Outerknown Adventures of the Great Barrier Reef

Queensland

Onboard these voyages, you will explore rainforest shores, uninhabited sand cays, remote islands and pristine reef systems.  Along the way find freedom and sanctuary amidst this iconic seascape. Our expert guides will share their knowledge with you above and below the water, bringing you close to the natural wonders and wildlife, and giving you a deep understanding of this precious destination.

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NightsCoral Deck StateroomPromenade Deck Stateroom Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom
01 Dec 21
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Coral Discoverer: Great Barrier Reef - Cairns to Cairns
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7Main Deck $4750
Your Price $4275
Promenade Deck $6190
Your Price $5570
Bridge Deck Balcony Stateroom $6990
Your Price $6290
Itinerary:Cairns, Fitzroy Island, Sudbury Cay, Mackay Cay, Cooktown, Lizard Island, Stanley Island, Osprey Reef, Ribbon Reefs, Cairns
05 Dec 21
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Coral Geographer: Heart of the Reef & Outback - Cairns to Brisbane
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14Coral Deck Stateroom $11990
Your Price $10790
Promenade Deck Stateroom $16190
Your Price $14570
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom $19190
Your Price $17270
Itinerary:Cairns, Lizard Island, Osprey Reef, Osprey Reef, Magnetic Island, Townsville, Longreach, Scawfell Island, Whitsunday Islands, Middle Percy, Great Keppel Island, Fraser Island, Tangalooma, Brisbane
04, 11 Jan 22
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Coral Geographer: Great Barrier Reef - Cairns to Cairns
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7Coral Deck Stateroom $4950
Your Price $4455
Promenade Deck Stateroom $5940
Your Price $5349
Explorer Deck Balcony Stateroom $7920
Your Price $7129
Itinerary:Cairns, Fitzroy Island, Sudbury Cay, Mackay Cay, Cooktown, Lizard Island, Stanley Island, Osprey Reef, Ribbon Reefs, Cairns

Explore the Outer Great Barrier Reef

7 Nights | Departing Cairns | Arriving Cairns

Stretching more than 2300 kilometres along Queensland’s coastline, and encompassing over 900 islands, the Great Barrier Reef is the worlds largest living structure and home to an abundant and thriving array of marine and birdlife species. It holds pride of place as one of the 7 natural worlds wonders of the world and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area. We pioneered extended expedition cruises on the outer reaches of the Great Barrier Reef over 35 years ago and have forged a reputation for excellence and expertise in that time.

Aboard our expedition vesseljoin us as we embark on an immersive 7-day adventure to the remote and untouched Northern reefs. We explore the hidden corners, uninhabited sand cays, small islands and pristine reef systems. Along the way find freedom and solitude amidst this iconic seascape. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey and Ribbon Reefs. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown. Stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. Enjoy a sundowner with the sand beneath your toes and the setting sun at deserted Sudbury Cay. Onboard, you will be accompanied by expert guides including a Marine Biologist, and our purpose designed small ships are custom built for expedition cruising. With refined steering capabilities, shallow draught and nimble explorer tenders we will bring you closer to remote sites and natural habitats. You will enjoy freshly prepared small-batch cuisine featuring the best local ingredients and relax and enjoy quality local beers and wines. With an intimate atmosphere and our renowned warm Australian hospitality, you will quickly feel at home and make new connections with new friends.

Expedition Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in one of the world’s great seascapes with the Great Barrier Reef experts
  • Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown
  • Swim, snorkel, dive or simply view the iconic marine species of the Great Barrier Reef
  • Observe the vibrant underwater world of the untouched outer Great Barrier Reef
  • Enjoy solitude and seven magical Queensland sunsets
  • Sip sundowners and feel the sand beneath your feet on isolated sand cays and uninhabited islands
  • Participate in efforts to conserve the Great Barrier Reef, and possibly visit the turtle rehabilitation centre

Embark: Check in at 2:00 pm at the Pullman International,  before boarding at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00pm for a 5:00pm departure
Disembark: Arrive in Cairns at 7:30am and disembark at 8:00am

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the 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.

Note: *Tours of the Lizard Island Research Station are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed due to operational considerations.

DEPART CAIRNS

Cairns wharf departure port

Arrive at Cairns Pullman International Hotel at 2:00 pm for  SailSAFE Check-in. A transfer from here to the ship is provided. Board at 4:00pm where there is time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard before joining your fellow explorers on the Sun Deck for Captains Welcome Drinks.

