Coral Expeditions is one of Australia’s longest established expedition cruise operators, celebrating 35 years in 2020. As an Australian eco-accredited expedition cruise line we take small groups of eco-aware travellers to the most beautiful and remote destinations in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific and Indian Ocean Islands.
Each voyage aims to build awareness and appreciation for the natural world. Travelling with small group sizes significantly reduces our environmental footprint and our Expedition Team keep guests informed about how they can minimise their impact. Wherever possible we source food locally and avoid bottled water with desalination facilities onboard and complimentary stainless-steel refillable bottles.
Some of the initiatives that Coral Expeditions are involved in include:
• Involved with Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and QLD Parks and Wildlife in surveying and reporting
• Create cultural sharing through Indigenous people of Cape York, Arnhem Land and Torres Strait
• Contribute to small community economics and sustainable tourism enterprise through arts purchases, visitor fees and employment
• Replenish water in remote villages, plant trees in sensitive coastal areas and collect rubbish from beaches and waterways
• Low impact visits that are respectful of the environments we visit
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The West Coast is wild and largely untouched. Fascinating maritime and indigenous history expands along the coastline, in which we will learn about the coast’s fascinating maritime history. Departing Broome or Fremantle, we will visit the spectacular Rowley Shoals Marine Park, the Dampier Archipelago, the Montebello Islands, the Murion Islands, World Heritage Shark Bay and the Abrolhos Islands. At World Heritage Shark Bay we will visit and learn about local conservation projects, such as the Return to 1616 Project at Dirk Hartog Island and Project Eden at Francois Peron.
We take a voyage to circumnavigate this great land, to see the coast the way that mariners throughout history have seen it, and to explore key historical sites that shaped Australia. The great unknown land, Terra Australis Incognita, was for centuries imagined but uncharted, before explorers sailed to the edge of the world to find it. They discovered a land which was not unknown to the many indigenous tribes who lived throughout the vast island continent, and from that moment created a new history with both magnificent and terrible deeds.
This voyage northwards through the outer Great Barrier Reef passage to discover an underwater world of colourful coral gardens, stand at the Tip of Australia on Cape York, make connections with indigenous communities of ancient Arnhem Land, before entering the Kimberley coast for the majestic waterfalls of this region. Further northwest we visit the pristine marine sanctuaries of Ashmore Reef, and island-hop down the west coast, where we encounter a multitier of rare bird species and marine life at Scott Reef, Adele Island and the Lacepede Islands.
Our Cape York and Arnhem Land cruise, is a remarkable 11 or 12-night expedition combining the very best of the remote Northern Australian coastline including the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Cape York Peninsula, Arnhem Land, the Cobourg Peninsula and Tiwi Islands.
Explore the remote coastlines to the tip of Cape York, small islands and reefs of the northern Great Barrier Reef, Cape York coastal walks and the magic and mystery of our rarely seen Torres Strait Islands. An expedition with the chance to meet these island communities and share their culture in a low impact and sustainable environment. With decades of experience and deep respect for the communities of the region, Coral Expeditions will facilitate an enriching journey accompanied and hosted by local elders who will share the customs and stories of this ancient country.
Venture to the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean to Australia’s Territories – Christmas Island and Cocos Keeling Islands. Explore the alluring island groups full of rich history, abundant and rare wildlife experiences, and great cultural diversity.
Covering an area of over 2600 km 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. There is no better way to discover the Reef, islands and rainforests of this World Heritage-listed region than aboard an expedition ship over 3, 4 or 7 nights from Cairns. Meet charismatic marine species including the sea turtles surfing the ocean currents, find Nemo nestled amongst the coral gardens and marvel at the magnificent humpback whale migration in the deep blue of the Coral Sea. Share the journey with soaring seabirds and swim, dive and snorkel at far-flung Osprey, Escape and Ribbon Reefs to name a few. Learn about ancient indigenous culture and Australian heritage at historic Cooktown. Visit a Turtle Rehabilitation Centre and stretch your legs with a hike to the summit of “Cooks Look”. This is undoubtedly the ultimate Australian holiday experience, and a ‘must do’ for any traveller visiting the Great Barrier Reef.
Explore the extraordinary marine environment, historic islands, and striking coastline that this lesser known corner of earth has to offer. Departing Broome, we will visit the spectacular Rowley Shoals Marine Park, the Dampier Archipelago and the Montebello Islands. Our voyage will culminate with a visit to Ningaloo Reef, home to vibrant marine life both large and small. Our marine experts and guides will lead our discovery of the untouched atolls, mega marine fauna and rare bird species that are found in this pristine coastal habitat.
Explore the stunning remote islands and national parks of the South Australian coastline. Wildlife and walking trails are the highlights of this active adventure with island visits to include Kangaroo Island, Pearson Island, Lincoln National Park and the Sir Joseph Banks reserve. Replenish with the Tastes of South Australian wines and seafood along the way.
Pristine coastline and rugged granite outcrops stretch across the Southern Ocean. Discover the profound history and explore the natural beauty of Cape Naturaliste, Recherche Archipelago, Cape Le Grand National Park, Cape Arid National Park, Nuyts Archipelago, Coffin Bay and Kangaroo Island.
Departing from Hobart, we explore one of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes on earth. Enjoy bushwalks in five national parks and two World Heritage areas. Witness the stunning beauty of Wineglass Bay and spend two days exploring the wilderness area of Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour. Enjoy local oysters and cool climate wines on this coastal voyage. All along, you will be guided by our trademark Expedition Team including Guest Lecturers and a Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Ranger.
There simply no better way to discover the Kimberley than by small ship. Our itineraries have been refined over 20 years to offer the most comprehensive program available, featuring all of the Kimberley’s remarkable icons. Throughout your expedition our all-Australian staff and expert team of Guest Lecturers will impart a wealth of knowledge covering the region’s landscapes, history and culture – insights that only true local knowledge can deliver. And, when you discover the Kimberley with Coral Expeditions you won’t be required to visit a foreign port during your cruise – a regulation applying to our foreign-owned competitors – ensuring you make the most of every minute discovering the wonders of the Kimberley.