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  • Learn the indigenous story of Stanley Island with a local guide

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  • Horizontal Falls

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  • Coral Deck Stateroom

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  • Lizard Island

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  • Bird watching in the Lacepede Islands

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  • Promenade Deck Stateroom

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  • Arnhem Land. Image credit: Quentin Chester

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  • Cruise down serene rivers on a zodiac

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  • Explorer Deck Stateroom

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  • Enjoy all-inclusive dining onboard

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  • Coral Adventurer in the Kimberley

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  • Horizontal Falls

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  • Cruise to remote and spectacular locations

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  • King George Falls

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  • Learn the indigenous story of Stanley Island with a local guide

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  • Horizontal Falls

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  • Coral Deck Stateroom

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  • Lizard Island

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  • Bird watching in the Lacepede Islands

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  • Promenade Deck Stateroom

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  • Arnhem Land. Image credit: Quentin Chester

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  • Cruise down serene rivers on a zodiac

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  • Explorer Deck Stateroom

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19 Days Across the Top of Aus

  • Cruise from the Indian Ocean to the Coral Sea
  • Visit Groote Eylandt, Lizard Island & Osprey Reef
Includes shore excursions, meals & more

A wild landscape billions of years in the making. Crystal clear waters filled with a rainbow of marine life, islands teeming with rare and exotic birds, and a powerful waterfall that flows in a horizontal direction. These are just a few of the unforgettable sights you can witness on a journey across the top of Australia - and this 19 day journey featuring Coral Expeditions is the one to take you there.

Departing from Broome or Cairns, this 18 night small ship expedition cruise onboard the Coral Adventurer will reveal the remarkable history, wildlife and natural beauty of the Kimberley, Top End, Cape York and the Coral Sea. Get to know the indigenous story of Groote Eylandt with a local guide, toast the sunrise or sunset standing atop the northernmost tip of Australia at Cape York, spot a myriad of rare seabirds in the Lacepede Islands, explore the ruins of Victoria Settlement in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, take a thrilling zodiac ride through the tidal rapids of Horizontal Falls - and so much more! Along the way you’ll enjoy all-inclusive meals and shore excursions, fun and informative talks revealing the stories of the region and more.

About Coral Expeditions:
Coral Expeditions is not your typical cruise line. The award-winning, Australian small ship expedition operator has carved out a reputation for taking you behind the tourist facade, showcasing the hidden wonders, the stories, and the people who make a destination what it is. Forget darkened casinos and planned seating, this style of cruising is all about freedom, flexibility and choice. Small group sizes (a maximum of just 100 guests aboard the 4.5-star Coral Adventurer) ensure your experience is personal, with minimal impact on the environments visited.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Depart Broome at 5:00 pm and voyage north towards the Lacepede Islands. Enjoy a northern Australia sunset as you relax and meet your fellow travellers and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout your northern Australia expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Dinner

The Lacepede Islands provide opportunity to discover the unique and vibrant habitats of these remote island groups. The low spits of coarse sand and coral rubble which make up the island do not support any trees, but the low scrubby vegetation provides sufficient cover for thousands of nesting birds.

The Lacepedes are an Important Bird Area and Class A Reserve. Here, the breeding colony of Brown Boobies, up to 18,000 pairs, is possibly the largest in the world. They are also Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for green sea turtles, which can be spotted popping up for air throughout the lagoon. Enjoy more photography expeditions, birdwatching, and the chance to observe wildlife in its most natural habitat.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today we arrive at Talbot Bay, located in an almost enclosed, mud dominated gulf with some of the worlds biggest tides, and host to some of the Kimberley’s most unusual natural features. Also home to the remarkable Turtle Reef, spot an abundance of turtles, dugongs, crocodiles and a large variety of finfish.

Also explore Horizontal Waterfalls – whilst not a true waterfall in the strictest sense, it is one of the only ways to describe this impressive phenomenon. Twice daily millions of litres of seawater cascades, hurtles and tumbles from one back to another (and to another), through narrow gaps between two sets of sandstone massifs, coming to life along the iron-red faces of the McLarty Range. As the tide changes, water is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Experience a heart-pumping ride through the rapids aboard our Zodiacs.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Located 150km off Cape Leveque, Adele Island is an A-Class reserve and Important Bird Area due to the volume of birdlife that breeds and winters here. The species list is generously long, including Wilson’s Storm Petrels, White-winged Black Terns, Red-footed Boobies, Cormorants and Pelicans.