FITZROY ISLAND

Fitzroy Island Coral Expeditions Cruise

At Fitzroy Island enjoy a walk through the Secret Garden rainforest or for the more adventurous, a walk to the de-commissioned lighthouse rewards hikers with panoramic views of Coral Sea, islands and mainland mountain ranges.

Snorkel over the fringing reef, relax on the beach and there may be an opportunity tolend a hand to the volunteers at the Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, where sick and injured turtles are cared for before being returned to the wild.

SUDBURY CAY

Sudbury Cay Northern Australia Coral Expeditions

Late in the afternoon, we arrive at Sudbury Cay, a tiny sand cay that barely rises above the Coral Sea. Far removed from the bustle of civilisation, we slip off our shoes and feel the sand between our toes as the tropical waters of the Coral Sea lap gently against the shoreline. Surrounded by glistening sea and bathed in the glow of twilight, we enjoy sundowner drinks and the company of like-minded explorers as we relax and watch the sun gently sink below the horizon.

*Sudbury Cay only accessible on Coral Discoverer departures.

MACKAY REEF & CAY

Mackay

Relax on picturesque Mackay Cay and enjoy snorkelling the pristine reef that surrounds it. Mackay Reef is a mid-shelf platform reef, with vibrant hard and soft corals abound. The northern side enjoys additional protection from the cay, making it the perfect playground for turtles. A giant clam garden also resides in the area, with some clams growing as big as 1.2m, all with their own unique colours and patterns.

On a clear day, from the cay you can look back at the mainland to see tall mountains covered in UNESCO world heritage Daintree rainforest. You can see Cape Tribulation and Mount Sorrow as named by Captain Cook during his eventful sail through the Great Barrier Reef. The Kuku Yalangi tribe are the traditional owners of this region and have lived in harmony with the environment for over 50,000 years. Dream time stories explain the unique shape of Mount Peter Bot.

*Mackay Reef & Cay only accessible on Coral Discoverer departures.

COOKTOWN

Cooktown-Coral-Expeditions-Cruise

Come ashore in historic Cooktown and learn the history of the Guugu Yimithirr, the first people of this ancient country. Discover recent European history with a visit to the site where Lt. James Cook beached HMB Endeavour to effect repairs in 1770. Wander through the rare flora collection at the Botanic Gardens and visit James Cook Museum, where the story of Cook’s landing is told from an Aboriginal perspective and where artefacts are on display.

Later, we cruise towards Lizard Island, arriving in time for sunset.

LIZARD ISLAND

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.

STANLEY ISLAND (YINDAYIN)

Stanley Island Coral Expeditions northern Australia

Go ashore at Stanley Island and walk to an aboriginal rock art gallery. This is a unique art site seldom visited due to its isolated location, and shows unique examples of contact period rock art. Later depending on tides, we will go ashore at Cape Melville, a remote national park characterised by the massive, tumbled boulders of the Melville range. This area is known as Othawa to the aboriginal traditional owners.

*Stanley Island only available on Coral Geographer departures.

OSPREY REEF

Osprey Reef Diving

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, it 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.

RIBBON REEFS

Mackay-Reef-Coral-Expeditions-Cruise

The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species. Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive on the Ribbon Reefs which sit on the edge of the continental shelf.

Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities with Ribbon Reef #9 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral. Join a guided snorkel tour led by our expert Expedition Team and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks and turtles.

Visit Ribbon Reefs #9 & #10 onboard Coral Discoverer, and #3 & #5 on Coral Geographer.

ARRIVE CAIRNS

Cairns wharf departure port

Our Great Barrier Reef adventure concludes in Cairns this morning as we bid farewell to new-found friends, the Master and crew, disembarking at 8:00am.

Ultimate Queensland Christmas Expedition

14 Nights | Departing Cairns 5 December 2021 | Arriving Brisbane | Onboard Coral Geographer

As the year draws to a close, be one of a special few to experience a unique cruise adventure that combines the essence of the Great Barrier Reef with the spirit of the Queensland Outback.

Sail through the islands of the Queensland coast on Coral Geographer, with a private jet and sailing yacht in attendance. En route, be whisked away by private jet to Longreach for a classic Queensland outback experience. After a pub lunch, bask in an outback sunset over sundowners and stories at historic Rosebank station homestead, before your private jet transfers you back to ship at night. On another day, embark on a sailing yacht through the Whitsunday Islands for a barefoot luxe seafood luncheon.  After an afternoon of indulgence on a white sand beach, enjoy the colours of the approaching sunset while sailing back to your comfortable stateroom on Coral Geographer.

