Darwin To Cairns 11 Night Cruise | 4th October 2019 Cruise
Darwin To Cairns 11 Night Cruise | 4th October 2019 Cruise
An 11 night, 12 day Darwin, Cape York, Arnhem Land and Great Barrier Reef cruise ship tour that is not to be missed, departing October 2019 from Darwin in the Top End of the Northern Territory in Australia. Join us as we cruise these wild and remote regions of Bathurst and Melville Islands, learn about the history and lifestyles of the Tiwi Culture, and have that bucket list photo of you standing on Australia’s northern most tip. We will be swimming and snorkelling in the famous Blue Lagoon coral reefs around Lizard Island, we will be exploring the Arnhem Land coast, the old trading ground of the Macassan people from Sulawesi as we cruise around the northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef. Our shore tours will include guided tours of the Coburg Peninsular on a full day of exploration, our expedition team will escort you around Thursday Island to learn about the Torres Strait Islanders, and we can view and purchase indigenous art on Elcho Island.
Darwin To Cairns 11 Night Cruise | 4th October 2019 Cruise
Our 11 nights 12 days days Cape York, Arnhem Land and Great Barrier Reef cruise begins at the Top End of Darwin on Friday 4th October 2019 and ends at the Cruise Liner Terminal in Cairns.
Journeying to some of Northern Australia’s most incredible indigenous art galleries, beautiful coral reefs islands, remote communities of Northern Australia.
Our small luxury cruise ship tours are totally unique as we run them like it is an expedition so that our passengers become totally immersed and engaged in the regions its people, and their lifestyles.
A truly fascinating 11 night cruise ship tour to the top end of Australia.
Darwin To Cairns 11 Night Cruise | 4th October 2019 Cruise Itinerary
Day 1 Depart Darwin Harbour
Guests board our luxury small boutique cruise ships at 5.00pm for our 6.00pm departure.
The Captain will host welcome drinks for all guests to get to know each other and the crew and enjoy the first on many meals and adventures together over the next 12 days
Day 2 Tiwi Islands
Disembark for a shore excursion and visit Bathurst and Melville Islands.
With traditional Tiwi people as our guides, we learn of the unique cultures and visit the fascinating art centre to peruse wonderful screen printing, indigenous art works, wood work and pottery.
Be part of a cleansing of the spirits smoking ceremony, traditional basket weaving and morning tea with the locals, over freshly cooked damper and traditional billy tea.
Day 3 Coburg Peninsular
On Coburg Peninsular, visit the ruins of the failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington and explore the ruins under the guidance of the National Park Rangers.
We also visit the Rangers Interpretation Centre at Black Point.
Day 4 Liverpool River and Maningrida
We set anchor in the Liverpool river and take a shore break to explore the Maningrida Art Centre.
Museum and local boutique where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale.
Join our expedition team on a tour of the river before rejoining the ship for sundowner drinks.
Day 5 Elcho Island Artists
The friendly locals welcome our cruise ship passengers to their community and we meet some of the local artists who have their unique art exhibited in the famous art galleries of the world including the famous Louvre.
As a special treat we enjoy a gourmet Australian beach barbeque on one of the beautiful islands and we toast the colourful sunset over the Arafura Sea.
Day 6 Hole in the Wall and Wessel Islands
Today our cruise ship enters the famous “Hole in the Wall” a tidal gap to the Wessel Islands that needs to be timed perfectly with the fast dropping tides.
Day 7 Cruising the Gulf of Carpentaria – Coral Discoverer
Enjoy a relaxing day on the high seas and listen to presentations by our guest lecturers as we make our way around the top of Australia.
You will hear about the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early explorers of the Arnhem Land coastline.
Day 8 Thursday Island
Take a short tour of remote Horn Island prior to our transfer by ferry to Thursday Island where we rejoin our cruise ship.
During the tour of Thursday Island, we learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets and observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and Aboriginal tribes.
Following a short cruise to Cape York, we travel ashore and enjoy the sunset and a glass of bubbles at the very “Tip” of Australia and take a few pictures as memorabilia.
Day 9 Forbes Island and Reef
Enjoy the day exploring historic Forbes Island and take advantage ot the fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities.
Enjoy a short walk to the summit and enjoy the outlook over the surrounding reef and islands.
Day 10 Davie Reef and Flinders Group
At Davie Reef and Cay, we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery, go ashore at Stanley Island where our Expedition Leader and guides will escort you to view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery depicting sailing ships of the last century.
This is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location.
Day 11 Lizard Island
Spend the day at one of the most beautiful islands and world famous islands on the Great Barrier Reef. Climb to Cook’s Look or enjoy swimming and snorkelling the Blue Lagoon or take a beach walk to the historical places of interest.
Subject to availability, we may be invited as special guests to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, where we learn more about the research being undertaken to help understand and preserve Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Day 12 Cairns
Disembarkation day has come around way to soon in Cairns which is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. We arrive here at 8.00pm and our guests make their way from the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal to their respective hotel room accommodation and farewell their newly made friends.
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Included in Price
11 night expedition voyage
Expert expedition team with specialty guest lecturers
Daily guided excursions on zodiac tenders and kayaks
10 x buffet breakfasts, lunches and a la carte dinners
Showcase wines and selected beer, soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Captain’s welcome and farewell events, open bridge access with crew
24 hour speciality coffee and selection of teas
Use of all onboard facilities and library
Comprehensive guided sightseeing in each port
Entrance fees to National Parks and Ports
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Lycra sun suits
Scuba diving gear
Alcoholic spirits, wine and beer outside of mealtimes
This cruise only departs at 6:00pm on Friday 4th October 2019
Embarkation: board at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 5:00pm
Disembarkation: arrive and disembark at Cairn’s Trinity Wharf at 08:00am
What To Bring
Swimwear, hat, sunscreen, smart cool casual clothing for the evening, light jacket, no formal attire required onboard.
Fitness Level RequiredMedium
Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Coral Expeditions do not provide services of entertainment, supervision or care of children. Our Papua New Guinea itineraries are quite adventurous. We recommend children aged above 12 years of age will enjoy the challenge and experience the most.
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 Cancellation Policy:
Notification of cancellation must be received in writing. At the time we receive your cancellation the following penalties will apply:
- More than 90 days prior to departure - forfeit the 20% non-refundable deposit
- 30 - 89 days prior to departure - forfeit 50% of the relevant fare
- No-show to 29 days prior to departure - forfeit 100% of the relevant fare
- Coral Expeditions considers a date and/or name change to be a cancellation of the original booking and will enforce relevant cancellation fees.
A $200 per person fee will be charged for any amendments not requiring a date change, name change or cancellation after booking is confirmed.
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 a cruise while in progress. Given the remote nature of some of the locations visited during the expedition, we recommend that you include Remote Area Evacuation coverage within your policy. Cancellation fees will not be waived for any reason.
Passengers do not have the right to transfer their rights and obligations under these Cruise Ticket Conditions. The fare paid shall not be refundable except as permitted in these Cruise Ticket Conditions and the carrier will not be liable to make any refund to the passenger if the passenger fails to embark on the Ship for the Cruise.
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.
Cape York & Arnhem Land including Tiwi Islands, Coburg Peninsular, Liverpool River & Maningrida, Elcho Island artists, Hole in the Wall, Wessel Islands, Gulf of Carpentaria, Thursday Island, Forbes Island, Davie Reef and Flinders Group, Lizard Island and Cairns.
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