several Tasmanian Tigers have been discovered within Jewel Cave, more than 3000 years after the thylacine became extinct on mainland Australia.


Western Australia’s oldest colonial settlement lies on the northern shore of Princess Royal Harbour, King George Sound. The area was inhabited by the Mineng Noongar Aboriginal people for some 18,000 years before it was first encountered by Europeans. During the summer they lived along the coast, where they caught fish with stone traps in the naturally broad, deep, sheltered harbour, and in winter they moved inland. The harbour was visited and charted by George Vancouver in 1791. In 1826, the first European settlement in the state, a penal colony called Frederickstown was established.

Cruise into King George Sound, the coastline here is very beautiful and guests enjoy the views from the outer decks. Go ashore in the town for free time to explore. Guests will have the choice to visit the ANZAC Museum, the city of Albany including the Museum of the Great Southern, Brig Amity and the Old Gaol or the Historic Whaling Station. At the ANZAC Centre we will be greeted by staff before wandering around this extensive centre. The highlight of this option is the spectacular view from the lookout back over King George Sound where friends and family would have watched as the ANZACs depart Australia.

At the Whaling Station, you will be guided around to see whale skeletons and a replica of a whaling boat from the 1970s, there is also the option to explore a wildflower garden.

Woody Island

We enter the Recherche Archipelago, a group of 105 islands and many more rocky outcrops. Here, many species of birds as well as sea lions and fur seals, come to breed. The islands are scattered across the blue water – a beautiful seascape when viewed from shore with turquoise waters washing against grey and tan-coloured granite.

Here, we will land at Woody Island to explore. Located just 15km off the coast of Esperance, Woody Island’s stands of tall trees have given it its name. Surrounded by pristine, clear waters, you will have the opportunity to experience the snorkel trail in Shearwater Bay. The cool southern waters provide excellent visibility for your journey of discovery.

There are several beautiful walks on the island, from easy to moderate, and you will appreciate the spectacular views across the archipelago along the way. For the bird lovers, a wide variety of bird life is sighted on the island, from land dwellers to those dependent on the sea. Spot singing & new holland honeyeaters, silvereyes, red-eared firetails, rock parrots and sacred kingfisher. While along the walk trails catch a glimpse of the golden whistlers, brown quails, spotted pardolalotes, brush bronzewings, raptors and fan tailed cuckoo.

For those who aren’t interested in one of the islands walks, we will have the opportunity to enjoy an Xplorer tender cruise along the sheltered side of the island.

Lucky Bay Kangaroo

Cape Le Grand National Park’s massive granite peaks, rolling heathlands and curving white beaches are some of the most spectacular landscapes along the southern coast. Along quiet Lucky Bay, kangaroos are known to laze on the whitest sand in Australia. The turquoise water is wonderful for an invigorating swim, and if time permits, we will enjoy a moderate hike on part of the Le Grand Coastal trail. The Cape Le Grande coastal trail passes through beautiful coastal scenery, and the national park is home to pygmy possums, western grey kangaroos and many colourful native wildflowers.

Spend two days crossing the mighty Great Australian Bight. About halfway through our voyage, the Bunda Cliffs will come into view.

For 100km along the Great Australian Bight runs these awe-inspiring 120m tall white chalky Bunda Cliffs. This 300m thick limestone slab was once part of an ancient seabed and now forms the Nullarbor Plain, extending far inland with many layers containing many fossils. Depending on sea conditions we will cruise along the cliffs and enjoy a vantage point from sea very rarely experienced.


Flinders Island Abalone

Flinders Island is located about 35km from the Eyre Peninsula Coast and has been owned by the Woolford family since 1979, where they fish for abalone and are working to establish a safe haven for vulnerable native species. Meet Tobin and Jonas Woolford on Front Beach, learn of the island’s history and conservation projects on the island. There will also be the opportunity to taste freshly pan-seared abalone and explore the historic shearing sheds.

Coffin Bay Oysters

On a tour with an experienced local oyster farmer, taste fresh pacific and native Angasi oysters straight out of the sea and learn firsthand how to shuck an oyster. Learn about the history of Coffin Bay and the oyster farming practices of the famous Coffin Bay Oyster. Prepare for a seafood tasting sensation!