The voyage will begin and end with two gala dinners on the ship. Enjoy modern Australian cuisine paired with 10 extraordinary wines selected from the prized  ‘Exceptional’ category of Langton’s Classification, the premier guide to Australian fine wine. This is a rare occasion to sample these wines in a single comparative tasting.

Our voyage will traverse remote islands and reefs of the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way enjoy natural encounters with the diverse marine species such as the dolphins’ rays and turtles, nature walks on iconic Lizard and Magnetic Islands, dive and snorkel adventures amongst vibrant coral reefs and connections with indigenous culture at Word Heritage listed K’gari (Fraser Island). You will be accompanied by our expert guides who will share their deep knowledge and love of the land.

We invite you to find freedom on the Queensland coast this summer.

Landmark Events:

  • A Day in the Outback: After breakfast on Coral Geographer, be transported by private jet to Longreach in the heart of the Queensland outback. Connect with the country life with a classic pub lunch and then bask in an outback sunset over sundowners and stories at historic Rosebank station homestead. Fly back to the comfort of your ship stateroom that night.
  • Sailing Yacht to a Whitsundays Lunch: Embark on a chartered yacht and enjoy a traditional sail to Whitehaven Beach. Linger over champagne and a decadent seafood lunch with your feet on white sand. As the sun sets, embark on your yacht again and enjoy the sound of sails over the Whitsundays as you return to your home on Coral Geographer.
  • Two Evenings with Australia’s Finest Wines: indulge in a comparative tasting across 10 wines curated for our two gala dinners.  Picked from the highly prized “Exceptional” category of the Langton’s Classification, these legendary wines are paired with cuisine featuring Queensland’s finest produce.  Two Christmas feasts to remember!

Expedition Highlights:

  • Explore Queensland Island icons of Lizard and Magnetic Island with guided nature walks and relaxing snorkelling and kayaking adventures
  • Dive and snorkel in the vibrant and pristine outer reef sights including Osprey Reef and Ribbons Reef #5
  • Visit with traditional owners on the UNESCO World Heritage listed K’gari (Fraser Island) and enjoy bush tucker talks and tastes
  • Encounter the unique marine species of the Great Barrier Reef and Great Sandy Marine Park including dolphins, sharks, rays, dugongs, and the ever-present turtles during the annual hatching season
  • Enjoy expert guidance and storytelling along the way from special guests on board including our Master Reef Guide Katie Tuesley and outback legend Alan Smith “Smithy”.

10 Exceptional Langton’s Wines

Picked from the highly prized “Exceptional” category of the Langton’s Classification, these legendary wines are paired with cuisine featuring Queensland’s finest produce.

  • Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley 2017
  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay, Margaret River 2018
  • Bass Phillip Reserve Pinot Noir, South Gippsland 2015
  • Wynns Connawarra Estate, John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra 2018
  • Jim Barry Wines The Armagh Shiraz, Clare Valley 2017
  • Giaconda Estate Vineyard Chardonnay, Beechworth Victoria 2018
  • Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Canberra 2015
  • Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz, Hunter Valley 2014
  • Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon, Margaret River 2014
  • Torbreck Runrig Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2017

Embark: Check-in at 2:00 pm at the Pullman International,  before boarding at Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal at 4:00 pm
Disembark: Arrive at Brisbane at 7:00 am for disembarkation at 8:00am

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the 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. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

DAY 1: DEPART CAIRNS

Cairns wharf departure port

Arrive at Cairns Pullman International Hotel at 2:00 pm for  SailSAFE Check-in. A transfer from here to the ship is provided. Board Coral Geographer at 4:00pm where there is time to settle into your stateroom before our 5:00pm departure. Take the time to become acquainted with all the facilities onboard before joining your fellow explorers on the Sun Deck for Captains Welcome Drinks as we steam towards Lizard Island.

LIZARD ISLAND

Cooks-look-Lizard-Island-Coral Expeditions-Northern Australia

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.

OSPREY REEF

Osprey Reef Diving Coral Expeditions Northern Australia

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.

