Coral Expeditions

Multiple Locations

Let multi award-winning Coral Expeditions introduce you to Australia's most famous natural wonder - the Great Barrier Reef. With 33 years experience and an unrivalled reputation for cruising excellence, their exclusive itineraries introduce the very best of the Great Barrier Reef and tropical islands in total comfort and unmatched style.

They aim to show you the hidden jewels of the Great Barrier Reef - the reef, ancient rainforest and secluded tropical islands most visitors never see. Exclusive reef moorings mean you won't be surrounded by hundreds of other reef visitors, and their small ships accommodate a maximum of 44 guests, ensuring an intimate and personalised experience.

The beauty of a Coral Expeditions cruise allows you to be as adventurous - or as relaxed - as you please. Explore remote coral cays, deserted but for a myriad of colourful tropical fish, peaceful tropical islands and primordial rainforests well beyond the reach of most visitors, or simply relax on the sun deck, in the open-bridge or spa as they cruise serenely through some of the most awe-inspiring scenery Australia has to offer. The choice is yours!


  • Scuba-Diving
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

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Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Our Tours

Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef
After a delicious lunch you arrive at an exclusive Great Barrier Reef mooring at Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay. Join the Marine Biologist aboard the glass bottom boat for your first encounter with the reef. In the evening, join your crew and travelling companions in the top deck lounge.

Day 2: Hinchinbrook Channel and Tropical Beach Barbecue
Awaken this morning as you cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel. Next, enjoy the afternoon discovering your very own tropical paradise. They invite you for a gourmet beach barbecue before exploring the island's natural rainforest of snorkel on the fringing reef, just metres off the beach.

Day 3: Tropical Island and Nathan Reef
Join their guides on their rainforest walk on Hinchinbrook Island (the Haven Track). Following lunch discover Nathan Reef at your own pace.

Day 4: Fitzroy Island and Cairns
Travel ashore to Fitzroy Island, enjoy a wonderful bush walk and idyllic white sandy beaches. Following lunch you arrive into Cairns at 1.30pm.

Indicative rates

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$1596 $2146

Day 1: Cairns and Thetford Reef
10:30am: Board your Coral Princess Cruises small ship for an 11:00am departure from Cairns.

Day 2: Cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel and enjoy a Pelorus Island beach barbecue.

Day 3: Travel to Dunk Island and Nathan Reef.

Day 4: Visit Fitzroy Island.

Day 5: Historic Cooktown and the Reef.

Day 6: Lizard Island

Day 7: Ribbon Reefs

Day 8: Arrive back in Cairns.

Indicative rates

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$3054 $4074
7 Nights Cairns to Cairns Northern

Day 1: Depart from Cairns on Coral Expedition II, a small ship, at 5.00pm.

Day 2: Travel to historic Cooktown and the Reef.

Day 3: Visit Lizard Island and Ribbon Reefs.

Day 4: Discover the Ribbon Reefs with a full day of exploration.

Day 5: Travel on to Thetford Reef and Sudbury Cay.

Day 6: Cruise the Hinchinbrook Channel, and enjoy a beach barbecue on Pelorus Island.

Day 7: Visit Dunk Island, and Nathan Reef.

Day 8: Stop by Fitzroy Island, then return to Cairns.

Indicative rates

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$3054 $4074
4 Nights Cairns - Lizard Island - Cairns Great Barrier Reef Cruise

Day One: Board at 4.00pm for a 5.00pm departure from Cairns. Settle in and discover your "home" for the next four nights and enjoy a glass of champagne on the top deck and watch the sun set.

Day Two: Discover historical Cooktown at your own pace. Perhaps visit the museum, featuring artefacts from Captain Cook's Endeavour. In the afternoon, visit a remote uninhabited island. Join the Marine Biologist on a glass bottom boat or guided snorkelling tour.

Day Three: Lizard Island. Walk to Cook's Look, the peak on the island. Relax, or take a scuba dive or snorkel. Visit Ribbon Reef Number Nine in the afternoon.

Day Four: Explore Ribbon Reef Number Three and Escape Reef.

Day Five: Arrive Trinity Wharf at 8.00am.

Indicative rates

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$1996 $2646

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Brisbane Lookout Mount Coot-tha

Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane Area
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Brisbane will come at you with riverside vistas around almost every corner, but it takes a short drive from the city centre and a few twists and turns up Sir Samuel Griffith Scenic Drive to find the city's best angle.

D'Aguilar National Park

The Gap, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
D'Aguilar National Park is a huge, diverse park of scribbly gums and lush rainforest, sprawling over the hills and Mountains. From the information centre join in a fun and informative Connect with Nature activity, or explore the wildlife displays at the Wildlife Centre.
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Samford Conservation Park and Bunyaville Conservation Park protect a community of spotted gums found only in the Brisbane region. Dry rainforest and freshwater ponds along seasonally flowing creeks also feature.

Fort Lytton National Park

Lytton, Brisbane Area
From AU$6.05 - 6.05
Fort Lytton National Park protects the birthplace of Queensland's military history. From 1881 to 1945 this classic coastal fortress was the focus of Queensland's defence activity. One of several built around Australia's coast in the nineteenth century for protection from invasion, the well-preserved pentagonal fort is concealed behind grassy embankments and surrounded by a water-filled moat.

Walkabout Creek

The Gap, Brisbane Area
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Walkabout Creek features a visitor centre, the South East Queensland Wildlife Centre and a wedding/conference centre and cafe. The Walkabout Creek Visitor Centre provides detailed information on D'Aguilar National Park and also showcases many of South East Queensland's national parks through a virtual lookout platform that provides a spectacular panoramic viewing experience.

Streets Beach

Brisbane City, Brisbane Area
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Streets Beach is a South Bank icon and a must-visit while you’re in the Parklands. As Australia’s only inner-city, man-made beach, boasts a sparkling lagoon surrounded by white, sandy beaches and sub-tropical plants.

Riverlife Mirrabooka

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane Area
From AU$55 - 95
Share in rich Aboriginal culture presented by the Yuggera Aboriginal Dancers-Riverlife Mirrabooka in the natural bushland of Kangaroo Point. Develop an awareness of the diverse aspects of contemporary Aboriginal culture by witnessing and participating in traditional song and dance passed down over many generations, primitive fire starting techniques, playing of Aboriginal musical instruments (such as didgeridoos) and listening to Indigenous educational talks that offer an insight into Aboriginal life and history of this ancient land.

Kangaroo Point Cliffs

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane Area
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Offering impressive early morning or evening views, extending across the river to the City and beyond to the mountains surrounding the city's outskirts, the Kangaroo Point Cliffs are a popular picnic spot.


Newstead, Brisbane Area
Cool craft beer and live music are a feature of this funky inner-city neighbourhood adjacent to Fortitude Valley. Newstead Brewing Co offers more than 10 house-brewed beers, which can be paired with a selection of tasty and sophisticated pub-style eats.

New Farm and Teneriffe

New Farm, Brisbane Area
Food. Parks. Culture. Originally a farming area and later an industrial hub with boat moorings and commercial wool stores, Teneriffe has undergone an urban resurgence and where apartments have sprung up, restaurants, cafes and boutiques have followed.
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