In the afternoon, land ashore at one of Coffin Bay National Park’s stunning beaches for beachcombing and walks.

Kangaroo Island South Australia

At Kangaroo Island guests have the opportunity to choose from a selection of excursion options. Those with an interest in wildlife might like to visit Seal Bay, home of the third largest colony of Australian sea lions in the world. Or delight in some of Kangaroo Islands local produce on a tour to Island Beehive, Emu Ridge Eucalyptus and Emu Bay Lavender. If history and walks are of interest head out to Cape Willoughby, for a tour of the lighthouse.

Arrive to Adelaide early this morning (24 November 2025) for a full day to explore the city at your leisure. There will also be opportunities for guests to visit Geoff Merril Winery through out the day. Coral Adventurer departs late this evening for her next port of call.

Spend the morning exploring Port Fairy at your leisure. Walk the heritage trail to view grand public buildings which sit side by side with restored whalers’ cottages and Georgian-styled merchant homes. Or visit Griffiths Island: with its colony of shearwater seabirds, winding pathways, and the spectacular lighthouse at the eastern tip, it is a great place to explore. Continue to the infamous Shipwreck Coast. This stretch of coastline is a graveyard of around 700 submerged wrecks, leaving behind their fascinating stories. Captain Matthew Flinders notably said he had never seen a ‘more fearful section of coastline’.

12 Apostles

Apollo Bay is a charming seaside town situated in the foothills of the Otway Ranges on the Great Ocean Road, surrounded by lush rainforest and towering mountains. Apollo Bay was given its name by Captain Loutit in 1845 after his trading vessel. Around that time the area was frequented by sailors, whalers, sealers, and timber cutters who began coming to the area in the early 1800s. However, settlers didn’t begin building their homesteads in the Apollo Bay area until 1849 – four years after the town was founded.

We will visit the Great Ocean Road Brewhouse to sample some of the local tastes of the region. We will have the option to visit the great Ocean Road Brewhouse to sample some local tastes of the region, or take a guided walk at a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of Great Otway National Park.

View the rugged splendour of the renowned 12 Apostles that lie in the Southern Ocean off Victoria’s coast. The limestone cliffs are subject to constant erosion from the impact of storms and winds, which carved the caves in the cliffs. When the caves eroded into arches and collapsed, their 45m high rocky remains were left along the shore. 

Rhyll Inlet Boardwalk

Phillip Island, named after the first Governor of NSW Arthur Phillip, is well known for its tourism, agriculture, and fishing industries. This morning, explore the boardwalks of the area with your local guide, surrounded by the internationally important RAMSAR protected ecosystem vital to ocean food production and health – mangroves. This area is thriving with wildlife and birdlife, including a variety of honeyeaters, parrots, thornbills, pardalotes, silvereyes, and other bush birds. After exploring the reserve, wander through a world-renowned habitat for migratory wader birds and other wildlife species at peaceful Rhyll Inlet. You’ll find boardwalks that loop through the tranquil mangroves, saltmarsh, and mudflats, where you’ll spot spoonbills, oyster catchers, herons, egrets, cormorants, short, tailed shearwater, and a range of international waders rarely seen in Australia.

tamar river

Spend two days cruising the scenic Tamar River – which despite its name is actually a tidal estuary over its entire length. Formed by the confluence of the North and South Esk rivers at Launceston, the river’s banks are peppered with scenic reserves, historical properties and notable vineyards. Explore the historic pilot station at Low Head, discover the charming city of Launceston, and enjoy our signature food & wine event at Josef Chromy Vineyard. 

sea day

Enjoy two relaxing days at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. For free time, many guests choose to chat with new-found-friends, read a book from our onboard library, browse the art gallery or simply gaze out to sea in serene bliss.

Wake early and enjoy a memorable sunrise sail into Sydney Harbour. We will arrive at Port at 6:00am on 3 Dec 2025.

While in port, guests can enjoy free time to have time ashore and catch up with any friends or family they have in the area.

We will be departing Sydney at 6:00pm on the same day (3 December 2025) as the sun sets against the iconic landmarks of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. For free time, many guests choose to chat with new-found-friends, read a book from our onboard library, browse the art gallery or simply gaze out to sea in serene bliss.

Step ashore in Trial Bay for a visit to the historic goal and foreshore markets.