RIBBON REEFS #5

Ribbon Reefs

The Ribbon Reefs are a narrow line of outer coral reefs on the edge of the continental shelf and are renowned for their prolific marine life and extensive coral species. Enjoy the rare opportunity to snorkel and dive on the Ribbon Reefs which sit on the edge of the continental shelf.

Due to their location far offshore from the Australian coast, the Ribbon Reefs offer excellent diving and snorkelling opportunities, with Ribbon Reef #5 a favourite for its wide variety of marine life and pinnacles cloaked in coral. Join a guided snorkel tour led by our Master Reef Guide Katie Tuesley and witness this extraordinary ecosystem up close. These northern reefs are renowned for spotting iconic marine species such as potato cod, wrasse, sharks, and turtles.

MAGNETIC ISLAND

Magnetic Island

Guests will have time to enjoy the many scenic walks, including the Forts Walk, where one is almost certain to see a koala resting in the trees over ahead. Those wishing for a more relaxed pace can spend the afternoon at Horseshoe Bay, with time to soak up the sun on the beach and visit the charming local galleries.

Traditional Custodians: Traditional owners and custodians, the Bindal and Wulgurukaba People are the first people to have lived in the Townsville region.

TOWNSVILLE & LONGREACH

Longreach

Cruise into Townsville this morning to board your private charter flight into the outback. Arriving in Longreach, explore Machinery Mile before a traditional pub lunch at historic Wellshot Hotel. Alan Smith “Smithy” welcomes you to Rosebank Station homestead for a tour of the station and homestead. Ending the outback experience on the lush green lawns as the sunsets (one sunset you do not want to miss) while enjoying a selection of canapes inspired by local cuisine and evening sundowners.

Historic Rosebank Station was built some 100 years ago, as a sheep and cattle station. Among the Mitchell and Flinders grassy downs country and bordere by the Wellshot creek, the legacy of the homestead is one of events, hospitality and custodianship that is integral to the local area. The homestead itself is of early 1900s origin, with sweeping verandas and lawns that provide an outback serenity – the perfect setting for an evening in the bush.

This evening, fly back to return to the Coral Geographer, where you will enjoy a late supper on arrival back to the ship.

SCAWFELL ISLAND

Scawfell Island

Spend the day enjoying in water activities at the South Cumberland Islands Group. From our protected anchorage at Refuge Bay on Scawfell Island, snorkel the fringing reef from Xplorer.

Scawfell Island is officially regarded as the beginning of the Whitsunday Group and was originally identified by Captain James Cook in 1770, and later named ‘L Island’ by Matthew Flinders in September 1802.

WHITSUNDAY ISLANDS & AIRLIE BEACH

Whitsundays

Arrive in the tropical paradise at the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands this morning, and board the catamaran SY Camira. Sail to the magnificent Whitehaven Beach to step ashore for Champagne and a decadent seafood lunch with your feet on white sand.  With the afternoon sea breeze settling in SY Camira crew will take you on a true sailing experience of the Whitsunday Islands, look on at the tropical rainforest islands rising above the glittering aquamarine sea.

MIDDLE PERCY

Middle Percy

Middle Percy Island has a colourful history – it has seen famous visitors, including Errol Flynn, and for many years was a leasehold duty-bound to providing fresh water and supplies to passing sailors. The island still has its famous ‘A-frame’, where visitors could take shelter and find supplies.  Go ashore at West Bay beach and visit the A-Frame where Robin and Annie, the island’s caretakers, will share some of the history and stories of the island. Enjoy guided walks, snorkelling, and if the tide permits a zodiac cruise through the lagoon.

GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND

Great Keppel Island

Lying 15 kilometres off the coast of Yeppoon, Great Keppel Island – Woppaburra – is known for sweeping beaches, glistening and inviting waters, and abundant wildlife.  There are 17 beaches here to explore, and we will visit some of the most remarkable and secluded, such as Long Beach, ranked in Australia’s top 20 beaches.  We may have time to discover the ancient shell middens left by the Woppaburra people, the traditional owners of the Keppel Island Group.

Snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions will reward you with potential encounters with turtles and dolphins. Vibrant fringing reefs are sprinkled around the island, and some can be reached from the beach.  Our Expedition Team will also lead guided walks along the walking trails to spot wildlife such as goannas and native birds.