The shallow turquoise waters surrounding the island are also home to a multitude of fish, sharks, turtles, and stingrays which flock to the pristine coral reef system surrounding the island. Here, enjoy tender cruises through tidal channels to view bird and marine life.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Relax on deck as we spend a day at sea, with onboard presentations from our Guest Lecturers, with workshops, cooking demos and photo recaps of the trip thus far. Those with a keen eye might spot sea snakes, Wilson Storm Petrels and Brown Boobies, or even flying fish!

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

We arrive at Koolama Bay, where the impressive King George River is flooded by tidal waters. A cruise up the river gorge reveals steep-sided sandstone walls, eroded into honeycomb patterns, and inhabited by osprey and rock wallabies. King George Falls, swollen by seasonal rains, will present an awesome sight as it plunges 80 metres into the river below.

Approach the thundering spray by zodiac and Xplorer and get close enough to gaze up the twin falls in wonder. The raw force of the raging wet season river is guaranteed to make you feel small. This remarkable river is of high cultural significance to the Balanggarra people, for who the falls are male and female rainbow serpents (Wunkurr).

Note: we cannot go ashore here due to Indigenous private land ownership.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The remote Berkeley River cuts through the eastern edge of the Kimberley, draining into Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. This immense river is home to many saltwater crocodiles, rock wallabies and other wildlife, and is known for its steep-sided gorge and many waterfalls. Today, enjoy a peaceful cruise through the river and gorge to spot wildlife, bathe under the waterfalls and take in the peace and grandeur of this isolated destination.

Note: we cannot go ashore here due to Indigenous private land ownership.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

We will clear into Darwin for Northern Territory border requirements.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The Cobourg Peninsula is part of the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, which is known for its pristine wilderness, marine life, and complex cultural history. Today, it is virtually uninhabited, with 20-30 people living on scattered homesteads. However, in the 1830s the British government wished to establish a trading settlement in northern Australia. They made several attempts, at Port Essington, Melville Island, and Raffles Bay but these settlements were abandoned by 1849 due to scurvy, tropical diseases, and lack of supplies.

Explore the ruins of Fort Victoria and hear the stories of the failed settlement in this harsh landscape, and take a walk to spot native bush tukka plants, butterflies, and insects. The wet season will have left flowers blooming, and on a beach walk, you may spot monitor lizards, crocodiles or sharks close to the water’s edge.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a day at sea as we traverse the Wessel Islands and steam towards the Cobourg Peninsula. Travel through the narrow channel between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands, known as the ‘Hole in the Wall’, or Gugari Rip via the Xplorer vessels.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Prior to European settlement, Groote Eylandt had been inhabited by Aboriginal people for thousands of years, and there had been regular contact between local Aboriginal people and Macassan traders, evident in the names of some of Groote Eylandt settlements, such as Umbakumba.

Here we will experience a traditional welcome from a local group on Groote Eylandt, and visit art sites accompanied by an Indigenous ranger.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The 560km-wide Gulf of Carpentaria is a large shallow sea carved into the coastline of northern Australia. A large lake was located here during the last ice age, 18,000 years ago, but as sea levels rose the lake was subsumed into the Arafura Sea. As we cross the Gulf of Carpentaria, enjoy presentations on natural history by our guest lecturers and look for birds or flying fish as you relax on the deck.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning, arrive on the banks of the beautiful Jardine River, on the western side of the Cape York Peninsula, one of northern Australia’s most remote locations. This historic area has much Indigenous and exploration history. After breakfast, board the Xplorer to cruise into the mouth of the river. Zodiacs will provide a closer look at the estuary, with the opportunity to spot birds and wildlife.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning, enjoy an interpretive walk amongst the coastal rainforest of Australia’s most northerly beach, Frangipani Beach, with the opportunity to explore the shoreline by Xplorer. In the afternoon, go ashore at the very tip of Cape York. This rocky promontory, fringed by islands, has an unexpected beauty in the afternoon light. Standing atop the rocks at Pajinka, as it is known by the first people of the area, is a rite of passage for many Australians. Celebrate with a glass of sparkling wine at this iconic location as you watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive at Baird Island this morning. We may be able to land ashore to see the seabird colonies on this remote island. Then travel across to nearby Farmer Island to explore the coastal landscape and swim from the sandy beach.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today, visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group National Park and part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The aboriginal name for this island is Yindayin.

