Coral Discoverer<br>11 Night Cape York and Arnhem Land<br>Darwin to Cairns

Coral Discoverer
11 Night Cape York and Arnhem Land
Darwin to Cairns

Ship: Coral Discoverer
Cruise Line: Coral Expeditions
Departures:  04 October 2019
Duration: 11 Nights
Ports: Darwin, Thursday Island, Cooktown, Cape York, Lizard Island, Stanley Island, Forbes Island, Nhulunbuy, Elcho Island, Tiwi Islands, South Goulburn Island, Badu Island, Hope Islands, Cairns
Airport gateway (Arrival) : Darwin
Airport gateway (Departure) : Cairns


Board Coral Discoverer at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf at 5:00pm ahead of our 6:00pm departure > spend time getting to know your fellow travellers and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Drinks before the first of many delicious dinners

Today we enjoy a true highlight, visiting 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 will welcome us with a cultural performance and basket-weaving exhibition before we join them for a traditional afternoon tea of damper and billy tea.

Enjoy a full day to discover to discover the Cobourg Peninsula. Port Essington is famous for its failed Victoria Settlement, and we will be joined by the local National Park rangers who will guide and help us explore the ruins. We will also visit the Ranger's Interpretation Centre at Black Point.

We anchor in the mighty Liverpool River before travelling ashore to explore the Maningrida Art Centre, Museum and local "boutique", where hand painted clothing and fabrics are offered for sale. Later, join the Expedition Leader and guides on an Explorer tour of the river before rejoining our small ship.

The friendly locals of Elcho Island proudly welcome us to their community this morning. Enjoy an 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. You may wish to attend the local church service to share in the local culture.

Cruise through the narrow 'Hole in the Wall". Our expert guides and lecturers will share with you the fascinating history of the Macassan traders and early discoverers to the Arnhem Land coast. This evening we enjoy a gourmet Aussie Beach BBQ as the sun spectacularly sets over the Arafura Sea.

This morning we board our short charter flight across the Gulf of Carpentaria to Nhulunbuy (Gove). Upon arrival, we visit the Yirrkala Art Centre. Following a light lunch, we enjoy time to explore this frontier town before visiting Nambarra Art Centre to see some fine examples of local artwork. Overnight at Walkabout Lodge, Gove.

Rejoining Coral Discoverer, we venture ashore at Cape York as the sun rises over the "Tip" on Australia's northernmost point. Enjoy champagne and welcome the new day. Anchoring at Thursday Island, learn of the history of European settlement and the large pearling fleets. We have the opportunity to observe the distinctly different cultures of the Torres Strait Islanders and the Aboriginals whilst we enjoy a tour of the island. Following lunch we visit the Gab Titui Cultural Centre where the children perform traditional dances. Continuing on to Horn Island we discover the significance of the Torres Strait Islands during World War II. Overnight at Gateway Torres Strait Resort, Horn Island.

Enjoy the morning exploring historic Forbes Island its reef provides some fantastic swimming and snorkelling opportunities, This afternoon we visit Magra Island for beachcombing, bird watching and to enjoy the tropical sunset.

Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group to 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 Davey Reef and Cay we enjoy swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery.

We explore secluded Lizard Island, one of the most beautiful islands on the Queensland Coast. Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and a walk along the beautiful sandy beach. As special guests of the Lizard Island Research Station we have an opportunity to learn of the research being undertaken to help understand and preserve the Great Barrier Reef. This evening, join the Captain and crew for farewell drinks.

Awaken as we cross Trinity Bay before arriving into the Port of Cairns at 7.00am > farewell the Captain and his staff before saying goodbye new friends at the end of our great adventure.

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 unexpected closures, seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel.