FRASER ISLAND (K’GARI)

Our next stop is Fraser Island, which is over 123km in length and is the largest sand island in the world. Fraser Island’s World Heritage listing ranks it with Uluru, Kakadu, and the Great Sandy Marine Park as a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage. Our visit will involve us anchoring up near Kingfisher Bay Jetty, where we will be joined by local indigenous guides and will deploy the Xplorer tenders for a natural culture expedition along the western side of the Island and through the marine reserve of the Great Sandy Strait.

Voyage through the great Sandy Straits from Hervey Bay towards an anchorage at Kingfisher Bay. Visit the historic Central Station in the heart of the island where you will walk along the banks of Wanggoolba Creek and immerse yourself in the peacefulness as it flows through the rainforest. Stroll along the foreshore or swim in the clear blue waters of Lake McKenzie, famous for its pure white silica sand.

Traditional Custodians: The Butchulla people are the Traditional Owners of K’gari (Fraser Island).

TANGALOOMA

Moreton Island is 98 percent National Park, and its sandy white beaches and crystal-clear waters present a beautiful aspect this morning. We will anchor nearby the Tangalooma Wrecks and enjoy snorkel, kayak, and beach activity. These wrecks are fifteen vessels that were deliberately sunk to form a break wall for small boats also creating an amazing wreck dive and snorkel site. Snorkelling at this site is an incredible adventure. The crystal-clear waters provide fantastic visibility to view marine life and coral formations such as wobbegongs, trevally, kingfish yellowtail and an array of tropical fish. Whilst on the island, we will enjoy other activities including kayak, beach hikes, island exploration and a chance to feed the famous bottlenose dolphins.

Traditional Custodians: The region and indigenous people of Moreton Bay and its island are referred to as Quandamooka. These include the Ngugi tribe on Moreton Island and the Gorenpul and Nunukil clans on North Stradbroke Island. The Aboriginal name for Moreton Island is Moorgumpin (also known as Moolgumpin or Mulgumpin) meaning “place of sandhills”.

ARRIVE: BRISBANE

Brisbane

Arrive in Brisbane at 7:00am for an 8:00am disembarkation.

South Australia

South Australia’s islands and gulf waters are amongst the best-kept secrets of the Australian coastline.  With 5000km of deserted shoreline and more than 300 islands, there’s a huge diversity of natural wilderness to explore including spectacular bays and beaches, remote islands, and stunning sea cliffs. Best of all, most of it is wild and unspoilt.  That means there’s a real sense of adventure and seclusion, and a vast array of wildlife. Many of the islands are important sanctuaries for birds, kangaroos, and wallabies, and especially seals and sea lions.  Along the way, there are many opportunities to indulge in the tastes of South Australia with fresh local seafood from the source and hand-selected local wines from the renowned South Australian vineyards.

DateCruise:
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13 Dec, 23 Dec 21, 03 Jan, 13 Jan, 23 Jan 22
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Coral Adventurer: Wild Island Walks - Adelaide to Adelaide
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10Standard $6390
Your Price $5755
Standard $7490
Your Price $6740
Standard $9890
Your Price $8900
Itinerary:Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula’s Troubridge Island, Antechamber Bay, Cape Willoughby, American River, Kangaroo Island, Vivonne Bay, Western River Cove, Coffin Bay, Flinders Island, Cape Donington, Stamford Hill, Tumby Bay, Reevesby Island, Emu Bay, Penneshaw, Adelaide

National Parks, Wave-carved cliffs & White-sand Beaches

10 Nights | Departing & Arriving Adelaide 

Expedition Highlights

  • Visit some of South Australia’s most historic lighthouses at Cape Willoughby and Troubridge Island and learn their stories
  • Encounter native wildlife including playful dolphins, sea lions, emus, rock wallabies, kangaroos and numerous birds at national parks and protected habitats
  • Collect and shuck your own oysters fresh from the sea at Coffin Bay, paired with local wines
  • Enjoy sunset sailing past the stunning coastal formations of Cape Jervis, Kangaroo Island, and Whaler’s Way
  • Meet the abalone divers of Eyrewoolf Abalone and taste pan-seared green-lip abalone on the beach at Flinders Island.
  • Be rewarded with striking views and peaceful native forest environs on South Australia’s coastal walking trails at Cape Donington, Reevesby Island and Flinders Island
  • Discover the fascinating Indigenous heritage and exploration history of Matthew Flinders
  • Spend time at Antechamber Bay and Western River Cove to explore Kangaroo Island’s north coast
  • Enjoy refreshing dips in the turquoise waters and relax on deserted silica white beaches

Itinerary Destinations

Embark: Arrive at the Quest Port Adelaide at 2pm to meet with the Coral Expeditions team for your SailSAFE check-in. A pre-cruise transfer will then transport you to Coral Adventurer for boarding at 4:00pm, ready to depart Adelaide at 5:00 pm.
Disembark: Arrive into Adelaide at 7:30am for an 8:30am disembarkation.

