This is a never-to-be-repeated expedition of discovery! Visit 35 places that have shaped Australia to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's landing and the 200th anniversary of Philip Parker King's explorations. A highlight will be Christmas Dinner under the stars at Uluru – with private jet transfers!
This amazing cruise is a voyage to circumnavigate Australia's coast the way mariners throughout history have seen it and to explore key historical sites. To top off this amazing experience, special events are also included such as Christmas dinner under the stars at Uluru, enjoy a Winemaker's dinner in the Margaret River and sail on a tall ship on Sydney Harbour.
With unique Xplorer tenders, you'll explore hard-to-reach locations of historic significance or natural beauty.Whether it be coastal walks, snorkelling the reef, sharing amazing wildlife encounters or just taking in the scenery, you will enjoy a unique perspective of the greatest coastline in the world.
The experienced Expedition Team, along with guest lecturers and special guests, accompany and guide this voyage. Their commentary and skill at story telling will immerse you in the culture, history and nature of the Australian coastline.
Included in your circumnavigation cruise are three special events.
Enjoy a walk in the vines and hosted tours in the cellar and gallery of this award-winning winery before settling in to enjoy a 4-course degustation dinner with paired wines presented by the winemaker and chef.
Spend an afternoon aboard the historic square rigger, theJames Craig as we sail Sydney Harbour with guest lecturers and historians to share their stories.
A very special day awaits with an outback Christmas celebration at Uluru. Enjoy champagne and carols on our flight to Uluru, an afternoon cultural tour, sunset drinks on the dunes overlooking Kata Tjuta followed by a Christmas Dinner at the famed “Sounds of Silence”experience.
Sail on the recently delivered (April 2019) brand new 120 passenger ship Coral Adventurer, built to take you closer to unspoilt vistas in comfort, style and safety.
Food and wine features:
Coral Deck Stateroom:
Coral Deck Staterooms are furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included. A compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage and a porthole window gives you views of the world outside. Coral Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres
Promenade Deck Stateroom:
Promenade Deck Staterooms are identically furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles.A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included and a compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage.A large picture window gives you wide views of the world outside. Promenade Deck Staterooms are 17 square metres
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom:
Our Explorer Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles.A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included and a compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage. Your private balcony has seating for two, from which to view the passing coastal vistas. Explorer Deck Balcony Staterooms are 21.4 square metres
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom:
Our two Bridge Deck staterooms are comfortably furnished with a junior King size bed, which can be separated into two singles. A wardrobe, desk and armchair are included and a compact en-suite has a toilet, shower and ample storage.French windows opening to a balcony with seating for two gives you a private perch to watch the panorama unfold outside.These staterooms are located on the bridge deck with superb views and adjacent to the Cairns and Darwin suites. Bridge Deck Balcony Staterooms are 21.4 square metres
Bridge Deck Balcony Suite:
Our two 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 square metre private balcony has an outdoor daybed and lounge chair for two.A unique outside-facing bathroom with picture windows, bath and separate shower complete the suite experience.A complimentary minibar is replenished daily. Bridge Deck Balcony Suites are 55.8 square metres.
Please note prices are subject to availability at time of booking or until sold out.
This cruise departs Darwin on 07 Nov 2020 and returns to Darwin on 05 Jan 2021.
*Limited sole use occupancy available.
Freecall our local travel team on 1300 414 198 to secure your bookings as cabins are selling fast on this amazing journey around Australia.
Please note (HS) = historical site / (SE) = special event
Sat 07 Nov 2020 - Depart Darwin, Northern Territory
We begin and end our epic Australian Circumnavigation in the northern port city of Darwin.
Sun 08 Nov 2020 - Koolama Bay, Western Australia (HS)
Today the guest lecturers will take you ashore and share the story and then onto a beach landing at nearby Tranquil Bay to enjoy a coastal walk and see the stunning escarpment cliffs and waterfall of the Kimberley coast.