Here we will view the isolated Endaen Aboriginal rock art. Some of the most fascinating rock art in northern Australia, where some of the rock paintings depict the first sailing ships to visit Queensland shores.

The rock art on Stanley, and neighbouring islands Flinders and Clack islands, is of international significance and is considered highly important; All sites are an irreplaceable record of Aboriginal cultures in this region. (Some sites are secret; such as Clack Island which allows no visitors).

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

One of the world’s best dive sites, Osprey Reef is a submerged atoll in the Coral Sea. The top of a mountain which rises from the seafloor, surrounded by a vast ocean, draws many beautiful and rare marine creatures to its plummeting walls.

Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough. The vibrant corals and crystal-clear waters make it an unforgettable place to discover. Here we will spend time in the water exploring the 30m deep lagoon and drift diving the walls, where you may see large pelagic fish, rays, and sharks drawn in from the surrounding deep blue to enjoy the richness of this ocean oasis.

Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.

Please note: diving is not included, and can be purchased onboard.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, relax on the white-sand beach beneath shady she-oak trees and learn about the tragic story surrounding Mary Watson.

There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.

This evening reflect on your astounding journey through remote islands and atolls at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks. Watch a remarkable Great Barrier Reef sunset as you conclude your cruise.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Cairns at 7:30 am for an 8:00 am disembarkation.

Complimentary post-cruise transfers to the airport or CBD are included.


Meals included: Breakfast

Itinerary - 2

Depart Cairns at 5:00 pm and voyage into the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. Enjoy a sunset over the Coral Sea as you relax and meet your fellow travellers and crew at the Captain’s Welcome Drinks.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout your northern Australia expedition, we may make changes to the itinerary as necessary to maximise your expeditionary experience. Allowances may be made for seasonal variations, weather, tidal conditions and any other event that may affect the operation of the vessel. The itinerary includes the possibility of interaction with wild animals and this interaction is subject to the presence of this wildlife on the day.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Dinner

We spend a whole day at Lizard Island where there is time to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look and enjoy the same view Lt. James Cook did when searching for safe passage through the maze of coral reefs. Snorkel over giant clam gardens from the beach at Watson’s Bay, relax on the white-sand beach beneath shady she-oak trees and learn about the tragic story surrounding Mary Watson.

There may be an opportunity to visit Lizard Island Research Station, operated by the Australian Museum to facilitate coral reef research and education on the Great Barrier Reef.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

One of the world’s best dive sites, Osprey Reef is a submerged atoll in the Coral Sea. The top of a mountain which rises from the seafloor, surrounded by a vast ocean, draws many beautiful and rare marine creatures to its plummeting walls.

Osprey Reef is a highly prized tropical dive location amongst scuba divers, called an ‘oasis for living creatures of all kinds’ by Sir David Attenborough. The vibrant corals and crystal-clear waters make it an unforgettable place to discover. Here we will spend time in the water exploring the 30m deep lagoon and drift diving the walls, where you may see large pelagic fish, rays, and sharks drawn in from the surrounding deep blue to enjoy the richness of this ocean oasis.

Osprey Reef is a true expedition-style destination and our visit is subject to appropriate weather conditions.

Please note: diving is not included, and can be purchased onboard.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today, visit Stanley Island in the Flinders Group National Park and part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The aboriginal name for this island is Yindayin.

Here we will view the isolated Endaen Aboriginal rock art. Some of the most fascinating rock art in northern Australia, where some of the rock paintings depict the first sailing ships to visit Queensland shores.