This itinerary is an indication of the destinations we visit and activities on offer. Throughout the 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. Coral Expeditions suggests that you do not arrive on the day of embarkation or depart on the day of disembarkation due to any changes that may occur in scheduling.

Walks

Escape into nature with many opportunities to explore and spot wildlife on these South Australian coastal bush-walks in National Parks, led by our Expedition Team and a South Australian local specialist. Most walks are leisurely strolls along beaches or around small, abandoned settlements; however, the ground can be rough and uneven so care must always be taken. An alternative excursion will always be offered in place of higher impact walks. The expedition team will advise walking conditions and fitness requirements prior to each excursion.

DEPART ADELAIDE

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Arrive at the Quest Port Adelaide at 2pm to meet with the Coral Expeditions team for your SailSAFE check-in. A pre-cruise transfer will then transport you to Coral Adventurer for boarding at 4:00pm, ready to depart Adelaide at 5:00 pm. Settle into your cabin before the Captain’s Welcome Drinks at sunset as we cruise towards Kangaroo Island.

YORKE PENINSULA – TROUBRIDGE ISLAND*

Yorke-Peninsula---Troubridge-Island-expedition-cruise

Today we arrive at Yorke Peninsula’s Troubridge Island, where we will swim, kayak and stroll along the white sandy beaches.

Troubridge Island is part of Troubridge Shoals which extend across to York Peninsula and constitutes a hazard to shipping. Troubridge Shoals has been the cause of over 33 wrecks and groundings.  The islands Conservation Park is an important breeding area for birds and is home to a large colony of little penguins, black-faced cormorants, and crested terns – an ideal environment for bird enthusiasts.

Visit the site of an operating lighthouse from 1856 until 2002 – the second lighthouse to be built in South Australia. Despite earthquake, fire and constant erosion of this island that continually moves and reshapes itself, the Troubridge Island Lighthouse has survived this far. As the erosion continues to eat towards the foundations of the tower, it is very much under threat.

*Select Voyages Only – 22 November 2021, 2 December 2021, 13 December 2021, 23 January 2022 & 6 November 2022 departures

ANTECHAMBER BAY & CAPE WILLOUGHBY – KANGAROO ISLAND

Antichamber-Bay,-Kangaroo-Island

Antechamber Bay, located on the north coast of the Dudley Peninsula, is one of Kangaroo Island’s finest coastal havens.

At the other end of the bay, Cape Willoughby juts into the ‘Backstairs Passage’ – the narrow strait between Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula that was named by Matthew Flinders as the ‘private entrance’ to the two gulfs.  Lighting this 14km wide strait is the Cape Willoughby Light Station. We may spend time hiking the bold rocky headland to the Lighthouse, circled by crashing waves, and also tour the Lighthouse Keeper’s cottage.

WALKS:

> Cape Willoughby Light Station Heritage hike (1 Hour Return, 1.9km, Moderate)
A hike into the sheltered gully of the original light station settlement. An insight into how the early light keepers lived, with demanding routine and isolation heightened by the distance between their homes and the light house. Visit the Cape Willoughby Lighthouse (Sturt Light), the first lighthouse in South Australia.

Antechamber Bay Walk – (1 Hour Return, 4.2km One Way, Easy-Moderate)

Cape Willoughby Windmill Bay Walk (1 Hour Return, 1.5km one way, Easy)

Lashmar Conservation Park Kangaroo Island (1 Hour Return, 1km, Easy-Moderate)

AMERICAN RIVER – KANGAROO ISLAND*

Kangaroo Island Western River Cove

Go ashore at American River, named after American sealers who were here as early as 1803, on the north coast of Kangaroo Island. Here, enjoy relaxing beach swimming, and coastal walks through the beautiful forested environs. Later, discover the fascinating sealing and whaling past of the schooner Independence, the first vessel constructed in South Australia, which is being restored.

*Select Voyages Only – 13 December 2021, 23 December 2021, 3 January 2022 & 13 January 2022 departures.

