Coral Expeditions is Australia’s pioneering expedition cruise company now operating for 35 years. They have a fleet of three small ships accommodating 42 to 120 guests onboard their Australian crewed and flagged vessels. Travellers from all over the world come to enjoy their relaxed small ship atmosphere and itineraries to remote and unique locations which larger ships cannot replicate. Their operation is bespoke with high attention to guest satisfaction which results in more personal experience.
Their Cape York and Arnhem Land expeditions operate twice a year on the Coral Discoverer. Cairns to Darwin in March and Darwin to Cairns in September. Expedition highlights include being immersed in the world’s oldest culture of Arnhem Land, experiencing the history and way of life of the Tiwi Islands people, visits to remote Indigenous art centres, standing on the very tip of Australia, and snorkelling giant clam gardens on the Great Barrier Reef. Their itineraries are fully inclusive of all excursions with knowledgeable and experienced Expedition Leaders, Guest Lecturers and SCUBA instructors onboard (diving is an additional cost).
They operate to Australian standards of safety with Australian senior crew wherever they go.
Service TypesAdventure and Outdoors Tours Cruises, Sailing and Water Tours Cultural and Theme Tours Nature and wildlife Sightseeing Tours Walking and Biking Tours Paid Wifi
MembershipAustralian Tourism Export Council Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
AccreditationAustralian Tourism Accreditation COVID Safe ECO Certified (Ecotourism) by Ecotourism Australia
From $11390 to $15190
A journey through ancient Indigenous culture, prehistoric landscapes and abundant wildlife above and below the water, the Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition voyage takes you to some of Australia’s most remote communities on Australia’s North Coast.
Commencing in Darwin or Cairns aboard the Coral Discoverer, this journey takes you into some of Northern Australia’s most incredible galleries – including Maningrida and Yirkalla Arts Centres – where traditional artists create pieces that help to preserve their unique and ancient culture.
The journey takes in the rich culture of the Tiwi Islands, and the endemic wildlife of the Coburg Peninsula, before continuing to Elcho Island. Guests will sail through the “Hole in the Wall” and cruise across the Gulf of Carpentaria.
In the Far North Queensland region, explore remote Thursday Island and Forbes Island, as well as Davey Reef and the Flinders Group of Islands, as well as tropical Lizard Island and historic Cooktown.
This is a remarkable voyage of discovery, visiting otherwise inaccessible locations and savouring a glass of champagne as the sun rises over the northern ‘Tip of Australia’ on the Cape York Peninsula.
From $11990 to $16690
Commencing in Darwin, voyage to the Tiwi Islands, and experience unique cultural performances and learn the history of the islands. A visit to Tiwi Designs, one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia, reveals the rich artistic heritage in stunning carvings, paintings, and fabric printing. At Maningrida, visit the Arts Centre, the Djomi Museum, and the Babbarra Women’s Centre. The Maningrida Arts and Culture Centre is home to exquisite bark paintings and weavings that represent the 12 language areas that come together here. The Babbarra Women’s Centre is the base for Babbarra Designs, where local women design and hand-print exquisite textiles which tell the ancestral stories of Arnhem Land and are sold around the world.
This expedition will have an Indigenous art focus led by Guest Artist David Bosun on 18th June departure or Brian Robinson on 22 October departure. Onboard, you will create your own unique pieces with art workshops in totem carving, weaving, lino-cutting and printmaking, and weaving. The art classes will enrich your journey and provide insights into the skills, stories, and creative legacy of the northern Australian communities you visit.
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From $9990 to $21490
Step aboard their state-of-the-art vessel, the Coral Geographer and discover destinations with fascinating histories, vibrant cultures and abundant flora and fauna. Visit seldom seen Indigenous rock art gallery at far-flung Stanley Island and discover wonders of nature at Lizard Island from climbing to the summit of the island to taking to the waters of the lagoon over the fringing reef and giant clam garden.
Steeped in colourful histories and diverse wildlife, visit locations such as Bremer Island (Dhambaliya) – this picturesque islands is home to an eco-sensitive beach retreat built in partnership with the Yolgnu people. Explore the ruins of the famous failed Victoria Settlement at Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula. Experience unspoiled natural landscapes along the rugged northern coastline and see biodiverse lands of dense mangrove forests to coastal woodlands.
Discover remote coastal locations including the Tiwi Islands, also known as the ‘Island of the Smiles’. Experience the island rich in untouched nature, visit Tiwi ladies basket weaving and painting, and experience a traditional smoking ceremony and totem dance. The Cape York and Arnhem Land expedition is a fascinating tapestry that immerses explorers in the very best of Australia’s northern coastline.
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