The rock art on Stanley, and neighbouring islands Flinders and Clack islands, is of international significance and is considered highly important; All sites are an irreplaceable record of Aboriginal cultures in this region. (Some sites are secret; such as Clack Island which allows no visitors).

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Arrive at Baird Island this morning. We may be able to land ashore to see the seabird colonies on this remote island. Then travel across to nearby Farmer Island to explore the coastal landscape and swim from the sandy beach.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning enjoy an interpretive walk amongst the coastal rainforest of Australia’s most northerly beach, Frangipani Beach, with the opportunity to explore the shoreline by Xplorer.

In the afternoon, go ashore at the very tip of Cape York. This rocky promontory, fringed by islands, has an unexpected beauty in the afternoon light. Standing atop the rocks at Pajinka, as it is known by the first people of the area, is a rite of passage for many Australians. Celebrate with a glass of sparkling wine at this iconic location as you watch the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning, arrive on the banks of the beautiful Jardine River, on the western side of the Cape York Peninsula, one of northern Australia’s most remote locations. This historic area has much Indigenous and exploration history. After breakfast, board the Xplorer to cruise into the mouth of the river. Zodiacs will provide a closer look at the estuary, with the opportunity to spot birds and wildlife.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The 560km wide Gulf of Carpentaria is a large shallow sea carved into the coastline of northern Australia. A large lake was located here during the last ice age, 18,000 years ago, but as sea levels rose the lake was subsumed into the Arafura Sea. As we cross the Gulf of Carpentaria, enjoy presentations on natural history by our guest lecturers and look for birds or flying fish as you relax on the deck.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a day at sea as we traverse the Wessel Islands and steam towards the Cobourg Peninsula. Travel through the narrow channel between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands, known as the ‘Hole in the Wall’, or Gugari Rip via our Xplorer vessels.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

We will clear into Darwin for Northern Territory border requirements.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The Cobourg Peninsula is part of the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, which is known for its pristine wilderness, marine life, and complex cultural history. Today, it is virtually uninhabited, with 20-30 people living on scattered homesteads. However, in the 1830s the British government wished to establish a trading settlement in northern Australia. They made several attempts, at Port Essington, Melville Island, and Raffles Bay but these settlements were abandoned by 1849 due to scurvy, tropical diseases, and lack of supplies.

Explore the ruins of Fort Victoria and hear the stories of the failed settlement in this harsh landscape, and take a walk with the local ranger to spot native bush tukka plants, butterflies, and insects. The wet season will have left flowers blooming, and on a beach walk, you may spot monitor lizards, crocodiles or sharks close to the water’s edge.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Relax on deck as we spend a day at sea, with onboard presentations from our Guest Lecturers, with workshops, cooking demos and photo recaps of the trip thus far.

Those with a keen eye might spot sea snakes, Wilson Storm Petrels and Brown Boobies, or even flying fish!

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The remote Berkeley River cuts through the eastern edge of the Kimberley, draining into Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. This immense river is home to many saltwater crocodiles, rock wallabies and other wildlife, and is known for its steep-sided gorge and many waterfalls. Today, enjoy a peaceful cruise through the river and gorge to spot wildlife, bathe under the waterfalls and take in the peace and grandeur of this isolated destination.

Note: we cannot go ashore here due to Indigenous private land ownership.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

We arrive at Koolama Bay, where the impressive King George River is flooded by tidal waters. A cruise up the river gorge reveals steep-sided sandstone walls, eroded into honeycomb patterns, and inhabited by osprey and rock wallabies. King George Falls, swollen by seasonal rains, will present an awesome sight as it plunges 80 metres into the river below. Approach the thundering spray by zodiac and Xplorer and get close enough to gaze up the twin falls in wonder. The raw force of the raging wet season river is guaranteed to make you feel small. This remarkable river is of high cultural significance to the Balanggarra people, for who the falls are male and female rainbow serpents (Wunkurr).

