11 Night cruise departing from Cairns to Darwin onboard Coral Discoverer.
Day 1: Depart Cairns
Board Coral Discoverer at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. Enjoy lunch on board and a chance to meet your fellow travellers as we set sail northwards. This evening join guests and the friendly crew as we enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many delicious dinners.
Day 2: Lizard Island
Explore secluded Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast, and venture into the crystal clear waters for swimming and snorkelling or take a walk along the white sand beach. The more energetic may join our guides on a walk to ‘Cook’s Look’ on the island’s peak and the highest lookout on this part of the reef. From this high point, Captain Cook was able to navigate a safe passage back through the treacherous waters after repairing the Endeavour near Cooktown over 200 years ago. A photographer’s delight, the views from the lookout over the World Heritage-listed reef and surrounding tropical islands are magnificent.
Day 3: Stanley Island and Davie Reef
Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group and view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery that depicts sailing ships of the last century; this is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location. At Davie Reef and Cay we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery
Day 4: Forbes and Magra Islands
Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island, its reef provides some fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Visit Magra Island for beach-combing and bird watching and enjoy the tropical sunset.
Day 5: Cape York and Thursday Island
Venture ashore at Cape York as the sun rises over the ‘Tip’ on Australia’s northernmost point, and sip champagne to welcome the new day. Anchoring at Thursday Island, learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets. Take the opportunity to observe the distinct cultural differences between Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal tribes. Visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre where the children perform traditional dances, and at Horn Island discover the significance of the Torres Strait during World War II.
Day 6: Cruising the Gulf of Carpentaria
Enjoy a relaxing day at sea with presentations by our expert Guest Lecturers. You will hear about the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coast.
Day 7: Hole in the Wall and Wessel Islands
Cruise through the narrow ‘Hole in the Wall’. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet Aussie beach BBQ as the sun spectacularly sets over the Arafura Sea.
Day 8: Elcho Island Artists
The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning. Gain insight into their culture and meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world, including the Louvre. Consider attending the local church service to share in the local culture.
Day 9: Liverpool River and Maningrida
Anchor in the mighty Liverpool River and travel ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, Museum and local ’boutique’, where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale. Join the Expedition Team on an Xplorer tour of the river before rejoining our small ship.
Day 10: Cobourg Peninsula
Discover the Cobourg Peninsula today and join local guides in Port Essington, famous for its failed Victoria Settlement. Explore and learn about the ruins then visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point.
Day 11: Bathurst and Melville Islands
Visit remote Bathurst and Melville Islands. With traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of the unique cultures and visit their fascinating art centre. Our Tiwi hosts welcome us with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before we join them for a traditional Australian afternoon tea of damper and billy tea. Tonight farewell new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s farewell drinks.
Day 12: Darwin
Arrive into Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to the ‘Top End’. Disembark at 8.00am.
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