Australia's Top End: Cape York & Arnhem Land

11 Days
Cairns to Darwin
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$ 14,741
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2024 Cairns > Darwin

The Land of Plenty

Immerse into Australia’s ancient indigenous culture and explore the country’s natural wonders in truly all-inclusive luxury. Your Discovery Voyage will delve deeper into this extraordinary land of unspoilt treasures, remote islands and wondrous secrets.
Learn about the time when British colonists tried unsuccessfully to adapt to the wild bushland of Cobourg Peninsula, leaving behind a ghost town. Observe the vibrant birdlife of Kakadu’s wetlands, or the stunning coral of the Great Barrier Reef, and listen as the traditional owners tell stories about ancient Australia through cultural arts and performances.
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11 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Cairns, Australia

    Welcome onboard Scenic Eclipse, The World’s First Discovery Yacht. Settle into your luxurious suite and enjoy the first destination of this incredible journey: Cairns, the gateway to tropical north Queensland. This is the only place on Earth where two World Heritage sites collide – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. 

    Please book your flight to arrive into Cairns prior to 02:00 PM.

  2. Day 2 - Willis Island

    The only permanently inhabited island in the Coral Sea Islands Territory is home to an Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station, with a total of four staff. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - At sea

    Enjoy a leisurely day to take advantage of the luxurious onboard facilities of your Discovery Yacht. Relax on your private verandah; indulge at the Senses Spa with a massage or yoga class; or learn about Australia’s history, flora and fauna from your expert Discovery Team’s enrichment programs. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Lizard Island

    One of the most gorgeous spots on the Queensland coast is best viewed from the top of its highest peak, Cook’s Look. If the hike is too strenuous, enjoy swimming, snorkelling or walking on the sandy beach. Depending on availability, you may be invited to visit the Lizard Island Research Station, dedicated to help understand and preserve the Great Barrier Reef.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Sandy Cay, Creech Reef

    Create an unforgettable memory in your own private cay, surrounded by sparkling water in the middle of the Coral Sea.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Cape York > Thursday Island

    At the Gab Titui Cultural Centre, see indigenous art exhibitions, shop for authentic souvenirs and enjoy a cultural performance by the local children. As we sail towards Horn Island, hear about the significance of the Torres Strait Islands during World War II from a Discovery Team expert.
    Join a tour of Thursday Island, home to indigenous Torres Strait Islanders, whose culture is distinctly different and fascinating. Learn about the history of British settlement and the region’s pearling fleets. Reaching the northernmost part of the mainland, Cape York, witness a sunset at the ‘tip of Australia’ from the deck of your ultra-luxury yacht.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - At sea

    With another day at sea, it’s the perfect opportunity to relax at one of our bars, where premium beverages are included; or take in the ocean view through the Swarovski telescopes in the Observation Lounge.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Wessel Islands

    Pass the picturesque Wessel Island and sail through ‘The Hole in the Wall’, a narrow channel north of Arnhem Land, to the port of Nhulunbuy (Gove). 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Cobourg Peninsula

    Arrive at the remote Cobourg Peninsula, in the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, the site of three failed attempts by the British to settle north Australia. Walking inland, our Discovery Team experts and rangers will interpret the history of the eerie stone ruins, now largely reclaimed by nature. Visit the Ranger’s Interpretation Centre at Black Point to learn about the region’s indigenous heritage, its Macassan traders and European pioneers.  

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Cobourg Peninsula

    Explore the remains of Victoria Settlement, where a group of British soldiers arrived with their families in 1838 and spent 11 years at Port Essington. They built a Governor's residence, hospital, church, military and married quarters with distinctive round Cornish chimneys, before the isolation and disease eventually drove them out. Later, join our experienced local guides to learn about the bush tucker found in the coastal estuaries and mangroves, which are ideal for mud crabbing.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Darwin

    Disembark in Northern Territory’s multicultural capital city, in the ‘Top End’ of Australia, distinguished by its friendly, laidback lifestyle. This is the end of your incredible Discovery Voyage through the unspoiled northern parts of Australia. Bid farewell to your Captain, crew and new friends.  

    Please book your flight to depart out of Darwin after 12:00 PM.

    The itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons. As such Scenic cannot guarantee the voyage will operate unaltered from the itinerary stated above. Please refer to our terms and conditions for further information.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

The perfect blend of expedition and cruise voyages with
  • Up to 228 guests on board for a truly exclusive Discovery Voyage
  • Up to 15-member specialist Discovery Team
  • Engaging lectures and education program with on board experts
  • Scenic Discovery excursions and shore side expedition program
  • Full kayak program and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Personalised Scenic Freechoice experiences

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