Mon 09 Nov 2020 - Careening Bay, Western Australia (HS)
Historic Careening Bay is famous for the visit of Philip Parker King and his vessel the HMC Mermaid. During the visit, the crew carved the ship’s name and date into a boab tree, which remains clearly visible to this day. 2020 is the 200th anniversary of the voyage and our crew will lead a celebration of this milestone during our visit.
Tue 10 Nov 2020 - Cygnet Bay, Western Australia (HS)
Often forgotten in Australian history, 70 years prior to Cook was buccaneer explorer William Dampier, who commanded the first scientific expedition to Australia aboard his ship the Cygnet. Enjoy a walk along the stretches of flat white sands or red rock cliff dunes and a cooling swim in the sparkling clear turquoise waters of the Dampier Peninsula.
Wed 11 Nov 2020 - At sea
Thu 12 Nov 2020 - Depuch Island, Western Australia (HS)
After a relaxing day at sea and activities including specialist guest lectures, the Coral Adventurer will arrive into Depuch Island.
Fri 13 Nov 2020 -Tryal Rocks & Montabello Islands, Western Australia (HS)
You will sail through the evening and arrive shortly after sunrise at Tryal Rocks where, weather permitting, you will be able to snorkel or dive and view the wreck of the Tryal (1622). We will then make a short 2-hour voyage to enter the Montebello Islands, an archipelago of around 174 small islands lying off the Pilbara coast. Guests will enjoy time in the islands to walk deserted beaches, birdwatch and swim, snorkel and dive in these pristine marine environments.
Sat 14 Nov 2020 - At sea
Sun 15 Nov 2020 - Dirk Hartog Island, Western Australia (HS)
After a day at sea enjoying the magnificent Indian Ocean, you will arrive at Dirk Hartog Island at midday. You will anchor here for the evening and guests can enjoy the ‘last sunset in Australia’. being the most westerly point of the country.
Mon 16 Nov 2020 – Denham & Hamelin Pool, Western Australia (HS)
We will depart Dirk Hartog Island at 7am for the short journey to Denham, where you will anchor and take a short land transfer to Hamelin Pool and the otherworldly phenomenon of the stromatolite fossils. While in the area we will also visit the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia, where guests will have the opportunity to swim with them. You might even feed the selected dolphins which receive fish from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions rangers.
Tue 17 Nov 2020 - HMAS Sydney & HSK Kormoran Sites, Western Australia (HS)
The Coral Adventurer will sail through the night and day to visit the site of the wrecks of the HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran for an evening ceremony and guest lecture to commemorate this significant event in history.
Wed 18-Thu 19 Nov 2020 - Houtman Abroholhos, Western Australia (HS)
The Abrolhos Islands and their surrounding coral reef communities form one of Western Australia's unique marine areas, lying about 60km west of Geraldton. Enjoy beach landings, snorkelling and wildlife experiences and you will enjoy 24 hours exploring this natural wonder and rarely seen habitat.
Fri 20 Nov 2020 - Fremantle, Western Australia
Next stop is the historic port city of Fremantle at 11am for the first of our overnight city stops.
Sat 21 Nov 2020 - Fremantle & Busselton, Western Australia (SE)
You will arrive in Busselton mid-afternoon and guests will have a chance to walk the jetty and foreshores. You will then be transferred in luxury coach to the nearby Margaret River region, for the first of our special events - a Night in the Vines experience at award-winning Leeuwin Estate. The Winemakers Expedition Dinner celebrates the combination of fine wine, food, art and music. Guests will be treated to a walk in the vines and hosted winemakers’ tour of the cellar and gallery before indulging in a 4-course regional degustation dinner with matching wines from the Leeuwin Estate Art Series collection with introductions from the chef and winemakers.
