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Cruises visiting Cobourg Peninsula & all Cobourg Peninsula cruises for  2019-2020

Currently we have no major cruise ships visiting Cobourg Peninsula in the 2019-2021 seasons.

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The Cobourg Peninsula is located 190 km (direct line) NE of Darwin in the Northern Territory, Australia. It is a major Arnhem Land tourist attraction as the entire wilderness of this remote peninsula forms the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, which also includes the surrounding small islands and sea. It is known for its pristine wilderness, and the turquoise water in which visitors are likely to see dolphins and turtles. Renowned for great fishing, protected marine life including dolphins, crocodiles and dugongs that can also be seen in the area. Home to the world's largest herd of pure strain banteng - an ox introduced from SE Asia.

While it is only sparsely inhabited today, in 1831 Port Essington in the NE of the peninsula was the site of an ill-fated settlement aiming to facilitate trade with Asia, establish a military settlement, and as a re-victualling point for shipping through Torres Strait. The ruins are still accessible today via the nearby Black Point Ranger Station. Of historical interest, in December 1845, Dr Ludwig Leichhardt and his starving band survived a 4800km journey that started from Moreton Bay (Brisbane), and hailed Port Essington as civilization after more than 14 months without seeing another white man. The settlement fed and nursed them back to health.

The remains of a similar, also ill-fated, attempt in 1838 to the SW at Victoria Settlement can still be seen today, and is a popular shore expedition. Still standing is a line of stone homestead fireplaces. As the ruins lie on Aboriginal land, a permit must be obtained first. It wasn't until twenty years later that success in establishing a port in Australia’s ‘top end’ was finally achieved when Palmerston (on the site of modern day Darwin) was established. Of interest is that indigenous Australian athlete Nova Peris visited Cobourg after reconnecting with her natural father, John Christophersen, and it became a significant site for her.