Note: we cannot go ashore here due to Indigenous private land ownership.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This ‘T’ shaped bay is composed of heavily fractured sandstone providing an abundance of rock shelters. On the walls of these shelters are examples of both Wandjina and Gwion Gwion style rock art. Spend time observing these ancient rock art sites with expert interpretation by our Expedition Team.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Located 150km off Cape Leveque, Adele Island is an A-Class reserve and Important Bird Area due to the volume of birdlife that breeds and winters here. The species list is generously long, including Wilson’s Storm Petrels, White-winged Black Terns, Red-footed Boobies, Cormorants and Pelicans.

The shallow turquoise waters surrounding the island are also home to a multitude of fish, sharks, turtles, and stingrays which flock to the pristine coral reef system surrounding the island. Here, enjoy tender cruises through tidal channels to view bird and marine life.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today we arrive at Talbot Bay, located in an almost enclosed, mud dominated gulf with some of the worlds biggest tides, and host to some of the Kimberley’s most unusual natural features. Also home to the remarkable Turtle Reef, spot an abundance of turtles, dugongs, crocodiles and a large variety of finfish.

Also explore Horizontal Waterfalls – whilst not a true waterfall in the strictest sense, it is one of the only ways to describe this impressive phenomenon. Twice daily millions of litres of seawater cascades, hurtles and tumbles from one back to another (and to another), through narrow gaps between two sets of sandstone massifs, coming to life along the iron-red faces of the McLarty Range. As the tide changes, water is forcibly pushed through the bottleneck, creating a rushing horizontal waterfall of swiftly flowing seawater. Experience a heart-pumping ride through the rapids aboard our Zodiacs.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The Lacepede Islands provide opportunity to discover the unique and vibrant habitats of these remote island groups. The low spits of coarse sand and coral rubble which make up the island do not support any trees, but the low scrubby vegetation provides sufficient cover for thousands of nesting birds.

The Lacepedes are an Important Bird Area and Class A Reserve. Here, the breeding colony of Brown Boobies, up to 18,000 pairs, is possibly the largest in the world. They are also Western Australia’s most important breeding habitat for green sea turtles, which can be spotted popping up for air throughout the lagoon. Enjoy more photography expeditions, birdwatching, and the chance to observe wildlife in its most natural habitat.

This evening reflect on your astounding journey through remote islands and atolls at the Captain’s Farewell Drinks. Watch a remarkable Western Australian sunset over the Indian Ocean as you conclude your cruise.

Overnight: Coral Adventurer
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

This morning arrive in Broome at 7:30 am for an 8:00 am disembarkation.

Complimentary post-cruise transfers to the airport, CBD and Cable Beach Resorts are included.


Meals included: Breakfast

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the best of northern Australia on an 18 night small ship expedition
  • Meet traditional elders and share storytelling and sacred rock art sites at Stanley Island
  • Visit Osprey Reef, one of the world’s greatest shark diving locations
  • Explore remote islands and sand cays in the remote Coral Sea
  • Travel through the narrow channel between Raragala and Guluwuru Islands
  • Explore the ruins of Victoria Settlement in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park
  • Spend a full day at Lizard Island, with an opportunity to hike to the summit of Cook’s Look
  • View important aboriginal art sites with an indigenous guide on Groote Eylandt
  • Toast the sunrise or sunset standing at the top of Australia on Cape York
  • Enjoy a peaceful cruise along the Berkeley River in the Kimberley
  • Take a thrilling zodiac ride through the tidal rapids of Horizontal Falls
  • Feel the power of majestic King George Falls in full flow in the wet season
  • Spot rare seabirds in important bird watching sites such as Adele Island and the Lacepedes
  • 18 Night Across the Top of Northern Australia cruise with Coral expeditions
  • All excursions and sightseeing
  • 53 meals including all meals while cruising
  • National park fees
  • Professional Australian & New Zealand based Expedition Leaders & Guest Lecturers
  • Cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Onboard tips and gratuities
  • 1 x Post-cruise transfer from the ship to Cairns city or airport (ex Broome option)
  • 1 x Post-cruise transfer from the ship to airport, CBD and Cable Beach Resorts (ex Cairns option)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: Date change credits are subject to availability and not guaranteed until confirmed by TripADeal, not the property you are due to stay with.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 20th of January 2022.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person/people based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers, a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Coral Deck Stateroom: $6,725
- Promenade Deck Stateroom: $8,070
- Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom: $10,760
 
Departure Dates
Itinerary 1 ex Broome: 1 January 2022
Itinerary 2 ex Darwin: 20 January 2022
Please note: See checkout for live dates and availability.
 
