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Luxury

Natural Wonders of Australia's East Coast

Port Moresby to Melbourne
19 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCPM19
  • Expedition Cruise
  • Qantas Frequent Flyer
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Cruise to Cape York

Head to the northernmost tip of the Australian mainland, Cape York.

Fraser Island

Explore World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island on Earth.

Whitsundays Paradise

Cruise to the Whitsundays along the Great Barrier Reef, discovering abundant marine life and spectacular white sandy beaches.

Your Vacation Includes

  • All-inclusive sightseeing in 16 destinations
  • Expert services of an Expedition Leader and Team
  • 18 nights aboard the elegant MS Caledonian Sky
  • Finest dining - a total of 53 meals
  • Beverages served at your discretion on board your ship
  • Return airport transfers, porterage, park fees and tipping

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map NOBCPM19 2019

Port Moresby to Melbourne

Designed Exclusively for APT guests
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Personalise your holiday with a choice of included sightseeing options sure to leave you with lifelong memories

On arrival be transferred to your small ship. This evening, get to know your fellow passengers during a Welcome Dinner.

Stay: 18 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Board a Zodiac and explore Duke of York Island, whose surrounding waters was the site where the HMAS AE1, the first allied vessel, went missing in World War I. Your special guest, Peter Briggs, will also offer first-hand insight into how he led the search to its discovery 103 years later.


Spend the day at sea. Relax out on the Sun Deck, or attend a lecture in the lounge.

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Arrive at Thursday Island in the Torres Strait. Board a coach for a tour, which includes a visit to Green Hill Fort. In the underground tunnels, visit the Torres Strait Museum. Continue to the Gab Titui Cultural Centre and be immersed in Torres Strait myths and legends through local art. Back on board, head to Cape York where, weather permitting, you'll land on the northernmost tip of Australia.

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Skirting the Cape York Peninsula, arrive at Piper Islands National Park. Board a Zodiac and explore the coastline, eyes trained to the skies in search for black noddy and beach-stone curlews. Your Zodiac delivers you to shore, where you will set out for a nature walk. These shores are also an important hawksbill and green turtle nesting area.

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Drop anchor in Bathurst Bay this morning. Board a Zodiac to Cape Melville National Park, one of the country's most remote national parks. Go in search of Godmans rock wallaby, endemic lizards and red-tailed black cockatoo. This afternoon, perhaps swim or snorkel in one of the nearby reefs.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

You may like to follow the island's trails on a nature walk, snorkel to the magical Clam Garden, or those feeling active may trek to Cook's Look.


First visited by Captain Cook in 1770, Lizard Island was aptly named due to the large number of lizards roaming about. Choose your own sightseeing experience this afternoon.

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Arrive at Cooktown, where the first recorded meeting between the Indigenous Australians and Captain Cook took place. Visit the James Cook Museum and the botanical gardens.

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Awake to a tropical paradise at Dunk Island. Here, embark on a nature walk through a eucalyptus forest. Cruise to Hinchinbrook Island and take a Zodiac through the mangrove-lined channel, home to snubfin dolphins and dugongs.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Follow a guide through the forest in search of wildlife or relax on the beach.


Explore the Whitsundays, renowned for white sandy beaches and home to the Great Barrier Reef. Choose your sightseeing experience.

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  • Dinner
FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Embark on a bushwalk, snorkel in the reef, or bask in the sun on the beach.


Land at Great Keppel Island where you may choose your sightseeing activity.

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Welcome to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island on Earth. Discover this natural phenomenon for yourself with island drives and walks.

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Spend the day aboard your ship as it cruises towards New South Wales.

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Conditions permitting, board a Zodiac to Trial Bay, site of the 1886 gaol.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Head inland to visit a vineyard and sample the renowned Hunter Valley Semillon. Or, you might prefer to explore Newcastle and its historic sites.


Arrive at Newcastle, the gateway to the Hunter Valley, one of the finest wine regions in New South Wales. Once ashore, select your sightseeing activity.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Embark on a bushwalk through Mogo State Forest, or take a full day tour to Canberra.


Cruise up Clyde River into Batemans Bay. Look out for kangaroos, sea eagles and rainbow-bright parrots. Visit Eurobodalla Botanic Gardens and a Mogo village. Later, select the sightseeing activity of your choice.

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Make port at Eden. At Ben Boyd National Park, enjoy a nature walk. You may also like to visit Boyd's Tower for views over the Pacific Ocean. With time at leisure, visit the Killer Whale Museum, or sample the region's oysters.

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Discover the rugged coastal forests of Wilsons Promontory. After landing directly on the beach thanks to your Zodiac, embark on a nature walk led by your Expedition Team.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™ - Sightseeing

Discover the Great Ocean Road, home to the Twelve Apostles, with a treetop walk at the Otway Rainforest. Or, visit Cloude Hill Gardens in the Dandenong Ranges.


The day is yours to craft with a choice of sightseeing activities.

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After breakfast, be transferred to Melbourne Airport for your onward flight.

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Travel & Accommodation

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Your Boutique Expedition Ship

APT's MS Caledonian Sky offers the ultimate expedition cruising experience with exclusive access to remote locations.

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Zodiac Excursions

Land ashore or venture out on a Zodiac to explore the landmarks and hidden gems on your expedition cruise.

It's All Up To You

Design your day to your own interests thanks to our wide range of Freedom of Choice sightseeing experiences.

As a family-owned company with origins that date back to 1927, we know how to make a great holiday extraordinary