To The Heart of The Reef & Outback
DURATION:15 Days/ 14 NightsREGION:Australia, New Zealand & PacificSHIP:Coral Geographer
As 2021 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.
Aboard the new Coral Geographer, cruise 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 stylish 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.
The 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 Coral Expeditions' expert guides who will share their deep knowledge and love of the land.
We have multiple departure dates for this cruise. Select a year and month to view itineraries for alternative departure dates.
Operated by: Coral Expeditions
Launched March 2021
Coral Geographer accommodates a maximum of just 120 guests in 60 spacious staterooms and suites, more than half featuring a private balcony. A sister-ship to the new Coral Adventurer (launched 2019), care has been taken with the design of Coral Geographer to preserve Coral Expeditions’ traditionally relaxed and intimate onboard atmosphere. She conforms to the highest standards of build quality, operational redundancy, environmental compliance, and safety. Design features include spacious communal areas, a light-filled lecture room, open seat dining room, open bridge policy and a flexible fleet of excursion tenders that allow access to even the most hard to reach locations.
Coral Geographer joins the Coral Expeditions fleet exploring the waters of Australasia, South East Asia and the Indian and Pacific oceans.
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.
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
Your cruise price includes:
- Accommodation in selected room grade aboard the new Coral Geographer
- All meals
- House beer and wine during lunch and dinner service
- 24 hour soft drinks, tea and barista-style coffee
- Captain’s welcome and farewell drinks
- Access to islands, marine and national parks
- Guided tours on Xplorer expedition vessel and zodiacs
- Touring as described in each itinerary
- Services of expedition staff and lecturers including briefings and knowledge-sharing sessions
- Port taxes and government charges imposed by government authorities
- Tipping not required on board
Your cruise price does not include:
- Pre and post flights, transfers and hotels
- Entry visas/travel permits
- Travel Insurance (highly recommended - ask us for a quote today)
- Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone and internet communications and bar charges (outside of the included drinks package as highlighted), laundry charges and souvenir purchases
- Costs associated with Covid-19 testing.
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Please note: This cruise is sold in AUD
Please note that the 20 December 2021 voyage operates in reverse direction, Brisbane to Cairns.
Departs Brisbane: 20 December 2021
Arrives Cairns: 03 January 2022
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.
By completing this booking request you acknowledge that you have read and accept Expedition Cruise Specialists' and Coral Expeditions' terms and conditions.
Single travellers are accommodated in Coral and Promenade deck staterooms upon payment of a 50% single supplement. All other staterooms require a 100% supplement.
Imagery courtesy ot Coral Expeditions and Tourism Queensland.