Departure Cities
Itinerary 1: Broome
Itinerary 2: Cairns
 

Health & Safety Plan
Coral Expeditions takes the safety and wellbeing of passengers very seriously. The team have collaborated with experienced medical advisory agency Respond Global to create an extensive SailSAFE Plan, which includes enhanced onboard sanitisation protocols, a pre-screening process prior to departure, and a government approved Covid response plan. All guests and crew must complete a pre-screening process seven days prior to travel. This includes a questionnaire and visit to your GP, a recommended self-isolation to the extent possible prior to departing, and a PCR Swab test within 72 hours of boarding to be provided to Coral Expeditions medical staff at check in to be cleared for travel. More information can be found here: https://www.coralexpeditions.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SailSAFE-plan-final-1.pdf
Please note: All health checks and the PCR Swab test will be at the customers expense.



About the Coral Adventurer


Launched in April 2019, Coral Adventurer is a 99 passenger ship built to take you closer to unspoiled vistas in comfort, style and safety. When Coral Expeditions set out to build Coral Adventurer, they wanted a ship that would last decades. Their search for build quality and technology took them to the shipbuilders of Norway who have a long history of building durable ships for the harsh environments of the North Sea. They then looked deep inside to capture the requirements of their guests, their crew and the areas they sail to. The result is a happy marriage of modern shipbuilding technology and cruising Australian style.

 

Cabins
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom
The Explorer Deck staterooms are located below the Bridge Deck and are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two from which to view the passing coastal vistas.
Cabin Size: 21.4 square metres
 
Promenade Deck Stateroom
Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer Deck and are identically furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.
Cabin Size: 17 square metres
 
Coral Deck Stateroom
Coral Deck Staterooms are located below the Promenade Deck and furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. The compact ensuite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. A porthole window gives you views of the world outside.
Cabin Size: 17 square metres



Accommodation Used


4.5 Star self-rated

Coral Expeditions: Coral Adventurer Ship

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Maximum Room Capacity
2 People.
 
Child Policy
No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not Available
 
Bedding Configuration
2 x Twin or 1 x Junior King (subject to availability).
Please note: Twin share is not available in Bridge Deck Balcony Suite Category



- Flights/transfers not stated in the itinerary
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
- Optional activities/tours such as Mitchell Falls helicopter flight
- Personal expenses
- Pre-cruise health check and PCR Swab Test
- Travel insurance (Strongly recommended)



CORAL EXPEDITIONS - TRAVEL INSURANCE
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance is strongly recommended for all travellers as protection against any unforeseen events that may necessitate the cancellation or interruption of your holiday and should be purchased at the same time as you purchase your cruise.
- Please note and share the following facts when considering insurance coverage and speaking with suppliers:
-- Coral Expeditions do not have Doctors or Nurses onboard their domestic cruises, however, the senior crew are trained and qualified in remote area first aid. If a passenger has injured themselves or is having a medical issue on board, the crew will make contact with doctors on land to determine whether a medical evacuation is necessary. For this reason, it is advisable that passengers obtain a policy with remote area evacuation and repatriation coverage.
-- The domestic cruises on the Great Barrier Reef, Kimberley, Cape York and Arnhem land and Tasmania do not leave domestic waters, however, our locations are considered remote.
-- Coral Expedition ships are Australian flagged.
-- On selected International cruises there will be a Guest Doctor and a first aid room onboard Coral Adventurer. It is important to note that these services are for medical emergencies only and do not offer a clinic service.
-- Travel Insurance is required by each travelling guest and if an urgent medical event or situation occurred that required medical evacuation or offload from the ship, it is mandatory that this is financially covered by insurance or by guest payment at the time.
 