WALKS:

> American River Independence Trail (1.5 Hour Return, 3.6km, Easy)
The independence trail begins at the boot camp, near the wharf in American River and follows the coast along the edge of the Port of Pelicans lagoon.

> Beach, Birds and Bush (Fish Cannery Walking Trail) Kangaroo Island (1.5 Hour Return, 4km, Moderate)
A trail through the scrub to the ruins of a fish cannery built in the late 1890s. An easy, meandering walk through the bush, with birds in abundance and native shrubs and orchids flowering in season. At the end of the trail the remains of a fish cannery can be seen.

VIVONNE BAY*

Vivonne Bay

In the morning, explore the rarely-visited south coast of Kangaroo Island with spectacular geology. We will also do walks at Point Ellen and explore rock pools.

After lunch, the ship will cruise past the shores of Cape du Coeudic where we will have spectacular views of the iconic Remarkable Rocks from the sea.

WALKS:

> Point Ellen (1km, easy with chance to explore rock pools)
1km from the beach landing to Point Ellen, or half that if walking from the jetty. The first half of the walk is along a solid road, the second half is on informal tracks at Point Ellen. Easy walking, but those who want to explore the geology and rock pools will need to be agile.  There will be longer walk option along the coast.

Select Voyages Only – 23 December 2021 & 3 January 2022

WESTERN RIVER COVE – KANGAROO ISLAND*

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Today, land at isolated Western River Cove to visit the beautiful historic homestead, and observe the effects of the recent bushfires and subsequent recovery. There may be an opportunity to meet the homestead owners and hear their stories. A walk along the ridge reveals spectacular views of the valley, and the beach offers excellent swimming. Weather permitting, visit beautiful Kangaroo Beach. Later, cruise past the sea cliffs at Cape Borda for wonderful views.

Select Voyages Only – 22 November 2021, 2 December 2021, 13 December 2021, 13 January 2022 & 23 January 2022.

COFFIN BAY

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Bordered by sea and National Parks, Coffin Bay is a stunning destination. The pristine waters of the bays in this area are home to numerous pods of dolphins, sea lions, seals and many seabirds. Emus and kangaroos roam and the natural beauty of the turquoise sea, white sand dunes, and bright blue sky is a wonderful backdrop to our day’s adventures.

Here we will hike through the Coffin Bay National Park to get an understanding of the forests and environment – enjoy the interpretation of the heathlands, mallee forest and she-oak woodlands. Discover the tranquil bays, protected from the might of the Southern Ocean, and snorkel or kayak with the chance to spot some of the marine life.

There is also the opportunity to enjoy an unforgettable wild cuisine experience – hop into some waterproof waders and take a seat at the Saltwater Pavilion to shuck and taste your own delicious Coffin Bay Oysters. Some voyages will instead include a small boat cruise along the oyster beds to collect and enjoy them fresh from the sea.

WALKS:

> Oyster Walk (30min – 1.5 Hours depending on option chosen, Old Oyster Town Walk 2.2km, Foreshore Walk 5.5km, Easy)
The Oyster Walk is a walking trail that follows the forehouse along the town of Coffin Bay. The trail can be done in sections. The Old Oyster Town in Kellidie Conservation Park is 2.2km one way from the park entrance. The section along the foreshore is about 5.5.km long.

FLINDERS ISLAND

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Located around 35kms from the Eyre Peninsula Coast, Flinders Island has a long history of sealing, whaling, and farming. Owned by the Woolford family since 1979, they run an established sheep farm, abalone harvesting business and are working to establish a Safe Haven for vulnerable native species. Meet the Woolford family to learn about the history and conservation projects on the island.
Visit the Kapara shipwreck at Bryant’s Bay, and stroll through the shearing sheds at the farm. Taste fresh abalone at Eyrewoolf Abalone.

WALKS:

> Western River Cove Walk to Viewpoint (1 Hour, 2km Return, Moderate/Steep)
A walk from the beach to the nearby historic Western River Homestead and the river valley beyond. While the beautiful homestead survived, the whole valley was heavily impacted by last summer’s fires, with opportunity to look at the effects of these fires and the bushland recovery since.