Arrive in Trial Bay in the morning, landing on the beach where we are met by community members. There is the opportunity to visit Trial Bay Gaol, Smokey Cape Lighthouse, and South West Rocks. The community here is very welcoming.

Sea Day

Enjoy a sea day to spend at your leisure.

Enjoy a snorkel and kayak trail amongst the shipwrecks at Tangalooma. Guests will have the time to relax on the beach or snorkel the famous shipwrecks of the coast. Fifteen vessels were deliberately sunk to form a break wall for small boats also creating an amazing wreck dive and snorkel site. There is a beautiful amount of coral and marine life. Schools of parrotfish, surgeonfish and snapper populate the wrecks. Butterflyfish are common and you might even spot a wobbegong lying on the floor underneath one of the scuttled vessels.

sea day

Enjoy time at sea to spend at your leisure.

fraser island

K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) is the world’s largest sand island and an area of remarkable natural beauty. The island was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1992 to recognise the island’s internationally significant natural features. This land is the traditional country of the Butchulla people.

We will make our way to Kingfisher Lodge for an exciting 4WD tour taking in Lake Mackenzie and Central Station, a former base for harvesting timber. The clear waters of Boorangoora (Lake Mackenzie) are spectacular. Guests can enjoy a pleasant swim in the clear waters.

Stroll along the silent and crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek, as our guides point out Kauri Pine (Agathis robusta) used for shipbuilding, age old Satinae trees used for building piers and ships, and giant staghorns growing on hoop pines amongst the many trees sought as part of the logging industry in the 20th century.

There is the opportunity to enjoy an easy nature walk or explore the culinary delights of K’Gari’s rainforest as part of the Bush-Tucker Experience.

Day at Sea - Lectures, Presentations

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. For free time, many guests choose to chat with new-found-friends, read a book from our onboard library, browse the art gallery or simply gaze out to sea in serene bliss.

Scawfell Island

There is the opportunity to stop near Scawfell Island for swimming and kayaking the shallow waters of Refuge Bay on Scawfell’s north-west coast.


In the Whitsundays region, we will have the opportunity to step ashore the stunning white silica sand beach of Whitehaven, swimming off the beach in iridescent aqua seas.

townsville to longreach

Take a charter flight to experience a day in the outback exploring Longreach and visiting a local legend on his homestead, for dinner and fireside frivolity with Queensland characters.

day at sea

Recap on the last 60 days at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks.

Our Circumnavigation of Australia adventure concludes in Cairns this morning as we bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew, disembarking at 8:00am.

A complimentary transfer is provided to CBD hotels or the airport.

Transfers to the Northern Beaches or Port Douglas can be arranged on board with the Purser (at cost), if not already arranged prior to embarkation.

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.

Fares & Availability

Waived Sole-Supplement: Connect with solo travellers in our solo travel Facebook Group, and together, a same-gender pair can secure a booking in a twin cabin with no additional supplement to pay. Contact our reservations team together to book.


Bridge Deck Balcony Suite

Private Balcony - 55.8m2

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Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2

Last Stateroom

Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom

Private Balcony - 21.4m2


Promenade Deck Stateroom

Picture Window - 17m2


Coral Deck Stateroom

Porthole Window - 17m2

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Additional Information


  • Comprehensive and fully guided sightseeing in each destination
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell events, and open bridge access
  • Use of Xplorer tenders and Zodiacs
  • Kayaking and snorkelling
  • Daily lectures and briefings
  • Listed charter flight from Townsville to Longreach and return
  • All meals, chef-prepared on board
  • Wines, beers, spirits, juices & soft drinks with lunch and dinner service
  • 24 hour tea and barista-style coffee
  • Laundry (Restrictions apply)
  • All entrance fees to National and Marine Parks and Ports
  • All port taxes and charges imposed by governing authorities
  • Wi-Fi access

Not Included

  • Expedition diary, along with a photo and video gallery documenting the highlights of your voyage
  • Pre-cruise transfers
  • Pre and post cruise flights/charter flights
  • Pre and post cruise accommodation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Entry visas & travel permits for the country you are travelling to/from
  • Alcoholic drinks outside of lunch and dinner service
  • Items of a personal nature such souvenir purchase

About Your Ship: Coral Adventurer

Coral Adventurer


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