THE CORAL EXPEDITIONS EXPERIENCE
- Coral Expeditions have built a reputation on offering an authentic and educational expedition cruise experience:
- No organised entertainment onboard – instead, they offer a daily program of lectures, briefings and themed documentaries and movies.
- No multiple glitzy restaurants – but the chefs prepare fresh daily, high-quality cuisine using Australian and local ingredients.
- No ‘formal’ nights or assigned seating – you can dine with whom you please and share the day’s stories
- No room service menus – but the crew will be happy to serve you a meal in-room if you would prefer to eat in.
- No minibars – guests love to mingle over drinks on the sundeck or in one of the comfortable lounges.
- No casino – but captains welcome you to the bridge to observe operations and have a chat.
- No butlers and spas – but all staterooms have their own ensuites, some with balconies, large picture windows or portholes, all outward facing. Serviced daily and come with nightly turndown service.
- No extra charge for shore excursions.
- They welcome young and old.
 
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - ITINERARY
- Coral Expeditions will endeavour to follow the Cruise itinerary as described in the itinerary and the passenger accepts that Coral Expeditions has the right to change the itinerary, the Ship or cancel the Cruise 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.
 
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - STAFF/CREW
- Throughout your cruise, you will delight in the attentive service of the professional Australian and New Zealand residency crew. Carefully selected for their engaging personalities, attention to detail and commitment to delivering the highest standards of service, our staff will ensure you receive a warm welcome aboard.
- On each voyage, Expedition Leaders bring guests the depth of experience required to put together daily programmes given prevailing weather and local conditions. They are complemented by an expert Guest Lecturer, with knowledge of disciplines ranging from anthropology, geology, history and flora and fauna of the region, offering layers of insight relevant to your itinerary and to support the depth of immersion in your travel experience.
- The Kimberley and Cape York, Arnhem Land and Torres Strait expeditions have a renowned Australian team of Expedition Leaders and regular Guest Lecturers who have a specialist understanding of the unique landscapes, flora and fauna and indigenous cultures of the region. Having guided expeditions in the region for over three decades we know the nooks and crannies others don’t. The Expedition Team provide local expertise especially on guided nature walks and with bird and wildlife spotting.
 
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - ALL INCLUSIVE SHORE EXCURSIONS
- A Coral Expeditions cruise is not about just passing through a region and seeing it from the ship’s deck. Instead, each day you will travel ashore and fully immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes, fascinating history and vibrant cultures of these remarkable locations.
- On most days you’ll have the opportunity to participate in two shore excursions or activities (one in the morning and one in the afternoon), along with onboard briefings and presentations. The vast majority of excursions are included in your cruise price and in key locations, you will have the opportunity to enhance your experience through participation in optional activities (additional cost applicable) such as a helicopter flight over the Kimberley’s spectacular Mitchell Falls.
 
ACCESS TO REMOTE DESTINATIONS
- Access to remote destinations and communities is unique in three special ways:
- Firstly, the shallow draught of the small ships allows them to safely access and anchor in close to bays and landscapes that larger ships cannot reach, allowing a bird-eye view of spectacular beaches, bays and at times, bustling port communities.
- Secondly, the unique Xplorer tenders, comfortably appointed with shading and on-board toilet facilities, enable penetration inland with explorations into shallow rivers and streams, close to waterfalls and other extraordinary landscapes. Inflatable Zodiacs and kayaks enable guests an up-close-and-personal view of reefs, islands and atolls and allow peaceful explorations of sheltered locations.
- Lastly, the experienced Expedition Team, guided by an Expedition Leader and complemented by qualified experts with specific knowledge of local people, cultures and landscapes have the knowledge and connections, enabling unique access to areas often restricted to other travellers.
 