* Ports of call may vary based on itinerary and departure dates selected


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Darwin is a modern city (largely because its previous incarnation was blown down by a cyclone) with sparkling buildings and broad streets. Its fortunes are built on the sugar and fruits from the plantations and forests, which enfold the city. Study Aboriginal art and pearl fishing in the city’s museums.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 11kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Crocodylus Park, Museum of Art and Science, Adelaide River

Thursday Island

Thursday Island is the administrative centre for the Torres Strait islands which have been part of Queensland since 1872. "T.I." as it's usually known, is the most popular of the Torres Strait Islands. It's only just overthree square km in area and 39km off the top of Cape York. The strait's population of 25 000 live on more than 20 islands, and is engaged mostly in fishing, prawning and a declining pearling industry. Thursday Island is now identified as one of the last great frontiers in Australia.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distancefrom Port to Airport - 8kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Green Hill Fort, Horn and Badu Islands, Quetta Memorial Museum


A fascinating destination, Cooktown was the site of Australia's first European settlement, when Captain Cook beached the Endeavour on the river bank in 1770. Don't leave without visiting its extraordinary museum.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 10kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Cooktown Museum

Cape York

Beginning at historic Cooktown, Cape York Peninsula, one of the world's last accessible wilderness areas, remains a land of few people and prolific wildlife. The fishing is amazing, the scenery magnificent and the culture a fusion of many. Visit ancient Aboriginal cultural sites, head to premier sports fishing grounds or go on a 4WD adventure you won't forget past towering termite nests, fast-flowing rivers and remote camping and wilderness lodges.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - 1003kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Cape York Peninsula, Cooktown, Pristine Beaches, Rainforests

Lizard Island

Lizard Island is an idyllic retreat second to none. Australia's northernmost resort, Lizard is located right on the spectacular Great Barrier Reef, fringed with colourful coral reefs and 24 powdery white beaches. It is little wonder that this tranquil escape has won a host of prestigious national and international awards for excellence. Lizard truly is one of a kind.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from port to Airport - N/A
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Great Barrier Reef, Beaches

Stanley Island

Visit Stanley Island in the Flinders group to view the Endaen Aboriginal rock art gallery depicting sailing ships of the last century. This is a unique art site seldom visited unless on adventure cruise excursions due to its isolated location… At Davey Reef and Cay go swimming and snorkelling and observe the large seabird rookery.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport - 400kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Endaen Aboriginal Rock Art Gallery, Davey Reef

Forbes Island

Enjoy the day exploring this historical island. Time for swimming, snorkelling, diving and reef fishing

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 0kms
Distance from Port to Airport -  N/A
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Great Barrier Reef


Elcho Island

Within minutes of arriving on board M/V Funchal you’ll find yourself settling in and beginning to feel right at home.

Your bags will be delivered to your cabin door by one of Portuscale Cruises’ friendly and efficient porters, enabling

you to start unpacking even before the vessel sails. Inside, you will find an information pack, safety directions and

the name of your personal cabin steward or stewardess, who will visit twice-daily to make up your room every

morning and turn down your bed at night.

Every one of M/V Funchal’s cabins includes its own en suite bathroom with a wall-mounted hairdryer, a large

mirror and complimentary Portuscale Cruises toiletries, a bar fridge, a safe to protect your small valuables, a flatscreen

television, and a desk and/or bedside chest of drawers. Your cabin may also include a padded chair, a

sofa and perhaps a coffee table, depending on the accommodation category you choose. A direct-dial telephone

allows you to call ashore or elsewhere on the ship in privacy and comfort.

With the vessel’s 241 cabins dispersed over six separate decks, you won’t find crowds in the corridors, queues

or congestion in the ship’s many public areas.

For your convenience, two restaurants are open at mealtimes: the large, open-plan Restaurant Lisboa and its

smaller, more intimate neighbour, Restaurant Coimbra. Both are served from a state-of-the-art galley designed

to allow the preparation of all meals from scratch. Even the bread is baked on board, arriving at the table so

fresh that often it’s still warm from the oven. For outdoor dining to take advantage of fine, warm weather while

at sea, there is also an open buffet area aft on the Navigators Deck. Whether your cruise lasts only a few days

or stretches over several weeks or more, the array of international cuisine laid out for breakfast, lunch, afternoon

tea, dinner and supper is ever-changing. You will not find a dinner menu repeated, no matter how many nights

your cruise spans at sea. If you’re feeling adventurous, this is an ideal opportunity to try foods you might never

have the opportunity to order on land: guinea fowl or quail, monkfish or salted cod, custard tarts or sorbet. It’s

also an excellent chance to ask your mâitre d’ or restaurant wine steward’s advice on pairing a white, red or rosé

with your main course.