Sun 22 Nov 2020 - Augusta - Cape Leeuwin Winery, Western Australia
Today you will steam across Geographe Bay and back into the Indian Ocean heading south. A mid-morning stop at Augusta Harbour enables a visit to the striking Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, which overlooks the most south-westerly point of Australia, where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. You will enjoy a guided tour of this working lighthouse, where you can climb the tower or walk the grounds of its spectacular surroundings before lunch in the historic café and tea rooms.
Mon 23 Nov 2020 - Albany, Western Australia
Our last stop on the Western Australian coast is the historic port town of Albany. Our visit will include an exploration stop of the historic whaling station museum and town visit before we embark on our crossing of the Great Australian Bight.
Tue 24 – Wed 25 Nov 2020 - Archipelago of the Recherche, Western Australia (HS)
This is a very rarely explored area of the Australian coastline with over 1000 islands and ‘known obstacles to shipping’ and our visit will be a tale of adventure guests will be able to tell for many moons. The Coral Adventurer will make her own exploration of this rugged coast, which is rarely seen except by the whales and seals that abound in these waters.
Thu 26 Nov 2020 - At sea
Fri 27 Nov 2020 -At sea & Head of Bight, South Australia
When Australia broke away from Antarctica 65 million years ago, fossiliferous limestone was left exposed on the Australian coast. These awe inspiring 120m tall white chalky Bunda Cliffs run approx 100km along the Great Australian Bight. Once part of an ancient seabed, they now form the Nullarbor Plain, extending far inland.
Sat 28 Nov 2020 - At sea
Sun 29 Nov 2020 - Whylla, South Australia (HS)
Whyalla started as a tiny work camp for Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP), but now combines vivid nature-based experiences and views with contrasting industrial history. Enjoy time ashore to experience the town, explore the history and a planned tour of the steel works of this major industrial port city.
Mon 30 Nov 2020 - Port Adelaide, South Australia (HS)
Next stop is Port Adelaide for the second of our overnight city stops, providing valuable free time ashore in the City of Gardens and Churches. This evening guests are invited to a private function and wine / cheese tasting at the historic clipper, the City of Adelaide. We will also offer guests special access through the day to a hosted visit of the South Australia Museum with the facility curatorial team.
Tue 01 Dec 2020 - Port Adelaide & Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island, South Australia (HS)
Departing Port Adelaide before sunrise, we will make our way to Kangaroo Island and the historical town of Penneshaw. Whilst on the Island, you will visit the township and both the Maritime and Folk Museums. You will also experience the wonder of watching the little penguin colony. We will arrive at the island at 10am and enjoy a full day to explore.
Wed 02 Dec 2020 - Encounter Bay & Victor Harbour, South Australia (HS)
After an early morning departure, we make our way east for a short voyage to arrive at Victor Harbour at sunrise. When onshore, guests can enjoy the historic horse drawn tram across the causeway to Granite Island. We will also explore the South Australian Whale Centre and will cruise past the entry to the mighty Murray River.
Thu 03 Dec 2020 - Port Fairy, Victoria (HS)
After a day at sea our voyage will enter Victorian waters as we cruise into Port Fairy. Guests will be transferred ashore on the Xplorer tenders for town tours of this historic heritage settlement.
Fri 04 Dec 2020 - Port Fairy, 12 Apostles & Half Moon Bay, Victoria
We will then cruise along the Shipwreck Coast, which encompasses 28km of spectacular coastline. Despite the name, as we cruise past you will only see 8 of the 12 Apostles, with mother nature causing the other four to erode over time into the Southern Ocean.
Sat 05 Dec 2020 - Half Moon Bay & Queenscliff, Victoria (HS)
We uncover historic tales of lifeboats, fishermen, rescues and maritime heritage in the area around the ‘RIP’ (the entrance from Bass Strait).While in this area, there will be the opportunity to swim with dolphins and snorkel the unique reef.
