Our newly released ‘Across the Top of Australia’ expedition is an 18-night voyage combining the very best of our classic Kimberley adventure with our popular Cape York and Arnhem Land voyages. Join us to understand why this is a region we have come to love over the past 30 years. Covering over 4,000km of remote coastline, Coral Adventurer traverses’ the legendary great rivers, pristine outer reefs, and traditional communities seen by very few in their lifetime.

Hosted by our renowned expedition team, experience the rich history, geology and indigenous cultures of the North on these two special departures in January 2022.

Island-hop from Adele Island to the Lacepedes, where we will encounter a multitude of rare bird species and marine life including turtles, rays, sharks, sea snakes, and abundant fish species. Enter the Kimberley coast to see the majestic wet-season waterfalls, before cruising across to stand at the Tip of Australia on Cape York and make connections with the small indigenous communities of ancient Arnhem Land. Beachcomb on the uninhabited tropical islands of the Piper Group. Voyage southwards through the outer Great Barrier Reef passage to discover an underwater world of colourful coral gardens at Osprey Reef. This voyage across northern Australia uncovers rarely-seen wonders that you will never forget.

Highlights


• Birdwatching at some of Australia’s most vibrant Important Bird Areas such as the Lacepede Islands and Adele Island for sightings of rare seabirds

• Experience the thrill of riding the tidal rapids through Horizontal Falls aboard a Zodiac and feel the power of majestic King George Falls in full flow in the wet season

• Step ashore and stand at the tip of Australia on Cape York to enjoy a sunset or sunrise toast

• Beachcomb and explore remote islands and sand cays of the outer reaches of the Coral Sea

• Dive with sharks and diverse marine species at Osprey Reef – one of the best dive sites in the world

• Meet traditional elders and share storytelling and sacred rock art sites at Stanley Island and Groote Eylandt

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.
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.
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 expore 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
We will clear into Darwin for Nothern Territory border requirements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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.
Itineraries are subject to change.

CORAL DECK STATEROOM

$13,450 AUD pp
CORAL DECK STATEROOM
• 17sqm • Porthole windows Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have a porthole rather than picture windows.

PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM

$16,140 AUD pp
PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM
• 17sqm • Picture windows Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer Deck and are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.

CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE

$20,175 AUD pp
CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE
• 17sqm • Porthole windows Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have a porthole rather than picture windows.

EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM

$21,520 AUD pp
EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. Your private balcony has seating for two.

BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM

$23,540 AUD pp
BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. Enjoy a private balcony with seating for two.

PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE

$24,210 AUD pp
 PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE
• 17sqm • Picture windows Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer Deck and are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.

BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE

$28,910 AUD pp
BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE
• 55.8sqm • Private Balcony Our two Cairns and Darwin suites are spacious and elegant retreats after a busy day ashore. Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 8 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two. A unique outsidefacing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience. A complimentary minibar is replenished daily.

EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE

$32,280 AUD pp
EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. Your private balcony has seating for two.

CORAL DECK STATEROOM

$13,450 AUD pp
CORAL DECK STATEROOM
• 17sqm • Porthole windows Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have a porthole rather than picture windows.

PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM

$16,140 AUD pp
PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM
• 17sqm • Picture windows Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer Deck and are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.

CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE

$20,175 AUD pp
CORAL DECK STATEROOM SOLE
• 17sqm • Porthole windows Coral Deck Staterooms are identical to the Promenade Deck Staterooms except for their location one deck below. These staterooms have a porthole rather than picture windows.

EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM

$21,520 AUD pp
EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. Your private balcony has seating for two.

BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM

$23,540 AUD pp
BRIDGE DECK BALCONY STATEROOM
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. Enjoy a private balcony with seating for two.

PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE

$24,210 AUD pp
 PROMENADE DECK STATEROOM SOLE
• 17sqm • Picture windows Promenade Deck Staterooms are located below the Explorer Deck and are furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside.

BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE

$28,910 AUD pp
BRIDGE DECK BALCONY SUITE
• 55.8sqm • Private Balcony Our two Cairns and Darwin suites are spacious and elegant retreats after a busy day ashore. Suites are equipped with a lounge area, minibar and personal coffee machine. They have special King sized beds which can be separated into two singles. An 8 sq m private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two. A unique outsidefacing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience. A complimentary minibar is replenished daily.

EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE

$32,280 AUD pp
EXPLORER DECK BALCONY STATEROOM SOLE
• 21.4sqm • Private Balcony Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed which can be separated into two singles. Your private balcony has seating for two.

Coral Adventurer

Vessel Type: Expedition Ship

Length: 93.4 meters

Passenger Capacity: 120 (60 staterooms)

Built: 2019

Designed and built to be the most modern tropical expedition ship afloat, Coral Adventurer debuted in April 2019. She features comfortable Australian interiors, Xplorer tender mechanism, intimate guest experience, and personalized service.

EXPEDITION CAPABILITIES

> Two trademark Xplorer tenders seat all passengers for shore excursions

> Six zodiacs for more intrepid exploration

> Lecture lounge with multimedia for daily expedition briefings and presentations

> Small on-board Library

> Shallow draft and advanced navigation and propulsion systems

MARINE IMMERSION

> Navigator lounge in the bridge giving a vantage point of ship operations

> Over 1000 sq m of open deck space including a wrap-around promenade deck with panoramic views

> Engine room tours and high level of crew interaction with guests

> Barralong Room for hosting scientific research or exhibitions

FOOD AND WINE FEATURES

> Communal ‘wine table’

> Galley viewing window

> Multiple indoor and outdoor bars, including our Explorer bar on the Vista Deck

> Curated wine cellar featuring boutique wines and exceptional vintage Australian reds.

GUEST COMFORT

> All outside-facing guest cabins with en-suite bathrooms; majority have private balcony

> Active stabilisers

> Gym

> Passenger elevator

> Wi-Fi available in all guest areas

Cabin layout for Coral Adventurer

Inclusions


• Voyage on board in selected cabin category
• Expert expedition leader and team
• All meals while on board
• Coffee and Tea while on board
• All daily guided excursions
• Selected wine and beer with lunch and dinner
• Port charges/taxes

Exclusions


• International and domestic flights unless otherwise stated
• Travel Insurance
• Passport and visa costs where applicable
• Alcoholic drinks outside of those stated in inclusions
• Transfers unless otherwise stated
• Internet on board (Available at cost)
• Any items of a personal nature
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