Tiwi Islands

South Goulburn Island

Badu Island

Hope Islands


The picturesque town of Yorkey's, dominated by its dramatic headland, is your gateway to Cairns, one of Australia's hottest vacation destinations, which basks in tropical sunshine with balmy breezes that waft in from Trinity Bay.

The city's graceful, tree-lined esplanade was once the gateway to the gold fields of North Queensland. Cairns boasts three of Australia's great natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef and 16 miles of superb beaches that stretch to the north of the city to the famed Marlin Coast. Inland lies the immense Daintree National Park. Discover the rainbow of sea life, marvel at the rain forest or relax along the long stretch of sunny coastline.

Country - Australia
Distance from port to City - 17kms
Distance from port to Airport - 10kms
Currency - Australian Dollars (AUD)

Places of Interest
Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest, Kuranda



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Coral Expeditions

Coral Expeditions

Welcome to Coral Expeditions -

Coral Expeditions is Australia’s leading small ship and expedition cruise line, with an unrivalled worldwide reputation for cruising excellence built over more than 30 years. Join them on award-winning 3,4 and 7 night Great Barrier Reef cruises or discover Australia’s ancient outback on an expedition to the remarkable Kimberley region or Cape York and Arnhem Land. Venture further afield into the South Pacific to discover mysterious Papua New Guinea, the exotic Spice Islands and Raja Ampat, explore the magical island cultures of Melanesia and savour the scenic beauty of ‘the land of the long white cloud’, New Zealand.


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Coral Discoverer

Launched in 2005, Coral Discoverer set a new benchmark standard for small ship cruising in Australia. Refurbished in November 2016, she continues to raise the bar to new levels of sophistication in expedition cruising in the Southern Hemisphere.

The 1800-tonne Coral Discoverer is the grand vision of Coral Expeditions, pioneers in expedition and adventure cruises around Australia, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia. Her shallow draught and manoeuvrability allow her to go where larger vessels cannot. Her tender vessel, Xplorer, can seat all 72 passengers for excursions to beaches and rivers. Coral Discoverer is equipped with latest technology active stabilisers to ensure comfortable cruising in open waters and is fitted with modern safety and navigation equipment and wireless internet facilities.

Coral Discoverer was built to the exacting international SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) standards and specifications in Cairns, Australia, with one aim in mind; to create the ultimate small ship cruising experience. Australian flagged, and staffed entirely by an Australian and New Zealand crew, your experience aboard Coral Discoverer will be unique.


We are excited to announce the completion of a significant upgrade and refresh of our facilities aboard Coral Discoverer, bringing her amenities to an even higher level. The Sun Deck has evolved to become a new social space and the hub of on board community living. This area has been converted into an undercover deck area complete with round ‘Explorer Bar’ with bar stools and sun deck with lounges and an area for outdoor exercise equipment.

Guest accommodation has also received a substantial upgrade with the addition of six Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms providing coveted inside/outside living quarters. Each of our other Stateroom grades has also received a full upgrade with updated bathroom fixtures, soft furnishings and artwork making for an even more comfortable stay on board Coral Discoverer.


Following her full refurbishment in 2016, the Coral Discoverer now offers five different grades of staterooms, ranging from Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms to Main Deck Staterooms. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are on the top deck and have private balconies opening out from french windows. All rooms are furnished with contemporary flair and feature original artwork, a small private en-suite, individually-controlled air-conditioning, an iPod dock, ample storage and Australian toiletries. All staterooms are serviced daily. Each stateroom is spacious, sized between 15sqm (161 square feet) to 20 sqm (215 square feet) and has either a balcony, feature picture windows or porthole windows. Most staterooms can be configured to either junior king or twin bedding.


> Sun Deck with undercover area, sun lounges and ample seating
> Three fully stocked cocktail bars, including brand new round Explorer Bar on Sun Deck
> Spacious, modern dining room, recently refurbished
> Forward lounge
> Reference library
> Gift shop
> Open bridge
> Workout Area
> Wireless internet available* for laptops, mobile devices or via onboard guest computer
> Limited laundry facilities available
> SCUBA diving department (selected itineraries)


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