Small Ship Cruising – The Australian Coast
Coral Princess Cruises
Across the Top of Australia – The Great Barrier Reef to the Outback
An unforgettable experience that combines the best of The Top End, as it is affectionately known, The Great Barrier Reef, Cape York Peninsula, Arnhem Land and the Coburg Peninsula.
The northern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef are the most remote and pristine areas of this magnificent national park. Our journey follows Captain James Cook’s voyage of discovery into the communities and cultures of the peoples of this remarkable coast. Experience the diverse cultures of the Aboriginal, Torres Strait and Tiwi Islanders who call this remote and beautiful region ‘home’.
Here, nature is an all-powerful force: monsoons rejuvenate the rivers and floodplains, bringing wealth to the cattle ranchers of the savannah lands and providing the lifeblood to the inhabitants of the sleepy coastal towns. The mighty estuarine crocodile is indeed King of the Wild and the waters of the Arafura Sea are alive with marine and birdlife.
Join an expedition that will see you encounter The Top End from the comfort and style of our superb luxury vessel!
Onboard accommodation comprises 36 spacious modern staterooms. You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms offering a choice of twin through to junior king-size doubles. All staterooms have an ocean view, en-suite facilities, settee, large wardrobe, desk, luggage storage, individual air-conditioning control, and are serviced daily.
11 Nights Cairns to Darwin or Vice Versa: Mar-Apr, Sep-Oct on the Oceanic Discoverer
Coral Princess & Coral Princess II – Great Barrier Reef Cruises
3, 4 & 7 nights Cairns, Lizard Island & Townsville
Discover Australia’s most picturesque coastline and the world’s largest marine park, the Great Barrier Reef, on a 35 metre catamaran the Coral Princess 4 days/ 3 night Island Adventure Cruise. Experience the beauty and striking contrast of the remote reef and islands between Cairns and Townsville in absolute style and comfort. This 50 berth mini cruise ship is large enough to provide all the comforts of larger cruise ships, yet small enough to access the reef and island sites inaccessible to other vessels.
Resort style living at its best. Select from four types of accommodation – all spacious and elegantly appointed. The discerning traveller has a choice of Standard, Deluxe, Upper Deck Staterooms, while the more budget conscious may select a Cabin. A number of Staterooms have extra divans or Pullman berths, and others have connecting doors. All accommodation is spacious and air-conditioned with private ensuites and the choice of single or double beds. All rooms are serviced daily.
Great Barrier Reef Cruises: Departures all year
- 3 Nights
- Cairns to Townsville CT3 depart Sat. 11am, arrive Townsville Tue. 10am
- Townsville to Cairns TC3 depart Tue. 1pm, arrive Cairns Fri. 8am
- 4 Nights Starts
- Cairns – Lizard Island – Cairns depart Fri 5pm or depart Cairns Tue 5pm
- 7 Nights Starts
- Cairns – Lizard Island via Cairns to Townsville depart Cairns Tue 5pm or depart Townsville Tue 1pm
Phone for prices on staterooms and special seasonal cruise offers.
Oceanic Discoverer – The Kimberley Coast Cruise
10 night voyages from April to September Darwin to Broome or Vice Versus
Adventure and discovery of Australia’s northernmost unspoilt Outback region…The Kimberley’s. Accommodating 76 passengers in 36 spacious modern staterooms. The 63-metre Oceanic Discoverer operates the extremely popular 10-night Kimberley expedition cruises between Darwin and Broome.
The region known simply as The Kimberley takes its evocative name from its most imposing landmark; an ancient mountain range visible from the rugged seacoast. Covering more than 400,000 square kilometres (an area three times larger than England) in North West Australia, it is a place universally acknowledged as the world’s last – and possibly most beautiful – wilderness.
The Kimberley yields images to fill the frames of a lifetime. It is a place of magnificent vistas created by towering rock ridges, silent secluded gorges, wide savannah plains and waterfalls which defy both nature and belief.
Discover Broome, the still exotic capital of The Kimberley that was once the pearling capital of the world.
With personalized and intimate experience, the size of Oceanic Discoverer allows access to remote reefs and islands inaccessible to larger vessels. Inflatable zodiacs and an excursion vessel, “Explorer” will convey passengers on daily explorations. The “Explorer” is large enough to carry all passengers on one trip and therefore all experience the same highlights and events at the same time.
Oceanic Discoverer is the only one of her kind built in Australia with full International solas, and is uniquely an Australian owned, Australian built and Australian crewed ship.
You can select from Bridge, Promenade or Main Deck staterooms offering a choice of twin through to junior king-size doubles. All staterooms have an ocean view, en-suite facilities, settee, large wardrobe, desk, luggage storage, individual air-conditioning control, and are serviced daily.
10 Nights Oceanic Discoverer along The Kimberley Coast: April-Oct
- From Broome departs Mon 6pm | From Darwin departs Fri 11am
Phone for prices on staterooms and special seasonal cruise offers.
DescaradA Luxury Charters
2 and 3 night Whitsundays prescheduled cruises and private charters
DescaradA’s cruises offer the perfect Whitsundays experience onboard a finely featured luxury vessel accommodating a maximum of eight guests in four private cabins. The beautifully appointed 70ft motor yacht is spread across three levels of spacious living, offering the perfect facilities for leisurely holiday making. DescaradA comes fully equipped with jet skis, kayaks, nine-seater rigid inflatable tender and a minimum crew of three to see to the guests’ every need. For private charters, scuba diving can be arranged on request with tank fill station and scuba gear ready onboard. The dreamy island escape comes with culinary indulgence, fun activities and magnificent sceneries – a fabulous way to enjoy a relaxing getaway.
Whitsunday Islands and the surrounding waters are part of the protected Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. Only eight of the 74 islands are inhabited, leaving the rest to pure nature. The area is known for its crystal clear waters, brilliant white sand beaches, spectacular coral reefs and majestic bush land. These prehistoric islands were well respected by the indigenous Ngaro people whose traces can still be explored. The cruise on DescaradA takes in some of the most beautiful areas of the Whitsundays, such as the pure white silica sands of Whitehaven Beach, majestic landscape and aboriginal sites of Nara Inlet and spectacular snorkelling waters of Manta Ray Bay and Blue Pearl Bay. While basking in the stunning sceneries you are treated to wonderful service and a fine culinary experience by the DescaradA crew.
DescaradA – Whitsundays Prescheduled Cruises: Departures all year
- 2 night 2 day cruise
- Departs Airlie Beach on Fridays at 4pm
- Returns Airlie Beach on Sundays at 4pm
- 3 night 3 day cruise
- Departs Airlie Beach on Tuesdays at 10am
- Returns Airlie Beach on Fridays at 10am
Phone for prices on Cabins and private charter, which also operates same itinerary.