Great Barrier Reef Cruises | Cape York - Arnhem Land - Cairns To Darwin 11 Nights | 03/04/22

Tour Code: 958

Departing: Cairns

  • Cruise the Great Barrier Reef on a luxury small ship voyage to Arnhem Land in Cape York on an 11 night expedition voyage. 
  • Visit places such as Lizard Island and snorkel the famous Blue Lagoon, stand at the tip of Cape York, cruise through the Hole in the Wall  

Included In Price

  • Cairns Great Barrier Reef Cruise Ship Expedition 11 nights
  • All shore excursions, including hiking, kayaking and birdwatching, Xplorer and Zodiac tender boats
  • Presentations, briefings & workshops by our highly experienced Expedition Team
  • Snorkelling and introductory scuba session
  • All meals, with morning and afternoon tea, Australian cuisine
  • Showcase selected beers, wines, juices & soft drinks with lunch and dinner service, and 24 hour tea and coffee
  • Captains Welcome and Farewell Events, and Open Bridge Access with our Captain
  • Daily room service
  • Post-cruise transfers
  • Open bridge access and engine room tours
  • Use of all onboard facilities, including reference library 

Join our brand new Great Barrier Reef cruises from Cairns to explore Cape York, Arnhem Land and over to Darwin in the Northern Territory for 11 nights of luxury on our expedition cruise ships.

Over the next 11 nights we will have you swimming and snorkelling in the brilliant coral gardens of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef to see the marine life that makes this underwater world so famous.We will be visiting remote islands, villages and regions that other large commercial cruise ships cannot access. Our Great Barrier Reef cruises are unique and we become fully immersed in the regions attributes and local indigenous cultures.

Join our Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tour from Cairns to learn about the world's oldest living culture in Arnhem Land, explore the Cobourg Peninsula, visit the culturally rich Tiwi Islands of Bathurst. Learn from the locals about indigenous art at Elcho Island, Nhulunbhuy and Maningrida Art centres.

Tick off a bucket list goal of a champagne sunrise at the very tip of Australia at Cape York. Explore Cooktown, visit remote Thursday Island, snorkel the famous waters of Lizard Island and the northern sections of the Great Barrier Reef. Explore the Arnhem Land coastline and witness and amazing sunset over the Arafura Sea in the Northern Territory in Darwin.

Cairns to Darwin, Cape York, Arnhem Land, 11 Night expedition cruise ship tour departing Cairns and exploring remote islands, snorkelling coral lagoons and meeting indigenous tribes and artists of Northern Australia.

Join us on our unique expedition style cruise ship tour from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef to explore all the coral reefs, and famous islands along the Australian coastline.

Book your berth on our small luxury cruise ship tour departing Cairns in April 2022 that hosts 72 guests and intimately introduces our guests to Cape York & Arnhem Lands indigenous residents.

Our 2022 Cape York and Arnhem Land cruise ship expeditions will be an exotic personalised bespoke journey like no other through remote islands in northern Australia.

We explore brilliant coral reefs that immerse keen explorers in the very best of Australia’s northern coastline not seen by many others.

Our privileged guests onboard the cruise ship will see some of the finest locations of the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef others have never seen.

We will enjoy a bucket list goal of an amazing sunrise celebration at the very ‘Tip of Australia’, Cape York, before venturing into the remote Arnhem Land Coast and the rarely visited Tiwi Islands.

Book your cruise ship cabin and join us in Cairns for a remarkable 11-night voyage of discovery to Darwin in 2022, visiting otherwise inaccessible locations and developing a new understanding of the amazing culture of the traditional owners of the Torres Strait and Arnhem Land.

Our cruise ship tours will change your preconceived perceptions and change your life.

On our cruise ship expedition, guests may choose to swim and snorkel in the clear tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef, explore the pristine coral gardens of the northern reef and tour the fascinating Lizard Island Research Station to learn how scientists are preserving the Reef for future generations

As we cross the Coral Sea and travel west, we will venture ashore to personally meet the famous cultural artisans in some of the most remote villages and renowned galleries of Australia, and meet the artists who have their paintings exhibited in the famous galleries of the world, including the Louvre in Paris.

