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

Coral Expedition I
11 Night Cape York and Arnhem Land
Darwin to Cairns

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Duration: 11 Nights
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DAY 1: DEPART DARWIN
Board Coral Expedition I 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

DAY 2: BATHURST & MELVILLE ISLANDS
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.

DAY 2: COBOURG PENINSULA
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.

DAY 3: LIVERPOOL RIVER & MANINGRIDA
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.

DAY 4: ELCHO ISLAND ARTISTS
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.

DAY 5: HOLE IN THE WALL & BEACH BBQ
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.

DAY 7: NHULUNBUY (GOVE)
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.

DAY 8: CAPE YORK & THURSDAY ISLAND
Rejoining Coral Expedition I, 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.

DAY 9: FORBES ISLAND AND MAGRA 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.

DAY 10: STANLEY ISLAND & DAVEY REEF
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.

DAY 11: LIZARD ISLAND
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.

DAY 12: CAIRNS
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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