Sun 06 Dec 2020 - King Island, Tasmania (HS)
The first stop of the voyage in Tasmanian waters will take us to King Island. You will have the chance to explore the island from ashore and we will visit the historic Cape Wickham Lighthouse. Weather permitting, the Coral Adventurer will make her way south around the wild and remote west coast of Tasmania, where we will endeavour to enter the world heritage wildlife area of Bathurst Harbour and Port Davey. This is one of the most remote and naturally pristine areas of the Tasmanian coast and you will come ashore with the chance to take a short trek to nearby lookout and take in the stunning natural vistas.
Mon 07 Dec 2020 - At sea
Tue 08 Dec 2020 - Hobart, Tasmania
Welcome to historic Hobart for the third overnight city visit. Guests will arrive at sunrise and enjoy the views as we cruise through the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and onwards up the Derwent River. A full day in Hobart will allow guests free time to explore the city, enjoy fabulous restaurants and bars and we will arrange a special visit to the Maritime Museum.
Wed 09 Dec 2020 - Hobart & North Bay & Maria Island, Tasmania (HS)
We will disembark on North Bay in the small fishing village of Dunalley. Abel Tasman attempted to land his ship in this bay here in 1642, however, due to rough seas the he instead swam through the surf to plant the Dutch flag in North Bay.
Thu 10 Dec 2020 - Shoal Bay & Darlington, Maria Island, Tasmania
We are then off to wonder the historic ruins, secluded bays and rugged cliffs of Maria Island National Park. You can expect to meet local endemic wildlife such as Forester kangaroos, Bennetts wallabies and wombats. Visit World Heritage-listed Darlington; take in the dramatic Painted and Fossil Cliffs and walk to the convict ruins of Point Lesueur at Long Point.
Fri 11 Dec 2020 - Georgetown, Tasmania (HS)
We will be visiting Low Head Pilot Station, situated at the mouth of the Tamar River in northern Tasmania, which is the oldest group of pilot buildings in Australia.
Sat 12 Dec 2020 - Preservation Island, New South Wales (HS)
Preservation Island was the first area south of Sydney to experience the impact of European settlement. Whilst here, you will learn of the region’s history and have a chance to share an historic ‘The Wreck Preservation Ale’.
Sun 13 – Mon 14 Dec 2020 – Boydtown, Twofold Bay & Eden, New South Wales (HS)
The Yuin people of Twofold Bay had a unique and mutually beneficial relationship with the killer whales in the area and believed that the orcas were deliberately providing food for the tribes and that the Killers were the reincarnated spirits of tribal members.
Tue 15 Dec 2020 - Botany Bay & Port Hacking, New South Wales (HS)
Today visit Cook's Landing Place, Inscription Point, learn how local Aboriginal people encountered the crew of the Endeavour and enjoy many bush walks through Kamay Botany Bay National Park. We will then make the short journey to the secluded waters of Port Hacking, where we will escape the crowds and enjoy an afternoon cooling off in the clean waters and beaches of the Royal National Park.
Wed 16 Dec 2020 - Sydney, New South Wales (SE)
This morning you will enter majestic Sydney Harbour on sunrise for your next overnight city stop. Enjoy some free time in the city before joining an afternoon sail on the harbour aboard the James Craig, a 19th century Barque vessel, beautifully restored after her rescue from Recherche Bay in Tasmania. We will spend 4 hours this afternoon sailing towards Sydney Heads and back. Onboard food, wine and entertainment will all be a part of the day. Tonight you are free to explore Sydney's nightlife.
Thu 17 Dec 2020 - Sydney & Broken Bay, New South Wales (HS)
Broken Bay, located at the mouth to the Hawkesbury River was one of the major transportation routes for transporting food from the surrounding area to Sydney during the 1800s. On our visit we will take guests to the historic sites where a small group of soldiers trained and prepared the HMAS Krait for a covert and significant wartime operation; Operation Jaywick.
Fri 18 Dec 2020 - At sea
Sat 19 Dec 2020 - Tangalooma Island, Queensland (HS)
After a day at sea to relax, the Coral Adventurer will make her first stop in Queensland waters at the Tangalooma Wrecks on Moreton Island. We will anchor near the wrecks and enjoy snorkelling, diving and beach activities. Whilst on the island, you can also enjoy kayaking, beach hikes, island exploration and a chance to feed the famous bottlenose dolphins.
