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Cape York and the Great Barrier Reef Expedition

Cairns Return
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Trip Code: GOCYC9
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Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 9 destinations
  • 8-night expedition cruise aboard the MS Caledonian Sky
  • Locally inspired dining - 23 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT Expedition Leader and expedition team
  • Visit remote islands on the Great Barrier Reef, including Lizard Island
  • Learn of the WWII history of Queensland
  • Stand on the northernmost tip of Australia at sunset at Cape York
  • Visit Cooktown and see where Captain Cook beached the HMB Endeavour

Map & Itinerary

Australia Map 2021 GOCYC9 V2
Cairns Return

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

Welcome to Cairns, where we’ll meet and transfer you to the MS Caledonian Sky. Tonight gather for a welcome reception and dinner as you begin your cruise bound for remote Willis Island.

Stay: Eight Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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After a morning at sea, arrive at Eyrie Reef and Cay where you have chance to snorkel and swim. For those that enjoy snorkelling these sparkling, clear waters will have much for you to see below the waves. For those who like to keep dry above the waves, perhaps take in a drink and relax on deck, after a stroll on the cay. 

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Cruise overnight to South Direction Island. Here board the Zodiacs and go ashore to walk the sandy beaches, swim or snorkel on the reefs. After a short walking tour enjoy a drink as you watch the sunset. The ship will then head for Lizard Island.

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a full day to explore private Lizard Island, with the chance to be active or simply to relax on the beach.

For the fittest walkers, an early start for Cook’s Look Walk. After about 90 minutes’ walking to reach 350 metres above sea level, enjoy the view Captain Cook had when he was searching for a way through the maze of reefs. Alternatively, visit the Australian Research Museum, a world-renowned marine research station working on reef recovery efforts.

There are other walks to choose from: an easy two-hour birders walk with an ornithologist on sandy beaches and through the rainforest, or a medium-grade nature and history walk led by expedition staff. Snorkelling and scuba diving options are also offered, with the possibility of seeing green turtles which feed along the beaches at low tide.


After a day filled with Signature Experiences, sit back and enjoy sunset drinks.

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Couple sitting on rocks overlooking Lizard Island

Jump aboard Zodiacs to visit Restoration Island, named by Captain William Bligh when he landed here in 1789 aboard his 17-foot boat during his epic journey following the famous mutiny on the Bounty. Bligh and his men spent time here to recover from their exertions. The food they found restored their spirits before they set sail to Timor. Then cruise to the Piper Islands, a group of vegetated cays home to the largest breeding population of the Black Noddy in Queensland, as well as an important nesting area for the vulnerable hawksbill turtle and a known area for dugongs.

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Enjoy an expedition morning exploring Jardine River and the surrounds. A vast river system and the largest on the Cape York peninsula. Just north of the river, at Mutee Head, lies the only intact example of a World War II Air Warning radar tower on its original site in Queensland. Cruise past Possession Island and view Captain Cooks monument where he stood in 1770 and declared the entire East Coast of Australia belonged to the King George III of England.  

You will then cruise to the tip of Australia, setting foot on its northernmost point, Cape York. Keep your eyes open as there are over 3000 different plant species and 321 bird species that call the area home. Here is the perfect place to watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly in hand.

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Taking a picture with the sign at the Tip of Cake York in North Queensland.

Spend time on Davie Reef and enjoy the coral reef while swimming and snorkelling off Davie Cay, a small spit on the northern edge of the reef. Here you can spot barracuda swimming around the reef’s edges. You’ll also feast your eyes on the technicolour wonderland of the coral sites, where colourful parrot fish, blue and yellow fusiliers, neon wrasses and clownfish swim.

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Discover historic Cooktown, which dates to the 1870s. Walk in the steps of Captain Cook as you walk through the main street and visit the Botanical Gardens and James Cook Museum. Here you will find original artefacts from the HMB Endeavour and learn of the story of Cook’s landing from an Indigenous perspective. Afterwards, head up to Grassy Hill with a local guide, and take in the view of the Coral Sea and Endeavour River, where Cook and ship naturalist Joseph Banks first saw a Kangaroo. Tonight is our farewell dinner.

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After breakfast, disembark in Cairns and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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