> Flinders Island Shearing Shed Walk (45mins, 1.3km Return, Easy)

> Bryant’s Bay & Kapara
1. Sealing Ruins Walk (15mins, 500m, Easy)
2. Kapara Boiler Walk (10mins, 500m, Moderate/Rocky-Sandy)
3. Sheok Forrest Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Moderate)
4. Cliff Walk (30mins, 1.5km, Hard/Rocky Climb-Walk)

CAPE DONINGTON & STAMFORD HILL

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A headland at the most northerly part of the Jussieu Peninsula on the east coast of Eyre Peninsula, Cape Donington is a great spot to enjoy refreshing sea views and rocky coastline. Take a dip at Cape Donington Beach before heading along the 2km trail over to September Beach. Keep an eye out for western grey kangaroos, emus or goannas near the Cape Donington lighthouse, or head out to the rocks in the hope of seeing some long-nosed fur seals or Australian sea lions.

WALKS:

> Donington Loop Hike – Lincoln National Park (2 Hour Return, 6.2km Circuit, Moderate)
Admire offshore islands, granite outcrops and sandy beaches as you explore the Donington Peninsula. Populations of Australian Sea Lions and New Zealand Fur-seals inhabit Donington Island near the lighthouse.

> Walk Donington September Beach (1 Hour Return, 2km, Easy)
A short, easy hike with refreshing sea views and rocky coastlines.

> Stamford Hill Hike (1.5 Hour Return, 4km, Hard/Steep and Irregular surface)
Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of Lincoln National Park, Boston Bay and numerous offshore islands from the historic Flinders Monument at the top of Stamford Hill. A reasonably challenging hike, this trail has some moderate inclines but has a good trail surface.

TUMBY BAY & REEVESBY ISLAND

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At Tumby Bay, visit the most southern mangrove in Australia in pristine location, home to a huge variety of birdlife such as Osprey, Sea Eagles , Black Swan , Blue Crane, Cape Barren Geese and many more. Have the opportunity to learn about the Bush Tucker along the way during the walk

Head to Reevesby Island, part of the Sir Joseph Banks Group; an archipelago on the eastern coast of the Eyre Peninsula. Accessible only by boat, this island is one of the largest of the group. Women played a major role in the island’s history, especially in the early days leading up to the Great Depression. Take a hike around this important seabird breeding site and visit the homestead and machinery sheds. This beautiful chain of islands offers a range of sheltered bays, golden sand beaches and reefs teeming with marine life.

WALKS:

> The Mangrove, Bush Tucker and Scenic Coastal ‘Loop Walk’ (2 Hour Return, 2.5km, Easy)

> The Mangrove & 2nd Creek Estuary Walk (2.5 Hour Return, Mangrove Walk 1.4km / Estuary Walk 1.4km, Easy)

> The Scenic Foreshore & Historic Jetty (1.5-2 Hour Return, 2.6km [or 3.3km if Jetty Walk inc.], Easy)

> Street Art Walk (1 Hour, 1.5km Return, Easy)

EMU BAY – KANGAROO ISLAND*

Lavender Farm

The northern coastline of Kangaroo Island is a place where feelings of space and freedom fill the senses. Surrounded by the tallest cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere, today we snorkel in the clear turquoise waters of Kangaroo Island’s best loved beaches. Stroll onto the beach looking for penguins, dolphin pods and seals as we beachcomb along the way finding treasures and keepsakes.

Meet hosts Sophie and Eliza at Emu Bay Lavender Farm. Experience the fields while in full bloom, with a chance to taste lavender scones and purchase lavender products.

*Select Voyages Only – 3 January 2022, 13 January 2022, 23 January 2022 and 6 November departures.

PENNESHAW – KANGAROO ISLAND*

Visit historical Penneshaw. Land at Hogs Bay and learn of the history of Baudin and Flinders.

WALKS:

> Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail (1.5km, Easy)
The trail is 1.5 km in length; an easy walk but with some steps, offers original artwork in a beautiful natural setting.

> Fireball Bates Walking Trail (1-2 hours, 3km)
George Bates, called Fireball because of his red hair, was one of the first settlers to Kangaroo Island. He joined a sealing expedition in 1823, jumping ship 13 years before settlers arrived. The trail begins at the now closed Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre and loops down to near the ferry and back.

> Wallaby Track (3km, moderate)
It’s a 3 km return hike which follows a natural spring fed creek bed with naturally occurring waterfalls into limestone features. A  little more challenging, so wear good sturdy walking shoes.

Visit the quaint township and opportunity to see fairy penguins.

Select Voyages – 23 December 2021 Only

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