Sun 20 Dec 2020 - Hervey Bay & Fraser Island, Queensland (HS)
Our next stop is Fraser Island, which is the largest sand island in the world. Our visit will involve us anchoring up at the southern end of the island, where we will be joined by local indigenous guides for a natural culture expedition. We will then voyage south through the Great Sandy Strait towards Kingfisher Bay. Guests will enjoy a full day of guided tours to visit the historic Maheno shipwreck, the rainforest walks and history of Central Station and enjoy a relaxing swim in the crystal fresh waters of Lake McKenzie.
Mon 21 Dec 2020 -Seventeen Seventy (1770), Queensland (HS)
After sailing through the evening, we will arrive into the historic township of 1770 at sunrise and guests will enjoy time in the village and at Cook’s Landing Site.
Tue 22 Dec 2020 - Percy Islands, Queensland (HS)
Today you will hear about the island’s history, enjoy the islands walking trails and relax on the pristine and remote beaches of this idyllic outpost.
Wed 23 – Thu 24 Dec 2020 - Great Barrier Reef & Islands, Queensland
It was 35 years ago that the Coral Expeditions story began in Townsville. A return home on our 35th birthday with the new vessel Coral Adventurer will be a great celebration and we look forward to setting ashore at some of these stops on this stretch of our voyage.
Fri 25 Dec 2020 - Cairns, Queensland - Uluru, Northern Territory & return (SE)
Merry Christmas and welcome to Cairns! We have a special day planned to celebrate. The Coral Adventurer will arrive into Trinity Inlet with the sun at 6am, where the Coral Expeditions team ‘will be on hand to welcome us for a champagne Christmas brunch and some secret Santa fun and games. Then it’s time to enjoy our last signature experience and a very special event - a ‘Christmas in the Outback’ expedition to Uluru. Enjoy refreshments and carols on our outbound flight and on arrival we will enjoy a guided tour, sunset drinks and entertainment overlooking Kata Tjuta. The highlight will be a traditional Christmas dinner at the renowned Sounds of Silence experience. After stargazing and a nightcap, we will dim the lights for our return charter flight back to Cairns.
Sat 26 Dec 2020 - Cairns & Endeavour Reef, Queensland
On our visit to this historic site, we will enjoy the history and water activities before moving on the nearby historic township of Cooktown.
Sun 27 Dec 2020 - Cooktown, Queensland (HS)
Cooktown is justifiably famous as the site of the first white 'settlement' in Australia. Today enjoy a town visit and option to walk to the nearby lookout and soak up the history of this proud township who will welcome us with open arms.
Mon 28 Dec 2020 - Restoration Island, Queensland (HS)
Today Restoration Island is not just a National Park; it’s an idyllic coastal island with a granite and 116m volcanic peak and a beautiful shark tooth shaped beach spit where guest will enjoy water activities and explore the island.
Tue 29 Dec 2020 – Cape York & Thursday Island, Queensland (HS)
You will arrive in Thursday Island early in the morning and guests will board our Xplorer tenders for a short cruise to our landing site and a magical moment watching the sunrise whist from rocky outcrops. Spend the day on the island with time to explore its rich history and cultural influence.
Wed 30 Dec 2020 - Posession Island & Booby Island, Queensland (HS)
Our expedition visit will allow time for guests to explore this island and the nearby Booby Island, which are very rarely visited areas of the Torres Strait Islands.
Thu 31 Dec 2020 - Cullen Point & Pennefather River, Queensland (HS)
Whilst visiting this area of the Western Cape, guests will learn of this rich history and have the chance to visit and explore ashore this remote region including a visit to Cullen Point and further south a stop at Cape Keerweer.
