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Arnhem Land Explorer

Darwin to Kununurra
9 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: GKAC9
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Trip Highlights

Welcome to Country

Take part in a stirring Welcome to Country ceremony at the East Arnhem Indigenous community of Yirrkala.

Arafura Swamp by Zodiac

See an abundance of birds and wildlife during a Zodiac exploration of Arafura Swamp.

Friendly Tiwi Smiles

Be greeted on Bathurst Island by the friendly Tiwi Islanders, where the glowing smiles are infectious.

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in six destinations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 23 meals
  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert 10-member expedition team
  • Daily excursions on Zodiac vessels
  • Airport transfers, port charges and park fees
  • GKAC9 - 2020 season runs for 9 days

Map & Itinerary

GKAC9 map 2021
Darwin to Kununurra

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

Arrive in Darwin early this morning, where we meet you and transfer you to your expedition ship. Leave dry land behind as we set sail, and learn how Arnhem Land was named after a Dutch ship of the same name, which explored this coastline in 1623. This evening, get to know your fellow travellers during a relaxed dinner at sea.

Stay: Eight Nights, MS Island Sky

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  • Dinner

This morning visit Port Essington, an inlet on the Cobourg Peninsula. Arrive in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, home to pristine beaches, lush rainforests, mangrove swamps and coral reefs. Follow the Port Essington coastline to Victoria Settlement, a British outpost that was established in 1838 to strengthen their claim over the north of Australia. Hear tales of the hardships faced by the settlers here as you are led through the remains of the settlement, accompanied by a local expert. Later, you might like to further explore the settlement's hospital camp, complete with sweeping views over the Arafura Sea, or set out on a walk through the Eastern Paperbark Wetland. After lunch, join your expedition team and hop aboard a Zodiac for an exciting exploration of Caiman Creek.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
View across a still creek with lush green trees along the edge, Northern Territory

As your ship arrives at the Wessel Islands, today begins with a Zodiac adventure to the Hole in the Wall, a cleft in the rock which passes through the island chain from north to south. Learn how these islands were an important site for the Macassan trepang (sea cucumber) traders who visited the Arnhem Land coast between the 16th and early 20th centuries. Signs of pre-European contact between the Indigenous peoples of the area and these fishing fleets from Sulawesi are evident in the language, stories, art, tools and cuisine of the Yolngu people of East Arnhem Land. There are also depictions of prau, the sailing ships of the Macassan, in rock art which has been dated to the 15th century. In return for access to trepang fishing areas, the Yolngu received goods such as cloth, tobacco, rice and metal tools including knives.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Be greeted with a Welcome to Country smoking ceremony and dance performance while at Yirrkala, located on the Gove Peninsula.


Arrive at the Gove Peninsula, a place where the first British contact with the Yolngu came about in 1803 as Matthew Flinders made his circumnavigation of Australia. Continue to Yirrkala and enjoy a Signature Experience. Get an insight into local art styles at the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Join your expedition team and hop into a Zodiac vessel to meander through Arafura Swamp. This vast wetland is home to hundreds of bird species including brolga, spoonbill and magpie geese. It is also said to have the largest population of crocodiles on the planet.


Enjoy a Signature Experience then continue to Galwin’ku, located at the southern tip of Elcho Island, where you will be greeted with a traditional ceremony. Visit an Indigenous-owned art centre and see first-hand the amount of work that goes into creating local crafts including bark paintings, woven pandanus baskets, carvings and shell jewellery.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Hand woven baskets

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Experience a traditional Welcome to Country ceremony performed by the friendly locals of South Goulburn Island.


After breakfast, climb aboard a Zodiac and head to South Goulburn Island, where you’ll take part in a special Signature Experience. Then, get a deeper understanding of life on the island as you take in the natural landscape on an exploration with the locals.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Explore Croker Island today, the scene of a remarkable story of courage and endurance in World War II. Methodist missionary Margaret Somerville led 95 Indigenous children from the island’s orphanage – they were part of the stolen generations – on a gruelling 5,000-kilometre odyssey across northern and central Australia by boat, truck, on foot and eventually by train to Sydney to escape the threat of Japanese bombing. It became known as the Croker Island Exodus.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Set out on an exploration of the pristine Tiwi Islands today.


Wake to the serenity of the Tiwi Islands today, where you’ll disembark to explore the first of the two islands, Bathurst Island. Enjoy a locally guided walk through the community of Nguiu. Spend time with the locals while they work on their weaving and painting, enjoying some freshly baked damper and billy tea as you watch. Visit the Patakijiyali Museum to see traditional art that depicts Tiwi Dreamtime stories. Then, enjoy a demonstration of totem dances and a smoking ceremony. Later, head out on a Zodiac adventure through the intricate creek systems of Melville Island (subject to weather and tidal conditions).

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Your journey comes to an end today after breakfast as you disembark your ship in Wyndham and transfer to Kununurra for your onward flight home.

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  • Breakfast

Travel & Accommodation

Couple relaxing in their stateroom, Hebridien Sky

Spacious Suites on MS Island Sky

With the largest lead-in cabins in the region for ships of this size, welcome to APT Small Ship Expedition Cruising.

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Small Ship Expedition Cruising

Explore by Zodiac with your Expedition Team to get closer to the sights on an APT Small Ship Expedition Cruise.

Finest Onboard Dining

From room service to elegant outdoor dining, you’ll be amazed by the culinary options aboard an APT Expedition Cruise.

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