Australia and PapuaAncient Cultures of Northern Australia and Papua
Embark with PONANT aboard Le Lapérouse for an 11-day tropical expedition to discover the traditional cultures of Northern Australia and Papua.
During this all new voyage you will have the opportunity to meet and interact with Indigenous people living in remote communities and learn about their customs, traditions, spirituality and art.
From Darwin, the capital of the ‘Top End’ of Australia, you will sail to the Tiwi Islands, home of the Saltwater Tiwi People, renowned for their wooden carvings-particularly of birds which have a special place in Tiwi mythology.
Your ship will then continue to sail along the coast of the Northern Territory to reach Elcho Island and Yirrkala. The Yirrkala community is home to several renowned Aboriginal artists recognised for their spectacular traditional bark paintings and whose work can be found in art galleries around the world. It is also the traditional home of the Yidaki (didgeridoo) with some of the world’s finest didgeridoos being made here.
Further north into Western New Guinea you will come face-to-face with the legendary Asmat tribes. Here you will learn about their lives and customs in a traditional and authentic village setting.
Departing 06 December 2019 from Darwin, your 11 night package includes:
• Transfer from Airport to hotel in Darwin
• 1 night accommodation in Darwin
• Transfer from hotel to airport
• 10 night cruise onboard Ponant Cruises’ Le Laperouse
• All meals on board the cruise
• Wide selection of drinks (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer, Henri Abelé BRUT champagne, spirits, coffee, tea) is served on request and at any time of the day. Certain premium alcoholic beverages on the menu are not included in the Open Bar.
• Outings and shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with a team of experienced naturalist guides.
• Pre-paid port taxes
• Transfer from port to airport
• Chauffeur driven luxury car transfer from your home to your nearest international airport and return (with 35 km) Limited availability!
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Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed cabins, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, this new limited-capacity yacht boasting just 92 cabins and suites will offer you a truly unique cruising experience.
As the first ship in a new series that remains true to the Ponant spirit, Le Lapérouse will embody the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort.
Aboard this ship that flies the French flag, you will experience the incomparable pleasure of an intimate cruise, with the possibility of exploring an ever-increasing range of destinations in an ethnic-chic ambiance with 5-star service.
Experience a luxurious setting where the accent is on authenticity and passion for travel.
Darwin is located in Australia’s Northern Territory which is also known as the “Top End”. It is the capital city and the most populated town of the Northern Territory. Darwin is a beautiful tropical city, a melting pot of people and cultures, over 50 different cultures live and work side by side that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. Discover the new Parliamant House opened in 1994, a magnificent example of tropical architecture and Admiralty House declared heritage place, a tropical-style home elevated on stilts that has survived two cyclones and numerous air raids. You will also enjoy the bustling waterfront on the Timor Sea.
Wurrumiyanga, Tiwi Islands
The Tiwi Islands are part of the Northern Territory, Australia, 80 km to the north of Darwin where the Arafura Sea joins the Timor Sea. They comprise Melville Island, Bathurst Island, and nine smaller uninhabited islands. Indigenous Australians have occupied the Tiwi Islands for centuries, with creation stories suggesting they were present at least 7,000 years ago. You will discover Wurrumiyanga, a village where you can discover the Pukamani (wooden funeral posts with geometric hand carved patterns) and beautiful paintings on canvas. Then you will attend a dance performance relating to the story of the Tiwi people.
The indigenous community of Yirrkala is located on the Gove Peninsula on the Northern Territory coastline. Overhung with gum trees, red sand paths run alongside the shoreline and lead to the dwellings inhabited by the indigenous communities. At the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka art centre you can admire a wide selection of local artwork including totems, bark paintings and sculpted effigies. Not only will you get a chance to hear musicians playing the yidaki – a traditional wooden didgeridoo –, you’ll also get the opportunity to attend a demonstration of ritual dancing. You might even be invited to some of the propitiatory ceremonies practiced by Yirrkala’s indigenous community.
Occupying half the Island of New Guinea, Western New Guinea (once known as Irian Jaya) is one of the most remote and mysterious regions of the world. Even today, there are at least 44 tribes that have never had contact with the outside world. Nestled in the South West corner of the island is the Asmat region, long fabled as the realm of head-hunters and cannibals. Where ancient traditions of ancestor worship have resisted the influence of Christian missionaries. Today’s expedition starts with a zodiac transfer to the village of Syuru where you will be met by a multitude of Asmat warrior canoes. Once ashore a traditional ceremony will take place. In the afternoon guests can undertake a guided walking tour of Agats township.
Washed by the Coral Sea, the harbour town of Cairns is located on Australia’s north-east coast. The seafront esplanade is a popular place for locals and visitors to walk, swim and picnic under the shade of swaying palm trees. The hills surrounding Cairns form the gateway to the Queensland Rainforests, proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage site for their fauna and flora from the Gondwana era.
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Imagery supplied by Ponant - copyright Mick Fogg all images except Croc - copyright Lorraine Turci
- Luxury Expedition
- 24 Hr Room Service
- All meals
- Boutique &/or Salon
- Disability Friendly
- Drinks All Day
- On-Board Lecturer
- Pool &/or Spa
- Shore Excursions
- Solo Traveller Friendly
- Speciality Restaurants
- Built Date 2018
- Crew TBA
- Capacity 184
- Luxury Expeditions
Featuring innovative and environmentally-friendly equipment, elegantly designed staterooms, spacious suites with large windows, and lounge areas that open onto the outside, Le Lapérouse embodies the unique atmosphere that is the cruise line’s hallmark: a subtle blend of refinement, intimacy and comfort. Le Laperouse is the first ship to offer the underwater passenger lounge, allowing guests to see and hear the undersea world. Images Courtesy Ponant.
24 Hr Room Service
Boutique &/or Salon
Drinks All Day
Pool &/or Spa