Fri 01 Jan 2021 -Cape Keerweer, Northern Territory (HS)
Sat 02 Jan 2021 - Cape Arnhem, Northern Territory
After crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria, you will arrive at Cape Arnhem in the early afternoon and guests will enjoy a shore excursion before watching the stunning sunset over these ancient lands.
Sun 03 Jan 2021 - Wessel Islands, Northern Territory (HS)
After a short overnight passage and a night at anchor, the Coral Adventurer will arrive early at the Wessel islands for a morning of shore exploration and storytelling.
Mon 04 Jan 2021 - At sea
Now we are homeward bound on the final leg of the journey across the Arafura Sea, wide around the Tiwi Islands.
Tue 05 Jan 2021 - Return to Darwin
Your journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.
Before you sail, you will also receive detailed pre-departure documents providing a range of information on your packing, your destination, and your ship.
A cruise on the Coral Adventurer is suitable for guests of all fitness levels, however a reasonable level of mobility is required to travel and enjoy all your cruise itinerary has to offer. All guests should be in good general health, able to walk reasonable distances over sometimes uneven terrain, and stand during excursions. Hikes and walks do vary in intensity and where possible groups will be split to suit easy and moderate walkers. 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. Although the Coral Adventurer features a lift, it is still essential that all guests have reasonable agility to use the steep stairways between decks. Participants will most enjoy the remarkable opportunities these expeditions offer if they travel with a spirit of adventure.
Your small ship is equipped with a fleet of excursion tenders to make travelling ashore as simple and comfortable as possible. The unique excursion tender ‘Xplorer’ ensure that even the least intrepid adventurer can explore ashore with ease. Our excursion boats board directly from the ship’s main deck, before the hydraulic platform gently lowers into the water, avoiding the need to clamber aboard or get your feet wet.
The unique Xplorer tenders, comfortably appointed with shading and on board toilet facilities, enable penetration inland, with explorations up shallow rivers and streams, to waterfalls and other amazing landscapes. Our inflatable Zodiacs and kayaks enable guests an up-close-and-personal view of reefs, islands and atolls and allow peaceful explorations to out of the way places.
What's NOT included:
Tipping not required:
Other cruise lines automatically add gratuities to your account and service charges to your bar invoices. On this vessel, your crew has no other agenda than your delight.
Is there a Doctor or Nurse onboard?
While senior crew are trained in remote area first aid, it is important to note that we do not employ doctors or nurses on board our cruises. As our itineraries cover remote regions, they are not suitable for those with serious medical conditions.
What about the Environmental Management Charge on itineraries that include the Great Barrier Reef?
Since the 1st April 1998, the Australian Government has levied an Environmental Management Charge (EMC) on Tourist Operators for all visitors over 4 years of age travelling to the Great Barrier Reef and its environs. The Environmental Management Charge (EMC) of $19.50 per person will be automatically added to your onboard account by Coral Expeditions, for settlement prior to disembarkation. Please note the EMC charge is subject to change annually. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has the responsibility for the management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Funds raised by the EMC are being used to ensure the continued sustainability of the “Reef” and its environs for future generations.
What should I pack?
We recommend that you pack simply and lightly. Clothing that you can layer will prepare you for all kinds of weather. More specific information regarding clothing and the weather conditions in your destination are included in your Cruise Documentation which you will receive prior to your cruise.
Do I need to bring spending money? What might I need to pay for onboard?
Upon embarkation, we will automatically open your personal shipboard account. We operate a chit system and for your security, ask that you sign each chit as you order from our bar, shop or make any other onboard purchases. At the end of the voyage your account may be settled in Australian dollars cash, and by American Express; Visa; MasterCard or Diners Club.
Can I get my laundry done during my trip?
Laundry services are available onboard the Coral Adventurer, however the service is limited. Laundry bags and forms are stored in your wardrobe for collection by your cruise attendants. Charges for this service will be posted to your onboard account. As the service is for laundering only, please ask the hospitality staff if you require an iron and ironing board.
Travel at 60 and supplier booking conditions apply.