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - CUISINE AND WINE
- At Coral Expeditions dining is a celebration of great food and good company enjoyed in extraordinary destinations. People and place are key to enjoyable dining experiences, where food becomes the vehicle for conversation and creating memorable occasions. The approach to "small batch" cuisine is about simplicity and generosity, creating dishes bursting with flavour made from fresh ingredients sourced locally and sustainably wherever possible.
- Coral Expeditions’ cuisine has a distinctly Australian accent influenced by the culinary landscape of regions we visit. Wonderful friends and unique locations will always enhance the eating experience, allowing the produce to speak for itself.
- From Australia’s Kimberley and Great Barrier Reef regions through to the exotic Spice Islands, New Guinea and islands of the South Pacific, Coral Expeditions foster a community of local providores, farmers and growers. Regional menus champion seasonality, allowing chefs to adapt menus and source local produce at its seasonal best.
 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
- Start your day with a tempting choice from a fresh continental or a hot breakfast. The fleet of small expedition ships offer a sumptuous hot and cold family share platters complemented by daily made-to-order specialties.
- Family share platters for lunch showcase a selection of hot and cold dishes, from salads and cold cuts to soups, fresh local seafood and seasonal tropical fruits.
- Evenings are a convivial time to dine with new friends and reflect on an exciting day of discovery over dinner. We welcome you on board with a seafood dinner on the first night. Other evening meals vary between a barbeque, carvery or a three-course table d’hote dinner menu, when selections are offered as you enjoy table service.
- All expeditions feature a memorable pre-dinner event ashore where the crew serve sunset drinks and canapés, often on a beach, and always in a beautiful location with a sunset view. These casual ‘sundowners’ are hosted by the Captain and are the perfect time to kick off your shoes and enjoy a beer, wine or cocktail while mingling with fellow guests in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Lunch and dinner are accompanied by a curated beverage list featuring boutique Australian and New Zealand wines and beers.
- Each voyage the Captain hosts a Captains Table for invited guests and ship’s Officers will endeavour to host dinner guests on an evening when operational matters allow.
 
CORAL EXPEDITIONS - HEALTH & SAFETY
Coral Expeditions takes the safety and wellbeing of passengers very seriously. The team have collaborated with experienced medical advisory agency Respond Global to create an extensive SailSAFE Plan, which includes enhanced onboard sanitisation protocols, a pre-screening process prior to departure, and a government approved Covid response plan. All guests and crew must complete a pre-screening process seven days prior to travel. This includes a questionnaire and visit to your GP, a recommended self-isolation to the extent possible prior to departing, and a PCR Swab test within 72 hours of boarding to be provided to Coral Expeditions medical staff at check in to be cleared for travel. More information can be found here:
https://www.coralexpeditions.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SailSAFE-plan-final-1.pdf
Please note: All health checks and the PCR Swab test will be at the customers expense
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility
Coral Expedition's vessels are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: For most activities, a relatively low level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of zodiacs and other excursion tenders for excursions ashore: there will be staff and crew members on hand to assist. Ashore, you must be able to walk moderate distances over sometimes rough terrain. Whilst there are lifts on these Coral Expeditions ships, they are expedition vessels and note equipped for guests with major self-mobility issues. The stairways between decks are steep, so a reasonable agility is required. Participants will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities these expeditions offer if they travel with a spirit of adventure.
 
Gratuities / Tipping
Gratuities (tips) are not required for Coral Expeditions cruises.
 
Sightseeing
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary where possible, will be adjusted or similar activity will be offered in its place (subject to availability).



Voluntary Changes


This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.

· Changes - $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.

 

Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
· If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $100.00 per booking + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel providers.
 
Supplier Fees
In the event the Travel Offer you have purchased is unable to proceed, and/or a travel Supplier is unable to fulfil the Travel Offer due to external circumstances (Limitation of Liability e.g. a Force Majeure event), there may be a fee or amount of money that is withheld by our Suppliers and is unrecoverable. This may be due to non-refundable airline tickets, cancellation penalties with cruise cabins or unrecoverable payments with our land/accommodation partners. TripADeal has committed to these costs as your Agent and will endeavour to recover all funds committed and/or paid for your Travel Offer, but this may not be possible in all circumstances. If refunds are not available from Suppliers, we will endeavour to obtain a travel credit on the best terms available and communicate these outcomes to you. In the event, TripADeal is unable to obtain a refund or travel service credit, or part thereof, this cost is passed on to the customer as a Supplier Fee. This fee is not revenue-raising and is paid to or withheld by our suppliers when recovering payments.