Explore Torres Strait & Cape York

Explore the remote wilderness and unparalleled beauty of the Top End.
By AG STAFF October 6, 2021 Reading Time: 2 Minutes Print this page

WITH ALMOST 300 islands dotted across the narrow stretch of water between Cape York and Papua New Guinea, the people of the Torres Strait Islands have a distinct and vibrant culture.

An expedition by small ship is the ideal way to access these remote regions, visiting uninhabited sandy cays, remote islands and pristine reef systems on an enriching journey.

Guided by our expert expedition team and local elders where possible, you will discover the natural secrets and stories of this ancient country.

Don’t miss this Australian Geographic Society trip with Coral Expeditions.

Departures & fares

10 nights: Horn Island to Cairns

Dates: 13 November 2021

From: $10,900 per person twin share

Expedition highlights

  • Learn about the vibrant art and culture of the Torres Strait Islands.
  • Stand at Australia’s northernmost tip at Cape York for a sunrise toast.
  • Experience remote Osprey Reef, one of the world’s best dive sites.
  • Snorkel and bird- watch at vibrant Davie Reef. Explore beautiful Lizard Island and hike to Cook’s Look.
  • Marvel at contact-period rock art at Stanley Island.

Art, culture and country collide in the Top End

Itinerary

Day 1: Board Coral Discoverer on Horn Island.

Days 2–10: Tour Thursday Island to learn about the pearling history and Torres Strait culture. Local communities permit- ting, discover the art centres of Moa Island and Badu Island for workshops and traditional dancing. At the tip of Cape York, make a sunrise toast. Continue your journey down the coast to snorkel at remote Forbes Island.

Visit Restoration Island to meet ‘castaway’ David Glasheen and marvel at the rock-art gallery at Stanley Island with a traditional owner guide. Dive beneath the surface at colourful Davie Reef, before exploring extraordinary Osprey Reef. Lizard Island offers spectacular natural beauty and historical stories, which continue in Cooktown.

Day 11: Disembark in Cairns at adventure’s end.

Join our AG host, Chris Bray, on this incredible journey

Chris Bray is an Australian Geographic nature photographer who spends much of his year leading small-group photo tours to witness the most extraordinary wildlife experiences on Earth.

An adventurer at heart, Chris grew up sailing around the world then led various world-first Arctic expeditions including hauling an amphibious cart across Victoria Island and sailing a small, wooden, junk-rigged sailboat through the infamous Northwest Passage above Canada and Alaska. Chris sits on the advisory committee for the Australian Geographic Society, founded Conservation United and recently created the new, luxury eco-accommodation Swell Lodge on Christmas Island, where he lives.

Find out more: Contact Coral Expeditions or phone 1800 079 545.