Learn all about the fascinating Macassan traders of the 17th century as we cruise the Arnhem Land coast before experiencing the friendly welcome and warm hospitality of the rarely-visited Tiwi Islanders as they share with us their ancient culture and traditional lifestyles.

Visiting Bathurst Island, you’ll gain a rich understanding of how life differs in these areas, and how the culture has evolved to work as one with nature.

A full day sailing in the remote Cobourg Peninsula also offers a myriad opportunities to spot bird and marine life.


Cairns To Darwin 11 Night Cruise


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Cairns To Darwin 11 Night Cruise | 3rd April 2022 Cruise Itinerary

Book your berth on this luxury small expedition voyage and see parts of Australia few others have explored 

Day 1 Depart Cairns

Guests board our cruise ship at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure. 

After settling into our cabins come and meet our fellow cruise ship passengers as we set sail northwards.

In the evening all the guests gather with the crew to enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks and sit down to the first of many wonderful dinners.

Day 2 Lizard Island

Explore the secluded world famous 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 Flinders Group and Davie Reef


At Stanley Island, view contact-period rock art depicting sailing ships reminiscent of Chinese junks and Portuguese galleons, and hear stories from an traditional owner of the Yiithuwarra people.

At Davie Reef and Cay we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery

Day 4 Forbes Island

This tiny island has few human visitors so wildlife is prolific.

Find the grave of beche-de-mer fisherman Frederick Lancaster, beachcomb on sweeping beaches and swim in the tropical waters. 

Day 5 Tip of Cape York

Go ashore at the rocky northernmost point of Australia, and experience a champagne at sunrise or sunset in this special place.

Have your photo taken next to the Tip of Cape York sign. You are standing at the most northern point of the Australian continent.  

Day 6 Thursday Island & Torres Strait Islands

Thursday Island, or Waiben, is the hub of the Torres Strait and here we learn of the region’s pearling history.

Have the privilege of visiting the remote islands of Badu or Moa, to experience cultural performances, a local meal and the remarkable art centres (Indigenous Art Itinerary only). 

Day 7 Cruising the Gulf of Carpentaria

Today is a day for taking in the sights and relaxing onboard as we cruise the Gulf of Carpentaria. Attend informative presentations by our guest lecturers.  

Day 8 Elcho Island & Wessel Island - Hole in the Wall

Be welcomed to country by the Yolgnu people at Galiwin’ku and Gawa communities.

Gain insight into the Yolgnu culture, and meet local artists who have exhibited around the world.

Cruise through the ‘Hole in the Wall’ between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands.

Day 9 Maningrida

Maningrida is home to a remarkable art centre.

This is a unique opportunity to purchase sought-after Indigenous artworks and textiles directly from the artists

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 Tiwi Islands

Be welcomed to the Tiwi Islands with a smoking ceremony at Bathurst Island, dancing, and an afternoon tea of home-made damper and billy tea.

Learn about the unique Tiwi culture and visit the art centre.

Day 12 Darwin

Arrive into Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to the ‘Top End’. Disembark at 8:30am 

Departs From


Departure Time
  • Embarkation at 4.00pm for depature at 5:00pm from Cairns
  • Disembark in Darwin at 08.00am
Departure Instructions
  • Boarding at 4:00pm
  • Disembark in Darwin at 8:00am

Lizard Island, Flinders Group & Davie Reef, Forbes Island, Tip of Cape York, Thursday Island & Torres Strait Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria, Yirrkala Art Centre / Nhulunbhuy, Elcho Island & Hole in the Wall & Wessel Islands, Maningrida, Cobourg Peninsula, Tiwi Islands, Darwin (final destination)

