Nature & Soft Adventure Tours
Australia, New Zealand & Pacific tours and travel
THE TOP • CAIRNS TO DARWIN
is also available on the luxurious Oceanic Discoverer for approximately
$AU600-1200 more per person depending on cabin type. Please ask for
full details of this beautiful ship and her itinerary. There are also
reverse tours, from Darwin to Cairns.
Day 1 - Depart Cairns
3:00pm: Board Coral Princess at Trinity Wharf, Cairns at 1pm. This
evening meet your fellow travellers and friendly crew as we enjoy
the Captain’s Welcome Aboard Cocktail Party.
2 - 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.
Day 3 - Stanley Island and
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.
4 - Forbes Island and Magra Island
Enjoy the day 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 5 - Cape York and Thursday
This morning 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 during
World War II. Tonight, we travel ashore on Horn Island and stay overnight
at the Gateway Torres Strait Resort.
Day 6 - 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 join an interesting tour of
the Alcan Gove bauxite mine and alumina refinery before visiting Nambarra
Art Centre to see some fine examples of local artwork. This evening
we enjoy a relaxing stay at the Walkabout Lodge in Gove.
7 - Hole in the Wall and Beach BBQ
Rejoining Coral Princess we 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 8 - 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 9 - Liverpool River and
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
Day 10 - Cobourg Peninsula
Enjoy a full day 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 11 - Bathurst and Melville
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. Tonight we farewell new-found friends as we enjoy the Captain’s
Farewell Cocktail Party.
Day 12 - Arrive in Darwin
Arrive into Darwin at 8:00am. Darwin is the capital of the Northern
Territory and gateway to Australia's Outback, including Kakadu and,
further south, Ayers Rock.
This itinerary is an indication
of the reef, islands and coastal areas we visit. While every effort
will be made to follow this itinerary we do reserve the right to vary
this itinerary to make allowances for weather, tidal conditions and
any other reasons whatsoever.
Rates Coral Princess
2010 rates are per person in Australian dollars (see
here for current exchange rates). Please call for 2011 rates.
Twin Share: $6450
Sole Use: $9675
Twin Share: $7350
Sole Use: $11025
Twin Share: $7550
Sole Use: N/A
Twin Share: $7750
Sole Use: N/A
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Australian Natural Adventures is
a full service travel company, and we can seamlessly make all additional
arrangements required for your cruise, including international air
at competitive rates, hotels, and any additional touring while in
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