Months of Operation

January - December

Days of Operation



11 nights

Available for Purchase / Hire
  • Internet services
  • Laundry services
  • Alcoholic spirits, wine and beer outside of mealtimes
  • Souvenir purchases
Additional Information
  • Scuba diving – minimum age 12
  • The carrier will endeavour to follow the Cruise itinerary as described in the brochure and the passenger accepts that the carrier has the right to vary the itinerary or cancel the Cruise if the carrier considers that this is necessary as a result of some Unexpected Event or prevailing inclement weather conditions and the passenger accepts that the passenger will not be entitled to any compensation or a refund of the fare paid should this occur except as is provided for in these Cruise Ticket Conditions.
  • All baggage brought on board the Ship by a passenger remains in the possession and control of the passenger during the Cruise and must be stored and kept in the cabin allocated to the passenger.
  • Please check with your nearest Papua New Guinea consulate or embassy regarding documentation required for travel to these countries. It is the passenger's responsibility to ensure they have all necessary paperwork permitting travel to these countries.
  • All purchases onboard will be charged to your room account and will need to be settled prior to disembarking. Payment can be made with Cash, Credit Card or Australian Dollars Travellers cheque. It is recommended guests bring a small supply of PNG Kina, Solomon Island Dollars, Vanuatu Vatu and Pacific Franc for purchases whilst ashore.
  • It is recommended that all passengers purchase appropriate travel insurance prior to departure. Please ensure you are covered for remote area evacuation.
  • The Kimberly Traditional Owners may impose a visitor pass permit in the future with the cost to be borne as an extra by the guests and will be added to the cost of the cruise.

Swimwear, hat, sunscreen, smart cool casual clothing for the evening, light jacket, no formal attire required onboard.

  • Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • We do not provide services of entertainment, supervision or care of children.
  • Some of our itineraries are quite adventurous.
  • We recommend children aged above 12 years of age will enjoy the challenge and experience the most.

Cancellation Policy:

All cancellations must be in writing. Please note that all cancellations will incur an administration fee. Please see our terms and conditions for details prior to booking.

Operator’s Terms & Conditions and Cancellation Policy:

To make a reservation you have to pay a deposit of 20% of the fare. 

The balance of the fare is due ninety (90) days prior to departure. 

All prices are quoted in Australian dollars.

Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. 

At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply: 

Expedition Itineraries

  • Up to 90 days prior to departure – forfeit your deposit of 20% of the fare.
  • 60 to 89 days prior to departure – forfeit 50% of the fare.
  • No-show to 59 days prior to departure – forfeit 100% of the fare.

Deposit Protection Plan

Deposit Protection is a scheme offered to guests our guests to allow them to book confidently and transfer their deposit payment towards any future expeditions in the event they are undable to travel on the cruise they originally booked. Deposit protection is entirely optional, can be invoked for any reason by the guest, and requires an A$110 per person fee at the time of booking.  

Please note this is Not in place of travel insurance.

If you wish to activate your Deposit Protection Plan and amend an existing booking, you will need to confirm in writing to our reservations team indicating that you wish to activate your plan and then we will provide an alternative cruise at a later date.

Transfer Fees

  • Date change fee made more than 90 days before departure - $500 per person fee.
  • Date change within 90 days of departure is considered a cancellation and standard Cancellation Policy applies.
  • A $200 per person fee is applicable for any amendments not requiring a date change after booking is confirmed.
  • Applicable to all itineraries: A name change/transfer of the booking to another person is considered a cancellation and Cancellation Penalties will apply

We strongly recommend that all passengers purchase cruise cancellation and interruption insurance as protection against any circumstance which may force you to cancel or leave an expedition whilst it is in progress.

Great Barrier Reef Cruises | Cape York - Arnhem Land - Cairns To Darwin 11 Nights | 03/04/22

Tour Code: 958

Departing: Cairns



Prices are AUD, per adult and include all levies fees and taxes.

Tour Code: 958



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12 - 18 yrs

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1300 761 612
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